Probably, Amanda Curtis is not going to be the next senator from Montana. The late replacement for John Walsh trails Republican Steve Daines by 20 points and several million dollars. Basically, Curtis won a contest. She gets to speak and debate like a viable candidate for the next two months, with the understanding that she will not go to Washington at the end. Curtis and the Democratic Party of Montana should take this peculiar opportunity and run with it. They should say what they think, for once, instead of triangulating their messages to what they think Montanans want to hear. That’s the gist of my column in this week’s Missoula Independent, which is what you get instead of a blog for the next several days. I’m going to Idaho to watch The Polish Hammer get hitched and/or run from the altar in fright. We’ll be back Tuesday(!) with more conjecture, or maybe a commercial for a big pile of meat.