Boehner: Take this Job…

In case you missed the big political news Friday morning, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced that he is resigning as Speaker of the House. He’s also quitting Congress altogether.

It was a ‘drop the mic and walk off the stage’ moment.

Basically Boehner grew tired of fighting with the far-right wing conservatives in his party. The far-right conservatives grew tired of Boehner and his leadership. They seemed to think he was not fighting hard enough.

I guess those 50-60 votes to repeal Obamacare in the past four years and shutting down the government were not enough.

The chances of anyone doing anything better than Boehner are slim. Who would want the job? When you have different parties controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, you must compromise for the good of the country.

Yes, it’s really that simple.

I’m not a fan of Boehner and never have been. Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell could also step down as far as I am concerned. They need someone to tell the far-righties in the GOP party to shove it.

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Tea Party: “Cause if you like it…”

You knew it was bound to happen. The Republican Party invited Tea Party members into their club and it was fun – kind of like a summer fling. The GOP used the Tea Party members’ votes and excitement to get candidates elected. It was an adult relationship with both sides using each other for their own needs.

But now the Tea Party wants to do things their way. They are all grown up and Ted Cruz and Rand Paul speak for them. This is not like the Christian Coalition takeover of the GOP in the early 90s.

Frankly, the GOP is probably getting a little worried about their Tea Party cousins because now they want to do things like defund Obamacare. Regular Republicans want to defund it, too, but they won’t shut down the government to do it. They know how shutting down the government worked out last time.

This is kind of like the cousin who is down on his luck and moves in with you. At first it’s fun, but then he takes over the TV remote and he drinks all the milk and leaves the empty carton in the fridge. That last piece of cake is gobbled up by him before you can eat it.

Now you’re ticked off and don’t know where to turn – he does buy pizza and beer on Friday nights – and he and his friends are fun to hang out with. They are so energetic in getting things done, but you like the steady and quiet leadership of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, while your “cousin” worships Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.  Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Oh man – just a few hours until we make it to another summer weekend!  Congrats!

Your reward is another edition of the (almost) award-winning column “Caught My Eye.”  Caught My Eye is the column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and offer some commentary (as well as some sarcasm).

It’s the column that the “political junkies” from around the country visit to see if their candidate made “The Political Inbox” section, or if they even received a mention in Caught My Eye…

This week we take a look at Little League baseball, a goodwill trip, treatment of the media, nude fishing, what the New York Times says about the Rehberg/Tester race, abandoning veterans, and what showed up in my political inbox.

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Monday Morning Politics

The next couple of days will be very hot across Montana, but that will be nothing compared to how heated the political races will get between now and November 2012.

The Western Word (TWW) will be with you to enjoy the ride – and we’re here to provide some independent commentary about these races – and to be your destination for political information!

This week we take a look at U.S. Senate and House fundraising, a subpoena, a hearing, redistricting, partisanship and more!  Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

The Western Word marks a milestone today – this is the 52nd straight week of “Caught My Eye!”  That’s a year in some countries!  Thanks to all of my faithful readers for making this happen…and there was just a small tear in the corner of my eye right then…

By the way, there will be cake and punch in the break room after this column is posted (note to staff – don’t get frosting on your keyboard).

It’s Friday and you deserve to take a break from work and relax for a few minutes and read The Western Word’s (TWW) Caught My Eye column.  It’s OK, your boss probably reads TWW, too!

If you are a new visitor, Caught My Eye is a weekly column (posted on Friday mornings) where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  Sometimes I add just a touch of sarcasm to my commentary.

This week I take a look at polling, generic candidates, an invite, visiting New York, job interviews and of course I take a look at what popped up in my political inbox.  There’s a lot more, so read on! Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Happy First of July and welcome to the snap, crackle, and pop edition of Caught My Eye!

By the way, I can always tell it’s getting close to July as my favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, have moved into their normal spot (last place) in the American League Central.

If you are a first-time visitor, Caught my Eye is my weekly column devoted to the stories that I did not have time to write about during the week – and sometimes I use just a little sarcasm when writing about the stories!

This week I take a look at a wedding, Skype, the Pope, squirting, the big family in Helena, sex offenders, no recess, a couple departures, plus Jack’s Political Inbox – and there is a lot more!   Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another wonderful Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

I wanted to call this the “Judgment Day” issue of Caught My Eye (CME), but I don’t think the Rapture is coming on Saturday, just as I don’t believe it will rain enough today to cause me to build an ark. In case you are wondering what this is all about, please take a moment to read one of my most-read columns “May 21, 2011 – Are you ready?” It can be read by clicking HERE.

CME is published on Friday mornings and it is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I sometimes add a little sarcasm in my commentary.

This week I take a look at eating, flying, marriage, Lance Armstrong, my political inbox and lots more! Since it is raining today (in many places) grab a cup of something warm, sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s edition of Caught My Eye… Continue reading