Damn You, Mitch McConnell – Part I

Mitch-McConnellAddison Mitchell McConnell is the very definition of corruption.  Last Friday, Dana Milbank wrote an opinion column in The Washington Post titled “Mitch McConnell is a Russian Asset”.  The column so incensed McConnell that he went on a 30-minute tirade on the Senate floor yesterday, referring to the column as “modern-day McCarthyism”.  To Mr. McConnell I would say this:  If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.

It is a proven fact that the Russians did interfere in our 2016 election and that without their assistance it is unlikely that Trump could have won enough votes to win the electoral college (remember that he lost the actual vote by nearly 3 million)Proven. Fact.  So, why would anybody who is elected to protect and preserve this nation, its Constitution, and its people, refuse to take steps to prevent intrusion by a foreign adversary?  Why???  Think about that one.  Meanwhile, since Mr. Milbank’s column annoyed ol’ Mitch so much, I present it here and will offer my own, as well as others’ views in Part II of this post tomorrow.


Mitch McConnell is a Russian Asset

Dana-MilbankBy Dana Milbank, Columnist, July 26

 

Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.

Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding.

Robert Mueller sat before Congress this week warning that the Russia threat “deserves the attention of every American.” He said “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in our election is among the most serious” challenges to American democracy he has ever seen. “They are doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign,” he warned, adding that “much more needs to be done in order to protect against these intrusions, not just by the Russians but others as well.”

Not three hours after Mueller finished testifying, Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, went to the Senate floor to request unanimous consent to pass legislation requiring presidential campaigns to report to the FBI any offers of assistance from agents of foreign governments.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) was there to represent her leader’s interests. “I object,” she said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) attempted to move a bill that would require campaigns to report to the FBI contributions by foreign nationals.

“I object,” said Hyde-Smith.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tried to force action on bipartisan legislation, written with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and supported by Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), protecting lawmakers from foreign cyberattacks. “The majority leader, our colleague from Kentucky, must stop blocking this common-sense legislation and allow this body to better defend itself against foreign hackers,” he said.

“I object,” repeated Hyde-Smith.

The next day, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader, asked for the Senate to pass the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, already passed by the House, that would direct $600 million in election assistance to states and require backup paper ballots.

McConnell himself responded this time, reading from a statement, his chin melting into his chest, his trademark thin smile on his lips. “It’s just a highly partisan bill from the same folks who spent two years hyping up a conspiracy theory about President Trump and Russia,” he said. “Therefore, I object.” McConnell also objected to another attempt by Blumenthal to pass his bill.

Pleaded Schumer: “I would suggest to my friend the majority leader: If he doesn’t like this bill, let’s put another bill on the floor and debate it.”

But McConnell has blocked all such attempts, including:

A bipartisan bill requiring Facebook, Google and other Internet companies to disclose purchasers of political ads, to identify foreign influence.

A bipartisan bill to ease cooperation between state election officials and federal intelligence agencies.

A bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on any entity that attacks a U.S. election.

A bipartisan bill with severe new sanctions on Russia for its cybercrimes.

McConnell has prevented them all from being considered — over and over again. This is the same McConnell who, in the summer of 2016, when briefed by the CIA along with other congressional leaders on Russia’s electoral attacks, questioned the validity of the intelligence and forced a watering down of a warning letter to state officials about the threat, omitting any mention of Russia.

No amount of alarms sounded by U.S. authorities — even Republicans, even Trump appointees — moves McConnell.

On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray — Trump’s FBI director — told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Russians “haven’t been deterred enough” and are “absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections.”

This year, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats — Trump’s intelligence director — told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “foreign actors will view the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests. We expect them to refine their capabilities and add new tactics.”

And on Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report finding that “Russian activities demand renewed attention to vulnerabilities in U.S. voting infrastructure.”

The committee concluded that “urgent steps” are needed “to replace outdated and vulnerable voting systems.” (The $380 million offered since 2016 is a pittance compared with the need.) “Despite the expense, cybersecurity needs to become a higher priority for election-related infrastructure,” the report concluded.

But one man blocks it all — while offering no alternative of his own.

Presumably he thinks whatever influence Russia exerts over U.S. elections will benefit him (he’s up for reelection in 2020) and his party.

“Shame on him,” Schumer said on the Senate floor this week.

But McConnell has no shame. He is aiding and abetting Putin’s dismantling of Americans’ self-governance. A leader who won’t protect our country from attack is no patriot.

36 thoughts on “Damn You, Mitch McConnell – Part I

    • Trust me, I’ve done my share of head scratching, too. And head shaking to the point where there is a strange rattle within my head now. As for Kentucky, his home state … it is a coal-mining state, and the populace is largely un-or-under-educated. With the coal industry on the skids (despite Trump’s best efforts to salvage it), they are also very much economically depressed. Now, here’s where it gets interesting. A Russian company just invested $200 million in an aluminum plant in Kentucky that will bring many jobs to the area. Coincidence? While his approval rating has sunk to about 33%, Kentuckians would die before they would vote for a democrat. This is how ol’ Mitch has stayed in office for some 40 years! He is the poster boy for term limits, if you ask me!

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        • Heck, don’t worry about taxing my brain … this is the stuff I thrive on! What do they gain out of this? Well, Putin has dreams/visions of re-establishing a Soviet-style empire. Now, the first thing he got was he got “not Hillary”. Hillary’s foreign policy experience would have kept Putin’s feet held to the fire, he would have had the U.S. and the UN breathing down his back for human rights violations, he would have had numerous sanctions, etc. But, the other thing is that not only is Trump ignorant in matters of history and international relations, but … he has an achilles heel … his huge ego. Since Russia and Trump had been engaged in financial dealings for years prior to him running for president (a position that he really did NOT expect to get), the Russians a) had some dirt on him, and b) understood that as long as you feed his ego, he will do pretty much whatever you want. By helping him win the election, they bought themselves a useful tool. A puppet. And he’s done nothing to dispel that notion, has helped Putin in numerous ways, so they will do as much as they can to ensure he stays in office for at least another 4 years. Make sense?

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  1. Jill, Senator McConnell has a lot of questions to answer. We have been told by Mueller’s team, the Director of National Intelligence, the Senate Intelligence Committee and others the Russians influenced the 2016 anf influencing the 2020 election ad we speak. And, yet McConnell wants to address this attack on our country at the state level. Why?

    It should be troubling the president puts his hands over his ears to avoid hearing about the subject and forced a talented and duty bound intelligence leader in Coats for someone whose talent is genuflecting to Trump. We should be concerned, but so should the two leaders who have Putin on speeddial. Keith

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    • You are so right when you say he has much to answer for. The biggest concern right now, of course, is election security, but there are many other bills he has refused to bring to the floor … this is not how one represents the people! I think, as his approval rating is now at an all-time low, it is unlikely he’ll be re-elected next year, but by then it will be too late to address election security for the 2020 election … we MUST do it now. And my hopes that it would be addressed by the intelligence community regardless of Congress crashed and burned with the resignation of Coats. Sigh. We simply cannot let Putin put Trump in for another 4 years … we must find a way …

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  2. I cannot say much about this, I see it as a uniquely American problem–at present. The very word “patrotism” scares the hell out of me.
    Having said that, giving one person the kind of power McConnell seems to have has nothing to do with democracy. It is a mini-dictatorship in action and in intent. In a republic where government us supposed to represent the will of the majority, McConnell seems to be a ONE MAN MAJORITY. This does not make sense, and there must be a process somewhere that prevents such a person retaining that power. Whether it is impeachment or has some other name, this man must be stopped.
    Or so I see it…

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    • At present it may be a uniquely U.S. problem, but the consequences if our election is compromised will be far-reaching, for another 4 years of Trump, his uneducated and ignorant policies regarding foreign policy and the environment, will affect every nation on the globe. Not to mention that I will jump off a cliff and you will then have one less friend! 😉 LuL

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      • No jumping off cliffs, unless it is into a body of water. If you happen to survive a hard landing somehow, you will become a burden to Chris and Miss Goose. That is not all. At least if you survive a watery landing you won’t have a bunch of smushed bones to deal with…
        Now, if you want to make McConnell or Trump jump off a cliff, make sure there are lots of broken rocks at the bottom… Sharp and jagged rocks… And maybe a strong incoming tide so the bodies keep getting thrown back onto the rocks…
        Yes, it would be a global problem, so let’s nip it in the now before the ripples reach other shores!

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  3. Mitch’s assistance to the Russians has money flowing through to Kentucky. Perhaps he thinks that will aid him to gain favour in the elections.But whether he gets in or not he’s helping turn America into a client state of Russia and thaat never went well for any of the others.
    Cwtch

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    • Definitely so. Have you heard his new nickname? Moscow Mitch. According to the NYT, he is furious over it! Good … I say, “if the shoe fits …” I think that Trump already sold this nation downriver to the Russians … McConnell is only aiding and abetting, and making sure he gets his share.
      Cwtch

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