If you’ve got 30 seconds to spare, why not skip on over to the Scott Milne For Senate campaign website? I’ll wait here.
… You back?
Not much to see, is there? Four stinkin’ pages: Home, Join Our Team, Contact, and Donate.
No “Issues”, no “News”, no “Events”, nothing of substance whatsoever.
It’d be downright weird if it wasn’t (a) Scott Milne we’re talking about, and (b) a perfect match for the campaign he’s run to date.
Which is to say, virtually substance-free.
As far as I can remember, and I’m on the campaign’s email list, he has made exactly one policy proposal: he would bar Congress from naming federal buildings after living persons. Particularly themselves.
Guess he’s got a bee in his bonnet about the Leahy Center, eh?
Otherwise, his campaign has issued a stream of press releases decrying Pat Leahy’s refusal to run a bare-bones campaign, his refusal to disavow corporate and PAC donations, and his refusal to meet Scott Milne’s expectations for a debate schedule. Oh, and constant references to Leahy’s 42-year tenure in Congress.
Nothing about taxes, the budget, the economy, foreign policy, national security, welfare, the drug war, the space program, or the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
Milne presents himself as a political null set. His only argument to voters is that He’s Not Pat Leahy, Who Must Be Defeated Because He’s Been In Washington Too Long.
Not much of an argument, really.
Even his campaign logo reveals a paucity of effort. It’s identical to his 2014 “Milne for Governor” logo, except he’s replaced “Governor” with “U.S. Senate”.
Milne’s latest barrage follows Leahy’s agreement to appear in three debates. Milne had sought “at least four,” so Leahy’s three doesn’t seem too outrageous. People in his position — established incumbents facing a long-odds challenger — have frequently chosen not to debate at all. One could wish for more, but it’s within a standard deviation of normal.
In support of his outrage, Milne cites comments made by Leahy in 1992 and 1998. He says this reveals Leahy’s “hypocrisy” on debating.
Well, shit, if each of us were held to account for everything we’ve said over the last 24 years, we’d all fail.
And I really don’t know why Milne wants more debates. He seems to have nothing to talk about other than debate schedules and campaign finance. And tacit references to how old Leahy is. Three debates should be more than ample to cover that tiny piece of ground.
In 2014, Scott MIlne ran a thoroughly unconventional campaign and nearly won the governorship. That won’t happen again. Pat Leahy is a lot more popular than Peter Shumlin. And this is a presidential year, which means you can add almost 100,000 voters to Vermont’s off-cycle total. Most of those will be liberal or independent.
Scott MIlne nearly beat the widely despised Peter Shumlin by positing himself as the literal embodiment of “None of the Above.” The same strategy is doomed to fail when the opponent is Pat Leahy.