Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra
Welcome to the big show! If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Today I write about Gianforte hiring Flint, the Montana GOP & the Montana Cowgirl, the Montana GOP’s problem in one sentence, my choice for Speaker of the House, Ben Carson, plus we have winner who is Making Montana Proud.
Gianforte Hires Flint:
It was announced Wednesday that the “Sean Hannity of Montana,” Aaron Flint, who starred in the radio program called “Voices
for Daines of Montana” has quit that gig and will be the Director of Communications for Greg Gianforte who is “exploring” a run for Montana Governor.
I’ve known Flint for years back to the days when we both worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Flint is one of the good guys. He would make a good candidate for just about any office. I enjoyed his radio show early on, but I stopped listening to Voices of Montana well over a year ago because, in my opinion, it was just too slanted and promoted U.S. Senator Steve Daines too much. Some days the program seemed more like a Daines campaign commercial than talk radio.
I believe Flint’s wife is employed by Daines, which may make them the ultimate GOP power couple in Montana. At least they can now have the title of working for two of the more extreme politicians in Montana.
As for Flint’s replacement at Voices of Montana, everyone understands the show tilts to the right and that’s all fine and good, but hopefully the folks at Northern Broadcasting will hire someone who does not have a relative working for a politician.
One thing that will be sorely missed is Flint’s skills as a conservative blogger. He was about the only conservative blogger left in Montana.
I wish Aaron well in his new position.
MT GOP & Montana Cowgirl:
The top blog in Montana, Montana Cowgirl, posted a pretty interesting story Wednesday evening titled “Shake-Up At The GOP.”
Cowgirl wrote that “A source within the Montana Republican Party revealed to me today that the Montana GOP is short of funds and is effectively cleaning out its entire staff.” Cowgirl also posted information from a Twitter account called “The Sleeping Giant” that had tweeted the Executive Director (ED) of the Montana GOP, Chris Shipp, was no longer the ED.
The Associated Press verified that Shipp was no longer with the GOP in a story posted Thursday afternoon.
When the Montana GOP started shunning moderates and catering to the extremes in the party, they lost many moderates who worked hard to elect conservatives. These moderates also stopped donating time and money to their state and local party.
We’ll probably be seeing more watermelon jokes and outhouses with signs saying it’s Obama’s Presidential Library in the coming months…
MT GOP’s Problem:
The Montana Republicans have a serious problem that is shown in one simple sentence. It was a quote from a Republican state legislator named Matthew Monforton of Bozeman who decided not to run for reelection. Monforton told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
The Montana Republican Party will always be a charade until we stop Democrat activists from infiltrating our primaries and electing phony ‘Republicans’ like Ryan Zinke and Walt Sales.
I am beginning to believe the Montana GOP is beyond repair – at least it will be until some adult takes over and tells the extremists where to go.
Who Wants to be Speaker:
The U.S. House Republicans sure know how to screw things up. They got prepared to vote on a Speaker to replace John Boehner whom they basically ran out of office and their main man, current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., withdrew his name from consideration.
Now they are scrambling to find someone. This could be the greatest reality show of all time.
McCarthy is the guy who told Fox News in an interview that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was being used to hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. With those comments, McCarthy gave the Clinton campaign new life and she may end up becoming President because of it.
I wonder if “Clyde” the orangutan from the movie “Every Which Way But Loose” is available to be speaker.
The last thing the folks who lost loved ones during the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, needed to hear was neurosurgeon and Republican Party candidate for President Ben Carson talk about how the victims should have attacked the shooter and maybe had more courage. Carson does not believe that President Obama should comfort the victims, either.
Face it – Ben Carson has said a lot of asinine things recently. He may be a great neurosurgeon, but he lacks common sense.
Many months ago I said that Carson and I have something in common: neither one of us will be the President of the United States. That is still true today. In fact, my odds at becoming President may be better than his.
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
From the Great Falls Tribune: Police were called around 3 a.m. Tuesday when an employee at the Townhouse Inn heard a woman yelling for help across the street at JBs restaurant.
When members of the Great Falls Police Department arrived, they found an intoxicated juvenile stuck in the frame of a glass door. She was stuck so well that Great Falls Fire Rescue had to saw through the door to extricate her.
(Note to my readers from Iowa: extricate means to free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty)
Sometimes you can’t fix stupid…
One More Thing:
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau