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McConnell Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine

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You know that old bromide, "Turn about is fair play?" Well, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R - Kentucky) just got a double dose of it.

How's that feel, Mitch? How's it feel to be responsible for same-sex marriage in your conservative state? Or partial birth abortions?

Seems when you're down (as he is to Alison Lundergen Grimes (D - Kentucky) in the 2014 senate race) the rats come out of the woodwork to bite you. The rat's name is Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin. He doesn't stand a chance to defeat McConnell in the primary, but he can sure fuel the fires to vote Democratic, or just stay home in the general election.

Bevin's attack ad, as amazing as it is funny, teaches you that if you play with fire, you might get burned. You get what you give. You've made unfounded attacks on Obama. Well here you go. A taste of your own medicine, only this time from your own party. Ever get the feeling even your own family doesn't like you? Mr. Minority Leader, put on your thick skin and don your laughing shoes:

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Pack Up The Babies And Grab The Old Ladies, Because Everyone's No Longer Safe in Kentucky

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Kentucky, home of the Derby and that's about it for anything else of consequence. It does have Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul as their senators and neither of them is worth a spit. And a lot of Kentuckians agree. Especially Matt Bevin who's the Tea Party candidate challenging McConnell in the primary. He doesn't currently stand much of chance, but you never know. The land of moonshine might take to Bevin's new attacks and place even more pressure on the Senate Minority Leader.

THE HILL:

Matt Bevin, the Republican vying to knock off Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in a primary, suggested Wednesday that legalizing same-sex marriages could lead to marriages between a parent and child.

Bevin, a businessman who has criticized McConnell as a Washington insider lacking conservative bona fides, said the problem with gay marriage is that it changes the definition of marriage.

So, according to the challenger, Bevin, he's adding the hidden threats of gay marriage (actually technically same sex marriage) to the list of McConnell accomplishments. I think this is kind of a reach but you decide for yourself.

Gay marriage has become a bit of a flash point in the Kentucky race after a U.S. district judge ruled Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Bevin said he was “deeply disappointed” about the decision, and tied it to McConnell, hammering the senator for recommending that John G. Heybern II serve on the federal bench.

But this is a primary and candidates love to play footloose and fancy free with the facts. so while he's at it, Bevin draws what could be construed as a link between same sex marriage and incest and pedophilia. Why stop there. Once again, his link is a bit specious:

"If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it — so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise."

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Gotta hand it to the Tea Party. They can connect the dots to anything they wish -- whether or not it makes sense. Now I'm not rooting for Bevin's competition. Mitch McConnell's over-served his time and over-stayed his welcome in Washington. I'm supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat in this race. But it never hurts to see what the Tea Party throws out there and what sticks.

We know what stinks -- and that's either of the GOP candidates in the Kentucky primary. So we'll have to see what kind of aroma the good people of the Blue Grass state like more. This is shaping up to be a real fun 2014 campaign.

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Mitch McConnell's Kentucky State GOP Spokesperson Arrested

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Oh, Mitch. What are you up to now?

Well, first comes the attack on his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell and company thought they had found a new angle to use against her. A way to get women to vote for McConnell and not his female opponent. Truthfully it's going to take a lot of mass hypnosis to make that happen, but if anyone can do it, its the suave and debonair Senator Mitch M.

The formulating attack is interesting, if not a confused one. The Republican party in ol' Kentuck is going to paint Grimes as anti-woman. Yes, they're saying that the Grimes, the female Kentucky Secretary of State, doesn't care about protecting women. Here's how The Hill put it:

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to return a $500 donation from director Woody Allen, who has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over the reemergence of sexual abuse allegations against him.

Now I don't know about you, but these are charges that are more than a decade old and have been revived recently and rebuked by the victim's own brother, Moses. But another brother, Ronan Farrow (MSNBC) supports his sister's claims. So there isn't even consensus within the family whether or not these heinous events ever happened.

Most likely we'll never know the truth. And it's always so much easier to believe the alleged victim and despise the accused predator in sexual cases like these. But many times they pan out to be nothing more than manipulations of angry individuals. What's worse than being accused of committing a sexual crime? Committing it on a minor.

This may be a true accusation against Woody Allen. Then again it could be the work of a manipulative parent, in this case actress Mia Farrow, wishing to destroy the reputation of her former partner. Daughter Dylan Farrow may be telling the truth, or the truth as it was pounded into her by a manipulative mother. Like I said, we'll probably never know.

But what is certain is that no official charges have been levied against Woody Allen. And therefore, why should Alison Lundergan Grimes return a $500 campaign donation from someone who's never been charged with a crime?

Yet the story gets better.

“If Alison Lundergan Grimes really cares about standing up for Kentucky women, she should return both former Representative John Arnold’s and Woody Allen’s donations to her campaign," said Kelsey Cooper, communications director for the Kentucky GOP.

Spokesperson for the Kentucky GOP and Mitch McConnell operative Kelsey Cooper is spearheading this attack. Never heard of her before? Well, maybe here's a quick education on this fine woman from Kentucky.com

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FRANKFORT — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension after being arrested Saturday night in Lexington for driving under the influence, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said Monday.

She failed multiple field sobriety checks and a Breathalyzer test, which showed her blood alcohol level at 0.184, according to the citation. It is illegal in Kentucky to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

"She obviously made a mistake and she knows that," Robertson said of Kelsey Christine Cooper, 23. "I hope she learns a valuable lesson from this. She has been an important part of our team. We'll just go from here."

I would say that making unsubstantiated claims against Woody Allen by Ms. Cooper, a criminal herself, is a bit hypocritical. If McConnell thinks Grimes should return the money, don't you think he could have found a better spokesperson? Driving under the influence as his State Party operative, Cooper did could have injured or killed many innocent people. Should all of her donations to the Republican party be returned and perhaps she step down for her endangerment to the entire state?

I think not -- yet unlike Woody Allen, Kelsey Cooper was found guilty.

Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned here. When you've spent years in the Senate as Mitch McConnell has, and voted so often against women's best interests, it might behoove you to find a better way to attract women to your campaign than putting a convicted drunk woman out there as your image of a representative to draw in the female vote.

What's next Mitch, will your new posters have a barefoot, pregnant woman making her man breakfast  before he goes out to work in the dirty-coal mines?

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GOP Demands Mighty Big Tits For Few Tats

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Mitch McConnell is a spokesperson for the latest round of fiscal disasters the GOP is trying to foist on the American public. He's going about it on behalf of his party in a very strange way.

In order to get the Republican votes necessary for a clean debt ceiling passage, here's what Senator McConnell, the Kentucky Fried Cuckoo bird had to say, according to The Hill:

“I think for the president to ask for a clean debt ceiling when we have a debt the size of our economy is irresponsible. So we ought to discuss adding something to his request to raise the debt ceiling that does something about the debt or produces at least something positive for our country,” he said on "Fox News Sunday."

Okay, ladies in gents, there seems to be need for some 'tit for tat' here. And never let it be said the GOP doesn't like tit or tat.

So what's the conservative right wing have planned? Hold onto your seats. It's the XL pipeline. Yup, that is what they're going to hold as hostage. Maybe not for the reasons you think, but for the reason future ex-Senator McConnell indicates: the GOP needs a reason to raise the debt ceiling. Well, that reason is the oil spill cleanup the XL pipeline is likely to cause us.

Don't take my word for it, just take a look at history. Go ahead. I dare you:

Over the past 28 years, the cost in dollars as well as lives and property loss due to oil spills could have been spent on wiping out our debt, totally. But instead, we're in the red. And why? Because we've ended up covering so much of the loss. Our federal government has most generously tried to keep private industry (big oil) from experiencing the losses they caused.

So once again, McConnell and the entire GOP want something to allow us to continue to run. Well, if they get the XL pipeline, it's just a matter of time before we have a disaster of untold size and loss. With it will come federal aid. That's the tit for this very thirsty GOP'ers who want to leave us in tatters. We bail out the XL disaster and those companies line the pockets of the GOP protectorate.

We need a clean debt ceiling bill. Not a polluted one the Republicans are pushing for. This is the time for Democrats and Obama to take a lesson from Nancy Reagan and the recent GOP party -- Just say no!

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Mitch McConnell is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

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If we're lucky, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes (D) will unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It's been a close race, which (thankfully) does not bode well for Mitch McConnell, plus there's this from The Hill:

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) spent nearly half of its independent expenditures last year to boost Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) primary challenger... The SCF also spent nearly $536,000 in independent expenditures backing Bevin, largely on ads attacking McConnell.

Now the Grimes campaign has released a statement that neener-nanners a few of those same highlights from Mitch's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Via TPM:

Less than 72 hours into the New Year, Mitch McConnell’s campaign has already managed to stumble out of the gate. McConnell lost significant ground with Kentucky Republicans, as the Daviess County GOP Chair refused to back the 30-year incumbent over Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. In yet another sign of Senator Gridlock’s horrible start to 2014, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced spending $1 million to date to unseat McConnell. Senator Gridlock’s failure to connect with Kentuckians underscores the Commonwealth’s overwhelming desire for a new senator in the New Year.

Yep, that about sums it up.

And don't even get me started on his politics.

You can donate to Alison Lundergran Grimes' campaign here.

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Sen. Grinch McConnell Spreads War On Christmas

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Mitch McConnell isn't making any friends on either side of the aisle lately. By definition of his obstructionist policies, the Democrats don't like the minority leader's determined actions to hold up nominees and bills facing full floor votes in the senate. It's that obstructionism that led Harry Reid to invoke the nuclear option  And plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.

Someone please explain to the minority leader how things work. We elect a President and he gets to make certain appointments. Then it's up to the Senate to decide if there's valid reason to not allow the chief executive to have his people. It's not for the opposing party (the losers) to deny the selections without a valid reason. Just not liking the President isn't one of those.

So now Obama's picks are sailing through the Senate. In the last ten days, more nominations have been approved than in the first 11 months of the session. The reason is simple. It's not the quality of the nominees. It's the lack of necessary votes by the minority to stop the elected President from doing his job and doing it the way he wants.

Now Mitch McConnell doesn't like Obama's selection of John Koskinen as IRS commissioner,. Notice I didn't say he objected to the nominee's qualifications, just this man's personality. Thus, we have a limited filibuster on the floor. This isn't going down well with Democrats who want to vote and go home, but it's also making the Republicans angry. Senators like Jim Inhofe.

THE HILL:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (Okla.), the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, went so far s to display an enlarged picture of his family on the Senate floor and plead with colleagues to let him get out of town in time to celebrate his 54th wedding anniversary.

“I would sure like those 20 kids and grand kids [who] are waiting for me for a big dinner on our 54th wedding anniversary tomorrow night,” he said motioning to the photo of his family behind me.

“So have mercy, give us a break and let’s try to get this thing voted on and go home,” he added, referring to the Defense authorization bill, which has been held up as part of the year-end gridlock.

So Mitch has his hands full, even with his own people. But interestingly, look at the self-serving reasons Inhofe gives in wanting to go home. He wants to party with his family. He wants to celebrate his anniversary. He wants mercy -- a break -- so he can just get things going and go home.

Where was that kind of thinking when it came to shutting down the government? How about voting on the unemployment insurance extension? Wouldn't those effected people like to get going with their lives, too? Where was your compassion then?

It's easy to put the blame on Mitch. He deserves it. But there's enough to spread around. I hope Harry keeps the GOP obstructionists as long as it takes to do what the President was elected to do -- run a government with the people he wants doing it. News flash to Republicans, Obama won. It's over a year now and you're still making believe it didn't happen. Well that'll give you something to talk about when you're still in session over the weekend instead of sipping your toddies and singing carols with the family. Obstructionism's a bitch, or should I say, a Grinch.

UPDATE:

McConnell, threatened with desertions from his GOP cohorts and Reid got together and with both sides wanting to go home for the holidays (how trite) an agreement was reached. The Republicans dropped their demand to use all of their allowed time to hold up votes and by mid-day today, all of the nominations and official business will be concluded. The last vote is scheduled for 1 PM EST.

The only casualty of this rush to the exits is the vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve Board. A final vote on her confirmation is now planned for January 6, instead of this Saturday evening.

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Harry Reid's Sneaky Plan To Destroy Mitch McConnell's Reelection

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According to Talking Points Memo:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he won't campaign against his arch rival, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is up for reelection in 2014.

"Oh, no. No, I -- that -- I'm a traditionalist here, and that isn't anything I've ever done and will not do," he told Bloomberg's "Political Capital with Al Hunt" in an interview set to air Friday night.

At first I was a bit surprised, even disappointed. First, there's no love lost between Reid and McConnell. And secondly, Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is really in a winnable dogfight that the would knock the sitting Senate Minority leader not only off his chair, but out of the senate all together. This contest sets up to be the most watched in recent history at the Senate level.

As Ludergan Grimes is hardly a household name, even in her own state where she serves as Kentucky's Secretary of State, you would think that she could benefit from the current Senate Majority Leader's support. So when he declared he's not going to actively take part or campaign on her behalf, I was wondering what's going on. Ginning up interest for the Democratic candidate, by a powerful Democratic leader, to knock off the most powerful opposing senator seems like an important endeavor. But Harry publicly says, "no."

Then I got to thinking about why Reid would sit this one out, tradition be damned. Leader Reid says it's customary for leaders of opposing parties not to take a direct shot at their cross-party counterparts. Tradition. Well, so was the filibuster rule in the Senate and Harry had no problems sidestepping tradition there. So why would this be any different?

For a long time I've heard that the generally laconic Harry Reid didn't become Senate Leader without having some political savvy. And then it occurred to me, he is using it right now.

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Reid is being cagey like a fox. He's not avoiding this showdown. He's actually, by drawing attention to his not taking sides, helping Alison Lundergan Grimes. What he's doing is very smart. He's appearing to back his comrade McConnell by not only ignoring the urge to say politically damaging things about the Minority Leader, he's making it sound like they're friends. They agree on a lot of things. They can work together. Talk about backhanded praise. There isn't a conservative Republican or Tea Party member in Kentucky who wants to accept compromise and a willingness for their representative to work WITH the Democrats.

Therefore, a vote for Mitch is to vote for the democratic way of thinking and of compromise. Or at least that's the vapors Harry Reid is putting out to Kentucky.

Republicans would rather stay home, than vote for a Mitch McConnell republican the way he's being painted. Democrats will turn out to support a change -- to Alison Ludergan Grimes.

You go Harry, you sneaky fox. Keep saying nice things about your ability to work with Mitch McConnell. Alison Ludergan Grimes, the more Harry "stays out of your campaign," the easier your path to the Senate Chamber is going to become.

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