Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. – Steven Wright

Happy Leap Day! 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!

Today’s topics include:

  • TWW Poll Results
  • MTN’s Face the State
  • Operation Stop Donald Trump
  • SCOTUS Fundraising

TWW Poll Results:

Last week I ran two polls here at The Western Word. First, I asked readers what will happen first: The prison at Guantanamo Bay will be closed or Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

An overwhelming 79% said that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate first. Just 21% said the prison at Guantanamo Bay will be closed first.

In the second poll, I asked readers: Who do you think will be Montana’s next Governor, Steve Bullock, Greg Gianforte, or someone else?

Note: I did not ask readers who they are voting for, but who they think will be the next governor (there’s a difference).

Steve Bullock won with 74%, Greg Gianforte had 21%, and 5% said someone else.

Although this poll is not scientific, I think it does show that Gianforte has a lot of work to do to be competitive in the Montana Governor’s race.

MTN’s Face the State:

Yesterday Montana U.S Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) was interviewed by Montana Television Network (MTN) Political Analyst, Dr. David Parker, and MTN Chief Capitol Correspondent, Mike Dennison, during the weekly Face the State television program.

You can watch it HERE.

WARNING: Face the State was about as exciting as watching an aluminum door rust…

Operation Stop Donald Trump:

Establishment Republicans are finally banding together to beat Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and support Marco Rubio.

The Hill reported over the weekend:

The long-threatened effort to destroy Donald Trump is arriving in force. Senior-level people in conservative organizations across Washington are firing with both barrels in an attempt to stop Trump’s march to the GOP presidential nomination, multiple sources tell The Hill.

It may be too late.

I noticed that Fox News must have received the memo, as on Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was pretty hard on Ted Cruz and Trump and soft on Rubio during the Sunday show. (Transcript)

Here in Montana, it appears most of the establishment Republicans are supporting Rubio.

I have heard from many friends who are moderate or independent who believe that Republicans pretty much deserve Trump as their nominee. Also, many people are sick and tired of how the elite are running the Republican Party, so they believe they are sticking it to the elite by supporting Trump.

There’s a GOP Presidential Debate hosted by Fox News this Thursday night. This may be where the establishment Republicans draw a line in the sand to stop Trump.

Watch for it…

SCOTUS Fundraising:

The fight over the replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is one of the major issues this election season.

It’s also a great opportunity for both sides to raise money from supporters.

I’ve received several emails asking for donations to stop President Obama from nominating a liberal judge to the Supreme Court, and I’ve received several emails asking me to help President Obama appoint a judge to the Supreme Court.

I have received emails from individual politicians, both political parties, and groups that support the right or the left.

So this fight is good for fundraising. That means it’s probably not good for “we the people…”


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4 thoughts on “Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

    • HighPoint – Thanks. I think Daines probably endorsed Rubio because several prominent Montana Republicans are supporting Rubio. He seems to follow instead of lead. As for Cruz, the old guard in the senate does not like him, so it would hurt Daines in the senate if he went against McConnell and his team. -JmB

  1. Montana Public Radio’s weekly wrap-up with Sally Mauk and Chuck Johnson is ten times better than Face the State. I don’t bother with the latter.

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