Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Portrait Of A Villain: Sen. Mitch McConnell

Long- time readers of this blog know the contempt in which we hold chinless human/ turtle hybrid Sen. Mitch "Missy" McConnell (Hypocrite- KY).  Throughout his career, he's been the perfect example of a party- before- country Republican, a cynic without a moral compass. With the advent of popular vote loser Donald "Rump" Trump, Missy's already loathsome partisan hypocrisy has been on steroids.

He's shown he's perfectly willing to let Rump destroy the fabric of our country as long as Rump lets the Republican Congress pass tax cuts for the wealthy, laws that dismantle environmental protections and voting rights, allow Wall Street to revert to the casino it was before the 2008 crash and the Great Recession, and on and on. Well, some of his constituents are letting him know that they're on to his scam (as others around the country are serving notice on their democracy- shy Republican representatives):
Nearly 1,000 people jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he drove to a speech Tuesday where he told local business leaders that "winners make policy and the losers go home." 
Protesters crowded the American Legion Post 34 Fairgrounds, kept at bay by several police officers and a chain link fence. The crowd chanted "No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call" — a reference to full voicemail boxes at the senator's offices — as McConnell drove past in a black SUV. It was the first of several scheduled public appearances for McConnell this week during a congressional recess. Protesters upset with Republican President Donald Trump's policies have vowed to follow McConnell to every stop.  (our emphasis)
"Winners make policy and the losers go home." It's awfully rich for that to be coming out of the mouth of a Republican.  Just for laughs, let's get into the time machine and go wayyy back to shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009:
... The 15 Republicans were in a sombre mood as they gathered at the Caucus Room in Washington, an upscale restaurant where a New York strip steak costs $51. 
Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. [snip] 
"If you act like you're the minority, you're going to stay in the minority," said Keven McCarthy, quoted by Draper. "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign."  (our emphasis)
And here again, in 2010:
Here’s John Boehner, the likely speaker if Republicans take the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can. 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”  (our emphasis)
Doesn't sound like a "winners make policy and the losers go home" strategy to us. Sounds more like, let's stick around and just gum up the works.

It's always helpful to keep one thing in mind when you hear this rhetoric coming from hypocrites like Missy:  Republicans weren't winners in 2016.  They lost the popular vote for President by almost 3 million, they lost six seats in the House and two in the Senate. They. Have. No. Mandate.

As for Missy McConnell, as has been said before (and before), when the history of this dark period is written, Mitch McConnell will go down as one of the real villains.

(Image: A punchable face if there ever was one.)

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