Monday’s Quick Hits

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • U.S. Attorneys
  • The Final Three
  • Montana VA Problems
  • Kasich on Meet the Press

U.S. Attorneys:

When Donald J. Trump was elected President back in November, just about anyone who received a presidential appointment from the Obama Administration should have known that their days were numbered.

Anyone who works for a politician should already understand that they work at the pleasure of that politician and if that politician loses reelection, retires, dies, or leaves office, their time is up, except in some unique circumstances.

So it was downright funny to watch the reaction of some U.S. Attorneys who received notice on Friday that they were being relieved of their duties. One U.S. Attorney would not resign, so he was fired. No big deal.

Here in Montana, U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter told the Great Falls Tribune, “I did not expect it and not this abruptly and, quite frankly, I find it terribly short-sighted on the part of this new administration and pretty unprofessional.”

Let’s take a timeout here to wipe a tear for Mr. Cotter and to think about who U.S. Senator Steve Daines will recommend to President Trump to lead the U.S. Attorneys in Montana.

Back in 1993, the new Clinton Administration asked for resignations of all 93 U.S. Attorneys from the previous administration. One of those U.S. Attorneys was Jeff Sessions, who is now the U.S. Attorney General.

Paybacks are fun.

The Final Three:

The three candidates for U.S. House in Montana are finalized. On Saturday, Montana’s Libertarian Party picked 46-year-old cattle rancher and writer Mark Wicks to be its candidate in the May 25 special election. (AP)

Wicks joins Democrat Rob Quist, age 69, and Republican Greg Gianforte, age 55.

With Wicks being the “youngster” of the bunch, if he was elected he could possibly stay in that seat long enough to give Montana some real clout in the House. He will get a close look from me because of that.

So now the field is finalized and there’s nothing left to say except, “Let’s get ready to rumble.”

Montana VA Problems

This song is getting old…

The Associated Press reported that Montana military veterans who were referred to health specialists in 2015 faced delays in getting appointments or receiving needed medical services nearly half the time, and those delays may have harmed four patients, according to a report released Friday.

The AP also reported that the inspectors found almost 26,000 delays out of 51,941 referrals ordered in 2015, according to the report.

Of course, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines were outraged.

The “swamp” at the VA needs to be drained. Hiring from within does not change the culture in the VA. They need new blood in the agency. Tester and Daines should demand it.

Kasich on Meet the Press

Ohio Governor John Kasich was on Meet the Press Sunday and the topic turned to political parties and working together.

Look, I believe the political parties are disintegrating before our very eyes. I think more and more people across this country see no purpose for political parties.

Because — I’ll tell you something. You talk to people. There are more and more independents because of the squabbling. What’s at risk here to Democrats is you can’t turn your back on these people. And to Republicans, you need to invite Democrats in because we’re talking about lives.

All this consumption with who gains politically, you know, life is short. And if all you focus on in life is what’s in it for me, you’re a loser. You are a big time loser. And this country better be careful we’re not losing the soul of our country because we play politics and we forget people who are in need.

I’d like to see the Republicans and Democrats work together to make healthcare better for all. It does not look like we’ll see that happen.

 

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6 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. But even Sessions stayed on for at least a month. The standard practice seems to be to ask for their resignations and have them serve until their successor has been confirmed. Same with many Ambassadors but Trump just fired them with no idea who would be their replacement.

    As it stands, there are over 500 positions requiring Senate confirmation in the WH Administration that have not even been nominated, let alone put to work. This is just more ham-handed bungling by an incompetent thin-skinned narcissist.

    Watch who replaces Preet Bharara in New York. One of his investigations is against FOX News. Also, Trump promised him that his job was secure some time ago.

    • US Attorney Deirdre Daly, in Connecticut, will stay through at least October, her office announces—after announcing her resignation Friday.

      • Thanks Doug – There are several reasons why he may have asked her to stay and some I won’t get into…

    • Doug – Thanks Doug – I enjoy your commentary. I think Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III is out for revenge – revenge of the nerd. -JmB

    • Greg – Yes finally!

      Thanks for the link – that was a good look at the perils of veterans in Montana and across the nation. Good job! Just imagine if you were a veteran trying to get help from Daines or Tester.

      Thanks again,

      -JmB

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