The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. – Joseph Campbell
Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME).
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a 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 – maybe both.
Topics this week include Gianforte & PACs, Zinke’s fundraising & the Constitution, bumper sticker mania continues, Badger-Two Medicine, Supreme Court Nominee, the five remaining Presidential candidates and my two cents, plus much more!
Gianforte & PACs:
If you follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) then you were one of the first to see the Associated Press (AP) story titled, “Fundraiser raises questions about Gianforte’s PAC pledge.”
By the way, The Western Word is mostly first and seldom last in reporting the news. If only Montana reporters were this good, but I digress.
In case you are not from Montana, Greg Gianforte is a rich Republican running for governor. I have never thought it was a bad thing to be rich, so that is not a slam on Gianforte. He wants the current governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, to sign a pledge refusing donations from Political Action Committees (PAC).
But it’s been pointed out that Gianforte and his best bud, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, hosted a fundraiser Thursday in Washington, D.C., for the Montana Republican Party. The AP reported that the fundraiser invites PACs to the event with a suggested admission price of $1,000.
First, Daines and Gianforte are both ultra-rich, so they should just write a freakin’ big check to the Montana Republican Party and be done with it. Second, the Montana Republican Party needs a lot of help, so hosting fundraisers, bake sales, gun raffles, and horseback rides may help.
The leaders of the Montana Republicans may even need to roll out the Obama Presidential Library Outhouse and charge people to ride in it or charge people to use it for target practice.
The Montana Democrats quickly went on the offense, sending out a press release with the headline, “Gianforte Caught Breaking His Own PAC Pledge at Washington DC Fundraiser.”
As for the effectiveness of this little battle, I’ll give it the same rating as the episode crafted by the Montana Republicans saying Bullock was using the Governor’s plane for fundraising.
Both attacks score about 2 on a scale of one to 10. Getting a score of 10 means abandon ship – like Marco Rubio just did.
As long as we have gullible reporters covering politics in Montana we’ll continue to see these mild tremors get into the news cycle. Buckle up – it’s going to be a long ride.
Zinke’s Fundraising Effort:
Maybe U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke should send me a check for assisting in his fundraising efforts. This past week a Montana progressive blog went after Zinke for various things and showed a quote supposedly from Zinke’s recent fundraising letter:
Especially right now — when we’re just launching our campaign and we’re already fighting from behind. A justconcluded, online poll had my opponent well in the lead…though unscientific, it’s cause for concern.
The “online poll” was probably referring to the recent poll at The Western Word that had Zinke losing to Denise Juneau 60% – 36%.
I’ll be waiting for Zinke’s campaign treasurer to contact me for my mailing address to send the check. Since the service was probably pretty good, a 25% gratuity will be sufficient.
If Zinke contacts me within the next 12 hours, I will also add an hour-long class on our Constitution which will exclusively deal with the section on the appointment of judges to the U.S. Supreme Court (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2). It seems he has been having problems with this section.
Bumper Sticker Mania:
Last Friday I wrote that I am always looking for free campaign bumper stickers (that does not mean I endorse you), so if you are offering them let me know via the official email of The Western Word (Western_Word@yahoo.com) and I’ll send you the mailing address to my bunker.
That offer continues…
One of the first to respond was the campaign of Greg Gianforte, who is a Republican running for Governor. On Wednesday, I received not one, not two, but three large bumper stickers and three smaller ones! #Winning
Here they are:
Thank you Team Gianforte!
The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration canceled a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park, on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada. It’s called Badger-Two Medicine.
This is a good thing. I agree with it 100%. There are some places where we should not drill. This area is one of those places.
For more information, the Great Falls Tribune’s Karl Puckett has a good report that you can read HERE.
Supreme Court Nominee:
In case you missed it, I wrote about the President nominating Merrick Garland for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the shenanigans surrounding it. Read it HERE.
The bottom line is there should be hearings and an up or down vote.
The Five – My Two Cents:
I get a lot of emails, phone calls, and texts asking me who to vote for, how to run a campaign, asking me what I’m hearing about certain issues and candidates, and to find information on issues and people. Recently people have been asking about the Presidential candidates. Here are a few brief thoughts about the five remaining Presidential candidates:
-Bernie Sanders: The first thing I think of is free stuff. Sanders has given Hillary Clinton a good run this election. He has energized young people and that is good. He should stay until the end. At the end, he needs to endorse Clinton and urge his followers to support her.
-Hillary Clinton: The first thing I think of is emails. She is a seasoned candidate and has more experience than the other candidates, except John Kasich. She has more foreign relations experience than the other candidates. Clinton will be tough to beat no matter how much the righties hate her.
-John Kasich: The first thing I think of is gentleman. Kasich was a state senator, member of the U.S. House for 18 years, and is now the governor of Ohio. He has the experience needed to be President. He’s not flashy, and that is probably what keeps him in third place.
-Ted Cruz: The first thing I think of is Canada. I have a hard time believing that it took Ted Cruz from 1970 until 2013 to know he had dual Canadian-American citizenship. He was born in Canada. I think he saw that it would be a problem and then decided to cease being a citizen of Canada. Other than Cruz acting like a prick most of the time, that’s about it. I think he uses his Christianity only when it’s helpful.
-Donald Trump: The first thing I think of is egotistical. Trump is saying what a lot of people feel – they are pissed at the elected people in Washington for not doing their jobs. They are pissed at being politically correct. They are pissed at the world. People are happy that someone has the power and the money to tell others in power to shove it.
In some ways, the Republican Party deserves Donald Trump as their nominee.
So there you go faithful readers. Agree/Disagree? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section or via email.
One More Thing:
If you’re a Republican and your choice is Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in a general election, it’s the difference between poisoned or shot — you’re still dead. –U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (Feb 4, 2016)
Today it’s being reported that Graham is now supporting Cruz…