Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone; it’s walking in and not having to compare yourself to anyone at all. – Unknown
Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:
- Daines’ Teletownhall
- Border Emergency Declaration
- House Judiciary Committee
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) might go down in the Montana history books as hosting the most teletownhall meetings. Some people may call him the most cowardly Montana elected official for not holding face-to-face townhall meetings in the state.
Daines held another one of his Teletownhall meetings Monday night. While he received a few attaboys and some of his supporters came to his rescue, there were a few comments left on his Facebook page that were negative.
One disgruntled constituent said this:
You Mr Daines, you are a complete joke to this state. You screen these calls. I waited over 50 minutes to ask my question. You are not man enough to face any person in this state that did not vote for you. I must remind you, you are responsible to hear EVERY person in this state, not only the ones that voted for you.
Another person wrote:
How about you get off your rear end and come see your constituents, face to face? Teletownhalls are lazy and cowardly.
In a perfect world, where politicians cared about their constituents, Daines would schedule face-to-face townhall meetings in several locations across the state and alert the local media of the date, time, and location. While he might be worried about safety, I’m sure local law enforcement would be willing to help with the event.
I think Daines is afraid that a live face-to-face meeting with Montana constituents might turn into a circus. If he would have set an example and done them from the start, it would be a common occurrence and he would not be getting attacked for being a coward.
Now that he is within the cycle of running for reelection, I don’t see him holding one. He will masquerade some meetings filled with his supporters to make Montanans think he is out and about.
The Montana Democrats have already screwed this up by not finding a challenger for Daines. The Democrats in Montana are letting him skate.
When he’s reelected, that means we’ll see more teletownhall meetings.
Not having face-face interaction with constituents seems to be a winning formula for Daines.
Border Emergency Declaration:
Reuters and other sources are reporting that Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he would vote in favor of a resolution to end President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border emergency declaration, according to a media report, likely giving Democrats the votes to pass the measure in the Senate.
Reuters also reported that while the Senate appears unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, passage in the Republican-controlled chamber would be an embarrassment for the president, who has failed over more than two years in office to persuade Congress to fund his wall, a central promise of his presidential campaign.
A big embarrassment.
Paul also said something amazing:
“Every single Republican I know decried President Obama’s use of executive power to legislate. We were right then. But the only way to be an honest officeholder is to stand up for the same principles no matter who is in power.”
Amen to that. It would be great if all elected officials played the game this way each and every day.
House Judiciary Committee:
The first thing I thought when I read that the House Judiciary Committee was asking as many as 81 people, groups, and organizations associated with President Trump for documents for an investigation was that they throwing a bunch of crap against the wall and seeing if anything sticks.
The Democrats in the House seem to be acting like a child with a new toy.
Axios reported that the panel sent document requests to 81 individuals and entities related to the president and allegations of possible misconduct, giving them a deadline of March 18 to respond. The president’s business, charity, campaign, inaugural committee, and family are among those to receive document requests.
Of course, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, in part, that:
“The Democrats are more interested in pathetic political games and catering a radical, leftist base than on producing results for citizens. The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”
In my humble opinion, I’m sure if the Democrats look hard enough they will find something. They need to be careful, as the Republicans will try to spin this and say the Democrats are hurting our country. The last thing the Democrats want to do is make voters feel sorry for Trump. If they do he might just get reelected and the House may switch back to Republican control.
You can read the full list of who received a request from the House Judiciary Committee by clicking HERE.