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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
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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To: MaestroLC


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

“dethpicable”?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq8F8PeDBOU

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.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2273044/posts

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

PS
545 PEOPLE
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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To: MaestroLC

Here’s my opinion.

The party out of power has to pick its fights carefully.

They can expose Sotomayor, but really can’t stop her—unless Democrats help. So being loud and angry about SS may be a losing strategy.

They can defeat the commie health care plan, because even some Dems are nervous about it.

Where Mitch and his buddies are REALLY blowing it is in their embrace of RINO candidates for the upcoming cycle. Most obvious to me: Charlie Crist of Florida.

Let’s not bash every single thing these guys do...they have to save some powder for battles they think they can win. Of course they ought to engage each issue as much as possible, but you cannot fight to die on every hill all the time.

I know, and agree, it is very frustrating to see what we think of as “giving up” on some issues. I am just saying I understand Mitch’s perspective somewhat.


21 posted on 06/22/2009 6:51:07 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: MaestroLC

As we in KY say..>DITCH MITCH!!!!


22 posted on 06/22/2009 6:53:00 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (Who can take tomorrow, Spend it all today? Who can take your income And tax it all away? Obama Man!)
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To: MaestroLC
just what we need...a Racist on the Supreme Court...

did this clown quit La Raza yet?

23 posted on 06/22/2009 7:00:15 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: MaestroLC
We have a one party system.

The ballgame is over.

If we the people do not create a new party to battle against the Republicrat party,
The Republic is lost.

24 posted on 06/22/2009 7:02:03 AM PDT by trickyricky
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To: SoFloFreeper
I, as an ex-GOP loyalist, totally understand your position. In fact, I often took the same position.

The problem is, as I see it and as George Washington warned of in his farewell address a couple hundred years ago, "we the people" have fallen into the pit of placing allegiance with political parties.

Our political system has become fatally flawed simply because of our "party system". While I am very uncertain on how "we" take back our system, I do believe it is time we quit supporting it.

If we ever are going to take back our political process a beginning must be made and we, all of us, must make a beginning by not returning elected officials who continually pervert the system as it was set up by our fore fathers.

In short "we" must stop being Republicans/Democrats and start being American citizens governed by our Constitution as written!

25 posted on 06/22/2009 7:04:36 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: paulycy

Wow... that is a scary/true picture.
26 posted on 06/22/2009 7:04:57 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: trickyricky
If we the people do not create a new party to battle against the Republicrat party, The Republic is lost.

Used to be I argued against this but it's hard to make a compelling case anymore.

27 posted on 06/22/2009 7:06:41 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: ImpBill

>In short “we” must stop being Republicans/Democrats and start being American citizens governed by our Constitution as written!

Indeed!
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dv698tm_25c7b35cc9
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dv698tm_22dr6x3nfb


28 posted on 06/22/2009 7:07:50 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: paulycy

>>If we the people do not create a new party to battle against the Republicrat party, The Republic is lost.
>
>Used to be I argued against this but it’s hard to make a compelling case anymore.

What do you think the record ammunition and gun sales? It’s the votes of the citizens for the American Ammo Party!

I take the weapons and ammunition stockpiles as votes of no-confidence in the Government.


29 posted on 06/22/2009 7:10:56 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
I take the weapons and ammunition stockpiles as votes of no-confidence in the Government.

Me, too. I just wonder where the money would come from to build the infrastructure needed for a viable third party. Good intentions are not enough and I'd like to forestall a shooting civil war if at all humanly possible.

There's time to do it the political way but there are pretty formidable logistical obstacles to overcome.

30 posted on 06/22/2009 7:16:53 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
You just don't get it do you.

When the Democrats were the stark minority, they fought like wildcats, they filibustered, they held strikes, shut the government down and raised utter hell. The public noticed this and gradually started voting them in until they became the majority again.

Republicans have allowed this government to triple in size and hopelessly spend itself into generational bankruptcy. They have not said more than a few words against it, but for the most part, followed along and helped make it happen.

They are cowards and are just as guilty as the Democrats for taking part in ruining this country. But MOST OF ALL, they sit quietly back and let Obama (Our new Emperor) ransack the White House, illegally take over Private Corporations, fire IG’s that are on to his corruption and install 20+ unconstitutional Czars, (Thugs) and do things that, if it were a Republican President, the Democrats would probably have Impeachment proceedings not only started, but completed by now.

And all you can say is, “I understand Mitch's perspective somewhat.” Well, moderates like you don't stand for much, but you will fall for anything.

31 posted on 06/22/2009 7:17:26 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Give me LIBERTY or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: MaestroLC
History won't note that this Government was an affirmative action disaster.
32 posted on 06/22/2009 7:18:54 AM PDT by MaxMax (America's population is 304-Million. Obama must punish America for the other 4.7 Billion)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL! Come on, where’s your pragmatism? The republican chattering monkeys will be by shortly to beat it out of you.


33 posted on 06/22/2009 7:22:06 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: MaestroLC

McConnell = Quisling

34 posted on 06/22/2009 7:25:25 AM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: paulycy

>Good intentions are not enough and I’d like to forestall a shooting civil war if at all humanly possible.

The only way that I see that happening, IMO, is if We the People get off our arses and try and hang the corrupt, lying, and traitorous people convicted [known as “Congress”] along with the bureaucrats of the Executive branch.

Also, the USSC ought to be tried for treason as well. Failure to hear the claims of eligibility only precipitates a constitutional crisis, just as the failure to hear the claims of automotive bondholders who were, quite frankly, stolen from. These people are, by their inaction, providing aid and support for the enemies of the states. Much like that court which ruled that Murtha’s slander and condemnation of the Haditha marines was covered under a law which prevented civil suits against “a federal employee in execution of the responsibilities of office”.

That’s my opinion, and given how there are many who do not embrace the death penalty “under any circumstances” such justice would be denied. The loss of life will only be greater in number and foisted on those more innocent of crimes.


35 posted on 06/22/2009 7:47:32 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: tumblindice

Good post.


36 posted on 06/22/2009 7:51:19 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: MaestroLC

No surprises here. The whole Senate stinks.


37 posted on 06/22/2009 7:52:19 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: OneWingedShark

Well, a bit harshly stated but it might be true in principle. Still I think there’s ample time to “grasp everything by the smooth handle” as Thomas Jefferson said. And he, of course, wasn’t afraid to take up arms when necessary. Timing is everything.


38 posted on 06/22/2009 7:57:25 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: paulycy
"Used to be I argued against this... "

I'm still a registered Republican, but I wish to God there was a viable alternative.
I don't have any more in common with the elitist globalist Republicans who run the party
than I do with the pro-abortion ACLU acorn democrats.

I swear to God above, McCain was the last liberal Republican I will ever vote for.
No conservative? No vote. No support.

Cut off my nose to spite my face?

What the hell's the difference anymore?

39 posted on 06/22/2009 8:35:30 AM PDT by trickyricky
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Most of the Republicans are just the right foot of the machine, most of the Dems are the left foot. Sadly, they both are taking us in the same direction.


40 posted on 06/22/2009 8:54:06 AM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: MaestroLC; All

Revisiting a great thread. Thanks to all posters. McConnell goes along with members of “his” gang/collective. Every day he has a choice as to whether or not he should de-couple himself from principles, the Constitution, we the people.


41 posted on 06/22/2009 12:57:07 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: trickyricky
Cut off my nose to spite my face? What the hell's the difference anymore?

Makes ya feel pretty powerless, doesn't it? I hate that. It's not right.

42 posted on 06/22/2009 2:12:32 PM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: paulycy
"Makes ya feel pretty powerless, doesn't it?"

What makes it worse is that people who are, for the most part, likeminded, just shrug and take it.

If the nation wants to take a hard left turn and the GOP is just adjusting to the new "reality",

I opt out.

Shame on them, and may the future generations that live in bondage because of their reckless selfishness
curse their names forever.

43 posted on 06/22/2009 8:19:34 PM PDT by trickyricky
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