Caught My Eye…

Welcome to another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye” coming to you from deep within a bunker somewhere Montana!

Disclaimer: Discontinue reading if nausea or dizziness occurs.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about Brian Schweitzer, Steve Daines’ letter of recommendation, the Montana GOP convention, Medicaid expansion, John Walsh’s “Plywood” ad, confidence in news media, plus we have two winners who are making Montana Proud!

Brian Schweitzer:

And just like that, Brian Schweitzer stuck his foot so far in his mouth that it will probably take all of his 61 first cousins to pull it out. His far-fetched idea of running for President is DOA.

In case you missed it, Schweitzer told National Journal that men in the south “are a little effeminate” and Schweitzer added, “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent.”

I guess after going after southern men and gays, Schweitzer decided he might as well attack women.

So, next up was U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein and Schweitzer said, “She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!”

CNN said that was Schweitzer comparing Feinstein to a prostitute.

Later in the day, Schweitzer apologized via Facebook, “I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard.”

The spotlight was just too bright for Schweitzer. I have long thought of him as a jerk who reminds me of Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. He has now learned the hard way that the national press are not in awe of him like the press in Montana.

The Letter of Recommendation:

Showing that some candidates will do or say about anything to win an election, I found it ironic that Congressman Steve Daines had recommended John Walsh to the President of the United States for a position on the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. This was done in February 2013.

In the letter signed by Daines, and Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, they said Walsh “served with distinction in the Army National Guard for over 30 years” and that they were “proud to recommend” Walsh to this position. They added that Walsh’s career was “marked with distinction by his command of the 163rd Infantry Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a unit that was later awarded the Valorous Unit Citation.”

This is quite the opposite of the ad that Daines approved and paid for in which he claims that Walsh had questionable ethics and failed leadership as head of the Montana National Guard.

On June 11, I said that Daines “crossed the line” with the ad and that he should pull it. I also said:

I don’t like it when people criticize a veteran’s military record – be it Republican or Democrat or whatever party. It should be out of bounds. I dislike it even more if those doing the attacking did not have the will to serve in the military – and that is Steve Daines.

This letter makes the actions of Steve Daines even more disgraceful.

The MT GOP Convention:

The Western Word’s travel budget was a little low, so I could not make the trek to Billings for the 2014 Montana GOP convention.

I did hear they were thinking about moving all the banquet tables into a corner on Saturday night so the responsible Republicans and the Tea Party Republicans could fight. I also heard they were ordering rubber gloves so they could conduct purity tests.

I was joking in the last paragraph, but here are two real reports about the convention, HERE and HERE.

Medicaid Expansion:

There is sad news for about 70,000 Montanans. The Associated Press reported Thursday that “A proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to the working poor won’t be on Nov. 4 election ballots after the measure’s sponsor said Thursday there wasn’t enough time to gather the required voter signatures.”

I supported the expansion and signed the petition.

There’s no doubt that Republican Attorney General (AG) Tim Fox had a lot to do with the measure not getting on the ballot – something that supporters of the expansion should remember when he runs for re-election as AG or for Governor.

Walsh new ad “Plywood”

This is a great campaign ad from the Walsh for Senate Campaign. Retired Staff Sergeant John Bennett of Cascade, Mont., was paralyzed when sniper fire punctured the shoddy plywood roof shielding his National Guard Humvee. Watch the ad HERE.

I had the honor of meeting Bennett several years ago and he is a true patriot.

Bennett says in the commercial that, “Congressman Steve Daines never served, so he probably doesn’t know that when the Montana National Guard went to Iraq, the Pentagon treated us like second class soldiers.” He also talks about Walsh standing up for National Guard service members who did not have proper equipment during their deployment.

This is another winning ad from the Walsh campaign.

Confidence in News Media Remains Low:

According to a new poll from Gallup, “Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend.”

Gallup added, “Confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51%, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46% in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question.”

Of course newspapers and television news organizations that embrace bloggers will have a better chance of succeeding…

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the National Journal: Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer told National Journal that men in the south “are a little effeminate” and added, “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent.”

He then went after U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein about spying saying, “She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!”

Schweitzer later apologized for his remarks.

I can’t see his analysis being wanted or needed on MSNBC, CNN, or any other news channels for the foreseeable future.

-From the Billings Gazette: “It took a Billings jury 16 minutes to find Edwin Cuch guilty of his 14th drunken driving offense.”

I wonder if that is a record.

I wrote yesterday, “Somebody should ask the judges for DUIs #3 through #13 why Edwin Cuch was allowed to freely roam the streets of Montana.”

One More Thing:

Don’t Forget to Stretch…

 

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