Baucus Confirmation: Tough Questions?

As U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, brought the nomination hearing to a close on U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana to be Ambassador to China, my first thought was this is 90 minutes I will never get back.

Then I remembered the Montana Television Network (MTN) crew of Jay Kohn and Marnee Banks who had traveled from Montana to Washington, D.C., to cover the event. They wasted even more time and money for the short 90 minute hearing.

That’s a few thousand dollars you can’t get back. At least they were in town for the State of the Union speech!

It looked like only nine of the 18 senators on the committee even showed up or asked questions.

As for news reports about the hearing, Lee Newspapers reporter Mike Dennison tweeted “Baucus faces tough questions at confirm hearing, but sens say he’ll be next U.S. ambassador to China.”

“Tough questions” are what Supreme Court nominees and cabinet secretary nominees face, but not Baucus.

But I guess with Baucus, even “How you doin” can be a tough question.

Politico reported, “Several tough questions and suggestions from Republicans interrupted a mostly placid confirmation hearing for Sen. Max Baucus to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported, “Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) did not inspire a lot of confidence in his nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to China at Tuesday’s confirmation hearing.”

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Caught My Eye…

You did not think a little cold weather would keep me from writing another “Caught My Eye” did you? No way! I’ll give up writing “Caught My Eye” when you pry my cold, dead hands from the keyboard…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Nelson Mandela, Champ Edmunds & Steve Daines, GOP Tutoring, ObamaCare, Seven Percent, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Get down! Shut up!

Yesterday the Washington Examiner reported“Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.”

Oh no. Holder said “can imagine.”

Politico reported that Sen. Rand Paul said this means “Americans could be killed while they’re ‘eating dinner’ or ‘at a cafe.’”

In other words, that means people like me who eat a lot are more likely to be killed by a drone. This is terrible news for the restaurant business…

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Caught My Eye…

TGIF!  Congratulations on making it through another week.  For your reward, I’ve written a special edition of Caught My Eye for the end of July.

Caught My Eye (or CME as we like to call it around the newsroom) is where I take a look at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.  Sometimes I add just a touch of sarcasm.  I also try to make my readers smile and forget about their worries (not really).

This week we take a look at people named Simpson, Rehberg, Tester, Schweitzer and Hill.  We look at issues such as pell grants, the postal service, and circumcision.  I also write about music and MTV and REO Speedwagon.

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