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Montana Residents React to McCain and Ignore Pundits September 8, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in McCain, News, Politics.
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Huffington Post

Pete Tenney

Posted September 8, 2008 | 03:48 PM (EST)

Gathering with friends and neighbors at a bar to watch Sen. John McCain’s acceptance speech last week, I had the chance to reflect on how my small town in the Rockies in south central Montana is reacting to this presidential campaign.

There weren’t many people in attendance at the Mint Bar. We had just celebrated “Rodeo Weekend” over Labor Day Weekend. Since most of these folks are hard-working locals who don’t go out to bars too much during the week, the rodeo would already have satisfied any need to let off steam for most of them. But the Mint does make the best roasted chicken around, so there were a couple of ranch families plus the regular bar crowd. White Sulphur Springs is a tiny cow-town of less than a thousand and exists as the service hub for several big ranches in the area…the largest well over a half million acres. It had a population of over 3,000 until timber dried up and the mills shut down in the ’80s. Now, unless you cowboy or work the few jobs in town, there’s not much opportunity, and the kids have to leave to find work in Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Denver, Portland or Seattle. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful little place and the people are wonderful…open, friendly and tolerant of folks who haven’t quite passed the locals test…30 years being the norm. I’ve been here 12. Source Article

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