Politics 2012: “Like”

With campaign season in full swing, it is fun to see how the candidates, their supporters, and their opponents are using social media sites, like Facebook, to get their message out.

We see the normal “Women for XXXX” and “Veterans for XXXX” “Students for XXXX” plus there are Facebook pages for several local and state-wide candidates just waiting for you to “Like” them – so get out there and explore!

Listed below are a few sites that I found interesting:

Dogs Against Romney” states that they are about “Educating the public about Romney’s treatment of his pet.”  This site has 43,486 likes.  They proudly say they are a “Super Pack.”  They provide a link to a website that has the story about Romney’s “dog on the car roof” vacation story.  Continue reading

Presidential Politics

Almost every week someone asks me (or gives me their opinion) about the GOP Presidential race and if they don’t ask about the GOP Presidential race, they will ask my thoughts on the Denny Rehberg and Jon Tester race.

Since I write a lot about Rehberg/Tester, today I will share a few thoughts on the Presidential race and touch a little on Washington politics.

Many folks who lean to the right are not that excited about the candidates left in the GOP Presidential field (Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul).  That lack of excitement is great news for Barack Obama and his campaign team.

Although it’s a long way to November 2012, it seems to me that Barack Obama now has a better than average chance of winning a second term.  Those chances looked pretty slim just a few months ago. Continue reading

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…

Happy Friday my faithful readers!  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at another edition of Caught My Eye!

The Christmas parties are in full swing and, if you are like me, your calendar is filling up quickly with all the invitations from friends to speak and even to just show up and be seen!  It’s a fabulous life I lead being the publisher of The Western Word…eating the free food and never having to buy a drink…

That last paragraph was a joke – I have very few friends…

If you are new to these parts, Caught My Eye is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week and comment about them – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Today I take a look at Newt and the war, a naughty deputy, veterans vote and my need for a consultant’s check, a dog, women and Iraq, the omnibus, and I peek inside my political inbox and share!

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Politics 2012: Campaign Ads

There are some new campaign ads out since yesterday and since it has been a slow day, I thought I would post them here for your enjoyment!

In your journeys around the internet if you see a video that I missed, feel free to e-mail me the link!

This afternoon I’ve got the one from Huntsman about Romney, one from Romney about Romney, one from Paul about Gingrich and much more!

Some of them will leave a mark…

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Politics 2012: Campaign Ads

The weather may be getting colder all across the fruited plains, but it’s heating up in the political world.  More and more political ads are being released as we get closer to the 2012 Election and here at The Western Word (TWW) we’re searching for them every day.

Here at TWW we’re going to try to publish as many of them as we can find, so if you see a political ad, drop me an e-mail with the link to it (western_word@yahoo.com) so I can publish it – and we can all enjoy it.

Today we have six videos for your viewing pleasure!  I’ve posted videos from the U.S. Chamber about Sen. Jon Tester, one from Rick Perry about insider trading, one about Jon Huntsman’s leadership skills, one showing Newt Gingrich’s best lines, one about Ron Paul’s plans to stop the financial crisis and finally, one that tells us that Washington could learn a lot from a drug dealer!

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CNN Presidential Debate

The GOP Presidential candidates invaded Las Vegas Tuesday to participate in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate.  Anderson Cooper was the moderator.

Headlines today range from “Candidates come out Swinging” to “Sparks fly at GOP event” to “GOP Front-Runners Catch Heat” to “Republican rivals get rough in Las Vegas debate.”  They are all true.

It was nasty.  It was contentious.  Some observers are wondering if the GOP will be able to unite after the primary is over.  Let’s take a look at it! Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Happy Columbus Day!  For those of you who get the day off, congratulations – and thanks for stopping by The Western Word!

In regards to Columbus, I personally believe it’s hard to “discover” a place that’s already inhabited – but at least we found out the world was not flat.  Last Columbus Day I mentioned that if people wanted a different look at Christopher Columbus, I’d suggest reading, “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, especially Chapter 1, “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress.”

Back to the column – every Monday we take a look at some of the political stories from the past weekend and put them in one place for all to read.  This week we take a look at Occupy Montana, the Associated Press and town hall meetings, a gubernatorial forum, Mormonism, the Rolling Stones, Chirping,  Values Voter and a lot more! Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Here we go – another Thursday!  Just one more day and we’ve made it to another weekend – it’s downhill from here!

For the new folks stopping by for the first time, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at some of the numbers in the news and put them in one place for all to see – and offer some commentary about each.

This week I take a look at campaign fundraising, unemployment, “Likes” on Facebook, football, baseball, pitchers of beer, and much, much more! Continue reading

Debates and Football

Gee whiz CNN – you should never schedule a CNN/Tea Party debate when there’s a super-duper double helping of Monday Night Football on.  C’mon man…what were you thinking?

CNN has the debate divided into four sections on their website.  So I watched it.  Today.  I nodded off during a Michele Bachmann tirade regarding Rick Perry and 12 year old girls.  Continue reading