I am writing this before the election results are in. I don’t need the results to tell you to hang on to your butt for the next 24 months, gonna be wild politics. The threat to democracy police going to be on full on tilt.
Listened to a health expert today on the news that was talking about a fifth COVID booster. That made me laugh out loud. What in the heck are we doing at this point? 5? My Lord. I was on board for a bit but count me out on this monthly booster protocol.
I’ll probably be considered a threat to democracy for that opinion.
Apple News framed a news story in this manner the day before the elections. They described the Republican party representatives stumping for candidates as “polarizing” in describing former President Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. One sentence later they said the Democrats were represented by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, no additional adjectives.
Are they not polarizing? They sure fit the bill to me, but this is where we are. Every single news reading has subtle spin and it’s annoying as hell to people like me that don’t like the CNN or Fox spin. It’s just difficult to find anything that is objective anymore.
I tend to listen to the NPR, Fox, CNN, and Apple feeds on a regular basis and none of them are immune from spouting opinion with their news.
Kari Lake is my favorite national type of politician during this cycle. The Arizona governor candidate is brutally opinionated and as a former TV personality very well spoken in her defenses and attacks. Unfortunately, she recently drew the ire of Hillary Clinton. After Hillary “attacked” (see what I did there?) Lake, the candidate joked that she was in good health and had no depressive thoughts, just in case something happened to her in the coming days. That’s funny stuff, unless you’re a Jeffrey Epstein fan.
Actually, it may not be a bad thing to be opposed by Hillary Clinton. She lost a presidential election to a guy named Donald Trump, unless you’re an election denier from way back before it was a threat to democracy.
On the state side, I am most interested in what happens with the Missouri Attorney General position if Eric Schmitt moves on to the United States Senate. When Platte County’s State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer was on Landmark Live, it was clear to me that he would be interested in being appointed to that position. More importantly, after the show, he reported that his wife would approve, which is probably more important than Tony wanting the job.
Anyway, Luetkemeyer to the attorney general spot would set off a chain reaction of activity by the local Republican committee for his Senate seat. If it happens it could be an unintended boon to the political influence of the county. Luetkemeyer becomes a formidable up-and-comer in statewide influences and if the right candidate is chosen, Platte County adds another strong local player to the system.
All that being said, Team Tony includes a third influential member and that is the family dog, Truman, a Labradoodle (I think) that is a daily presence in his Senate office. Truman is the true decision maker in the Luetkemeyer family, and we will have to see if Truman approves of an office change before we get ahead of ourselves. Gonna have to check out the “treat jar” and “potty place” situation in the AG office before a decision like that gets made.
(Guy Speckman can be reached near The Landmark “treat jar” on most days)