Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Today’s quote…

In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. ― Donny Miller

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • The Mute Button
  • Trump Unhinged
  • MT Campaign Complaints
  • Campaign Literature (Update)


The final debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will feature a mute button!

Reuters reported that the Presidential Commission on Debates said each candidate’s microphone at the debate in Nashville, Tennessee, would be silenced to allow the other to make two minutes of opening remarks at the beginning of each 15-minute segment of the debate. Both microphones will be turned on to allow a back-and-forth after that time.

According to the Associated Press Trump is unhappy with the rule change, but will attend the debate.

The AP reported that Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says Trump “is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last-minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate.”

I might need to reverse my prediction that Trump would pull out. He may see the writing on the wall, which is he is way behind in many battleground states and needs the exposure the debate will give him.

If he does show, Trump will need to make it a “Hail Mary” moment. Look for him to do something crazy. As for Biden, he will need to be steady and not get caught up in the bullshit Trump throws his way.

As with the first debate, I will post a poll for The Western Word readers to pick who wins.


Maybe it was the air in Arizona, but President Donald Trump seems to be coming unhinged as we get closer to November 3.

In Arizona on Monday, Trump talked about CNN:

“You turn on CNN that’s all they cover,” Trump said. “Covid, Covid pandemic, Covid.”
“They’re trying to talk everybody out of voting. They’re not buying it, CNN, you dumb bastards.”

There are over 220,000 deaths from COVID in the USA and over 8,200,000 cases, so I think that warrants some coverage.

Trump also went after CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who was diagnosed with COVID earlier this year. Trump said, “I’m not sure he had it. Only time his ratings were up was when he had Covid.”

Trump also called Joe Biden a criminal and a reporter for not reporting it a criminal. At the same time, he continued to attack the next debate moderator, Kristen Welker.

Earlier Monday, Trump went after Dr. Anthony Fauci during a conference call with campaign staffers:

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy, he’s been here for 500 years, he called every one of them wrong. Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb. But there is a bigger bomb if you fire him. But Fauci is a disaster. I mean, this guy, if I listened to him, we would have 500,000 deaths.”

Fauci and his family have received death threats.


The Montana GOP won one – and was awarded an Associated Press (AP) story about it!

I am talking about a complaint filed by the Montana Republican Party against Mike Cooney, who is the Democratic candidate for Governor. The AP reported that Cooney accepted over-the-limit donations from the Democratic Governors Association, including the disputed cost of creating a website that neither the DGA nor Cooney reported as an in-kind donation to his campaign, Montana’s commissioner of political practices found.

I thought the current Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) never ruled against Democrats. Maybe that was just fake news I was reading…

In the same story, it was reported the COPP dismissed a campaign practices complaint in which Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Sandi Luckey alleged Republican candidate for Governor, Greg Gianforte, coordinated campaign activities with Montana First Action in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits.

I am sure the COPP inbox is getting full of complaints, and it will continue to be filled well after the November 3 election.

You can read the AP story HERE. Visit the COPP website HERE.


As I normally do this time of year, I wanted to update readers about how much campaign literature I have received in the U.S. Mail, or that was left on my front door.

So far, I have received a total of 127 pieces of campaign literature. Last week I had received a total of 86 pieces.

There are three registered voters in my household.

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