The people who influence you are the people who believe in you. – Henry Drummond
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 that I am providing commentary on today include Rob Quist/Greg Gianforte and PAC money, Tim Fox, Jon Tester town hall, Ryan Zinke’s socks, American Health Care Act, Orrin Hatch, and much more!
No PAC Money, except:
I got a laugh out of the candidates in the U.S. House special election, Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte, saying they won’t take Political Action Committee (PAC) money, but then saying they would take certain PAC money. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.
It’s like saying someone is “a little pregnant.”
So candidates Quist and Gianforte; please give us a break…
What Does Tim Fox Say…
Surely people did not think that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox went to Washington, D.C. just to be U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ guest for the President’s address to Congress, did they?
I know; don’t call you Shirley…
Fox is the newest flavor of the month to run against Senator Jon Tester, who is up for reelection in 2018. Fox was the second choice behind Zinke, who is now Secretary of Interior. I already said in my Thursday column that Fox can’t beat Tester. Neither could Zinke. Of course, if Tester was hit with a scandal or something, that could change.
When asked about the race by the Associated Press, Fox had this to say:
“A lot of people asked me about the 2018 election,” Fox said. “I appreciate people wanting to talk about this, it’s important for the people in our state. It’s not my priority at the moment.”
I tried to think of something Fox has done as Montana’s Attorney General. The only accomplishment I could think of was Fox subduing an intoxicated man in a bar. The man was throwing punches at Senator Daines’ chief of staff and Fox sat on the man until police came.
Somehow, someone will turn that into a great campaign commercial…
Tester Town Hall:
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) will be holding a town hall meeting next Friday, March 17, in Helena. According to his press release, it is “an in-person town hall meeting.”
Since March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, it would have been really brave for Tester to host the town hall meeting in Butte America.
Since the Helena event is being held in a school, I doubt we see much green beer being served, although I think the staff could at least offer those attending shamrock cookies. I think Tester should wear a leprechaun outfit…
Secretary Zinke’s Socks:
During a committee hearing this week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke donned a pair of socks “emblazoned with the portrait of America’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan.” (IJR.com)
Zinke is always pretty good at drawing attention to himself.
American Health Care Act:
The Republicans are pushing through their replacement for Obamacare, called the American Health Care Act. One House committee passed it in the early morning hours of Thursday. Another one passed it later in the day. It’s almost like they want to pass the bill before people realize what it does.
Some are asking if the Republicans learned anything from how the Democrats pushed through Obamacare. Maybe not.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan did a PowerPoint presentation that I called on Twitter, “GOP Health Plan for Dummies.” Ryan is a smooth talker. At the end of his presentation, I was so excited that I was ready to buy a timeshare. You can watch his presentation HERE (the actual presentation starts 15 minutes into the video).
Some folks took to Twitter to poke fun at the Speaker.
Ryan is very much involved in this because the Republicans are having a hard time holding their members together (See Tom Cotton & Rand Paul). It will be somewhat of a miracle if they get it passed. Some reports are saying that 15 million fewer people might have healthcare under the GOP’s Obamacare replacement.
I want to see better healthcare for all. Let’s hope both sides work together to make our healthcare better.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch(R-UT) is considering running for his eighth term in the U.S. Senate next year. (Roll Call)
Hatch has served in the senate since January 1977. Counting senators who are still in office, Hatch is only behind Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), who has been in the senate since January 1975.
Overall, Robert J. Byrd (D-WV) holds the longevity record. Byrd served 51 years, 5 months, and 26 days. Byrd passed away while in office. (U.S. Senate)
One More Thing:
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt