The Wednesday Read

If you’re going to be a smartass, first you have to be smart. Otherwise, you’re just an ass. – Unknown

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

  • Daines & Sturgeon & Haaland
  • Tom Cotton
  • One More Thing


After it was revealed that U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) had ties to a Montanan (Isaac Steve Sturgeon) who was arrested and accused of rioting at the Capitol, the next day Daines made a move to get that news off the front page.

The press took the bait hook, line, and sinker.

Daines announced that he was placing a hold on the nomination of U.S. Representative Deb Haaland to run the U.S. Department of Interior. Daines announced the move and the press ran with it.

Daines is perfectly within the rules to hold up Haaland’s nomination for about 30 hours. All indications are that she will be confirmed after this delay tactic ends.

As a bonus, Daines has bought some time to try and figure out how to keep his name and Sturgeon’s (Daines & Sturgeon) from forever being linked together in history. This also buys time for him to make sure his staff did not provide any additional assistance to Sturgeon other than the already disclosed casework.

One has to wonder what other tricks Daines will pull to keep Daines and Sturgeon from trending.


I used to have a lot of respect for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), but lately he seems to be leaning further to the right than I ever expected.

He is also lying a lot.

After the latest stimulus bill passed the U.S. Senate, Cotton has been on the right-wing networks and social media whining about the bill and telling anyone who will listen that the Democratic bill will allow checks to go to prisoners like the Boston bomber.

He was quickly fact-checked and it was discovered that Trump’s COVID relief bills he voted for in March/December allowed checks to go to prisoners, too.

The Washington Post takes a look at the whole thing HERE.

Playing the political game like Cotton is doing is one of the reasons why people hate politics and political parties.

Cotton may in the running for an award this Friday. Stay tuned!


One more day – Don’t forget to vote in The Western Word poll that asks your thoughts about the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Click HERE to participate.

The results will be posted in my “Thursday Numbers” column.


6 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. One has to wonder where the money is coming from for Isaac Sturgeon to fly to these foreign countries and why is he traveling so much. He supposed to own a landscape company in Dillion. His father is a retired Baptist Minister and his mother a school teacher. In Montana never knew those jobs pay much. On Monday in Federal Court in New York Sturgeon was released on a $250,000 bond. So someone put up at least $25,000 cash for 10% of bond or signed a huge surety bond. But the FBI is real good at following the money. I was surprised Senator Daines didn’t pull a Trump and claim never heard of the Sturgeon family.

  2. Visiting Moskva on the 4th of July, thanks for reminding me. Says something about Montana voters if a candidate can still be reelected by a wide margin. Did he fly in a corporate Gianforte jet? 🙂

  3. I read somewhere that the FBI routinely monitors the communications of Americans returning from Russia, even politicians, especially after trumps’s shenanigans with Putin. If so, as they investigate the insurrection and who aided the attackers, some familiar names just might surface. Maybe that’s why Steve’s nervous. Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to visit Moscow on the Fourth of July after all!

    • Larry – Daines may be afraid to answer his door. The next knock could be the FBI. Thanks for your comments. -JmB

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