Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it. – Lyndon B. Johnson
Welcome to Wednesday! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!
Here are today’s topics:
- Ravalli County Commissioners
- University of Montana & Jordan Johnson
- Fundraiser for Steve Bullock
- Fundraiser for Ryan Zinke
- Scalia Conspiracy
Ravalli County Commissioners:
The Ravalli County (Montana) Commissioners are paranoid.
This Thursday the commissioners will present a letter to the public for review and comment opposing the relocation of Syrian refugees “who have not been properly vetted by homeland security and the FBI.” (MTN)
If the Commissioners did a little research they would find that the refugees are vetted. It sometimes takes from 18-24 months for them to get into the USA because of the vetting process. You can read about the process HERE and HERE.
So calm down Ravalli County Commissioners – you’re embarrassing Montana…
University of Montana & Jordan Johnson:
The Missoulian reported the state of Montana will pay Jordan Johnson $245,000 under a settlement in which the former University of Montana quarterback agreed to drop claims that the school and its officials mishandled a rape investigation against him.
When I first read that my initial thoughts were, “That’s not very much compensation.”
Like many folks, I followed the Johnson trial. From the beginning, I felt he was presumed guilty by those in leadership at the University and he was not treated fairly. Just a day or two into his trial, I felt that Johnson would be found not guilty – and he was.
Right after the not guilty verdict on March 1, 2013, I tweeted this:
Wondering if Jordan Johnson is thinking, “Which office do I go to get my reputation back?”
The $245k will probably not cover his legal bills, but maybe those in leadership at the University of Montana have learned a lesson.
Fundraiser for Steve Bullock:
The Bullock/Cooney campaign has a fundraiser scheduled Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula:
Join us for an evening of music and conversation with Academy Award Winning Actor & Musician Jeff Bridges to benefit the reelection of Governor Steve Bullock
The cost is $50 General Admission or $500 V.I.P. Admission and Post Concert Reception.
Fundraiser for Ryan Zinke:
The Zinke campaign has a fundraiser scheduled Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Meadowlark Country Club in Great Falls.
Suggested contributions range from $100 to $250, although the invite states, “A Donation of Any Level is Very Appreciated!”
There are a few GOP senators who may be rethinking Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks about not filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) until a new president is elected.
In case you missed it, McConnell said before Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was even cold, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
Ironically, the American people already have that voice – they elected Barack Obama.
According to The Hill, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) cautioned against vowing to automatically block any nominee:
I think we fall into the trap if just simply say sight unseen, we fall into the trap of being obstructionists.
The Republicans always seem to screw up when it comes to the public relations (PR) battle in Washington. Last time the government was shut down, the GOP lost the PR battle.
Like I said on Monday this angle could backfire on the Republicans. They could lose the majority in the senate in and the Democrats could push through a more liberal person. The Obama Administration could nominate a minority for justice and if the Republicans block a vote, it could hurt them in the November election.
Right now the Republicans are already looking like jerks on this issue. After the President nominates someone – maybe someone who was already confirmed by the senate unanimously for a lower federal court position, they will look even more like asses.
You knew it was bound to happen. There are conspiracies being thrown around about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
It all started when the person who found his body said Scalia had a “pillow over his head” and fuel was added to the conspiracy when it was reported that an autopsy was not performed.
Even CNN is reporting about the conspiracies HERE.
I wonder if there were United Nations helicopters flying around the Texas ranch where Scalia died? I wonder if there were any drones near the ranch? Where in the hell was Obama during this?
I need answers, dammit!
I’m glad I am safe in my bunker…you can read more conspiracy stories about Scalia by searching Google for “Antonin Scalia murdered.”
Have fun with that…