Caught My Eye…

We made it! I did not know if last week’s column was the last, so I am happy to be here. In fact, since I am getting up there in years, I’m happy to be about anywhere…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here – in fact this is my 125th “Caught My Eye” column. 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 “Plan B” failure, ATP Documents, Baucus/Tester & Guns, Senate Filibuster, Exodus of Baucus staff, Top Stories of 2012, Worst Columns of 2012, Suzy Favor Hamilton, birthdays, and much more!

“Plan B” Failure:

Speaker of the House John Boehner failed to get enough votes to pass his “Plan B” tax bill. The Hill reported the failure placed the “year-end efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff into further chaos.”

The Republican Party is a mess and severely divided. The Republican leaders in the House, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, have failed – it’s time for “Plan C” and that’s the plan to elect new leaders to replace Boehner and Cantor.

American Tradition Partnership documents:

And just like that, the Feds have American Tradition Partnership’s documents that they thought they were getting back from the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

This may get interesting…

Baucus/Tester on Gun Control:

It’s tough to win an election in Montana if you are an anti-gun candidate and Senator Max Baucus is up for re-election next in 2014. So don’t look for Baucus to make many anti-gun statements that might hurt his A+ rating with the National Rifle Association.

As for Tester, he just won election so he can be a little bolder in his statements about guns.

That’s the basic narrative of the Associated Press story about their views. You can read the whole thing HERE.

The Senate Filibuster:

Lee Newspapers did a story about Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester and their ideas about filibuster reform in the U.S. Senate.

I believe they need to reform the filibuster rules in the Senate.

Max Baucus was a little quiet about changing the rules probably because, unlike Tester, he knows how it feels to be in the minority in the Senate. He’s spent a few years shining Chuck Grassley’s shoes on the Finance Committee…

Exodus of Baucus Staff:

The National Journal posted a story yesterday (I Tweeted it) about several of U.S. Senator Max Baucus’ staff leaving his Finance Committee and personal office for greener pastures.

Of course the departures lead to speculation about Baucus and his re-election in 2014.

I think more than anything else it’s about Baucus telling folks to get out now or stay through election or the staff not wanting to go through a tough election.

The AP Top 10 Stories of 2012:

Here’s a link to the Top 10 Stories of 2012 from the Associated Press.

It’s really no surprise what number one is.

50 Worst Columns of 2012:

The Atlantic Wire puts them all in one place for your reading pleasure!

I am sure glad “Caught My Eye” did not make the list…

Happy Birthday:

Although my father has long since passed on, today would have been his 87th birthday. I miss you every day dad…every day.

Also, Samuel L. Jackson is 64. Phil Donahue is 77. Jane Fonda is 75. Chris Evert is 58. Ray Romano is 55. Kiefer Sutherland is 46.

Suzy Favor Hamilton:

Favor Hamilton was an Olympic-class middle distance runner who competed in three Olympic Games (1992, 1996, and 2000). I saw her run in several races and always enjoyed her tactics in the races and her toughness on the track.

So what’s Suzy up to these days? According to The Smoking Gun, she’s known as “Kelly” and works “as a $600-an-hour call girl” which is an occupation she now calls a “huge mistake.”

Ya think?

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…