Caught My Eye…

Just because some people are fueled by drama doesn’t mean you have to attend the performance. ― Cheryl Richardson

Welcome to the big column to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Cascade County Republicans
  • Jon Bennion
  • Green New Deal
  • Jussie Smollett
  • Lara Logan
  • One More Thing

Cascade County Republicans:

I know it’s hard to believe, but several years ago I regularly attended the monthly meetings of the Cascade County Republicans. I also served as their webmaster for a couple of years. I volunteered in the office during campaigns.

I also worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns back then and kept him apprised of the happenings.

There were a few far-right folks back then, but most people got along for the good of the party. That is not the case in the past five or so years. After Burns lost in 2006, I quit going. The local party was being overrun by extremes. I have always been a moderate and can usually see both sides of an issue.

It seems the latest fight is in the works with the Great Falls Tribune reporting that the Cascade County Republican Central Committee asked State Representative Fred Anderson to resign. Anderson was the principal at the high school in Miles City where allegations of sexual misconduct by an athletic trainer are in the news.

I’m not sure if that is the real reason for asking for his resignation – he may not be Republican enough for some on the Central Committee.

That is the problem – some people are deemed RINOs (Republican In Name Only) because they don’t always toe the Republican line.

If you look at the big picture, that is the problem with party politics today.

It’s gotten so bad that the State Legislature is considering a bill (HB 318) which the Montana Free Press reports is a bill meant to clarify county political committee procedures and abate intra-party skirmishes.

I’ve read the bill. It’s a good start, but there are always going to be “skirmishes” in the Central Committees. The best thing is for those who lose the battles in the Central Committees to act like adults when they lose.

They also need to unzip the flaps a little wider on that “big tent” they talk about all the time in the GOP. Right now the tent flaps are zipped a little too tightly for most moderates.

The state legislature could also make it easier for independent candidates to get on the ballot in Montana. If Montana had more independents in the state legislature it might force them to work together – wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Jon Bennion:

Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion announced Thursday that he will run for Montana Attorney General (AG) as a Republican in 2020. The current AG, Tim Fox, is term-limited from running again. Fox is running for Montana Governor.

I like Bennion. In my past dealings with him, he has always come across as professional and had a good understanding of the issues.

I urge him to stay in the middle and not be too extreme.

MTN News reported that State Rep. Kimberly Dudik, a Democrat from Missoula, announced in December that she would run for the office.

I’m not sure if anyone else will run for the office on the Republican side, but Bennion will be a very strong candidate with wide support.

Green New Deal:

When your bat-shit crazy relative posts crap about the congressional resolution called the Green New Deal, you can check their assertions for the facts. Let me save you some time- most of their assertions are bulls*&^ and partisan.

The New York Times has a great article posted called “Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal.”

As the NYT reminds those who lack experience about how laws are made, “The resolution is nonbinding, so even if Congress approves it, nothing in the proposal would become law.”

Here is a key point on what the Green New Deal does not do:

President Trump has claimed the Green New Deal will take away your “airplane rights.” Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, told Hugh Hewitt, the conservative radio host, that the proposal will confiscate cars and require Americans to “ride around on high-speed light rail, supposedly powered by unicorn tears.” And Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming and chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, warned that ice cream, cheeseburgers and milkshakes will be a thing of the past because under the Green New Deal, “livestock will be banned.”

FactCheck.org also dispels some of the misinformation about the Green New Deal. Check out their article HERE.

Jussie Smollett:

Actor Jussie Smollett is about 24 cents short of a quarter.

Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. (AP)

Supposedly Smollett was unhappy with his salary on the Fox TV show “Empire” and wanted to promote his career. We won’t forget him now!

Reports say that Smollett paid his attackers by check. Yes, by check.

There are also reports there was a hate letter sent to him with cut out letters from a magazine. The magazine was found at his attackers’ home. The letter was supposedly sent by Smollett. Da-dumb.

If convicted, Smollett could get up to three years in prison. We may never know how many people decided not to report hate crimes because they are afraid they won’t be believed. Shame on Jussie Smollett.

Lara Logan:

BREAKING NEWS: Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan says, “…media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats.”

In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

I like Lara Logan and her reporting. She reported inaccurate information on 60 Minutes about the Benghazi attack. She owned up to it. I respect that. She suffered the consequences.

She will be a great addition to whichever cable news station hires her. Since she went on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” the other night, she must be looking to work for Fox News.

One More Thing:

In case you missed it, there was a big basketball game between Duke and North Carolina Wednesday night that was built up as much as any basketball game can be in February.

CBS News reported this:

Less than a minute into Wednesday night’s game, Duke freshman Zion Williamson, a rising superstar in his sport, went down with a knee-sprain injury when his white Nike shoe broke apart, prompting former President Barack Obama to point from his courtside seat, making the call: “His shoe broke.”

Many years ago I played a ton of basketball. When I was stationed with the Air Force in Guam, my wife went on a shopping trip to South Korea where she purchased a pair of new Reebok basketball shoes (about $10) for me. Of course, these were counterfeit Reebok shoes.

After a couple days of playing basketball, my show blew out just like Williamson’s shoe.

I only got a few chuckles from the guys in the gym, not the entire country and a former President like Williamson did.

 

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