Caught My Eye…

Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open. – Dalai Lama

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Senator Al Franken’s resignation and the “ethics champs,” Ryan Zinke did it again, Matt Rosendale endorsements and Russ Fagg counters, bumper sticker mania, Donald, Melania and Pearl Harbor, and One More Thing!

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MT Senate 2014: SOTU & Daines

A few minutes after President Barack Obama completes his State of the Union (SOTU) address, we will get to see one of the major problems with the Republican Party.

According to several reports, there will be three responses from the right. Three. Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the “official” Republican response. The Tea Party response will be given by Utah Senator Mike Lee. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will give another Tea Party response.

Sadly, Montana’s lone Representative and U.S. Senate candidate, Steve Daines, will probably be paying more attention to the responses from Lee and Paul than the one from Rodgers. Daines has aligned himself with the Tea Party quite remarkably in his first year in Congress.

At least two Montana newspapers have noticed Daines and his extreme views.

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Shutdown Day 15: A Fork in the Political Road

Yesterday morning I wrote about a veterans rally in Washington where Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and former Governor Sarah Palin made a showing shouting, “Tear down these walls” and seemingly acting like they had just stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Yesterday afternoon CNN reported that the veterans who put on the rally were not happy that Cruz, Lee, and Palin had hijacked their rally. The group issued a statement saying, “We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain.”

I’m with my fellow veterans, as are most Americans. We also feel pretty disheartened that Cruz and his Tea Party members hijacked our country and shutdown the government.

The hijacking at the memorials has happened many times since the shutdown. As many folks have said, one of the most dangerous places to be in this country is between a politician and a television camera.

I wrote about politicians and memorials last week, saying “As for the politicians and right-wing radio and TV hosts exploiting these veterans to promote their agenda: get a life. Better yet, maybe you should join the military.”

Speaking of the Tea Party, back in Montana, Steve Daines had his hand slapped again this morning. This time it was the Great Falls Tribune editorial board writing about raising the debt limit:  Continue reading

Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place, there’s a better life
-We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

On Friday when all the polls seemed to be showing Republican and Tea Party favorable ratings in the toilet, I imagine many people on the right were thinking, “We gotta get out of this place.”

Today starts a new week (it’s also Columbus Day) and we’re in day 14 of the Federal Government shutdown. If you enjoy politics and government, then this is going to be exciting!

The Republicans are cornered and they are searching for a way out to save face. The Democrats may not be willing to give them an easy way out. They want to make sure there’s no way the Republicans can’t own the shutdown – and if the GOP wants to screw with the debt limit, the Democrats will make them own that, too.

This is going to be an interesting week because the debt limit deadline is Thursday. Thursday is the day when the United States would no longer be able to borrow. It will be like going to the store and using your credit card to make your purchase and having your card declined.  Continue reading

They Deserve a Vote

It’s unimaginable that after living through the tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the families of the victims may not even get a vote on gun restrictions in the U.S. Senate.

They deserve a vote now.

It is being reported that several GOP Senators are planning to filibuster any new gun restrictions that are brought forth in the U.S. Senate. The 13 Senators are Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats, Jerry Morgan, Pat Roberts, and Marco Rubio. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he supports a filibuster, too.

In case you are keeping score at home, these senators are far-righties.

If this is Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus’ rebranding plan for the GOP, then Democrats all across the fruited plains should be rejoicing.  Continue reading