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Exclusive: Mitch McConnell Says He Wants To Govern Like This Democrat
time.com ^ | 3/27/14 | J. Newton Small

Posted on 03/27/2014 12:31:48 PM PDT by cotton1706

If Mitch McConnell becomes Senate Majority Leader next year, he says his leadership style will most resemble that of George Mitchell, the Maine Democrat who held the job from 1989 to 1995. McConnell is not attracted to Mitchell’s policies, but he likes the Democrat’s style.

“He treated everyone with respect,” McConnell tells TIME in an interview. “The Senate needs to run in a more collegial and open way than [under] the current majority leader, who has prevented members from both parties from offering amendments and basically done a lot of damage to the institution, in my opinion.”

Keeping that pledge may prove difficult. Not only do Republicans have to win six Senate seats to take control of the Senate, but McConnell is fending off the challenge of his career from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is leading slightly in most polls. On top of that, even if Democrats lose the Senate in November—and with 10 seats in play they may just—they are confident they will win it back in 2016 where Republicans have 24 seats to defend, eight of them in states won by President Obama in 2012.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Mitch wants to be a nicey-nicey majority leader, like limp-wristed Frist and power-sharing Trent!

In other words, he'll rule with an iron hand ONLY WITH CONSERVATIVES!

1 posted on 03/27/2014 12:31:48 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

He’s going to Frist the conservative movement! Kentucky please terminate Mitch in the primary. You’ll have let all of us down if you reelect this turd.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 12:34:33 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706

McConnell will be the classic go along to get along Rico who will measure success by how much he reaches across the aisle.

No matter how rotten Reid Durbin, and Summers treated us and froze us out of the process, McConnell and McCain will give Dems an equal seat at the table on it.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 12:38:27 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Viennacon; cotton1706; All
sometimes the "mass of stupidity"; overwhelms
logic thinking..we're doing what we can.

4 posted on 03/27/2014 12:41:29 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: cotton1706
Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader...?

Hell no!

5 posted on 03/27/2014 12:45:02 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: cotton1706
Beg to disagree. He will slam the Democrats, but first, he will listen politely, and allow them to offer amendments, etc...

Nothing wrong with that!

IMHO, we too often underestimate the "chess players"...in this day and age, it's an arcane game. It's kind of like calling Putin a "19th c. man" (whoever said that - F'ing Kerry?)...how uncool is that? and how's it working out so far for the arcane Russian one?

You don't want to bring a knife to a gunfight...

6 posted on 03/27/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: cotton1706

‘Crush the Tea Party’Mitch???


7 posted on 03/27/2014 12:55:19 PM PDT by Ms. Blunt
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To: 88keys

“Beg to disagree. He will slam the Democrats, but first, he will listen politely, and allow them to offer amendments, etc...”

There is absolutely no evidence of that, unless by slamming them you mean he will give a long, droning, tersely-worded! speech on the Senate floor in his marbles-in-his-mouth manner.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 12:57:05 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: 88keys

“You don’t want to bring a knife to a gunfight...”

You don’t bring a chess piece to a gun fight either, which is what McConnell has been doing since his been minority leader.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 12:58:58 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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These RINO idiots are never willing to stand in opposition to the abuse the Democrats dump on our country. After being abused all to hell, they act like submissive, co-dependent wives to abusive, alcoholic husbands.

We need a picture of Mitch McConnell sporting two black eyes, with the caption, “Harry Reid beats me because he loves me!”


10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:05:44 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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These professional politicians are such smarmy fools. How can anyone believe anything they spew?


11 posted on 03/27/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cotton1706
ROFL!!

Here's a question: if McConnell as minority leader has a chess piece, what does Harry Reid have as majority leader?

I really wonder how Reid and some of these other guys manage to hold on to their power, and Reid in particular has been a complete autocrat. How? What "gun" does he have, other than seniority and a recent stolen re-election?

McConnell may not be be ideal, but he's pretty smart, I believe he has a steel spine behind that "wishy-washy" collegial "august body" demeanor, and I think he has the best chance to help unseat Reid, and then deal with him for the next four years.

The GOP needs to re-take the Senate, whether or not McConnell becomes the majority leader or defers to someone else.

That's the plain and simple of it, IMHO.

12 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:22 PM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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Sorry Mitch, you’re no George Mitchell! While I don’t agree much of the time with Se. Mitchell’s politics, he was honest!


13 posted on 03/27/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: cotton1706
George Mitchell was not a nicey nice guy.

He was one if the most cold blooded , calculating hard ball
playing majority leader in Senate history

14 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:42 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: cotton1706
The Senate needs to run in a more collegial and open way than [under] the current majority leader, who has prevented members from both parties from offering amendments and basically done a lot of damage to the institution, in my opinion.”

Good GRIEF!!! He's setting us up for another "power sharing" arrangement!

15 posted on 03/27/2014 1:23:26 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: 88keys

“McConnell may not be be ideal, but he’s pretty smart, I believe he has a steel spine behind that “wishy-washy” collegial “august body” demeanor”

He has a steel spine when it comes to conservatives. He’s a conniving, backstabbing prick. When it comes to the democrats, he’s a comfy pillow.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 1:27:21 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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IMHO George Mitchell was lying double dealing absolutely smirking sneering azz hole George HW Bushes biggest mistake was trusting that b$&@ard to keep his word


17 posted on 03/27/2014 1:53:54 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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RE: George Mitchell posts...

"He was one if the most cold blooded , calculating hard ball playing majority leader in Senate history"...

and "HONEST"?

Sounds like a plan!! That's what we need!

I would just add, it's pretty difficult to accomplish anything as minority leader no matter HOW cold-blooded, calculating and hard-ball playing you are...

JMHO! Look at all the good work that's been done in the House, and it just goes to Harry Reid's desk to die. Same with anything the GOP Senators have managed to do...goes to Reid's agenda-setting rights as majority leader, and dies.

McConnell could not be worse than Reid. IMHO, if GOP re-takes Senate, he would rather quickly say "just kidding" to Harry and the Dem. minority, albeit very politely...

The really crucial thing is, McConnell's seat must be kept, whether by him or whoever his primary challenger is. It's a statewide office...don't risk "flipping" it!! The "best man" (or woman) in the primary must also ultimately win the actual Senate race, or all is for naught...

18 posted on 03/27/2014 2:02:52 PM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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Mitch the Bitch thinks the tea party is worse than democrats. He stated he wants to crush them. Above he just stated he wants to let the other side offer amendments and work more openly with the democrats.

He’s got to go.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 2:39:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cotton1706

Mitchie is a Democract. He just own’t admit it. Get rid of him.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 2:50:02 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cotton1706

Please KY, dump this POS.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 5:01:27 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 88keys
Yea. . right. . .here's your steel spine!


22 posted on 03/27/2014 7:34:17 PM PDT by McBuff
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OK, thanks for making me spew beer on my keyboard!!! ROFL!

So, do you think that was "photo-shopped"?? lol!

23 posted on 03/29/2014 9:56:18 AM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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