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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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by – we just about have another year under our belts – Congratulations!  Did you actually believe you would be around this long?

If you are new to Thursday Numbers, this is where I take a look at the numbers behind the news and provide some commentary with them – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Be aware:  This information can be used to amaze your friends, family, and co-workers – and you may even be cooler to them after sharing this information!

Today I add some Iowa Caucus flavor to Thursday Numbers.  I also write about bowl games, the Conservation Reserve Program, vacations, room rates, Jack Abramoff, a recall, an old monkey, a crocodile, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

YOU DID IT!  You made it to Friday!  Congrats!

To help make your day go by just a little more quickly, here’s another (almost award-winning) “Caught My Eye” column to help you make it to your weekend.

If you are a new visitor, Caught My Eye is the weekly column that takes a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and sometimes I offer commentary – and sometimes it is sprinkled with just a pinch of sarcasm!

Today we take look at the Governor, Senate, and House races, drones, what landed in my political inbox, more meat, God, a eulogy, hiring in the state, and much more!  Continue reading