Political Donations & Selective Amnesia

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. -Benjamin Disraeli

Political parties are so darned predictable, but they are fun to watch!

At about 10:15 a.m. Monday morning I laughed out loud. Why? I received an e-mail from the Montana Republican Party with the subject, “Will Tester Return Menendez’s Tainted Money?”

In case you missed last week’s “Thursday Numbers” column, I wrote about U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) being indicted on corruption charges (14 counts). Menendez has not been found guilty of anything.

According to the Montana GOP, U.S. Senator Jon Tester “received $10,000 of Senator Menendez’s tainted money.”

After that piece of information, the Montana GOP threw in a statement to make people think they genuinely care about people: “Montanans deserve to know why Senator Tester won’t do the right thing and return the $10,000 of tainted campaign cash he received from Menendez.”

Thank you Montana GOP for telling us what we deserve to know.

The fact is that most Montanans just don’t care. It’s just a political “gotcha” game that looks silly from the sidelines.

I must stop and applaud the Montana Republican Party. They did accomplish part of their mission – and that was to get the mainstream media to do a story about their “concerns.” A reporter for the USA Today writing for the Great Falls Tribune wrote close to 400 words Monday afternoon about Tester receiving a donation from Menendez. He was even able to get a quote from an associate professor of political science who is not from Montana State University – great googly moogly!

I was actually impressed with the speed with which the USA Today reporter, Christopher Doering, was able to get this story posted. Political parties and politicians will take note of this. His inbox will fill quickly.

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Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Final Update)

Right after the November 2010 elections, I wrote and published a column I called, “Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators” which has been widely read – in fact it’s the most read column of all time from The Western Word (and we’ve been in business here since January 2005).

That column was updated in March 2011 and again in September 2011. Since we are under 50 days until Election Day, I will take a final look at my “10 Most Vulnerable Senators” which has been narrowed down to just a few! Enjoy the read…

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Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Fall 2011 Update)

12/27/11 Note:  Several sources (CNN) (Politico) are reporting that Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) will announce that he is not seeking re-election in November 2012.  The Western Word (TWW) had Nelson listed as the “Most Vulnerable” Senator up for re-election in 2012.

The honor of being TWW’s #1 Most Vulnerable Senator now falls on Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) with Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) moving up to #2.


This is my third column about the U.S. Senate elections of 2012.  If you missed one of the previous columns, you can read them by clicking on these dates:

November 2010. 

March 2011.

About a year from now (September 2012) we will be in campaign “frenzy” mode.  You’ll be getting fliers in your mailbox, calls on your telephones, and your local television and radio stations will be saturated with campaign advertisements.  The national campaign to elect a President will be in full swing.  It will be hard to escape the grips of the political campaigns.  For us political junkies, it will be fun! Continue reading

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Updated)

*This column has been updated (Sept 2011). After reading this one, click HERE to view the update!

Back on November 4, 2010, while some folks were dissecting the results from the election on November 2, here at The Western Word (TWW) I developed a list of the 10 Most Vulnerable Senators for 2012.

Ironically, that column has been one of the most widely read and linked columns ever written here at TWW. Thanks to my faithful readers from around the world!

Since it’s now March 2011, let’s take a look at the November list, do some editing and come up with a more up to date one! To refresh your memory, here is my list from November 2010: Continue reading