Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME). Be advised, there’s a full moon tonight!
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 Jon Tester & #DoYourJob, Greg Gianforte & Emili, Steve Bullock & No Accident, TWW picks the winning candidates (so far), Barry Beach, dominoes falling, and much more!
Tester – #DoYourJob:
Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) was busy this week following the Democrat’s playbook and calling out his colleagues for “their partisan politics” and for their “refusal to do their job.” Tester claims the Senate may recess next week for the election in November “without addressing many of the problems facing the country.”
So what else is new?
Tester took to Twitter to drive home the point and like several Democrats used the hashtag #DoYourJob in several posts.
This is all fine and good and some gullible folks might buy what Tester is selling, but it’s pure BS. Tester knows that if the Democrats ran the Senate, they would be doing the same thing. The House and Senate fail to do much, if anything, during an election year no matter who runs it – especially when it’s a Presidential election year.
As the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) most, if not all, of Tester’s moves are to help elect Democrats to the Senate.
As you probably have seen me write before, it’s always about the next election in Washington, D.C.
Bumper Sticker Mania:
Thanks to former Montana Republican Party Chair Will Deschamps, The Western Word received a Trump for President bumper sticker!
If you are a state-wide candidate and want your bumper sticker featured here on one of Montana’s “prominent blogs” send me an email! Thanks again to Will Deschamps for coming through!
New Campaign Ad – Gianforte:
Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, has a new 30-second campaign ad posted called “Emili.”
Here is the transcript:
The worst part right now is just the uncertainty. My daughters are the third generation to call Colstrip home. Nobody knows what’s coming tomorrow. It’s scary to think of having a house in a ghost town.
I don’t think we have an advocate in the governor’s mansion. And I’ve heard him talk and say that he’s been doing things to help, but I haven’t seen him stand up for us.
Greg Gianforte proved it to me that he’s on our side. I know we can be a lot more confident in our jobs and in our future with Greg Gianforte as Governor.
The Gianforte campaign is attempting to show that Greg Gianforte will fight to protect jobs in the coal industry more than his opponent, Steve Bullock.
Like the “Travis” ad, this one is a little boring and that’s on the people who made it, not because of Emili’s story. She is way too nice. Gianforte could have had someone say, “Steve Bullock is trying to kill Colstrip and the coal industry in Montana” or something like that to get the point across. If you are going to spend thousands on ads, you might as well swing for the fence.
I give this ad the same rating as the Travis ad, a seven out of 10 (7/10). You can view the ad HERE.
New Campaign Ad – Bullock:
Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has a new 30-second campaign ad posted called “No Accident.”
The ad starts with beautiful scenery and shows Bullock throughout. Bullock talks about Montana being ranked as the most fiscally prudent state in the country. He says that here we believe in fiscal discipline and accountability and that he worked with Republicans and Democrats to balance the budget every year with a rainy day fund and no new taxes. He also said he cracked down on waste to save millions. He adds at the end of the ad that fiscal responsibility is the governor’s responsibility for all Montanans.
Most people who follow Montana government know that the state constitution requires the Legislature to balance the budget every session. So yes, he did that but it was not anything extraordinary.
There’s plenty to agree and disagree with in the ad – depending on whom you support for governor.
The Bullock campaign took something that is boring as hell (the budget) and made it almost watchable. I give “No Accident” an eight out of 10 (8/10). You can view the ad HERE.
If The Election Was Today:
Almost every week until Election Day (mostly on Friday), I will pick who I think is winning eight key races from President on down to state-wide races in Montana. This does not mean they will be the winners in November or that I am personally supporting them, I just think they are winning their contests at this particular time. These picks are made from what I am hearing, seeing, and from my vast experience in the political world!
If the election was today, I think the winners would be:
-Trump seems to be gaining in some states
MT House At-Large: Zinke
-Juneau received a bounce when CQ Roll Call called it one the top five winnable races. The race still leans toward a Zinke win.
MT Governor: Bullock
-I think Gianforte is showing some life; this race may be getting closer
MT Secretary of State: Lindeen
-It’s never good to be the one to tell Montanans there will be a 58% rate increase for health insurance, so that may help her opponent.
MT Attorney General: Fox
-Fox is the vanilla candidate, but it’s working for him
MT State Auditor: Laslovich
-Will the rate increase for Obamacare hurt Laslovich at the polls?
MT OPI: Arntzen
-Romano needs to get some name recognition – a big TV ad buy would help.
MT Supreme Court Justice #3: Juras
-Sandefur might be making a move – does having other former justices supporting him help?
If you see any of the races differently, let me know in the comment section. Unlike the Billings Gazette, here at The Western Word we allow comments.
Barry, Barry, Barry:
It was announced this week that the Billings City Attorney’s Office had declined to pursue criminal charges against convicted killer Barry Beach on allegations that he propositioned a 12-year-old girl for sex just a few months into his parole. (MTN News)
It was also reported that Beach had declined to comment on the allegation, which was probably the smartest thing Beach could do.
Although he will not be charged, Beach messed up and tainted his reputation by putting himself in that position. Some of the folks who wholeheartedly supported Barry Beach when he was trying to get out of prison should probably offer to help him with his social skills.
One More Thing:
Here is what it looks like when 15,000 dominoes fall. You’re welcome…
I would probably forget to push record on the camera….