Monday’s Quick Hits

We have met the enemy and he is us. – Walt Kelly

What a weekend – politics, football, and playoff baseball! Are you ready for another great week?

Today I take a look at:

  • Montana’s Gubernatorial Debate
  • The Second Presidential Debate

Montana’s Gubernatorial Debate:

Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Steve Bullock faced off Saturday night in a debate.

For future reference, debate organizers should not schedule a debate on Saturday night. Montanans enjoy football and the Montana State Bobcats were playing at the same time as the debate, and the Montana Grizzlies finished playing a couple hours before the debate, so many people were traveling.

Tim McGonigal of MTN News was the moderator. He was not very good (and I’m being nice). The panel consisted of MTN’s chief political reporter Mike Dennison, along with MTN anchors Donna Kelley and Jay Kohn. They did a good job.

I thought that Bullock seemed a little sluggish during the debate and that he could have used a shot of an energy drink. Gianforte was his usual aggressive self. I thought they both landed some shots.

In The Western Word poll, voters said that Steve Bullock won the debate with 57% of the vote, and 41% of the voters thought Greg Gianforte won. Another 2% thought they tied.

Thanks to all who participated in the poll.

The Second Presidential Debate:

The headline from Roll Call sums up what I think about the second presidential debate, “Trump Was Better but Remains a Terrible Standard-Bearer for GOP.” The secondary headline was “Billionaire showed he’s wildly uninformed about foreign and domestic policy.”

One other thing I heard about the debate and Trump is “Don’t get into a bar fight with someone who has nothing to lose.”

Yes, overall Trump did better. He actually landed some shots and made Hillary Clinton go on defense some, but during the first 30 minutes of the debate, he was too nasty. Trump still lacks any substance in his answers beyond a sentence or two.

I think the pulse Trump had in this campaign was pretty much extinguished with the release of the tape last week that caught him saying, that he can “grab” women “by the p***y” simply because he’s “a star” and that “I did try and f— her. She was married,” and “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”

After those remarks came out, the “rats” started to abandon the Trump ship.

There are about 35-45% of base voters who loved what Trump said to Clinton during the debate, like that he would put her in jail. They will stick with him no matter what.

The best thing Trump has going for him is that he is running against Hillary Clinton.

The Western Word poll asking who won the second presidential debate will be open until Wednesday morning. Go HERE to vote.



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  1. You know who else jails their political opponents? Various African countries, Egypt, ISIS, North Korean, Myanmar. He has some ‘great’ examples to emulate as he “Makes mericuh something something”.

    And what is it with the snuffling? His RNC speech and both debates. Does he have COPD or a deviated septum or something?

    • Doug – I think the putting her in jail line made most people gasp. Who the heck knows about his sniffles. -JmB

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