Monday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, I-185, Daines, & Taylor Swift

Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. – Taylor Swift

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Justice Brett Kavanaugh
  • Initiative 185 (I-185)
  • Steve Daines – Publicity Hound
  • Taylor Swift


Here at The Western Word world headquarters, my cable and internet went down Thursday evening around 7:00 and was down until late Saturday afternoon. I had to watch regular network television during that time.

Fortunately, I had posted a draft of “Caught My Eye” to my Website before the technology crash occurred and was able to post it Friday morning.

I also had my trusty satellite radio to listen to when they were voting on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. Plus, I had my smartphone and used some data to keep informed.

This was a pretty nasty time in American politics. Both sides of the issue acted like morons during the process. Now the right side is celebrating and the left side is pissed.

Soon after Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48, there was a news story about impeaching him. Yahoo News reported that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said on Sunday the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be off the table if Democrats take one of the houses of Congress in next month’s midterm elections.

I understand that Booker wants to be President so he will just about say or do anything to get support, but you have got to be freaking kidding me about the impeachment of Kavanaugh.

Instead of impeachment, I think maybe the Democrats should work a little harder in finding a candidate to take on President Trump in 2020. He may get to appoint one or two more Supreme Court Justices if he is reelected.

Heck, maybe the Democrats should work a little harder for 2018 – it seems they have lost their momentum and may not do as well as they should in this midterm.

The bottom line is this: Donald Trump and the Republicans in the Senate beat the Democrats. So suck it up, Democrats, and work harder and smarter next time.

Initiative 185 (I-185):

Besides the campaign ads from the candidates and their supporters, here in Montana my TV and mailbox are filled with ads for and against I-185.

It’s getting comical. There are reports that those for and against I-185 have raised over $17 million to fund their campaigns.

In case you have not been paying attention if it passes I-185 will raise tobacco taxes to fund health care programs in Montana.

Those against I-185 say it is “poorly and deceptively written” and “unconstitutional” and that Montanans will have to pay millions per year if it passes.

Those for I-185 say it will prevent nearly 100,000 Montanans from losing their health coverage, provide funds for veterans’ suicide prevention, health services to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, and services to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

Since we have some bright Montanans on both sides of I-185, why do they see things so differently? I say decide for yourself – you can read the ballot language HERE. After the ballot language, you can scroll down to read the complete text of I-185.

I think I-185 will pass. What happens afterward in the courts may be what decides its fate.

Steve Daines – Publicity Hound:

On Friday I wrote this about the publicity hound, U.S. Senator Steve Daines:

Out of the blue Thursday evening, it was announced that U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) had told the Associated Press that he was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Montana on Saturday regardless of a possible weekend Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Soon after that, the news spread across the internet – probably like Daines had planned so that he could get his 15 minutes of attention. 

Daines worked it out with U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (R-Filthy Rich) to use his jet if needed. It was not needed and Daines was able to walk his lovely daughter down the aisle.

Daines and his people could not let the moment go by without getting just a little more publicity out of the whole thing. They found a friendly reporter and sent him a photo of Daines doing his fatherly thing and the reporter posted a tweet about it.

Daines’ story was even picked up by the Daily Mail which is a British tabloid published in London.

Daines reminds me of one of my several Beagle hounds that I owned in the past. The hounds would sniff out a rabbit and give a deep-throated long and glorious bark to let me know that he was on the trail of the pesky rabbit.

Daines is like that Beagle when he’s after some publicity.

It appears one of the most dangerous places to be is between Steve Daines and a television camera. I hope in the next two years prior to his time to run for reelection, Daines spends as much time meeting face to face with Montana constituents as he does generating publicity for himself.

Taylor Swift:

I am so relieved that singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has let her political views be known.

Not really, but I do believe people who are well-known can help motivate and encourage people to vote. That is wonderful. As for whom to vote for, I really don’t care who they endorse.

I do like Swift and actually follow her on Instagram (don’t judge me).

The most important two sentences in Swift’s Instagram post (to me) were:

Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.

Good advice.



2 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, I-185, Daines, & Taylor Swift

  1. Pro-women (groping) tRump also proved backup for Daines by claiming he told Daines to stick with his wedding plans. How magnanimous, and phony.

    • Thanks, Doug. Ol’ Steve Daines is pretty slick as a politician. As a statesman, he fails miserably. Montanans will probably keep sending him back as long as he wants to be there. He’s the Republican version of Max Baucus. He’ll have a career in Washington and accomplish little except to be a reliable vote for his party. -Mike

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