Friday, February 16, 2007

Jon Tester and Max Baucus -- always improving Montana's image

We have commented before that anyone who thought getting rid of Conrad Burns in favor of Jon Tester was going to improve Montana's image from hick to slick has some unpleasant surprises in store.

It started even before he took office, when he was musing about difficulties of making ends meet on a Senate salary -- the same salary he and his people had hammered Burns about. And then there was the episode of Sen. Tester nearly missing his first Senate speech -- something that would have sent Montana Democrats into apoplectic embarrassment when Burns was in office.

Now, we have him (and our old friend Sen. Max Baucus) giving advice to the kitchen at the Senate Dining Room -- and having the foolishness not to keep their letter between them and the master chef.

The International Herald Tribune is letting the world know that Montana's Senators think the choice is between imported Japanese Kobe beef and Montana beef.

Chefs in 5-star restaurants around the globe now know from our Senators that "Montana cattle graze on the high plains and in the mountain valleys so their beef is natural, delicious and healthy..."

We half expected one of them to add, "they're magically delicious!"

Washingtonians watching television know of our Senators' culinary expertise, as does the business world.

We're all for promoting domestic agricultural products, but really...

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