One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. – Plato
Today’s commentary deals with:
- Tillerson Fired
- GOP House Intelligence Report
- Hillary Clinton Speaks
- Tester Launches First Ad
Early this morning, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been fired and that Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become the new Secretary of State.
Trump also announced that Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA. Trump said she is the “first woman so chosen.”
When I first saw in my inbox that “Trump fires…” I figured it was Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, but it was not her. DeVos has had a rough week.
This makes about a gazillion members of the Trump Administration who have been fired.
I liked Tillerson although I thought he was in over his head as Secretary of State.
GOP House Intelligence Report:
The long national nightmare is over!
The Associated Press reported that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
This information pleased President Trump who tweeted (in caps):
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
This is another reason why people dislike Washington, D.C., so much. Did anyone think the Republican members of that committee would find anything wrong with a Republican President?
Hillary Clinton Speaks:
After the remarks from Hillary Clinton’s speech in India became public, I saw someone post on Twitter that she was doing her best to reelect Trump.
I’m not sure that Democrats want Hillary Clinton in the spotlight leading up to the 2018 elections. They sure don’t want her taking up the spotlight leading up to the 2020 Presidential elections. That is unless Hillary Clinton is the Democrat’s 2020 nominee for President…
Those on the right are still scared of Clinton and of Obama. I still see posts on Facebook from right-wing wackos about locking them up.
The Washington Post reported that Clinton, once again, tried to define Trump voters:
“And his whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are — you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”
WaPo also reported that she talked about Trump’s supporters:
Here she is again suggesting Trump’s support was, at least in significant part, about racism, misogyny and hatred of immigrants. She seems to say Trump was providing an outlet for these people.
Clinton is probably more right than wrong about some of Trump’s supporters having problems with women, blacks, and immigrants.
About all she is doing by revisiting these issues is energizing Trump’s supporters – and getting paid to do it!
Tester Launches First Ad:
If you follow The Western Word on Twitter and Facebook, then you were one of the first to know that U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) launched his first ad campaign of his 2018 re-election campaign yesterday, highlighting the 13 bills he’s gotten signed into law this Congress.
The ad is 30 seconds long and named, “13 Bills.” It will run statewide and is the first television ad for Tester this election cycle. The ad features Tester and Montanans recounting the 13 Tester bills President Trump has signed into law.
Here is the ad:
Overall I like this ad. It shows that Tester can work across party lines and that he is a strong supporter of veterans.
The ad starts with Tester saying, “Washington is a mess…” which seems to be a theme for Tester each election cycle. It’s also a theme for almost every candidate trying to get a job there.
With the filing deadline passed, a Libertarian candidate (Rick Breckenridge) filed to run for U.S Senate. Plus, two Green Party candidates filed (Timothy Adams & Steve Kelly) are also running for U.S. Senate. Although the Green Party might take some votes from Tester and the Libertarian candidate might take votes from the Republican, I still consider Tester to be safe in his reelection bid.
I give the Tester’s first ad “13 Bills” a 9/10.