Kavanaugh – An Independent View

On Friday the Senate Democrats won a small battle over the Senate Republicans when they convinced Republican Jeff Flake to announce that he wanted a week delay and to further investigate Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I also heard that Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins went along with Flake’s demand. The Republicans need their votes.

Anyone who watches politics knew the fight over Trump’s nomination was coming.

Over the years we’ve had the Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas nomination process that turned nasty. Recently the Merrick Garland nomination was shut off by the majority Republicans, which was called a cheap tactic on one side and a great move on the other side. Others being nominated to the highest court could have turned nasty, too, if maybe they kept a calendar and drank some beer in high school. (I did one of those)

What goes around comes around. If the sides were flipped you can be sure the Republicans would try to win at all costs.

This “winning” turns my stomach and it should turn yours. It does give me something to write about.

Today we are concentrating on a prep school guy who may have assaulted a high school girl at some place she can’t remember, on a date she can’t remember, and she does not remember how she arrived at the unknown location of the alleged assault or how she left that unknown location.

We don’t have to believe her, but many do.

We don’t have to believe him, but many do.

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Political Donations & Selective Amnesia

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. -Benjamin Disraeli

Political parties are so darned predictable, but they are fun to watch!

At about 10:15 a.m. Monday morning I laughed out loud. Why? I received an e-mail from the Montana Republican Party with the subject, “Will Tester Return Menendez’s Tainted Money?”

In case you missed last week’s “Thursday Numbers” column, I wrote about U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) being indicted on corruption charges (14 counts). Menendez has not been found guilty of anything.

According to the Montana GOP, U.S. Senator Jon Tester “received $10,000 of Senator Menendez’s tainted money.”

After that piece of information, the Montana GOP threw in a statement to make people think they genuinely care about people: “Montanans deserve to know why Senator Tester won’t do the right thing and return the $10,000 of tainted campaign cash he received from Menendez.”

Thank you Montana GOP for telling us what we deserve to know.

The fact is that most Montanans just don’t care. It’s just a political “gotcha” game that looks silly from the sidelines.

I must stop and applaud the Montana Republican Party. They did accomplish part of their mission – and that was to get the mainstream media to do a story about their “concerns.” A reporter for the USA Today writing for the Great Falls Tribune wrote close to 400 words Monday afternoon about Tester receiving a donation from Menendez. He was even able to get a quote from an associate professor of political science who is not from Montana State University – great googly moogly!

I was actually impressed with the speed with which the USA Today reporter, Christopher Doering, was able to get this story posted. Political parties and politicians will take note of this. His inbox will fill quickly.

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Published in: on April 7, 2015 at 7:17 am  Comments Off on Political Donations & Selective Amnesia  
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