2014 The gubernatorial campaign of Scott Milne had one distinguishing feature: Scott Milne did what Scott Milne wanted to do and said what he wanted to say. In an odd sort of way, it reminds me of one Donald J. Trump.
Appear grossly unprepared in public forums? Check.
Give long, meandering, stream-of-consciousness answers to questions? Check.
No attempt at all to hew to Republican orthodoxy? Check.
No attempt to open or maintain communication with the VTGOP? Check.
No effort to raise money or build a campaign infrastructure? Check.
His inner circle basically consisting of family members? Check.
Propensity to grind personal axes on the campaign trail? Check.
Donald Trump without the energy and Brut-drenched charisma, you might say. Better hair, tho.
He’s pursuing the same contrarian course in his present challenge to eternal incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy.
In the first two TV ads from the Matt Dunne campaign, the name “Bernie Sanders” appeared more often and more prominently than the candidate’s own. Indeed, the first ad began with the words “What Bernie Sanders started” and the second opened with “Bernie Sanders.”
So, mini-Bernie? Perhaps, although his policy positions are a mix of Bernie-style progressivism and Shumlin-style pragmatism.
Today, his third ad dropped, and this time he’s a woman.
Well, not really. But he’s the next best thing: a fully liberated and feminist man, thanks to a family tree full of determined, accomplished women. The lines are all delivered by women; Dunne appears only in the closing shot without saying a word, standing next to the primary narrator — who turns out to be his wife, Sarah Stewart Taylor.
Message, I guess: You don’t need to vote for The Woman in the race, because Matt Dunne is an honorary woman.