Caught My Eye…

As we continue to speed toward the “end of the Mayan calendar” and for the “fiscal cliff” it’s time to pause and remember that this is Friday – and you made it through another hectic week. You deserve a pat on the back for that alone, so congratulations!

To add to the hysteria, Christmas is just 11 days away…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about Susan Rice, Best Quotes of 2012, NRSC & Todd Aiken, Charlie Crist, Cleve Loney, Justin Bieber, and much more!

Susan Rice:

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham must be chest bumping each other after hearing on Thursday that United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice had asked the President to no longer consider her for Secretary of State. Here’s her Guest Opinion in the Washington Post.

That’s the nasty politics of Washington, D.C. – it’s terrible and sometimes it hurts good people, like Susan Rice.

McCain had already lost “the war” against Obama in the 2008 Presidential election and with Graham they have become the Laurel and Hardy of the U.S. Senate. Plus, Sen. Kelly Ayotte played the “token female” on the McCain/Graham team to try and show they were not just two cruel sophomoric boys picking on the intelligent attractive girl.

Best Quotes of 2012:

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. Who would have guessed it – Mitt Romney has the top two quotes with “47 percent of the population being dependent on government” and “binders full of women” coming in one and two on his list.

You can read the whole list HERE.

I thought Romney meeting boxer Manny Pacquiao last Saturday and saying, “Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost” might make the list…

NRSC & Todd Aiken:

Remember when all the Republicans were against Congressman Todd Aiken of Missouri after he made some stupid remarks about “legitimate rape?”

I have said many times in my columns that it’s all about the next election in Washington.

Well, the Associated Press is reporting today in the Kansas City Star “the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) had quietly channeled $760,000 to Missouri to aid Akin’s campaign despite publically disavowing him.”

It’s no wonder the NRSC hasn’t had a majority in the U.S. Senate for several election cycles…

Former Republican Charlie Crist joins Democratic Party:

And we’re supposed to care about this? Apparently Reuters did.

Down Goes Loney:

According to the folks at KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls (MT), “The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices will not pursue Republican state representative Cleve Loney’s assertions that Democrats Tom Jacobson and Anders Blewett were involved in electioneering near the polls on election night in November.”

Also, Loney’s accusation against the Cascade County Clerk and Recorder who he said allowed electioneering was ruled “indefinite and did not contain sufficient allegations.”

I am not really surprised by this decision.

In looking at the big picture, it is remarkable there are not more complaints across the state since clerk and recorders are the county’s election official. They are elected and belong to a political party. Plus, the Commissioner of Political Practices is appointed by an elected official. Maybe their actions are above board, but they are ripe for criticism because of the current system.

Strangle and Castrate:

According to several reports, “Two New Mexico men arrested in a murder-for-hire plot were planning to strangle and castrate pop star Justin Bieber and his bodyguard.”

There’s a country and western song in that story somewhere…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…