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Mitch McConnell Gives His Side of the Story
Pajamas Media ^ | 03/11/2014 | Andrew Klavan

Posted on 03/11/2014 8:08:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It seems only fair to post Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s response to the foofaraw started by the quote I posted about below [1]. McConnell tells my friends over at Truth Revolt [2] that he is not attacking the Tea Party at all. Rather he feels that the Senate Conservatives Fund is a fake, pretending to support conservatism while undermining it. Here’s the quote:

I’ve always been and continue to be a big supporter of the Tea Party and the conservative change it’s bringing to Washington. One of the biggest obstacles to that change, however, is the Senate Conservatives Fund, a rogue political operation that has co-opted the Liberty movement for its own enrichment to the detriment of the conservative cause. This is a point that I have been making repeatedly and energetically over the past several months, because in my view this group has deceived a lot of good people. They claim to share our goals but undermine them at every turn. I think they should be stopped, and I don’t mind saying so.

This needs to be taken seriously because A) Ann Coulter suggested as much in the talk with Sean Hannity [3] I posted about earlier and B) it’s plausible someone would do that for any number of reasons.

The original New York Times story [4] in which McConnell said he was going to crush the opposition made it seem the senator was making a “move to stamp out challenges from the right,” as the headline said. But McConnell’s argument is instead that these challenges are fakes. That doesn’t necessarily mean the primary candidate himself is fake, but it could mean he’s been put in play for reasons of pure profit or even to aid the Democrats. As I mentioned, McConnell has a fight on his hands in the main election.

There are things that McConnell has done that I disagree with strongly, but he is definitely NOT a RINO — that’s just unfair. The American Conservative Union [5] routinely ranks him near the top but, if that’s too swishy for you, the Heritage Action for America [6] scorecard gives him an 80 percent, which may not be Ivory Conservative Soap, but it’s pretty good, especially from HAA. I mean, again as I said in my first post, no one should be primarying the guy. If you’re really going to be messing with Republicans at this crisis moment, primary someone in the John McCain (43%) range. Better yet, save your fire for the party that single-handedly brought you ObamaCare.

Anyway, McConnell should’ve been clearer in his original statement, but perhaps I should blame the way the Times played it. In any case, we really do have to try not to be stupid. There are two halves to the circle in a circular firing squad. One half is made of politicians without principle, the other is made of voters without good sense. Leftists claim their good intentions justify their crappy results. Republican voters don’t have that luxury.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mitchmcconnell; rino

1 posted on 03/11/2014 8:08:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So McConnell isn’t a RINO because of the ranking of a CINO organization like the ACU. Such perfect logic. Keep circling the wagons, GOP-e supporters.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 8:10:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

How’s his voting record on issues like defense, taxes, abortion, gay marriage and court judges?


3 posted on 03/11/2014 8:13:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Better yet, save your fire for the party that single-handedly brought you ObamaCare.

What about the guy who enabled its funding through cave-in after cave-in? Here's a hint: his name is McConnell.

4 posted on 03/11/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: SeekAndFind
McConnell's a liar.

Deeds, not words, are what are important.

5 posted on 03/11/2014 8:17:35 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SeekAndFind
I mean, again as I said in my first post, no one should be primarying the guy. If you’re really going to be messing with Republicans at this crisis moment, primary someone in the John McCain (43%) range.

He's not being primaried because of his voting scorecard, he's being primaried because of his failure of leadership.

6 posted on 03/11/2014 8:19:49 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if McConnell was an ace conservative, right on every point, which he is not, he is still pond scum as minority leader, and certainly as majority leader, for the simple reason he has no leadership skills whatsoever, no imagination whatsoever. He is backbencher material, and at best, a good foot soldier.

What is needed is a strong majority leader of the Senate who can deal behind the scenes AND lead the Senate and talk to Patriotic Conservative Americans.


7 posted on 03/11/2014 8:20:36 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well Mitch, when you say “Tea Party bullies need a punch in the nose”, it’s amazing how many people think you are talking about the Tea party.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 8:20:57 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind
scorecard gives him an 80 percent, which may not be Ivory Conservative Soap

He's as limp as a wet dishrag. He's weak. That's why.

9 posted on 03/11/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitch is running scared.


10 posted on 03/11/2014 8:23:23 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: SeekAndFind

As I’ve pointed out since I arrived at FR January of 2004 the RINO’s have been redefining “Conservatism” to their perspective, and this is what McConnell is addressing, the new perspective as defined by the “moderates”, “RINO’s”, “GOP-e”, whatever you wish to call them. I call them stealth Leftists in spite of the fact they are about as stealthy as a Sherman Tank.

Regardless they ain’t us.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SeekAndFind

McConnell is a deceptive voter in the US Senate. He votes very carefully so he can say “look at my record” while he works behind the scenes to undermine conservatives and conservatism, to destroy conservatives, to get moderates elected, to protect moderate incumbents, and to assist the democrats in getting their agenda through.

He’s fooling nobody but these type of article writers.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 8:25:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind
McConnell tells my friends over at Truth Revolt that he is not attacking the Tea Party at all. Rather he feels that the Senate Conservatives Fund is a fake, pretending to support conservatism while undermining it.....There are things that McConnell has done that I disagree with strongly, but he is definitely NOT a RINO — that’s just unfair.

And with one short article, Andrew Klavin at Pajamas Media buries himself.

13 posted on 03/11/2014 8:27:37 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind
I’ve always been and continue to be a big supporter of the Tea Party and the conservative change it’s bringing to Washington.

McConnell: Tea Party 'Bullies' Who Need Punch in Nose

One of the biggest obstacles to that change, however, is the Senate Conservatives Fund, a rogue political operation that has co-opted the Liberty movement for its own enrichment to the detriment of the conservative cause.

HorseHockey! There's not a dimes worth of difference between the Tea Party Movement and the Senate Conservatives Fund! The movement or SCF wouldn't exist if the Republican leadership were doing their job and Mitchell was as conservative as he pretends to be.

This is a point that I have been making repeatedly and energetically over the past several months, because in my view this group has deceived a lot of good people. They claim to share our['our' mitch? srsly?!] goals but undermine them at every turn. I think they should be stopped, and I don’t mind saying so.

My what a thin reed (or is it Reid?) to hold on to mitch. You love the Tea Party but hate the SCF(?!) [who only exists because you aren't pushing the agenda of the Tea Party Movement]! I think Tea Party voters are smarter than you think and those ACU rankings include a lot of your "show votes".

Face it Mitch, you are the biggest obstacle to the conservative change the Tea Party Movement wants to bring to Washington.

14 posted on 03/11/2014 8:28:32 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not interested in anything thing this man has to say, or anyone who supports him.

Mitch McConnell and the stinking GOP can go to Hell.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 8:29:14 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Soooooo....did I miss it when McConnell stood with Ted Cruz, who was obviously right in calling for the delay of ObamaCare? Did I miss his stirring speech praising Cruz and Mike Lee for their fine presentation of the conservative concerns about this medical train wreck? Did he admonish McLame for calling Cruz and Lee “wacko birds, “ like the senile old goat did from the floor of the Senate? If he did all these fine things, then we should believe him now.


16 posted on 03/11/2014 8:32:47 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Timber Rattler

Liar? Such a harsh word.

Now dissembling, prevaricating, misstating, or simply omitting some various arrays of factual material, that is OK, and if people are supposed to be civil, then not everything should be open to discussion.

Those disruptive characters that insist of bringing up all these uncomfortable facets of the daily assaults on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (code word for “private property”), are just supposed to shut up and sit down. No fair criticizing your betters, after all.

“Fairness” is a concept that pretty largely disappears about the time a person enters kindergarten.

Except in the minds of the school hierarchy. Not that it applies to them, but only insofar as it applies to classroom rules.


17 posted on 03/11/2014 8:36:17 AM PDT by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: DManA

MM must have figured out that he stepped on his crank.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 8:37:56 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: SeekAndFind

Can someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to recall a story where McConnell and some others sent some bully-boys over the the SCF offices and told De Mint to get out and that they were taking over.

I also seem to recall that the reason they failed is that a talk show host called up McConnell and told him that the whole story was going to be broadcast on his nationwide show if McConnell and his ‘boys’ didn’t back off of their attempted takeover of the SCF.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 8:41:17 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: SeekAndFind

This makes me wonder about the motivations of many people on FR who are shouting RINO! RINO! RINO ! every 2 minutes.

It wouldn’t take much to destroy the Tea Party movement from within and shouting RINO!has become a way to say “Im a REAL conservative” on this site.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 8:42:29 AM PDT by woofie
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To: SeekAndFind
The new Mitch McConnell logo.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 8:42:31 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: woofie

So you’re a friend of Mitch, eh?


22 posted on 03/11/2014 8:47:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: DManA

Mitch is not talking about US in the Tea Party! He means everyone else in the Tea Party, clearly. Only a simpleton cannot understand what Mitch meant. Bob


23 posted on 03/11/2014 8:48:28 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Two broken Tigers on fire in the night Flicker their souls to the wind. From RTMoscow by Al Stewart)
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To: woofie

C’mon Woofie, get real. Mitch has stabbed us in the back on many issues, including increasing the debt ceiling, funding Obamacare and amnesty. He loathes Constitution-loving citizens. If he lived in New York, he’d be running as a Democrat. You can trust him as far as you could Arlen Specter and Jim Jeffords. Bob


24 posted on 03/11/2014 8:52:40 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Two broken Tigers on fire in the night Flicker their souls to the wind. From RTMoscow by Al Stewart)
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To: Timber Rattler

That is a typical comment of you guys

I haven’t followed Mitch Mc Connell at all (perhaps because Im in a state far far away) and I don’t give a damn if he wins or not in the primaries. I do want the Republicans to regain the Senate however... whatever that takes.

I also believe that FR should attempt to once again discuss the issues instead of calling people names . Whether Mitch is truthful or not about all this I don’t have a clue but the article makes some good points.

And if any of you want to think instead of strut around telling us how CONSERVATIVE you are you might address the points in the article.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT by woofie
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To: SeekAndFind
Along with his lack of any sense of leadership, the leader of the Republican side of the Senate only rates 80%? I'll bet Harry Reid rates a little better from the socialist side. I am also willing to bet that 20% is the stuff that really matters, like giving Obama another blank check, or amnesty. Voting 80% of the time on stuff that will never make it to Obama’s desk is part of the reason the Republicans are in trouble with their base. Ideological purity aside, surely we can do better than this clown.
26 posted on 03/11/2014 9:02:12 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: SeekAndFind
This needs to be taken seriously because A) Ann Coulter suggested as much in the talk with Sean Hannity [3] I posted about earlier

Please! Ann Coulter destroyed her credibility with conservatives a long time ago!

27 posted on 03/11/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: DestroyLiberalism

RE: Please! Ann Coulter destroyed her credibility with conservatives a long time ago!

Not on the issue of immigration. I think she has been quite SOLID on that front.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 9:18:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: woofie
That is a typical comment of you guys

Republican first, Conservative distant second, eh?

And what do you mean by "you guys?"

Are you saying that you're not one of us Conservative "guys?"

29 posted on 03/11/2014 9:18:47 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Yogafist
Mitch's modus operandi, as revealed in his and Cornyn's debt ceiling vote two weeks ago, is to always vote 'yes' on cloture knowing that Reid's Rats will carry the final vote through their majority, while then voting "no" once the issue has been settled behind the scenes so that he can claim innocence later on.

We're all on to that game now.

30 posted on 03/11/2014 9:22:31 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: woofie

What part of:

Taxed
Enough
Already

Don’t you understand?

TEA partiers believe most of the same things conservatives do but prioritize out of control spending and taxes as the main issue. All TEA partiers are conservatives but not all conservatives are TEA partiers. Most federal Republicans and all RINOs are neither due to their “reaching across the aisle” to aide Tax-and-Spend Democrats’ for the last 20 years!. If the Republican party adhered to fiscal conservatism there would be a lot less “RINO!”s and no TEA party.


31 posted on 03/11/2014 9:27:14 AM PDT by Justa
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To: SeekAndFind

all anyone needs to do to judge McConnels defense, which is that he is ONLY attacking the Senate Conservatives Fund, is to look at the candidate support track record of the group, compared to who the GOP-e senate fund was supporting, going back through a number of election cycles

and determine on our own

how many of the candidates backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, win or lose, were “rouges” and how many backed by the GOP-e fund were RINOS


32 posted on 03/11/2014 9:39:49 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: woofie

woofie wrote:
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That is a typical comment of you guys

I haven’t followed Mitch Mc Connell at all (perhaps because Im in a state far far away) and I don’t give a damn if he wins or not in the primaries. I do want the Republicans to regain the Senate however... whatever that takes.

I also believe that FR should attempt to once again discuss the issues instead of calling people names . Whether Mitch is truthful or not about all this I don’t have a clue but the article makes some good points.

And if any of you want to think instead of strut around telling us how CONSERVATIVE you are you might address the points in the article.
>>

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Well, let’s think back to not long ago when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unilaterally decided for the first time in U.S. History to trigger the “nuclear option” by allowing the confirmation of federal judges to pass on a simple majority vote, thereby rendering the minority party (Republicans) powerless in their constitutional duty to block objectionable and derelict judges. This in essence instantly transformed the Senate from its long standing tradition as a deliberative legislative body, as our Founding Fathers intended, to a rubber stamp machine for the ruling party (Democrats).

And instead of taking to the Senate floor in fiery outrage and vowing to use any and every parliamentary procedure at his disposal to grind the Senate to a halt until this abominable use of the nuclear option was lifted, what does Mitch McConnell do? Well, he just hangs his head and solemnly comments how “saddened” he is by this development.

Come on, really?! Is this anyone’s idea of strong, principled, conservative, Constitutional Republican leadership?! How are we EVER going to reverse our nation’s rapid trajectory into full-fledged European-style socialism and Marxism if our so-called “leaders” are willing to be nothing but doormats for Democrat boots???


33 posted on 03/11/2014 9:41:59 AM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Timber Rattler

McConnell’s a liar.


Maybe so but he may be right about Senate Conservatives Fund. It certainly merits attention.


34 posted on 03/11/2014 9:47:19 AM PDT by boycott
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To: boycott; Jim Robinson
Maybe so but he may be right about Senate Conservatives Fund. It certainly merits attention.

Bullcrap!

Who do you work for?

35 posted on 03/11/2014 9:51:20 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SeekAndFind

Absolute CRAP. the writer is an IDIOT apologist. McRino needs to be DESTROYED


36 posted on 03/11/2014 10:00:43 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: woofie
Whether Mitch is truthful or not about all this I don’t have a clue but the article makes some good points.

Mitch is a lying evil fraud. We are about to lose our Republic and the POS MM does not care.

Listen to Mark Levin's show from yesterday. He carefully went through a detailed documented account of how MM has over time continuously worked to sabotage ALL Conservative efforts to limit government. It was an eye-opening account presented by Mark -- showed how utterly evil is the wimpy Mitch.

MM is an evil Statist. He is the epitome of the slimy, duplicitous scumbag.

37 posted on 03/11/2014 10:14:15 AM PDT by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind

Klavan nailed it. Lefties have to be happy with what they have done to us, or with what we have allowed when our baser selves take over. Now our challenge is to step back, take a deep breath, and look with new eyes at where we are right now and how to get to the next step, not allowing the good to be our enemy of the perfect. Maximus Ronaldus’s famous 11th Commandment, remember. Bevin seems to be a good one too. Nobody I know is calling Rand Paul a RINO even though he backs McConnell, and rightfully so, he isn’t. When you get Heritage and the ACU saying you have some good chops, we should listen a little closer with our minds, not allowing our emotions to stampede. Lets win


38 posted on 03/11/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT by shuck and yall (if you ain't offended, you aint payin' attention)
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To: Timber Rattler

Bullcrap!

Who do you work for?


I work for The People’s Republic of the Communist Party of Bangladesh. Get a grip of yourself. Lighten up, Timber.

Who do you work for?

I don’t know much about this Senate Conservatives Fund but a lot of liberal organizations pose as being more conservative. If they are truly a conservative group, I sure hope they do a better job of selecting candidates than the Tea Party Express did. That gave us more Reid, Coons, and Murkowski.


39 posted on 03/11/2014 10:56:25 AM PDT by boycott
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To: SeekAndFind

“It seems only fair to post Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s response to the foofaraw started by the quote I posted about below [1]. McConnell tells my friends over at Truth Revolt [2] that he is not attacking the Tea Party at all. Rather he feels that the Senate Conservatives Fund is a fake, pretending to support conservatism while undermining it.”

So Run-to-the-Rear McConnell was promoting conservatism by backing Trey Grayson while the Senate Conservatives Fund was opposing conservatism by supporting Rand Paul? And the SCF was “pretending to support conservatism while undermining it” in supporting Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Toomey?

McConnell is as big a liar as is the ObaMessiah.

Support Matt Bevin to send McConnell to the Big Government Republican Senatorial Squish Retirement Home.


40 posted on 03/11/2014 10:57:53 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Timber Rattler
From the article

There are two halves to the circle in a circular firing squad. One half is made of politicians without principle, the other is made of voters without good sense

You may be right on this one ...we will see...but in general "you guys" refers to "voters without good sense"

You are at war with the Republican party ...if you win and more conservatives win against liberals its a good thing

However If you win and more liberals win its a bad thing

Thats my only point

41 posted on 03/11/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT by woofie
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To: SeekAndFind

My goodness I’m surprised the man can talk with all of that manure coming out of his mouth.


42 posted on 03/11/2014 12:42:45 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: txrefugee

You’ve got Yertle the Turtle pegged.


43 posted on 03/11/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: DestroyLiberalism
Ummmm ... you can look back a few years in the Congressional Record to find McConnell ready to pull almost exactly the same Nuclear Option that Reid did. Difference was that McConnell's effort was ambushed by the "gang of 14", half of which were GOP.

Anyway, McConnell would been quite the hypocrit to bitch about the invoking the nuclear option that he was previously touting .

Funny thing is, Reid, back in May 2005, was bitching about how evil the nuclear option was. Senate, May 18, 2005 (Read Reid)
May 23, 2005, McConnell and the nuclear option

44 posted on 03/11/2014 1:10:25 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Such is politics...

It will be a long time before anyone can find a pure anything in politics.

Exactly how dirty Mitch is I don’t know, but my guess is he’s not better or worse than the whole lot of them


45 posted on 03/11/2014 5:07:37 PM PDT by woofie
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