Caught My Eye…

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is the 316th edition of this non-award winning column.

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 my analysis of the Montana gubernatorial debate, Congressional Inventions Caucus, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), Values Bus Tour, Bruce!, Between Two Ferns, and much more!

Montana Gubernatorial Debate:

When the choice is football or debates, I usually pick football. I will probably make an exception to this rule this upcoming Monday night during the Presidential debate. I did pick football over the gubernatorial debate between Greg Gianforte and Steve Bullock. Due to technology, I was able to watch the debate later in the week. Here is my expert analysis:

  • The people asking the questions were journalists Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette, Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio, and Greg LaMotte of KULR 8. The moderator was Becky Hillier from Wake Up Montana.
  • It was awkward to have candidates walk across stage – its wastes time. They had problems with timing – it seemed for awhile like this was going to be amateur hour.
  • Gianforte came across more articulate, but he was too aggressive like the kid sitting in the front row raising his hand because he knows the answer. He comes across much better when he calmly answers questions. He started the debate by going on the attack (or going negative) which I think was a bad move.
  • Bullock stumbled and bumbled some with his “yeah” comments to start some of his responses – and he’s the politician. I would think that after all these years as a public servant and as a lawyer he would be able to think on his feet and communicate better. During his campaign commercials, Bullock comes across much better.
  • Gianforte knows business well, but he is weak in most everything else. He somewhat reminds me of John Malkovich in the movie Con Air.
  • Bullock mistakenly said “IUD” instead of “IED” during his answer about former Lt. Governor John Walsh. After seeing what was said on social media during the debate about the error, Gianforte supporters made the gaffe bigger on social media than it actually was during the debate.
  • Greg LaMotte of KULR 8 News asked the candidates a question about extramarital affairs, which was absurd. The same people who have been sending me and others emails telling me about one of the candidates having an affair must have contacted LaMotte. He took the bait. If a reporter had evidence (not rumors) about an affair, he/she should ask the question one on one and not during a debate. Each candidate is married and has children who were probably watching the debate, so it was dumb for him to ask the question.I figured when it was LaMotte’s turn to ask another question, he would ask the candidates when the last time was they beat their dog.
  • Overall I believe there were around 15 questions asked. I have Bullock winning on six questions and Gianforte winning on four questions. The remaining answers to questions were too close to call.

Congressional Inventions Caucus:

From the “you can’t make this *&^% up” file, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) announced this week that he and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) launched the Congressional Inventions Caucus in the U.S. Senate.

I’m hoping they will “invent” a way to get more work out of Congress during election years. I’m sure Daines would like to hear your ideas about inventions. You can contact him HERE.

If The Election Was Held 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 held today, I think the winners would be:

President: Clinton
-Trump seems to be gaining and making this race closer. The big debate on Monday may give one of the candidates some momentum. It will probably be the most-watched debate of all time.

MT House At-Large: Zinke
-The dueling ads are up, but I still see this race leaning toward a Zinke win.

MT Governor: Bullock
-The debate changed little. I still see Bullock leading this.

MT Secretary of State: Lindeen
-Monica Lindeen is on TV with some ads. I think this race between her and Corey Stapleton will be close.

MT Attorney General: Fox
-In the words of Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump, “Get down! Shut up!” That seems to be the way Tim Fox is campaigning. BTW, I look for Fox to run for Governor in four years.

MT State Auditor: Laslovich
-We’re yawning here, but Laslovich is favored. I don’t see this race as very close.

MT OPI: Arntzen
-I’m starting to see some billboards and yard signs for Romano. She needs name recognition big time.

MT Supreme Court Justice #3: Juras
-Sandefur supporters are turning up the heat. Will third-party ads play a role in this race?

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.

Values Bus Tour:

FYI – Family Research Council Action is co-hosting a coast to coast “Values Bus” tour with Concerned Women for America in over 20 states encouraging pro-family voters to vote their values when casting their ballot on November 8th. The bus will stop in Montana at:

Beartooth Harley Davidson
6900 S. Frontage Rd.
Billings, MT 59101
Tuesday, September 27th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

More information can be found by clicking HERE.

Happy Birthday Bruce!

Bruce Springsteen is 67 today – here’s one of my favorite videos:

One More Thing:

ICYMI – Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis – He interviews Hillary Clinton:

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    • James – Sorry man – your comment was for some reason sent to spam and I just found it. -Thanks, -JmB

  1. Fox might like to run for governor in 2020, but if Gianforte loses this year and comes back in four years, Fox won’t have a chance. It’ll be like this year – get out of the big money’s way.

    In that regard, Gianforte is the biggest problem the MT Republican Party has. If he doesn’t win this time, can he win? More importantly, if he doesn’t win this time, will he continue to try again and again, and how long will the MT GOP put up with this.

    I see a Fox governorship as even worse than a Gianforte one. If Bullock wins this year it’s almost guaranteed that the governor’s office will be GOP in 2021.

    Or is MT ready for 20 years of Democrats there, not just 16?

    Personally I think 12 has been enough. Winning the legislature is more important than the governor’s office anyways. That way you have offensive capabilities, not just defensive. Democrats can’t get legislation through right now, haven’t been able to in awhile.

    I don’t see that changing anytime soon – their message does not resonate with most of the state. Far from seeing this as a bad thing, Democrats actually bask in it.

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