Bill Sniffin: Lummis Will Excel; I Thought Michelle Obama Would Be Veep Pick

I sure thought Michelle Obama would be Joe Bidens pick for his vice-presidential running mate. That decision could have propelled him to the presidency.

Bill Sniffin

August 11, 20203 min read

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Former U. S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis should be celebrating on Tuesday, Aug. 18, as she easily wins the Republican primary to run for the U. S. Senate seat left open by the retirement by Sen. Mike Enzi.

I think Lummis will be a good senator who will represent Wyoming’s conservative interests well.  She had the misfortune of serving as one of 435 Representatives during the eight years of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency.  It was not a position where you could get much done and Lummis has been criticized for that. Nobody was more frustrated than Lummis, herself, during that time.

But the Senate is a totally different place.  If President Trump wins and if the Republicans hold the Senate, she will instantly become a player.  Her knowledge of energy and other interests close to the hearts of Wyomingites will serve us well.

Sen. Mike Enzi cannot be replaced. History will show that he was one of the most effective U. S. Senators of all time.  Well done, Mike.  You and Diana deserve a rest!

 I sure thought Michelle Obama would be Joe Biden’s pick for his vice-presidential running mate.  That decision could have propelled him to the presidency.  

Meanwhile, what does a Biden-Kamala Harris ticket look like against a Trump-Pence ticket?

With all the recent riots and the uproar over Black Lives Matter, there is a huge silent majority that might just tilt toward reelecting President Donald Trump when he uses “law and order” as his main theme.  

It is easy to predict that thousands of folks who might not vote for Trump but may just not vote for president, at all, as a protest against the bad behavior being seen in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, and other places with Democrat mayors and governors.  This helps Trump.

The 2016 election was very close.  A few changed votes in key states would have given the election to Clinton.  This time around, the election will be just as close. 

Among my Facebook friends, other friends, and family who favor Biden (and there are a lot of them), the fever against Trump is like nothing I have ever seen before. They literally hate him.

I thought my hard-nosed Republican friends really seriously hated Obama, but this hatred toward Trump is off the charts.  

On a more local note, I think a Biden election could do more economic damage to Wyoming than 2020’s COVID-19 or falling energy prices. This conclusion has nothing to do about favoring Republicans over Democrats. It just reflects the facts of what Biden is saying through his progressive consultants like AOC.

We could see good middle-class jobs disappear and an entire generation of folks move out of the state.  It could be total devastation to the fossil fuel industry, which drives the economy of the Cowboy State. It could be predicted that the state would lose 50,000 to 100,000 people as middle-class jobless families move out and are replaced by retirees or young couples. 

We would not have a housing glut but rather see over and over a situation where a home with dad, mom, three kids, and a dog are replaced by dad and mom and a dog. Do the math.

I thought the 2016 was the most interesting election in my lifetime.  Now, it looks 2020 will top that for drama.  And nasty and mean – this one will be a drag’em through the gutter race from now until Nov. 3.

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Bill Sniffin

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Columnist, author, and journalist Bill Sniffin writes about Wyoming life on Cowboy State Daily -- the state's most-read news publication.