The McConnell Nontroversy

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.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    Ya see Hal this is where you you and I differ on a fundamental level.

    “The Story”, for me, is the illegal Watergate-like electronic snooping. A federal felony I believe. Hence the call for an FBI investigation.

    For you all that is secondary “your point” being, once again, Rule of Law takes a back seat to rhetoric. In this case your rhetoric about ‘political boys will be political boys’.

    Did you have the same frame of mind in 2004 when “someone” in the Obama for Senate campaign illegally unsealed and distributed Jack Ryan’s divorce records?
    BTW Ryan was a foregone winner until that progressive stunt.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    I think I need to see her position on anal sex before I can vote for her. Hopefully, it’s doggy….

    Seriously though, the last thing this country needs is more celebrities thinking they are fit for office just because they are famous; generally speaking, celebs trend toward the under-100 side of the bell curve, and their opinions usually suck more than their acting.

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  3. ilovecress

    Poor Hal, trying to prove his conservative bona-fides (even including a Democrat=mad joke!) and it gets thrown back in his face…. :-)

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    Poor Hal, trying to prove his conservative bona-fides (even including a Democrat=mad joke!)

    I wasn’t gonna go there but yeah…precisely.

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    “The Story”, for me, is the illegal Watergate-like electronic snooping. A federal felony I believe. Hence the call for an FBI investigation.

    AFAIK, no such crime was committed. This was taped by a staffer, which is legal in Kentucky. I’m funny in some ways because until someone shows some evidence of a crime, I’m not going to assume there was one.

    Did you have the same frame of mind in 2004 when “someone” in the Obama for Senate campaign illegally unsealed and distributed Jack Ryan’s divorce records?

    “someone” “illegally”? Want to inject some fact in there? Those records were release by order of a judge. Legally. And not at the behest of “someone” but by the Chicago Tribune.

    And, yes, I did think it was disgusting and said so. Both Ryan and his wife had agreed to keep those records sealed for the benefit of their children. The judge dismissed them during the divorce proceedings. It had no relevance to his campaign. There was no illegal behavior alleged, no crimes alleged (and people say all kinds of things in divorce proceedings). There was absolutely no reason for the judge to order those records unsealed. It was indefensible, especially given that Judge Schnider personally reviewed the files and decided to release this material despite its lack of relevance to anything.

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  6. Hal_10000 *

    MY, you ignored the more relevant point: the attack on Colin Powell’s wife in 1995. I always thought that was a shot across the bow from Clinton. “Don’t mess with me or I will ruin you.”

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  7. Jim

    “someone” “illegally”? Want to inject some fact in there? Those records were release by order of a judge. Legally. And not at the behest of “someone” but by the Chicago Tribune.

    Just because a judge ordered them unsealed doesn’t make it legal. There was a serious breach of trust and jurisprudence in that fiasco. By all rights, that judge should have been disrobed at the very least. Problem is, it’s damn near impossible to get anything to stick against a judge. Especially a judge in California. (Yeah, a judge in *California* releases mutually sealed divorce records for a god damn shill newspaper from *Illinois* for the express purpose of gaining victory for Obama and that’s legal? The hell you say.)

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  8. Hal_10000 *

    This thing is irritating me more and more. One newspaper described this as Corn’s second “bombshell” (after the 47% thing). But first of all, it isn’t reporting. It’s being handed a tape somebody else made and playing it. And second, this isn’t a bombshell! It’s a politician talking about a potential opponent!

    And let’s recall a handful of things that the people screaming about this have thought IS acceptable to throw into the public venue when it’s a Republican on the receiving end. I’ll go ahead and leave out things like Newt’s divorce or whatever since they claim their social conservatism opens them up on this (although they never see the hypocrisy of Democrats who denounce greed while ripping people off).

    It was considered acceptable to talk about the death of Rick Santorum’s premature son and to describe his saying goodbye to the child as “creepy”.

    It was considered acceptable for a major publication to talk about Colin Powell’s wife’s problems with depression.

    It was considered acceptable to talk about George W. Bush’s substance abuse problems from thirty years earlier (and later acceptable to speculate that he was drunk when he choked on a pretzel).

    It’s considered acceptable to talk about the political implications of Chris Christie’s weight.

    It was considered acceptable to engage in pure speculation about Sarah Palin’s fifth child and whether he was her grandson even when it because obvious that he wasn’t.

    It was considered acceptable to talk about a college prank played by Rand Paul as if it were a crime.

    That’s just off the top of my head. The hypocrisy here is just stunning.

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