There’s a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It’s exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don’t cheat yourselves out of this promise. – Nancy Reagan
Happy Monday! 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:
- Gianforte’s Lt Governor
- Bullock & the Plane
- Darby (MT) & Islam
- Nancy Reagan
- GOP Presidential Race
Gianforte’s Lt Governor:
Greg Gianforte will introduce his running mate at a press conference in East Helena this morning at 10:00 a.m. Gianforte was quoted in his press release about the announcement, and may have partly tipped his hand about who he has selected when he said, “She’s going to do an incredible job.”
UPDATE 03/07/16: Greg Gianforte announces Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson as his running mate.
Some people predict it might be State Senator Debby Barrett or State Senator Kris Hansen.
I have no idea, but I told a friend the other day that my guess would be State Representative Sarah Laszloffy. They are both ultra-conservative and have connections to each other. If he picks Laszloffy, it would probably drive the Montana Democrats and their supporters off a cliff.
As soon as I know, I’ll let you know by updating this post and posting it on Tweeter (@TheWesternWord) and it will be posted on The Western Word’s Facebook page.
Bullock & the Plane:
I don’t know if it’s true or false, but here is what I do wish. I wish the Montana Republican Party would spend a little more time upgrading their website. I believe an election is approaching.
Politicians (Democrats AND Republicans) often schedule official events at a location and then host a campaign event in the same location later in the day. Their travel is paid for by the taxpayers because there was an official event. If there was not an official event, then we have a problem.
Since the political parties are all politics all the time, I give the Montana Republican Party’s concerns about the Governor’s trip three yawns.
Readers – What do you think? Are these legitimate concerns or just politics as usual?
Darby (MT) & Islam:
Maybe the folks in Ravalli County, Montana, should just build a Trump-like wall to protect themselves from folks who are different.
The Associated Press reported recently the Darby School Board is holding a special board meeting to discuss a planned school presentation on Islam by a University of Montana professor following complaints and calls in opposition to his presentation. Darby is located in Ravalli County.
Last month the Ravalli County (Montana) Commissioners held a public hearing about writing a letter opposing the relocation of Syrian refugees.
If my children attended school in Darby, I would proudly let them attend the presentation on Islam.
Rest in Peace Nancy Reagan. Your eloquence changed America. Thank you.
Nancy Reagan died Sunday of congestive heart failure. She was 94.
Ronald Reagan received my first vote for President of the United States. Reagan put the spirit back in America and he made me proud to be an American. I even joined the U.S. Air Force during the Reagan years, and I had the honor of providing security for one of his stops at Whiteman AFB, Missouri.
Many presidential candidates try to say they are a lot like Ronald Reagan these days. They are not even close.
I’ve had the honor of meeting two First Ladies, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Plus I met Tipper Gore, who was married to Vice President Al Gore. It would have been a great honor to meet Nancy Reagan.
It’s really too bad that the “haters” were saying nasty things about Mrs. Reagan. We are better than this.
GOP Presidential Race:
The elite Republicans are out in force to try and stop Donald Trump. On Sunday Mitt Romney made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows and made a fool of himself.
One of the more interesting interviews was on Fox News Sunday when Rush Limbaugh showed up. Limbaugh said the following about Trump:
I think with the case of Trump, there’s a much bigger upside than downside,” Limbaugh concluded. “A lot of people disagree with me on this but the people who want somebody not of Washington, it’s serious this time. It’s real.”
The race tightened some over the weekend. Trump leads Ted Cruz in the delegate count 384-300. Marco Rubio has 151. Next up are the primaries in Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi and the caucus in Hawaii on Tuesday.
If all four candidates stay in the race to contest the March 15 primaries in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina it will make it very hard for Cruz to beat Trump.
Republicans are known for forming a circular firing squad, so for all of them to hold on until after March 15 would be nothing new.