OMG! You guys, Mother Jones has a huge scoop! They have discovered that Mitch McConnell is … a politician!
On February 2, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the US Senate, opened up his 2014 reelection campaign headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, and in front of several dozen supporters vowed to “point out” the weaknesses of any opponent fielded by the Democrats. “They want to fight? We’re ready,” he declared. McConnell was serious: Later that day, he was huddling with aides in a private meeting to discuss how to attack his possible Democratic foes, including actor/activist Ashley Judd, who was then contemplating challenging the minority leader. During this strategy session—a recording of which was obtained by Mother Jones—McConnell and his aides considered assaulting Judd for her past struggles with depression and for her religious views.
Can you believe that happy crappy? That slimeball was doing research on a potential political opponent! You can see the transcript here. Now I will grant that most of it is about Judd’s political views — her opposition to mining, her support for Obama, her criticism of the Democrats for moderating. But then there’s this:
She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.
Now, granted, that is the entire discussion of Judd’s mental health. I mean, the entire discussion. No “assault” really. But … they discussed it! As if the people of Kentucky would care about whether their Senator might have some mental health issues (I mean, apart from the mental health issue of being a Democrat).
The thing I love about Liberals is that they never get into this sort of thing. It’s not like they started wondering about Sarah Palin’s religious views or speculated that her fifth child was actually her grandson. It’s not as if they’ve previously dumped a candidate like a 200 pound maggot because he’d had some mental health issues.
And I’ll say this. The Democrats never go after an opponent’s mental health (I mean, unless it’s Alzheimer’s jokes about Reagan, but he deserved it). No, they have the decency and honor to go after … his wife:
I ask [General Powell] to talk me through his thinking in 1996 when everyone was telling him to run for president – his polls were through the roof and even Bill Clinton, who went on to win, was saying that Powell was the one man he didn’t want to face. Was his heart just not in it? “There was a lot of speculation and I foolishly said, ‘So many people are pressing me on this I will have to think about it.’ That raised the temperature even higher, but after six weeks of not having a single morning where I got out of bed and said, ‘This is what I want to do,’ I realised I didn’t have the passion for the job a potential president must have. It just ain’t me. I decided the speculation had got out of control and we had to shut it down. My wife looked at me and said: ‘What took you so long?’ She had become part of the story because she suffered from depression and Time magazine was making a big thing of it.”
Don’t the Republicans understand that when someone as liberal and famous as Judd is running for Senate, they are just supposed to give in? She’s liberal! She’s famous! She’s pretty! She’s supposed to be a Senator. Just think about what could have been if we didn’t look into the background of pretty politicians. John Edwards would be President right now.
No, this is too far. It’s time for McConnell to resign, go to the top of the Capitol and hurl himself off. It’s the only way he can atone for the serious crime of being a successful Republican politician.