Sometimes I wish I were a nicer person but then I laugh and continue my day. – Rebel Circus
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 Trump coming to Great Falls, the Robert O’Neill interview, Justice Kennedy replacement, plus One More Thing that you don’t want to miss!
Trump Coming to Great Falls:
Last night (Thursday) at about 6:30 pm (Montana time) the Trump campaign posted the information for the Rally in Great Falls. The event will be held Thursday, July 5. The rally begins at 4:00 pm and the doors open at 1:00 pm. The event will be held at Four Seasons Arena. Here is a link to reserve tickets.
The Western Word (@TheWesternWord) was the first to post the information on Twitter.
At about 6:40 pm the information was removed from the Trump Campaign website. It was re-posted Friday morning.
I’ve been involved in at least three presidential or former presidential visits to Montana and was the key person in the George W. Bush visit to Great Falls in February 2005.
Presidential visits almost always start as a rumor because calls are being made to select a location and other logistical things and people are told to keep it quiet, but people like others to know that they know something big. One person involved in security for the President told me once the local police department is notified, the information about the visit is usually out in the public really soon.
I still remember about seven days out getting a call from Senator Conrad Burns’ Chief of Staff saying hold on, let me connect us to the White House – the President is coming to Great Falls – and you’re in charge. Gulp.
Of course, I was sworn to secrecy until the event was made public.
A few days before the event, an advance team will show up and start coordinating things with local people. The people involved in the event from outside Montana will grow as the time for the event draws near. There will be meeting after meeting to coordinate the event. The last few days before the event, I think I was home for about two hours each night.
Back in 2005, they used paper tickets and there were probably 10,000 more requests for tickets than there was room in the smallish Four Seasons arena. Now it looks like Team Trump is using cell phone requests (two tickets for each number).
It was a wonderful event to coordinate. It did not go as smoothly as I would like, but that’s the norm when you have to coordinate an event with federal, state, local officials, and with political people. People are your best friend until they don’t get a ticket – then they get nasty. Some get very nasty.
I have a lot of notes about the visit that I never shared (the good, the bad, and the ugly), but I did take the time to put my thoughts down in writing. Maybe someday I will publish them.
Robert O’Neill Interview:
Former Navy Seal Robert J. O’Neill who claimed to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden recently did an interview with Ed Mylett. O’Neill is from Butte. I think O’Neill is a patriot.
There were lots of interesting tidbits that came out during the interview, like that O’Neill wanted to join the Marine Corps after getting dumped by a girl, but the Marine recruiter was out to lunch, and the Navy recruiter nabbed him. Then there’s the part about him not being able to swim. O’Neill talks about the movie Zero Dark Thirty, too.
The hour-long interview is well worth your time. Watch/Listen to it HERE. I follow O’Neill on Twitter (@mchooyah) and he’s a kick in the pants.
Justice Kennedy Replacement:
People are asking me if I think the Democrats can stop President Donald Trump and the Senate Republicans from nominating and confirming someone for the Supreme Court before the November election.
The short answer is NO.
I think it was shitty what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did when Justice Antoine Scalia died by saying they would hold off because it was a presidential election year. McConnell bet that Trump would be President and not Clinton. He won. The Democrats bitched and complained and gave speeches about the travesty. They also raised a lot of money off of it.
There are two left-leaning justices that could retire soon: Ginsburg is 85 and Breyer is 79. It might be better for the Democrats to concentrate on electing a President in 2020 instead of giving speeches about the travesty and hypocrisy of the Republicans beating them in the game of politics.
One More Thing:
We all heard about the complaints made regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wearing Trump socks that had MAGA “Make America Great Again” on them. I guess that is considered campaigning and a no-no.
Maybe Zinke should send the people who complained a pair of socks like the one in the link below (NOTE – the photo is rated PG):