Last month, on the interstate highway between Gold Creek and Drummond, transporting a fellow Montanan to Seattle to attend to her daughter's dying, I changed a flat tire on my car. The new Michelin had a quarter-inch slit in its sidewall. I kidded with a passing trucker, friendly enough to stop, even after he said he'd not have taken the trouble had he seen the "Obama 2008" bumper sticker I got with the car, bought used two years ago. When we stopped to buy a replacement tire in Missoula, another customer kept staring over my shoulder at the bumper sticker, saying "You can't be serious." He aggressively stuck his face into mine as I walked past into the tire store.I'm not a bumper sticker kind of person, so maybe this happens all the time, but I don't like it. I've resisted bullying in school, on the job and in the military. Bullying creates the atmospherics for a small clique to do any outrageous thing they please to or about someone, without being challenged by the cowed.Obama lost in Montana after fielding 80 paid staffers; there's now one, and our folksy Gov. Brian Schweitzer tells us our president has no chance in his state. Obama stickers are hard to get; there are none at Montana's state Democratic headquarters. Who says bullying doesn't work? Yet I'm pushing back, with a double-stickered Obamobile.
John B. Driscoll