Mondays in the summer are not supposed to be too exciting, but with a new poll showing a dramatic change in Montana’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. John Walsh and Rep. Steve Daines, yesterday had to be pretty exciting for the Walsh campaign. That’s probably not the case in the Daines camp.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a new Montana Senate poll yesterday morning showing Senator John Walsh has gained 10 points on Steve Daines since their last poll in November. Walsh now trails Daines by just seven points 46-39.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…aboard this tiny ship. -Gilligan’s Island theme song
Maybe. Maybe not.
Back in January 2011, I wrote a column titled, “Final Word: The Boat Crash” regarding the 2009 boat crash involving U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, former state Sen. Greg Barkus and three others.
The issue won’t go away. It will continue to be a topic of discussion anytime Denny Rehberg runs for public office – along with many of his other missteps during his political career. Continue reading →
Readers may remember that I’ve written about the battle between U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg over who can best sustain the military missions in Montana’s only military town, Great Falls, for the next six years.
Several times I have called Great Falls and the county it’s in (Cascade) the battleground in the U.S. Senate race.
Denny Rehberg brought Senator (and former Presidential candidate) John McCain to town. Jon Tester brought Senator (and former Navy Secretary) Jim Webb to town. Both are Vietnam veterans. There may be others who paid a visit – I don’t get out of my bunker much these days with all the drones flying around… Continue reading →
Although it was held during Monday Night Football, I enjoyed the debate between U.S. Senator Jon Tester and his challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg. Both candidates made it interesting from the start and the hour went by quickly. Plus, it got personal.
This morning both candidates are feeling they won, and there are things they can take away from the debate that are positive. As for the people who watched the debate – we basically saw an hour-long replay of the negative television ads that are running across the state – except we saw the candidates giving the responses instead of just saying, “and I approved this message.”
We heard about trips abroad, a lawsuit against the city of Billings, voting with Obama 95% of the time, supporting the stimulus, lobbyists, not supporting the stimulus, etc.
In case you missed it, a new Rasmussen Reports poll was released yesterday showing current Congressman and candidate for U.S. Senate Denny Rehberg with a 47-43 lead over incumbent Senator Jon Tester in the Montana Senate race. It received little attention in the media and was mentioned just a few times on Twitter.
According to this chart on the Real Clear Politics website, Rehberg has been leading in the last 9 out of 11 polls.
As we head into “crunch time” for the November elections, Team Rehberg has to be pleased. As for Team Tester it is not panic time, but with 9 out of the last 11 polls showing him trailing, he just might start cranking up his campaign a notch or two or he may be a “one and done” senator.
At my house when a political ad comes on the television that is negative toward U.S. Senator Jon Tester or his opponent Congressman Denny Rehberg the first one in my family to shout, “Shut the front door” wins. I don’t exactly know what the winner receives, but since I am winning this little contest I think the prize will probably be really nice. Honestly, I mostly play the game by myself but my wife is starting to play along, although somewhat reluctantly. The kids just think I’m weird – but just wait until they see the grand prize…
Today I take a look at a couple of political ads that are pretty good – good enough to catch my attention and make me want to share them with my readers. The Rehberg campaign has a new ad called “Lost” and the Montana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has a “Fighting Swipe Fees” ad running in the state which takes on Senator Jon Tester.
Enjoy my analysis of the ads and don’t forget to shout, “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR” when you hear a negative ad which will add a little humor to this thing called politics (it’s a long way to November)… Continue reading →
Happy Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).
NOTICE: By reading this column you will probably gain a great deal of knowledge not found on other websites! You can use this information to impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…
This week I write about Powerball, welfare, unemployment, texting, bison, Boehner in Billings, TSA, Gillian Anderson, heat, dogs rule, pay raises, and gold medals. There’s a lot more so read on…
It’s a tried and true method in political campaigns – scare senior citizens into believing that their benefits are going to be reduced or taken away and that your opponent is the horrible dude who will lead the way in gutting those benefits if he/she is elected. For good measure, throw in the word “privatization” and senior citizens will spring out of their comfy chairs to get to the polls like an Olympic diver in the three meter springboard competition. Continue reading →