Fool On The Hill — Mitch McConnell

The date was 23 October 2010 — nearly two years into President Barack Obama’s first term and two weeks before the first midterm elections of his presidency. Speaking to the National Journal, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a now-infamous statement: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”  A statement that congressional republicans intended to do everything in their power to thwart President Obama could not have been any clearer.  But, listen to what McConnell had to say on Fox News earlier this week …

“Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics ahead of the country?”

Say WHAT???

Here is McConnell’s OpEd, enhanced by Filosofa’s snarky comments in blue:

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) There are worse pictures of him.Last Tuesday I was proud to see that the American people voted keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate. But we also learned that, come January, the Republican Senate majority will be dealing with a House of Representatives under Democratic control. What goes around, comes around, Mitchie.

Needless to say, the past two years of unified Republican government will be remembered as a period of historic productivity.  Define productivity???  You haven’t done a damn thing worthwhile!

Both houses of Congress have taken swift action to right-size a bloated federal regulatory state. The Senate has shattered records in confirming the president’s well-qualified judicial nominees, including two outstanding jurists to serve on the Supreme Court.  Um… Mitchie … ever hear of a little thing called “climate change”?  Those regulations were in place in an attempt to save our earth.  And one of your “outstanding” jurists is a sexual predator!

And together, we passed the first comprehensive reform of the nation’s tax code in a generation. Already, Americans’ paychecks are growing, consumer confidence is high and unemployment has reached a near 50-year low.  Have you looked at the federal debt/deficit estimates lately?  And do you realize that your damn tax reform robbed from the poor and gave to the rich?  Rather a reverse Robin Hood!

After this prolific run, I was not surprised to be asked over the past week about just how much the American people can expect from the next Congress under divided leadership. What can we realistically accomplish?  Restoration of sanity and accountability is my hope.

I have good news: reports of the death of bipartisanship in Washington have been wildly exaggerated. In fact, some of the most significant accomplishments of this Congress have been delivered with overwhelmingly bipartisan support.  Eh?  Such as?  Name one, please?

Under bipartisan committee leadership, we took major steps toward restoring regular order to our appropriations process. The Senate passed more funding measures before the beginning of this fiscal year than at any point in the last two decades.  Funding for what?  Certainly not to help the poor, the homeless, the ill.  Nothing that I can see that benefits the people in any practical manner.

The measures included the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years, which put an end to the Obama-era atrophy of our armed forcesGeez, Mitchie … the U.S. already had the largest military budget in the western world!  How is that “atrophy of the armed forces”???  Ever hear the term ‘guns or butter’?  We. Don’t. Need. More. F***ing. Military. Toys.  Get it?  We need help for the poor, we need healthcare!

Working closely with counterparts in the House, we found common ground on rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. In fact, America’s Water Infrastructure Act – designed to improve interstate commerce, water quality and flood safety – passed the Senate by a vote of 99-1.  Let me just pop over to Flint, Michigan and see how much help you’ve given them …

And in August, the Senate voted unanimously to expand Americans’ opportunities to receive technical and career-focused education.  Meanwhile, you’ve done nothing to improve our public schools, and have made a college education damn near out of reach for the average citizen!  There is much, MUCH more to education than technical and job training …

We’ve passed 22 pieces of legislation produced by the bipartisan work of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. From improving the efficiency of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to enhancing access to post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits, each of these pieces of legislation was designed to help America keep its promises to returning heroes and their families.  Not what I’m hearing from the vets.  Have you talked to anybody from AMVETS lately?  I have.

And last month, the Senate passed a landmark package of targeted resources to combat the opioid epidemic. The legislation was produced by five bipartisan committees and included direct input from 72 different senators.  Whoopee.  Meanwhile, those of us who need medications such as insulin to stay alive, cannot afford them. 

Of course, these are just a few highlights of a Congress that has conducted as much serious, cooperative work as any in recent history.  Hah! Let me ask Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi if that’s true …

So make no mistake. The Senate has proven its ability to reach bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.  I think you mistake the meaning of “bipartisan”.  I’ve seen naught but infighting and chaos in the 115th Congress.

And looking ahead to the coming year, there will be no shortage of opportunities to continue this impressive record of cooperation across the aisle and across the Capitol.  Opportunities, yes.  But will you put aside your love of all things Trump and join the democrats in holding him accountable?  Will you put the 99% ahead of the 1% just for once?  Will you act with the interests of the nation in mind?

What we can make of those opportunities will depend on our Democratic colleagues. Will they choose to go it alone and simply make political points? Or will they choose to work together and actually make a difference?  Look in the mirror and ask that question, Mitchie.

Last week, the American people made it abundantly clear that they prefer that Congress focus on making a difference.  Is this a new concept to you?

That message may have been lost on a few House Democrats, who have made clear their preference for investigations over policy results. After years of rhetoric, it’s hardly news that some are more interested in fanning the flames of division than reaching across the aisle.  Not ‘fanning the flames of division’, Mitchie … it’s called ‘accountability’.  Look it up in the dictionary.

But however Democrats interpret the latest message from voters, Senate Republicans will continue our commitment to delivering results.  Continue???  When did you start?

We’ll keep working to lift the burden on American job creators and small businesses. We’ll stay focused on helping communities across the country seize new opportunities and realize greater prosperity. We’ll seek new ways to make life easier for working families.  “Lift the burden”???  WTF???  The burden is on the poor and middle-class, not the big corporations whose so-called ‘burdens’ you seek to ‘lift’.

Most importantly, in the face of whichever tactics the far left chooses to employ next, we’ll continue to stand for the rule of law. We’ll continue to confirm more well-qualified nominees to serve on our nation’s courts.  Rule of law?  Where is that, Mitchie?  Where was rule of law when Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath?  Where was rule of law when you and your cohorts refused to ban assault weapons because you are in the pocket of the NRA?  Where, indeed, is rule of law in Trumpdom?

This is what the Senate’s Republican majority was elected to do. And we’ll continue to get it done.  Bull. You’ll keep right on licking the boots of the fool in the White House.

It is obvious to me that McConnell was doing damage control, making it clear to the Fox viewers, which likely includes Trump’s & McConnell’s followers, that whatever goes wrong in the next two years will be the fault of those mean ol’ democrats.  Mitch McConnell has been in Washington far too long … time for him to retire!

46 thoughts on “Fool On The Hill — Mitch McConnell

  1. Dear Jill,

    The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection in 2020 and it should be a top priority to find an outstanding democratic candidate to give him the boot. In 2020 the Senate map is much more favorable to democrats where they stand a chance to become the majority party. One way or another, his power will be diminished and history will not be kind to him.

    It is my opinion that he is worse than President Trump because he is smarter but he is another one where winning is all that counts and the heck if Rome burns to the ground.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • The phrase that keeps running through my mine the last day or so is from Machiavelli’s The Prince: “The end justifies the means”. McConnell has long since operated that way … whatever it takes to reach the goal, no matter who it hurts. I would like to be able to say that surely after these past several years he couldn’t possibly be re-elected, but … it’s Kentucky. Sigh.
      Hugs!

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  2. “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy. Mitch McConnell’s partisan politics are self evident and his rhetoric would be laughable…were it not so sad. Mr. McConnell has long overstayed his welcome, mandatory retirement has a nice ring to it. Thank-you!

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      • Sadly we only miss it when it’s gone Jill. (Aside: Vietnam destroyed him. If everyone in the West had read the history of that nation, I mean the really long history, anyone who resists China…)

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        • Yes, that’s pretty much true of everything … that we only really appreciate it once it’s gone … isn’t it? I have to admit that I am not very familiar with the history of Vietnam myself, but I agree that Vietnam was LBJ’s downfall, and in large part also Nixon’s. The difference, of course, was that LBJ was trying to do the right thing, and Nixon brought about his own downfall.

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          • The history of Vietnam goes way back before US or even French involvement. It’s complex.
            Stanley Karnow’s book ‘Vietnam’, even though the last edition is over 20 years old is one I would recommend for any one to get a good overall view.
            And for a ground level view ‘Despatches’ by Michael Herr and ‘Rumour of War’ by Philip Caputo.
            Then Ken Burns latest documentary.
            Tragic and so very complex.

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            • I actually started watching the Ken Burns documentary last year, but got side-tracked and forgot to go back to it (I tell ya, the mind is going, going ….) I will get back to that one, and thanks for the book recommendations! I will definitely check them out.

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              • Worth the reading of; some folk make the mistake of assuming America invented what happened in Vietnam not so……Athenian invasion of Sicily 415-413 BC and later, and Vietnam’s history as examples. Govts should read a lot of history before getting involved overseas.

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                • Therein lies the problem … more often than not, governments … or those who are in control of them … are not cognizant of the history, nor are they deep thinkers. Then again, quite honestly I don’t know another single person who knows history as well as you! I keep telling ya … you need to run for office!!!

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                  • Thanks Jill.
                    There are four factors I rely on to keep my thinking straight (sort of)
                    1. My Faith
                    2. Thinking about the vastness of the Cosmos (14 billions years old and at least 50 billions light years ‘big’)
                    3. Pondering on the composition of the particles and the laws make atoms possible.
                    4. The General patterns of History (stress: No expert on everything, not even scratching the surface in terms of details)
                    Put though four together and I really get my own personal insights.
                    Sheila says there is no way I should ever be allowed to run for any office, just in case I win, a cross between Stalin & Martin Luther apparently.

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                    • Ahhh … and this is where you and I don’t necessarily think quite alike, though we usually come to much the same conclusions about things. My pragmatic mind (if I cannot see it or hear it or feel it, then I cannot believe it) keeps me from #1 through #3. And so, my thought processes differ from yours, though like I said, I think we both share many of the same values and draw the same conclusions, we just arrive their via different paths. Sheila is a wise woman who loves her man and would like to keep him sane … give her a hug from me!

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                    • The Universe is vast beyond our small minds Jill, there are many ways to travel. As I say to Sha’ Tara…’see you ’round the other side’.
                      Hugs passed on.

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      • Robert Caro’s works on him …’Path to Power’ for starters make fascinating reading. Not a man you would sanctify but nonetheless a giant in comparison who would have dismantled Trump in the primaries.

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        • Absolutely!!! I’ve read Path to Power, although not recently. LBJ, like the late George H.W. Bush, was no saint, made his share of mistakes, but compared to Trump? Pbbbtttthhh. There is NO comparison. It’s like comparing brussel sprouts to lobster tails! Or, as a former boyfriend once said of me, “It’s like bringing a hot dog to a steak dinner”. You can see why he stopped being a boyfriend, yes? 😉

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    • Won’t happen … the price for any republican who supported Trump’s impeachment would be a fate worse than death to some of them. They are, whether they would admit it or not, afraid of him, and that is just how he likes it.

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        • They are certainly more concerned with money & power than they are with the people of this nation, the people who are counting on them to be their voice in government. We only matter once every two years for the hour or so it takes us to cast our vote, and then we once again become meaningless to them.

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  3. I agree with you that Mitch has got to go.

    A question I would like to pose to you and others among your readership is the following.

    Do people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer also have to go and if not, why?

    I look forward to reading the responses of any who wish to answer the inquiry.

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    • Policy-wise, Pelosi and Schumer are a million times better people than Mitch. Whether we need “new blood” is another topic, but there is no question Chuck and Nancy are the best at what they do, counting votes, rustling up support, and fundraising. Most Americans are against money is politics, I am too.

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  4. Jill, if you ever watched the fabulous Tim Burton movie “A Nightmare before Christmas,” the mayor of Halloweenland had two faces, one with a smile and one with a frown. This is the caricature of Mitch McConnell. He will say one thing when in minority and then say the exact opposite when in majority. He personifies the worst of Washington politics. I would say the same thing about the now retired Harry Reid.

    What he did to Merrick Garland was shameful, but he does not care. We voters have to make him care, which is why we must contact him again and again. We also must point out hypocrisies. He knows Trump is a vindictive bully, but tolerates him to achieve his version of America. Keith

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    • Yes, I have seen that movie, although I had forgotten about the mayor … good analogy. Harry Reid stayed in Congress far too long, as has Mitch … I am a strong believer in term limits for this very reason. I think Mitch feels that he is invincible … and he certainly is at least Teflon-coated. Two years until he is up for re-election … I hope the people of KY get some sense during that time and vote him OUT!

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    • I agree with most of what you had to say, though I disagree about Harry Reid. From a policy perspective, Reid achieved great things like helping pass FMLA, the ADA, cost of living increases for seniors, and the list goes on. Do I agree that I hate money in politics and the evil that creates? of course, but it’s important to know from a political perspective which side is for transparency and which isn’t (so evident by Citizens United)

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      • I would not deny that Reid stood for some excellent things, such as those you mention. But he had been in office too long, and was into some shady deals trading favours for campaign contributions. It seems that after a certain time, they all manage to lose some of their integrity.

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