The Monday Memo

So when is this “Old Enough to Know Better’ supposed to kick in? – Unknown

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

  • TWW Poll Results
  • Montana GOP & Romano
  • ACB Vote
  • One More Thing


After the final presidential debate on Thursday, I asked readers to tell me who won, Donald Trump or Joe Biden?

Here are the results:

  • Joe Biden: 46%
  • Donald Trump: 44%
  • Draw: 10%

Thanks to all who participated!


The Montana GOP says at the top of their press releases (in all caps), “WE’RE BETTER, TOGETHER.” I’m not so sure about the “BETTER” part. Read on…

I usually read the emails from Montana candidates and both state political parties. I delete the emails from the national parties along with Trump and Biden.

The Friday, October 23, release from the Montana GOP was something out of the Donald Trump playbook. As we see Trump doing, he can’t win in defending his response to the coronavirus, so he goes after Joe Biden’s family.

The Montana GOP delivered a cheap shot at a family member of Melissa Romano, who is the Democratic candidate for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Montana GOP stated:

Romano Lacks The Judgement To Keep Montana Children Safe, Even From Her Own Family 

Romano’s husband, Eric Lehman, an elementary teacher, was found guilty of felony drug possession in December. MTN News reported that Romano said that it’s been “a very difficult time for our family,” but that Lehman is “taking responsibility for his actions, seeking treatment and making amends.” Families stick together through thick and thin in order to heal, and ours is no different,” she said.

It’s a cheap shot for the Montana GOP and even Donald Trump to attack a candidate who has a family member suffer from substance abuse or addiction. It seems as we get closer to Election Day, the more in the toilet the attacks go.

Somebody in the Republican Party of Montana should stand up and put a stop to this nonsense.

Vote for Melissa Romano.


The Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) vote is supposed to happen Monday. Guess what; Montana’s two U.S. Senators are split on how they will vote. Imagine that…

Here is what U.S. Senator Jon Tester said:

“Montanans are already voting in this election, and I believe it is deeply irresponsible to ram a partisan nomination through in the final days before polls close—a precedent my Republican colleagues established four years ago and are breaking now. With health coverage for 120 million Americans with pre-existing conditions soon to be decided by the Court, I cannot support Judge Barrett’s nomination because I do not believe we should be confirming a Supreme Court Justice, no matter who that is, before the American people have a chance to make their voices heard.”

Read his full press release HERE.

As for U.S. Senator Steve Daines, on Sunday he posted a video on Facebook and said,

Tomorrow, I will cast my final YES vote to #ConfirmACB.
Judge Barrett will be a fair-minded Justice Montanans can be proud of.

You can watch his remarks HERE.

By this time Tuesday, Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court.


The website has the latest analysis of the Presidential race:

Thursday marked the final presidential debate, and the question now is will the race tighten? President Trump is simply running out of time to mount a comeback and Joe Biden has a hefty lead in national and state polls. We’re now in the home stretch before Election Day, and we’re way past the point where a normal polling error could let Trump close the gap. Still, he has a meaningful chance per our forecast — a little worse than the chances of rolling a 1 on a six-sided die and a little better than the chances that it’s raining in downtown Los Angeles. And remember, it does rain there. (Downtown L.A. has about 36 rainy days per year, or about a 1-in-10 shot of a rainy day.)

Right now, FiveThirtyEight projects Biden has an 87% chance of winning and Trump has a 12% chance.

Check out the projections HERE. Make sure you vote!

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