Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Tester, Rosendale, & Kavanaugh

The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great. – Meghan McCain

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Jon Tester Misspoke
  • Matt Rosendale – Admin & Moderator
  • Trouble for Kavanaugh?

Jon Misspoke:

The Tester Team fumbled the ball last week in regard to a meeting between U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Lee Newspapers, the Senator had been telling the Montana press that a meeting with Kavanaugh had been scheduled, but the White House had canceled it. Tester was even able to finagle a nice story from Lee Newspapers about his ordeal.

The Senator was wrong. In a follow-up story, Lee Newspapers posted a statement from Tester’s communications director:

“Jon misspoke. Our office and the White House were working on scheduling a meeting for the week of August 20, but the White House pushed that back. Jon looks forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and remains in contact with the White House to get a meeting on the books as soon as possible. Last week Jon reviewed a handful of documents related to Judge Kavanaugh’s record and he continues to vet him for this very important job.”

Rosendale’s team was quick to send out an email saying that “Jon Tester was caught lying about the reason he never met with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.”

Of course, Rosendale asks for an “emergency donation” to “help us RETIRE Jon Tester so we no longer have to listen to his lies.”

The good part of the story for Tester is the White House also confirmed there’s been no refusal by Tester to meet with Kavanaugh.

That’s one less charge the Republicans can aim at Tester – but I bet that does not stop the President from talking about it when he holds a rally in Billings later this week for Tester’s opponent, Matt Rosendale.

Matt Rosendale – Admin & Moderator:

Something we probably won’t hear about during the Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in Billings this week is this story:

Five Republican candidates vying for seats in the U.S. House and Senate in November’s midterms appear to be current or former administrators of a far-right Facebook group that has pushed debunked conspiracy theories and made racially charged posts about Muslims and black people.

It was reported in the story that one of those “Republican candidates” was none other than Matt Rosendale, who is running for U.S. Senate in Montana.

The Montana Democrats say that the group’s members posted more than a dozen posts demeaning Sen. John McCain, calling him a “traitor,” wishing that he “would just shut up and die already!” and celebrating the news of his death.

That is terrible. Rosendale should explain to Montanans why he was even a member of this group – not to mention an administrator and moderator.

I guess Rosendale was not too proud of his affiliation (or that he was caught) as it was later reported that he was no longer listed as an administrator and moderator.

Sadly, there are many people on the right side of the political fence who believe in the things that this group promotes.

Rosendale has tied himself to the far-right wackos and that is one of the reasons he won’t be elected to the U.S. Senate.

I can’t wait to see the campaign commercials about this…

Trouble for Kavanaugh?

This is a big week for President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The confirmation process starts and there’s an ABC/Washington Post poll that shows there may be some problems getting Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court:

Thirty-eight percent of Americans say Kavanaugh should be confirmed, 39 percent not, with the rest undecided in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. Only two nominees have had weaker public support: Harriet Miers, who withdrew her nomination, in 2005; and Robert Bork, rejected by the Senate in 1987.

You can read the full poll results HERE.