Two days ago, Mitch McConnell was invited into a closed door, very private meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office. The topic was the stalemate over the continuing resolution, or more specifically, a CLEAN C.R. The meeting was among POTUS and the majority and minority leaders of both houses. Small, exclusive group.
Afterwards the Speaker (John Boehner) and the House Minority Leader (Nancy Pelosi) went to the mic and the press with their thoughts on the meeting. The Senate majority leader (Harry Reid) also addressed the fourth estate. Of the four invited guests, only one was "asked" not to speak. It's not that he wasn't part the the meeting. It's that his party, specifically Boehner "induced" him to keep his yap shut because he's a questionable ally right now. He's Mitch McConnell. STRIKE ONE
Well, things didn't get much better for him the following day. He was asked to answer some questions up on Capitol Hill and he wasn't prepared. So he got an assist from Rand Paul. With McConnell hot wired, meaning his mic was on and recording, he was taped as he was being schooled in the Republican Party talking points from the junior senator. (See Laffy's Post here for video). And it seems neither knew what they were talking about -- so they both came across and wandering nomads in the desert of Republican fools -- laughing stocks on all media. STRIKE TWO
Now comes another day, another goof. McConnell asks the Supreme Court and receives their permission to address them on the topic of eliminating all limits on campaign contributions. The case SCOTUS is going to hear is on Oct. 8th, the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, It challenges the aggregate limit on contributions by an individual donor.
In simple terms, this new case which McConnell is fronting, will ask the court to allow anyone or any group (see Citizens United case) to contribute unlimited monies to any candidate. Basically it's allowing the purchase of an office to the highest bidder.
Two groups promoting campaign finance reform, the Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction, have purchased air time in Kentucky, Their ads aim to challenge McConnell to explain his opposition to campaign finance restrictions.
The Senate Minority Leader is going to have two Kentucky candidates licking their chops going after the senator over this ad. McConnell faces a GOP primary challenge from Matt Bevin. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the leading Democratic candidate in the general election. You know you're in trouble when the same ad benefits your opponents from both your own and your adversarial parties. STRIKE THREE
If any of you folks out there have some empty boxes you want to get rid of, please send them to the senator's office. Looks like he's got a move coming up and with the government shutdown, packing supplies might be gone by the time the election rolls around, and he has to ready his office for this replacement.