The Wednesday Read: Montana Green Party, Cohen & Manafort

I don’t think inside the box. I don’t think outside the box either. I don’t even know where the box is. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Montana Green Party
  • Cohen/Manafort

Montana Green Party:

The Associated Press (AP) reported that the Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s decision to remove Montana Green Party candidates from the November ballot.

That decision helps incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester immensely as a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate could take votes from him.

The Democrats should not “pop the cork” of bubbly just yet. MTN reports that the Green Party still has its own legal action pending: A lawsuit filed last week in federal court, saying Montana’s distribution requirement is an arbitrary, unconstitutional barrier for smaller, unestablished parties to qualify for the ballot.

Montana should allow independent and minor party candidates to get on the ballot the same way Republicans and Democrats get on the ballot. If Democrats and Republicans were secure in their message, they would change the law to allow this.


No matter how you spin it, yesterday (Tuesday) was not a good day for Donald Trump.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight felony charges, and Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations – felonies.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said that Cohen “testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”

I remember Donald Trump telling people that he would only hire the best people. I remember Donald Trump saying the investigation was a witch hunt.

A photo going around the internet shows former employees of Trump:

Paul Manafort (Campaign Manager) – Guilty
Rick Gates (Deputy Campaign Manager) – Guilty
Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor) – Guilty
Michael Cohen (Personal Lawyer) – Guilty
George Papadopoulos (Foreign Policy Advisor) – Guilty

There’s a statement at the bottom of the photo saying if this is a witch hunt, then there sure are a lot of witches.

A new Monmouth University poll found that 58% believe Trump does not hire the best people. The Associated Press recently reported that Trump’s White House is setting records for attrition with some 61 percent of Trump’s senior-most aides leaving the White House. Only Bill Clinton’s 42 percent comes close for the last five administrations.

Is this the end for Trump? Hardly. I do look for more people to be indicted – some very close to Trump – maybe even his family members.

Trump may even fire special counsel Robert Mueller – which should lead to his impeachment.

The bottom line is that Trump is terrible at governing. His actions may irreparably harm our country.



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Montana Green Party, Cohen & Manafort

  1. Don’t forget #3 on yesterday’s hit parade of Republican criminality-Duncan Hunter (R-CA) being indicted, along with his wife, for over $250,000 in improper campaign expenditures for personal use including but not limited to:

    “On or about March 20, 2015, when DUNCAN HUNTER told MARGARET HUNTER that he was planning “to buy my Hawaiian shorts” but had run out of money, she counseled him to buy the shorts at a golf pro shop so they could falsely describe the purchase later as, “some golf balls for the wounded warriors.”

    This guy is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Disgusting.

    • Doug – I saw that and agree that it is disgusting. I will have a couple of entries about it in Thursday Numbers. -Thanks, JmB

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