Quote for the Day…
Sometimes I question my sanity, but the unicorn in the kitchen told me I’m fine. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Crisis Time for Democrats
- Municipal General Election
- U.S. Senator Steve Daines
- The Western Word Poll
CRISIS TIME FOR DEMOCRATS:
Here are some of my thoughts about the Democrats in Washington, D.C.
The Democrats in Washington, D.C. are suffering through a crisis. The crisis was brought on by them being in charge. They run the White House. They run the U.S. House. They run the U.S. Senate.
They have accomplished little. They seem to be best at forming a circular firing squad and hurting themselves.
It’s not to say that Republicans haven’t screwed up when they were in charge, but at this time the Democrats own it.
I do not like to make predictions, but I think the Democrats will lose the majority in the House and Senate come the midterm elections of November 2022. They have nobody to blame but themselves.
That leaves them with a little over a year to do something remarkable, or we will have Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It could happen sooner in the U.S. Senate if they and their supporters do not start treating U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) a little better. I saw a video where some lefty followed Sinema into the bathroom to talk to her. That is wrong no matter which party does it.
The Democrats should remember that if just Manchin or Sinema switches to the Republican Party, the little work that the Democrats hope to accomplish in the Senate would dry up and McConnell would be in charge.
Just imagine if another vacancy opens on the U.S. Supreme Court!
Meanwhile, we have the “Trump” shark (cue up the Jaws theme song) circling in the water wanting to bite anything that he can. All indications are that he wants to give the presidency another try. Trump is 75. Biden is 78. Both are too freaking old to be the leader of our nation.
One final thought is that compromise is not a four-letter word.
MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION:
The Great Falls Municipal General Election is coming up on November 2, 2021. Ballots will be mailed on October 18. The mayor and two city commission seats are up for grabs as are neighborhood council seats.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the right-wing blog E-City Beat has been asking questions of the candidates for mayor and commissioner. KRTV is starting to do interviews, and I am sure other media will do the same.
I saw today that former Republican Legislator, Joe McKenney, has declined to answer the E-City Beat questions. McKenney is running for city commissioner. Previously, candidate for Mayor Bob Kelly and candidate for city commissioner, Susan Wolff, declined to answer the questions from E-City Beat.
These may be the three who will get my vote…
See a sample ballot by clicking HERE.
U.S. SENATOR STEVE DAINES:
In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools. While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.
Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values. Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.
Daines added this comment:
Labeling parents as threats because they hold elected school board members accountable for what’s going on in the classroom is a clear attempt to silence political opposition.
It is apparent that Daines did not read the memorandum from the AG. Since his buddy, Donald Trump, lost the election, Daines has done nothing but attack the Biden Administration and those who work for Biden. It is growing old and making Daines look silly.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs are set. This week’s poll question asks, “Which team will be the 2021 World Series Champion?”
Results will be posted Thursday.