Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday!

When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Thad Cochran channels Max Baucus
  • $500K Campaign Donation
  • Glendive third-graders
  • Memorial Day Sales
  • ObamaCare
  • Shifting Left on Key Moral Issues
  • Immigration

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Baucus Nomination: Thumbs Down

Since the rumors and subsequent announcement that Montana’s senior Senator, Max Sieben Baucus, would be nominated for the U.S. Ambassador to China, the laudatory remarks toward the “powerful” senator flowed like highway dollars into Montana.

The “laudatory remarks” included those from:

-Current Lt. Governor and Senate candidate John Walsh, a Democrat, who said, “Baucus served Montana with ‘distinction and class.’”

-Current U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Steve Daines, a Republican, said Baucus was a “dedicated public servant.”

-Montana’s other U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, used the same line, “dedicated public servant,” and he added that Baucus will be “a tremendous representative for the American people in China.”

-Montana Governor Steve Daines basically said the same things.

-President Obama said, “Max Baucus is going to be an outstanding ambassador to China.”


If you’re looking for commentary applauding the selection of Baucus to be an Ambassador, you might want to stop reading now.

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Monday Morning Politics

It’s December! Welcome to Monday Morning Politics!

This column is where I take a look at some of the political stories that caught my attention from the past weekend and put them in one place for my readers to see. I also provide some commentary!

Today in Monday Morning Politics I write about Federal Judges, the House Office Lottery, Won’t You Stay, Honesty ratings, and much more! Continue reading

Wedding Planner

Several readers may remember the breaking news of December 4, 2009, when Roll Call reported:

Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.

I posted that information on this website and then wrote a column about it on December 5, 2009. The Montana newspaper editorial boards had very little to say about Baucus and his ethics problem.

That’s old news now – it’s time to plan a wedding!!!!

Yesterday it was announced that Baucus and Hanes were engaged over Christmas vacation and will be married this summer in Montana. This is going to be the big event in Montana for the summer of 2011!

We did not get many details like how Max popped the question to Melodee. The romantic person in me thinks Max did a day of work at a jewelry store and Melodee came in and looked at rings and he said pick one and popped the question right there. Continue reading