Today we’ll compare our current president with a governor that served Montana 130 years ago.
First though, let’s talk modern times.
I see there are two new stories up about Rob Quist, both saying about the same thing.
Democrats Make Huge Investment In Montana’s U.S. House Race:
The DCCC is more than doubling down on folk singer Rob Quist.
Dems Pour Another $400k into Very Losable Montana Special Election:
Meanwhile, the AP caught Democrat Rob Quist for inaccurately reporting his income by $57,000…
So the National Dems are throwing another $400,000 in on top of the $200,000 they threw in 2 weeks ago.
I guess this money is supposed get “invested in a program aimed at getting likely independent and Democratic voters to vote by mail, which accounts for approximately 60 percent of Montana’s voters, as well as to buy more TV ads.”
I don’t think it’s gonna do much good.
Someone told me his campaign is “toast very burnt.”
Mostly this has to do with yet another revelation that Quist isn’t forthcoming about his finances.
I don’t know about you, but no one I know makes an extra $50,000 and then forgets about it.
So much for living on Social Security, as earlier stories had us believe.
Oh…but I’m forgetting something.
This story comes to us from Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette.
He’s been labeled as an ‘evil, ne’er-do-well’ by the Democratic mouthpiece blogs in the state.
I’m sure it’ll be another round of ‘kill the messenger’ from those two sites.
Boy, I’m glad I stopped readin’ ‘em.
For my part, I feel like voting for Mark Wicks now.
It was the debate that did it – Wicks just sounded the best and he said more of what I wanted to hear.
Loved the closing statement, too. I thought he nailed it.
So I really feel like voting for Wicks, and I could go down to the fairgrounds right now and do that.
But I’m not.
I’m holding off, waiting a bit longer.
Honestly, though…I don’t think anything is going to get better for Quist.
Things could get a lot worse, however.
I mean…what else don’t we know?
Hillary spoke at a women’s event yesterday, helping them raise $1.2 million for their cause.
Meryl Streep was also there.
While Hillary takes “absolute responsibility” for “losing the election,” she still whines that “the Russians and FBI Director James Comey” deserve the most blame.
Then she said that if the election would have been 10 days earlier she would have won.
So time, Russia, and the FBI are all to blame.
There was nothing in Hillary’s campaign, the way she presented herself, the issues she talked-up, or what the other candidate was saying that prevented her from winning.
It was all someone else’s fault.
And my how Democrats will lap that up!
Talk is growing that Hillary will be back in 2020, and if she and her close-knit band of hooligans have their way, she’ll begin fundraising for that toward the end of this year or early next.
God help us.
But…but…Trump’ll stop her in 2020, right?
Yeah, not so fast there.
I don’t see Trump going for a second term, myself.
To me, Trump is the exact same as Montana Territorial Governor Sam Hauser.
Territorial Governor Samuel Thomas Hauser (1885-7)
Hauser began working for the Kentucky Central Railroad when he was nineteen and then moved on to Missouri in 1854, becoming a civil engineer for the railroads.
He moved about from company to company, working for the Missouri Pacific and Northern Pacific before becoming the chief engineer for the Lexington to Sedalia branch.
When gold was discovered in Montana he left the railroads behind and headed west, arriving first in Fort Benton and then Bannack.
He headed to the Yellowstone River where he hit it big. He proved so successful that he was able to partner up with Nathaniel P. Langford and open a bank in Virginia City in 1865. He followed that up a year later by founding First National Bank of Helena.
In 1866 Hauser drew on his family, business, and banking connections to form the St. Louis and Montana Mining Company.
With an initial investment of $36,000 the company set up the first silver smelter at Argenta. A short time later he’d construct the James Stuart Mill in Flint Creek with Philip Deidesheimer, the man Philipsburg was named after.
By 1867 there were more than 600 people living at Philipsburg, but the silver veins proved good for just one year and the Stuart Mill was forced to close its doors in 1868.
In 1870 Hauser joined the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition that travelled through Yellowstone. It made an impression on him, and Hauser was instrumental in getting Yellowstone National Park created
Hauser continued with his banking interests, eventually opening banks in Benton, Butte, and Missoula. He had a key role in overseeing the construction of the Utah & Northern Railway as it came into the territory, finishing in Butte in 1881. And his mining and ranching interests increased as well.
Hauser had come from both power and money and he knew how to create them for himself. A key component of that was politics, and in 1884 Hauser was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
When Grover Cleveland was elected later that year he vowed he’d clean up the spoils system which so dominated Washington politics at that time. Also, he vowed he’d not fire any Republican appointees that were doing their jobs well.
That didn’t apply to Benjamin Carpenter, although it’s hard to see how it could have. He’d only been in Montana serving as territorial governor for six months when Cleveland removed him. It seemed the spoils system was still bearing some influence.
One thing Cleveland’s critics couldn’t charge him with was putting unqualified men in office. That was especially true when it came to Samuel T. Hauser, who’d already been in the territory for years and had made quite a name for himself.
He was appointed on July 3, 1885, making him the first territorial governor that was actually living in Montana before he was appointed.
It’s likely Hauser would have made a great governor, if he wasn’t so consumed with his own business affairs. Banking, cattle, mining, railroads…all occupied him while in office, so much so that many of his official duties were in fact carried out by his secretary.
He largely followed the policies that had been put in place by previous territorial governors – Indian removal, cattle interests, spending – and didn’t make much of a splash.
He did set Montana on a dangerous precedent, one that afflicts the state today. Instead of establishing a territorial insane asylum to deal with mental health issues, people with problems were thrown into prison. Often this would just create more difficulties later, but at the time it saved money.
The job just wasn’t for Hauser, and instead of continuing on with the farce he resigned on February 7, 1887.
He had more time to focus on making money, which he continued to do until his death in Helena on November 10, 1914. He was 81 years old.
Trump & Hauser
Anyways, I view Trump as the same as Hauser as both thought they wanted the job, but then when they got into it and saw what it entailed, they both realized they didn’t really want the job.
What tipped-me off most of all for Trump were the stories the New York Times ran a couple weeks ago about Kid Rock and others visiting the White House.
Supposedly Trump entertained them for over 4 hours.
The headlines hinted that Trump was bored, lonely, and feeling isolated in his new job.
And why not?
Many of the people he’s worked with for years are still in New York. His wife and young son are there too.
And then everyone in the press is attacking the guy, even the outgoing president wiretapped him.
There’s surely immense pressure from the arms dealers to go into Syria and North Korea. No one seems to want to build the wall anymore.
So it’s tough, and I think that’ll wear on Trump. Indeed, it already is.
That’s why I view him as a one-termer, someone that’s not even going to try for another.