Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. – Steven Wright

Happy Leap Day! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • TWW Poll Results
  • MTN’s Face the State
  • Operation Stop Donald Trump
  • SCOTUS Fundraising

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana Fundraising
  • The “liberal” Western Word
  • Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
  • The Benghazi Staffer
  • Newt Gingrich & Speaker
  • Social Security & Gas
  • Saturday Night Live

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Deadline (Sort of)

Today is the last day of March – YES! Spring has to be here soon, right? Today is also opening day (sort of) of Major League Baseball (go Royals), and today is (sort of) the final day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, which is also called ObamaCare. I mentioned last week that there are 17 ways you can get an extension. You can read the list HERE.

This morning, the White House website had a countdown clock that said “Open Enrollment for 2014 Coverage Ends in 16 days.” This is confusing because on the same page viewers were told to sign up by March 31. The minutes were going by like seconds on the clock.

Obamacare clock

 

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Cheney Speaks…

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday (15 months after his heart transplant) and it was a pretty interesting interview conducted by Chris Wallace. You can read the transcript HERE or watch the interview HERE.

Before he was Vice President, he was the Secretary of Defense when I served in the military. Many people either love him or hate him, but I have always respected his opinion and his leadership. Sadly, Dick Cheney would be a little too moderate for the far-right fringe people who have taken over the Republican Party.

Cheney was asked his opinion about Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who reportedly released details about National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs. Cheney said, “I think he’s a traitor. I think he has committed crimes in effect by violating agreements given the position he had.”

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Bob Dole & the Republicans

In April, Roy Wenzl of The Wichita Eagle wrote a story about former Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. It was a fascinating look at Dole’s life and his take on politics in 2013. On Sunday, Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace conducted an interview with Dole, now 89, which received lots of play on the cable news networks.

Today’s Republican Party should be listening to Dole.

Dole was asked what he thought about the Republican Party today, and he said, “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.” Continue reading