Wednesday’s Political Potpourri!

It’s hump day so things should start looking up for us around noon today!  Today on The Western Word I’ve got a potpourri of political stories and commentary for your reading pleasure!

Today I write and comment about senate debates, the Pearl Jam concert, the Walsh concert, Dennis v. Raymond, getting satisfaction, Attorney General, the Clemens trial, and much more!

U.S. Senate Debates:

The other day The Western Word conducted a poll asking, “How many debates should Montana’s U.S. Senate candidates Jon Tester (D), Denny Rehberg (R), and Dan Cox (L), participate in between now and the General Election?”

33% of the folks who participated in the poll said they would like to see 4 – 6 debates, while 22% said they would like to see 7-10 or more than 10 debates.  Only 11% wanted to see 1-3 debates.

Pearl Jam Concert:

Yesterday Jon Tester scored big in the publicity department when it was announced that Pearl Jam would play another benefit concert for him in Missoula on September 30.

In August 2005, Pearl Jam played a show in Missoula and according to reports it netted Tester about $85,000.  Around 4,700 people attended, but the publicity and energy it created for Tester with the younger voters was immeasurable, which helped him sail through the primary with ease and win a close General Election matchup in November 2006.  He sorely needs that same help and momentum this election season.

The Montana Democrats (@MtDems) used the announcement to have a little fun on Twitter, saying, “Will @Pat_Boone perform for @Rehberg2012?”


More information about the concert can be found HERE.

Walsh Concert:

It seems the Democrats are having some great concerts this year!  Eagles guitarist and musician Joe Walsh is set to do a benefit concert on July 1 for Tammy Duckworth who is running for Congress in 8th Congressional District of Illinois.

I have a lot of respect for Tammy Duckworth – she is a hero.

Duckworth is running against…Joe Walsh.  Confused?  Here are the details.

Not Everybody Loves Raymond:

Back in March 2011, I mentioned that since the Montana Democrats were calling Denny Rehberg “Dennis” maybe it was time for the Montana Republicans to start calling Jon Tester “Raymond” since that is Jon Tester’s real first name.

I kind of have the same problem – being given a name by my parents and then growing up being called another (shorter) name.  One thing for sure is I never missed a meal over it…

The Montana GOP sent an e-mail yesterday saying, “MT GOP Chairman Will Deschamps today called on Senator Raymond Jon Tester to recuse himself from tomorrow’s Senate Banking Committee hearing with JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.”

Now it’s really getting dirty:  Dennis v. Raymond. 

Can’t Get No Satisfaction:

A new poll from Gallup tells us “Twenty percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States, a slight decline from recent months, when between 24% and 26% were satisfied.  Satisfaction has reached as high as 36% during President Obama’s first term, before falling back to 11% last August and September.”

I can’t get no satisfaction I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no…

Attorney General of the United States:

This is a tough job.  No matter which political party you are from, the opposite party is basically hell-bent on getting rid of you.

The Republicans want current Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.  During the George W. Bush presidency, Democrats wanted John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales gone.

It’s amazing that some of the brightest people would want to subject themselves to these relentless attacks.  Right now it appears that GOP Senators John Cornyn and Lindsey Graham are leading the charge against Holder.  Holder serves at the pleasure to the President.

Cornyn and Graham (both lawyers) are way off message – not to mention sounding and looking silly saying things like Democrats wanted a special prosecutor when blah, blah, blah, which sounds a lot like, “He hit me first.”

Clemens Trial:

The jury is deliberating the Roger Clemens perjury trial which has been going on for about eight weeks.  According to this report, “Clemens isn’t charged with using performance-enhancing drugs — he’s charged with lying about it to Congress.  Specifically, he’s charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress.  All stem from his testimony at a nationally televised hearing in February 2008 and the deposition that preceded it.”

I think we have better things to spend taxpayer money on than prosecuting a baseball player for lying to Congress.  I hope the jury finds Clemens not guilty of all charges…

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