At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Welcome to Wednesday – also known as “Hump Day” or “Wine Wednesday” or whatever works to help you make it to the weekend!
Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!
Today’s topics include:
- Gianforte & Public Access
- Tester & #DoYourJob
- Trump & Cockroaches
- The Car Salesperson
Gianforte & Public Access:
Montana’s leading blog, the Montana Cowgirl, uncovered some juicy information about the Republican candidate for Governor, Greg Gianforte.
No, it’s not the identity of the patch on his brown jacket in the campaign commercial. Montana is still waiting for that!
The Cowgirl reported:
In 2009, Greg and Susan Gianforte sued the Montana department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, seeking to get rid of a fishing access point that residents of Bozeman had used for almost 40 years to go fishing on the East Gallatin River.
By the way, that reminds me that I do not go fishing enough.
So when I read the Cowgirl’s post I thought, “Yep, that’s not a good thing to have on your record if you’re a Republican and believe in freedom and guns and access and all that, but it’s not the end of the world.”
Then the Cowgirl reported this tidbit:
Art Wittich was the attorney that the Gianfortes hired to bring the lawsuit. Wittich now has an attorney of his own, defending him from being evicted from office.
Well…maybe it’s not the end of the world, but if you look really hard, you can probably see it from Gianforte’s campaign office.
Seriously, it’s still early and the Democrats will have fun with this in commercials, and ads, and all that fun stuff. I can see a commercial with a cute little boy or girl holding their fishing poles and reading a sign that reads, “No Trespassing by order of Greg Gianforte” and in the background is a great big mansion.
It does wound Gianforte. Who knows, Bullock could go through another Lt. Governor or two between now and November…
The thing that worries me and other independents and moderates is that if Gianforte is elected, he will side with the nutjobs and the extremes on the far right side of the party, and there will be no one to provide a check on their wackiness like there would be with Bullock.
That’s really the main issue in the campaign for most moderates and independents.
Little did we know that Gianforte was already working with an extreme member of the Republican Party, Art Wittich.
Lee Newspapers picked up on the Cowgirl story and devoted a whopping 1,300 words to it. You can read it HERE.
Tester & #DoYourJob:
Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, is meeting this Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Tester issued a press release in which he says he is launching a social media campaign (#DoYourJob) to highlight hardworking Montanans who are baffled by the Senate’s inaction on this issue. Each Montanan featured in the campaign juggles more than half a dozen jobs, so they ask why can’t Congress do one?
The Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing on the President’s nominee and have an up or down vote. In other words, they should do their job as Tester says.
Garland will look pretty moderate compared to whom President Hillary Clinton or President Bernie Sanders will nominate.
By the way, I am not featured in the social media campaign because I do so many jobs they could not list them all…
Trump & Cockroaches:
Public Policy Polling asked people “Do you have a higher opinion of Donald Trump or XXX” in a recent poll. Some of the things they asked if people had a higher opinion of included hemorrhoids, lice, cockroaches, Nickelback, root canals, used car salesmen, etc.
See the results HERE. Prepare to laugh.
More interesting results from the poll found that among voters with a favorable opinion of Trump:
- 65% think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13% think he’s a Christian.
- 59% think President Obama was not born in the United States, only 23% think that he was.
The Car Salesperson:
The Donald Trump poll (above) asking about car salesmen and hemorrhoids and root canals reminded me that I don’t care for car salespeople very much. That’s probably one of the reasons that my vehicles are 10 and 15 years old. I hate the process. I feel the same about realtors.
Please don’t tell me your car dealership is different because it’s not.
The other day I received an email and it was followed up with a letter from a local auto dealership in Great Falls. I will not name the dealership to prevent embarrassment. Here is part of what the letter/email stated:
Great news! You have been Pre-Qualified for credit toward a new vehicle at XXXX of Great Falls. To see all the vehicles you may be able to buy for less than your current monthly payment simply click the link below!
I laughed at the letter because I don’t have a monthly car payment.
A few days later a woman from the dealership called to follow-up. I read the above line to her and then I asked her when I could come by and pick up my free car. I told her that I don’t currently have a monthly car payment, so that would be less than my current monthly payment.
She paused for a long time and then said something like, “We don’t give away free cars.” I responded quickly with, “Maybe you should check with your legal department because although I’m not a lawyer and I don’t even play one on TV, I think you just did.”
I continued to pile it on. She was cornered and I could tell she was getting frustrated and upset because I took her off-script. I finally said, “Relax, if I want a new car, I would stop by XXXX of Great Falls first. Thanks for calling.”
She laughed nervously and said, “Thank you.”