In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
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:
- Klobuchar Out
- NASCAR & MAGA
- One More Thing
The Cook Political Report, one of the country’s most prominent election handicappers, shifted the Montana Senate race between U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) and Governor Steve Bullock (D) to “toss-up” status on Thursday, the latest sign that the state has come into play for Democrats. (The Hill)
Early Thursday morning the Daines campaign sent an urgent email with the “toss-up” announcement and asking for donations.
That was followed by an email from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) with the news and asking for donations to Bullock’s campaign.
The last poll I saw (May) had Bullock leading Daines by seven points. That, plus the race being upgraded to “toss-up” status, has got to be crushing for Daines who has done nothing the last few years but hitch his horse to Donald Trump.
This should be fun to watch.
Just about the time that people could start spelling her last name, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) took her name off the list to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate. (NBC News)
Klobuchar said, “This is a moment to put a woman of color” on the Democratic ticket.
I think Klobuchar’s stock started falling with the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and the riots afterward. NBC News reported that in the immediate aftermath of Floyd’s killing, Klobuchar’s time as chief prosecutor for Hennepin County came back under scrutiny, specifically the lack of prosecutions she pursued in cases of police brutality.
My favorites to be Biden’s Vice President are:
1. Michelle Obama
2. Kamala Harris
3. Susan Rice
4. Keisha Lance Bottoms
5. Val Demings
NASCAR & MAGA:
In a story that got the rednecks and the uneducated on the right and those who don’t read entire articles blowing their gaskets, the website “Daily World Update” posted a story with the headline:
NASCAR Prohibits MAGA Hats, ‘Political’ Clothing
I saw it several times on my Facebook timeline and people who commented were pissed at NASCAR.
The funny thing is that “Daily World Update” is a satirical website with the following disclaimer on their banner:
SATIRE FOR FLAT EARTHERS, TRUMPSTERS, AND Y’ALL QAEDA
For those who don’t understand satire, here’s a definition:
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
The caption in the story under a photo of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made me laugh:
In solidarity, Ted Cruz will be boycotting turning left in his car because he’s just generally a stupid prick.
“They sure got a lot of people good” as many rednecks say…
ONE MORE THING:
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano
Happy Father’s Day!
I would not vote for anyone who supports our current president for reelection. Flirt with catastrophe
if you want. Both parties bear responsibility. The Republican party moreso.
John – Amen to that! -JmB
Somehow or other I am on list for a polling group where I get called once every couple weeks. The poll is very long and takes 25 minutes. About 90% of the questions regard the Bullock vs Daines race the rest Trump vs Biden. Last night was 5th time I have been called in two months. At first I thought was republican poll but last night the questions were more geared to Bullock and public lands. There were at least 6 attempts by poller to answer if I was more likely to vote Daines or Bullock. I kept telling the guy I wasn’t sure who I support yet. Maybe this is why is now toss up,many not sure who they support.
Dennis – I imagine the calls will increase as we get closer to November. Thanks, JmB