The Wednesday Read

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through the door. – Irish Blessing

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

  • Rosendale – Tough Guy
  • Formal News Conference
  • Russia and Iran


The Montana Post and the Daily Montanan are reporting that U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL), during a stop in Butte, yelled at union supporters, teachers, and retirees, and gave them the middle finger.

The Daily Montanan reported:

At least four different people who spoke with the Daily Montanan on Tuesday told similar stories: Before he went into a meeting inside Pioneer Equipment and Supply, he yelled at the members. As he left, two of them said they saw him make an obscene gesture.

Rosendale is acting pretty cocky these days, so if it comes down to whom to believe, put me in the union members’ camp. They are honest hardworking people. Rosendale? Not so much.

The funny thing is now that it has been proven that one can get under Rosendale’s skin, we can expect more encounters. Rosendale and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) don’t do too many public events. I expect we’ll be seeing even fewer.

Read the report from The Montana Post HERE.

Read the report from the Daily Montanan HERE.


The wait is almost over! The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that President Joe Biden will hold his first formal news conference on March 25 at the White House.

Since it is formal, I wonder if a black tie is required.

The right-wing news organizations have to be licking their chops. Who will be the right-wing equivalent that Jim Acosta was to Trump? I am thinking Fox News’ Peter Doocy is a candidate.

Do I care if Biden holds a press conference? Nope. I’d much rather see him devoting his time to the major issues – like the pandemic, border issues, passing an infrastructure bill, etc.


I guess there was actual election interference in 2020, but it was Russia trying to help Donald Trump win.

Spoiler Alert: Joe Biden beat Donald Trump.

The Associated Press (AP) reported:

Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election, according to a declassified intelligence assessment that found broad efforts by the Kremlin and Iran to shape the outcome of the race but ultimately no evidence that any foreign actor changed votes or otherwise disrupted the voting process.

With friends like these…

*In an earlier version I wrote that Iran helped Trump. That was not correct. The post has been corrected.

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6 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. If Rosendale wanted to show how tough he is maybe he should of spend today St. Patrick’s Day in uptown Butte going from bar to bar flipping some of the local patrons off. “Kind words never broke anyone’s mouth” a old Irish saying.
    Happy Saint Patty’s Day Jackie!

  2. Rosendale cocky? Looks to me more like false bravado. Who knows what he’s been up to regarding the insurrection. Really no need to be flipping constituents off unless you’re hiding something. To me, the bird indicates a guy who’s running scared.

    Followed Montana politics for the last fifty years, and I can never remember even one politician of either party flipping off a crowd. I can’t really think of one person we sent to Washington who wasn’t approachable. And I talked to them all, even Conrad Burns. Although we disagreed, we liked Conrad as a person. He was so good natured that you couldn’t dislike him. Rosendale has broken that tradition. Big sin.

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