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Mitch McConnell Signals the GOP Will Do Nothing Against Sotomayor.
Red State ^ | June 22, 2009 | by Erick Erickson

Posted on 06/22/2009 6:21:13 AM PDT by MaestroLC

He Wants Us to Believe Mediocrity is a Sign of Success

One must wonder what Mitch McConnell paid or did to have the Washington Post’s Perry Bacon, Jr. write this total fluff piece on Mitch McConnell.

When he was fighting campaign finance reform a decade ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was dubbed Darth Vader by his critics. He embraced the nickname, even announcing “Darth Vader has arrived” at a news conference.

Well, when the article starts out with a gross distortion of the facts, we can only conclude that McConnell is desperate to hang on to power and distract from his failures as the Senate Republican Leader.

What gross distortion?

“Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was dubbed Darth Vader by his critics,” writes Perry Bacon, Jr. today.

“The Kentucky curmudgeon who dubbed himself the Darth Vader of campaign-finance reform is whipped, and he knows it,” wrote Jonathan Alter in Newsweek on April 9, 2001.

“Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who aptly describes himself as the “Darth Vader” of the campaign finance debate,” wrote the Kansas City Star on April 8, 2001.

“The antipathy is well known between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the self-described Darth Vader of campaign finance reform, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who recently likened his presidential campaign to the adventures of Luke Skywalker,” wrote Mary Lynn Jones in the Hill on February 16, 2000.

Yes, Common Cause gave Mitch McConnell the designation once, but it says more about McConnell that he had to embrace and recycle the nickname for anyone to pick it up and use it “against” him.

Now Perry Bacon, Jr. in his fluff piece, recycles it to make McConnell seem more than the limp wristed leader he has been lately.

McConnell has persuaded his Senate colleagues to pick targeted, potentially winnable fights against the Democrats, such as the party’s current push to make sure health-care reform does not include a government-run insurance option.

In other words, McConnell does not want the GOP to make much of a show on Sotomayor. You don’t have to read the rest of the article to understand why this article is even showing up.

If you will remember from a few weeks ago, Manny Miranda, who heads an organization of conservatives who are organized to help defeat the Sotomayor nomination, sent Mitch McConnell a letter demanding the GOP not kowtow to Obama on the nomination.

A staffer for McConnell attended the Grover Norquist Wednesday meeting, an off the record meeting, and took that information back to McConnell’s leadership office where it makes it into the Politico. In the process, McConnell felt the need to bash Miranda — a loyal conservative activist.

McConnell helped orchestrate one of the Republicans’ most convincing victories of the year: a 90 to 6 vote rejecting Obama’s plan to start closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to move some of the detainees to U.S. soil. McConnell delivered the same speech on the Senate floor day after day during April and May, attacking the proposal and saying Obama had no idea how to implement it.

In other words, a majority of Democrats supported the same proposal — some Republican victory.

The longtime senator, elected in 1984, has actively recruited moderate candidates, such as Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, even though McConnell himself is one of the Senate’s most conservative members. He has repeatedly warned that the party must be tolerant of those who might hold more liberal views on some issues.

Here’s the catch — McConnell votes on all the socially conservative issues if they make it to the floor. But if you ask the conservative Senators, they will tell you that McConnell’s staff works overtime making sure conservative issues never make it to the floor. Likewise, McConnel, at every opportunity, works to undermine fiscal conservatives. With the exception of tax cuts, McConnell does not just not care, he actively works to undermine the issues.

McConnell portrays himself as an ally of the president when he agrees with him, such as Obama’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan, but he doesn’t mind being cast as an obstructionist, as he was a decade ago.

And there you have it — if you like Mitch McConnell, it is because you like his support of the war. And you probably, like me, remember him fondly from the campaign finance reform battle. But he lost that one.

And while McConnell has been leader of the Senate GOP, we’ve gone from 55 seats to 40 seats.

But that’s okay, McConnell is, in his mind, Darth Vader — the man who oversaw the loss of two Death Stars and in the end betrayed his own side.

TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: gop; mcconnell; rino; rinomcconnell; sotomayor; wimp
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McConnell must resign his Senate leadership now.

He is a total failure. He is useless. He is no leader. Certainly no friend to conservatives.

Enough is enough. Demand that McConnell must go.

1 posted on 06/22/2009 6:21:13 AM PDT by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

Now there’s a surprise.

A RINO backing down.

RINOs are among the most timid creatures, except when they are devouring their own. That is why they are the first-order reason for their own extinction.

2 posted on 06/22/2009 6:23:09 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: MaestroLC

Need a recall here.

4 posted on 06/22/2009 6:25:11 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: MaestroLC
There's a typo in the headline:

Mitch McConnell Signals the GOP Will Do Nothing Against Sotomayor.

There. Fixed it.

5 posted on 06/22/2009 6:26:45 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands ("Failed Obama Administration" (TM))
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To: MaestroLC

McConnell’s spine is about weak as his chin.

6 posted on 06/22/2009 6:27:13 AM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: MaestroLC
And the GOP wonders why people are bolting in droves. Heck, even the House GOP, which is far more useless than the Senate GOP, stood up and said no to 0bama’s policies.
7 posted on 06/22/2009 6:29:15 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MaestroLC

I am a better candidate for the job than she is.

8 posted on 06/22/2009 6:29:16 AM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: MaestroLC
A cowardly stinking typical RINO RepublicRAT!

Quit you simpering ninnyhammer!

9 posted on 06/22/2009 6:29:41 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: b4its2late

We’ve never met, but I agree!!!!!

10 posted on 06/22/2009 6:30:07 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Kinda makes ya wish the Flight 92 would have taken out the US Senate wing of the US Capitol.

What the hell??

That is a despicable thing to say and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Many brave passengers died on that plane to prevent exactly the kind of disgusting action from terrorists that you suggest.

11 posted on 06/22/2009 6:30:39 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: MaestroLC
The federal government is taking over the financial business.
The federal government is taking over the car business.
The federal government is trying to take over the healthcare industry.
The federal government is trying to set salary requirements for people.
We've got czars appointed all over the place, answerable to no one but the president.
We've got the president firing IG's who cannot legally be fired without cause.
The president is refusing to voice support for freedom-seeking Iranians.
And the president is trying to put an blatant racist on the Supreme Court.

Let me know when the Republicans find something about Obama that they feel is worth taking a stand against.

12 posted on 06/22/2009 6:30:48 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We are a ruled people, serfs to the Federal Oligarchy -- and the Tree of Liberty thirsts)
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13 posted on 06/22/2009 6:31:41 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: MaestroLC

Ahh, yes - the do-nothing GOP.

14 posted on 06/22/2009 6:32:31 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: MaestroLC
McConnell reflects the inadequacy of separation of powers when law becomes an instrument of plunder.

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder. - Frédéric Bastiat

15 posted on 06/22/2009 6:36:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: MaestroLC
Win, lose or draw, come the next election, out with this fool and his lieutenants and in with warriors like DeMint, Coburn and Sessions.

Enough of this pattycake bullsh*t, where the GOP play nice and get kicked in the teeth and reply with “SIR, MAY I HAVE MORE!”

16 posted on 06/22/2009 6:39:14 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Where can I take 'Austrian' lessons?)
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To: MaestroLC

Stupid man. Do we have anyone able to lead in Congress? I know the POTUS doesn’t know how to lead.

17 posted on 06/22/2009 6:41:35 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: US Navy Vet


No, not really. The Congress is at war with the American people.

18 posted on 06/22/2009 6:43:07 AM PDT by tumblindice (I've told you millions of billions of times--watch the overblown rhetoric!)
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To: MaestroLC
Thomas Sowell spelled out beautifully (as usual) the importance of the Sotomayor nomination/appointment when he said, “It is hundreds of millions of Americans — current and future — whose fundamental rights are at stake whenever any nominee is being considered for the Supreme Court of the United States. It is the American people as a whole who are entitled to the benefit of the doubt.

One of those fundamental rights was taken away just four years ago, when a 5 to 4 decision by the Supreme Court gave local politicians the right to seize your home or business and turn the property over to some other private party that they favor. Just one vote on the Supreme Court can make a huge difference.”

19 posted on 06/22/2009 6:44:12 AM PDT by Humal
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To: tumblindice

By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

100 senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices, 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army and Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ .

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

20 posted on 06/22/2009 6:50:32 AM PDT by tumblindice
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