I will approach every case with an open wine. Open mind. – Amy Coney Barrett (Source)
Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME).
CME is the once a week column that is posted 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 and get stuff off my chest!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- The Town Halls
- New York Post
- Bullock’s Big Bucks
- U.S. Postal Service
- One More Thing
THE TOWN HALLS:
President Donald Trump had a chance to change the downward trajectory of his campaign Thursday night during a Town Hall with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News. He failed miserably.
A couple of key things I noticed was that Trump would not say if he tested negative for coronavirus on the day of his first debate with Joe Biden, saying, “Possibly I did, possibly I didn’t.”
Then there was QAnon. Trump sarcastically told Guthrie “so cute” when she pressed him to denounce QAnon’s wild conspiracy theories. (Independent)
The Associated Press reported this:
Angry and combative, Trump refused to denounce the QAnon conspiracy group — and only testily did so regarding white supremacists.
As for Biden, he came out of his town hall pretty much unscathed. He came across as a gentleman during the whole town hall. He even stayed after the show was over and answered questions from the audience.
I’m thinking Trump will try to get out of doing the final debate. He will find an excuse to use.
NEW YORK POST:
I have to offer my two cents on the story the New York Post carried that some on the right believe is the smoking gun and October surprise that will propel Donald Trump to victory in November.
According to the Post, some emails show Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The Associated Press reported this:
The actual origins of the emails are unclear. And disinformation experts say there are multiple red flags that raise doubts about their authenticity, including questions about whether the laptop actually belongs to Hunter Biden, said Nina Jankowicz, a fellow at the nonpartisan Wilson Center in Washington.
The story was so far-fetched that Twitter and Facebook banned the story.
It’s a nothingburger. It’s gotcha politics schemed by Trump’s friends Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani.
The Washington Post is reporting that Giuliani is being used as a tool by Russia:
U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.
One other thing to remember is The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch. He also owns Fox News.
BULLOCK’S BIG BUCKS:
The Hill reported that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) raised $26.8 million in the third quarter of the year for his bid to unseat Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), making him the latest Democratic Senate candidate to set a fundraising record in his state.
That is very impressive – and I don’t impress easily.
It seems that Bullock may be pulling ahead as we get closer to Election Day. The Daines ads are getting more negative, and I am seeing more and more Bullock ads.
The fact that Daines has tied himself to President Trump may mean that he will go down the toilet with him on November 3.
I won’t be too surprised if Bullock wins this race.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE:
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail.
This decision should help Bullock with voters all across Montana. With the story getting national attention, he might even see some added donations show up in his campaign mailbox!
ONE MORE THING:
I think we are leading everywhere people are intelligent.
-President Donald J. Trump (Source)
Trump approvingly retweeted an article from the Babylon Bee today.
Babylon Bee does satire.
What a maroon.
Doug – haha.
In the town hall last night Trump continued his streak of claiming he knows nothing about QAnon. This is a movement that his own FBI has labeled a domestic terrorist threat. But here’s the nominal President of the USA saying he’s ignorant about this domestic terrorist threat. That:’s not comforting coming from the guy who has the job of keeping us all safe.
As for the NY Post story … Rudy Giuliani is involved. This is a guy who was hip deep in the anti-Biden Ukraine-gate efforts thst got Trump impeached, who had to be warned by U.S. intelligence agencies that he was associating with Russian agents in the making of that OANN “documentary”, and who was later still at it trying to peddle “information” from Ukranian Andreii Derkach, a guy who Trump’s own Treasury Deprartment sanctioned as an “active Russian agent”. Not a real big believer in Rudy’s integrity at this point.
Terry -True. Poor Rudy has fallen so far in my book. Thanks, JmB