Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open. – Dalai Lama
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 about today include Senator Al Franken’s resignation and the “ethics champs,” Ryan Zinke did it again, Matt Rosendale endorsements and Russ Fagg counters, bumper sticker mania, Donald, Melania and Pearl Harbor, and One More Thing!
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) announced his resignation Thursday because of several sexual harassment allegations.
I think the last count I saw was that about 32 Democrats in the U.S. Senate were calling on him to resign.
Before we crown the Democrats as “Ethics Champs” I must point out they really have nothing to lose with Franken’s resignation. A Democrat is the Governor of Minnesota and will appoint a Democrat to fill the spot until a special election in 2018. Then there will most likely be another Democrat win the seat in 2020 for the regular election.
It’s basically the same with the Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) resignation.
The Democrats turned on their own like a pack of political wolves.
On the other hand, the Republicans in the Senate know if they get rid of Republican Roy Moore in Alabama, that seat will go to a Democrat and actually cost them a seat. Most Republicans, including the President, are supporting Moore. The Republican National Committee is pouring money into the race to win it for Moore and the Senate Republicans.
Both sides know how to keep score. The Democrats hope they look more ethical than the Republicans. Ethics is something we don’t find much these days in Washington, D.C. – from either side.
Finally, here is a paragraph from Franken’s speech that caught my eye yesterday:
I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.
Yes, isn’t it ironic…
Zinke: Oops, He did it Again:
Politico is reporting that Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke booked government helicopters to attend events around Washington, D.C.
One such booking enabled Zinke to go horseback riding with Vice President Pence:
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence, according to previously undisclosed official travel documents.
In the article, Interior officials defended Zinke’s use of the helicopter.
Just because Zinke is in a position to use government resources for these “official” events, does not mean he should do it. How about trying to save taxpayers a few bucks.
Politico pointed out that Zinke is already being investigated for mixing official travel with political events.
The far-right endorsements are rolling in for U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. Rosendale has been endorsed by far-right conservatives Steve Bannon, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
The endorsements even caught the attention of the Great Falls Tribune. There is a story about it HERE.
As far as I can tell, Rosendale has not been endorsed by Sen. Steve Daines or Rep. Greg Gianforte.
Another U.S. Senate candidate, Russ Fagg, touted on Twitter that he is “honored by endorsements from respected MT leaders Gov Marc Racicot, Gov Judy Martz, Gov Stan Stephens, Cong Rick Hill, Cong Denny Rehberg.”
I am not sure how much endorsements matter, but Rosendale did get a little free publicity out of them.
Bumper Sticker Mania:
Last election I asked state-wide candidates to send me a free bumper sticker to feature here at The Western Word. It was a lot of fun to see who responded.
So, if you are a state-wide candidate and would like to see your bumper sticker featured here on one of the “prominent” Montana blogs, (and the best independent blog) send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Trumps & Pearl Harbor:
It was a very simple job for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania. Just tweet something nice on December 7 about Pearl Harbor. Let your followers know you recognize the day. Be patriotic!
They screwed it up.
President Donald Trump tweeted “A day that will live in infamy!” The quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt was quickly pointed out by several people as incorrect. The correct phrase is “a date which will live in infamy.” (Source)
First Lady Melania Trump sent a tweet with the wrong date for the attack on Pearl Harbor, tweeting, “Today we honor Pearl Harbor Heroes. 11/7/1941.” The correct date is 12/7/1941. (Source)
For my friends on the right, I know that other Presidents and First Ladies have made errors. This is an attention to detail which is something that is lacking in this Administration.
One More Thing:
“Worst. SNL sketch. Ever.” –Tweet from @MichaelRWarren following U.S. Senator Al Franken’s resignation speech.
(SNL = Saturday Night Live. Franken was a member of the cast for a few seasons.)