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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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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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McConnell & Ryan Vow To Become Hostage Takers

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Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader is saying that he feels there won't be a clean debt ceiling bill. He's not alone. Two days ago Paul Ryan said the same thing. And you know something, they may be right. McConnell cites a few examples of significant legislation that have been attached in the past to raising the debt ceiling. Four of them, actually. Considering there's been scores of debt ceiling raises in the past, giving four examples is good for demonstration purposes, but not necessarily a mandated need based on past actions.

“I think the debt ceiling legislation is a time that brings us all together and gets the president’s attention, which with this president, particularly when it comes to reducing spending, has been a bit of a challenge..."

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. You're nose is starting to grow. You know that during Obama's residency in the White House, the deficit has SHRUNKEN by nearly a half. So I'm not sure where you're coming off making that kind of bold face lie. Wait. I take that back. You're a Republican leader. You possess that inbred trait to rise to leader.

Okay, putting that aside, I will agree that this debt ceiling approval should be accompanied with some sort of demand and I've got just the one. How about a joint request from you and Paul Ryan for the President to accept your letters of resignation. Save yourself the embarrassment of being the first sitting Senate Majority Leader since Tom Daschle to lose in general election. As for Ryan, he's proven himself worthy of a trip to the sidelines when he sold the conservatives down the river with his recent budget bill. If the Democrats wrote it themselves, they couldn't have done much better. Way to go, Paddy Murray.

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A-List Help To Defeat An A-hole Obstructionist

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Think of this collection of talent: a who’s who of A-list Hollywood stars — Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller and Ben Affleck. Add to that group Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Jon Hamm, Nicolas Cage, Leonard Nimoy and director Woody Allen. There's more Oscar's there than at a de la Renta boutique. It's bound to be a hit, no matter what they call the project.

Well, it's not a movie. It's not a play. It's real life and these are among the many Hollywood venerables who have made contributions to the Alison Lundergan Grimes senatorial campaign in Kentucky. Her opponent? Mitch McConnell.

Yikes, talk about the battle of the heavyweights. Hollywood vs. McConnell. How did Mitch stir up that kind of hornets nest?

The outpouring of celebrity support comes amid a concerted effort by Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of Hollywood’s most prominent Democratic donors, to put Senate Minority Leader McConnell in the electoral bull’s-eye. HuffPo:

In a recent email drumming up support for Lundergan Grimes, Katzenberg cast McConnell as the chief Republican roadblock to Democrats’ agenda. He wrote that the Kentucky contest is “a pivotal election that can get the Senate working again.”

“There is no more important election being held next year in this country,” Katzenberg added, according to the email, per The Hollywood Reporter.

“As the Senate’s minority leader since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 420 times to block legislation and appointments that were supported by a clear majority of senators. ... We are talking about outright obstruction of the democratic process.”

And just so you know that the democrats aren't alone in their disdain for Mitch which rhymes with... Here's how the conservative Republicans, McConnell's own meat and potatoes supporters look at him:

This certainly is shaping up to be the must see film, campaign of 2014, don't you think?

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The Party of No Strikes Again

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Senate Republicans today blocked a vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

If the Republicans couldn't slip much lower, they found a way. They have voted to block the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt. His background is impeccable. He's been dealing with the housing market for over 20 years. He introduced the prohibit preditory lender act before the housing crash. Had it been adopted it could have prevented the housing/financial crisis. He's worked against risky mortgage loaning.

The Senate voted 56 to 42 to proceed to a vote on Watt's nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.

The delaying tactic was the latest episode in a contentious series of battles over President Obama's nominees and could pave the way for a renewed effort by Democrats to change the chamber's rules. They have the votes to do that. It's the so-called nuclear option.

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Watt's a guy who is independent and will continue to work hard for us.

So what's the reason the Republicans have stopped his nomination?

The reason is he's a victim of obstruction for obstruction sake.

Despite being knowledgeable and capable, he's failed the standard GOP litmus test. Is he Republican? No. Is he a good ol' boy? No. Is he white? No. Three strikes and you're out.

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed him vociferously as you'll see below.  Perhaps that, as much as his being Black and a Democrat killed his nomination. The most influential woman on Capitol Hill is Hillary Clinton. The most feared is Elizabeth Warren.

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What If?

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What if--

...when congress returns from their August break, they were met by a blank piece of legislation that says nothing, does nothing, and contains absolutely no text whatsoever?

The Onion got to thinking the same thing, and it bears examination.

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Known as S.0000, the bill, which doesn't have sponsors, co-sponsors, or an author, has reportedly drawn starkly contrasting opinions from legislators in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and has paved the way for a major legislative battle in coming months.

Yup, opinions are flying fast and furiously. How can blank pages cause a stir?  Let's look at the predictable comments by the regular suspects.

“At a time when millions of Americans are still struggling, we simply cannot afford this kind of devil-may-care federal policy,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), angrily waving the blank stack of papers in front of reporters. “We will not risk leading the American people into further hardship simply so the Obama administration can once again do whatever they please, regardless of the consequences. As it is now, the bill is both short-sighted and utterly irresponsible.”

You've got to admit, that's Mitch to a "T." But he's not the entire Senate, only the minority leader.

According to reports, 45 Democratic senators are in favor of the bill—which contains no text whatsoever—while 41 Republicans are staunchly opposed. At least three Republicans, including Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), David Vitter (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), have said they would consider crossing the aisle and backing the bill, an announcement that drew fierce criticism from GOP leadership and primary threats from members within their own party.

So what is it about this wordless document that has Republicans so riled?

They claim, or more appropriately protest that this wordless document would “kill jobs and force another round of big government policies upon the American people.”

Some Democrats said the blank legislation doesn't go far enough, while a majority of party members accused the GOP of “willfully undermining the legislative process” and being totally averse to any and all concessions. C'mon, after all, they are here for smaller government and obstruction. And a blank bill would be open to so many interpretations that it would undoubtedly be tied up in the Supreme Court for years.

Over in the House, the blank document is receiving it's share of critics and supporters.

House Speaker John Boehner has already said the Senate version of the non-legislation is dead on arrival in the House, and that the Republican majority would work together to pass their own blank law.

He has hinted at breaking up the blank bill and is considering trying to pass it in piecemeal, though he hasn't totally given up the option of tossing it out entirely and starting from scratch.

“The truth is, Speaker Boehner doesn't have enough support in his own party, and will need Democratic help to pass anything,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), adding that he “firmly and categorically stands behind” many of the nonexistent measures in the bill. “But once again, the GOP has decided they would rather spread vicious lies about the effects of this legislation, and they've successfully created a panic that is completely unfounded. Americans can’t afford to wait around any longer. We need to get this done now.”

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But wait. We haven't heard yet from the POTUS. Surely Obama's going to weigh in on this blank bill.  Not one to leave an opportunity untapped, he heavily criticized Congress for its failure to vote on the proposal. I mean he was really pissed.

“The inaction of Congress and the hyperbolic, ultra-partisan statements regarding this legislation, are precisely why most Americans are frustrated with Washington,” adding that he is prepared to sign the empty sheet of paper into law as soon as it crosses his desk.

Jeff Bezos, demonstrating his new ownership of the Washington Post flexed his muscle in dispatching Israeli correspondent and frequent WaPo contributor, Hava Garber, to assess the situation. She reports that to enact the bill’s total lack of provisions would require heavy concessions from both the Israelis and the Palestinians, not to mention approval of the Knesset.

"After all," Ms. Garber reported, "Israel does run America and not the other way around."

“But let’s not beat around the bush here—the midterm elections are right around the corner, and these legislators don’t want to take a chance and do anything that might cast them in a negative light before their constituents go to the polls.”

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Now back to reality.

If the blank bill mentioned above is so radical, how are we going to get anything done on bills with words? Jobs. The economy. Immigration reform. Banking regulations. Tax reforms. Education. Security. Senior-care. Women's rights. When these jokers come back from their vacations, they better be ready to work. There's a lot to be done and the bills they're facing are a lot tougher than the blank one described above.

On top of that, leading republicans are pushing for a government shutdown at a critical time like this. I've got one word for that idea: Fuggedaboutit.

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What Do You Do?

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Here's the situation -- you're lagging in the polls and you're an incumbent seeking re-election. Your party is in control of the house and you've been relatively successful so far in stiffing the senate, in which you lead the opposition party. Confidence in Congress is at an all time low. Jobs and the economy are the most important issue to America at the moment. You're perceived to be anti-women. Anti-minority. Anti-immigrant. Anti-poor.

What do you do? Well, it depends on who you are. If you're Mitch McConnell, here's what AP says is on your mind and coming out of your mouth:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate.

The bill appeared likely to fall prey Thursday to a filibuster by Republicans unhappy that the legislation breaks through budget limits required by automatic spending cuts known as budget sequestration.

“Voting for appropriations legislation that blatantly violates budget reforms already agreed to by both parties moves our country in exactly, exactly the wrong direction,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

Now I'm not an elected official. I just elect them. So maybe what I'm about to say is against my best interest politically, but it's advice to the senate minority leader. Go against your instincts. As Firesign Theater famously recorded and performed in the early '70s, "Everything You Know Is Wrong."

And that is right. Every point you're fighting against is wrong. While you're thinking about it, grab some fanny guards and put them on -- you're about to be bitten in the ass.

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Just when America needs it the most, you're about to turn out the lights. Our infrastructure is deteriorating. Many of the roads and bridges pre-date Eisenhower. Our poor, because of low minimum wages or no jobs at all are struggling for a place to live off the streets. Or worse yet, safe bridges to live under if you're not going to provide the funding for jobs.

I'm sure the new minority leader in 2014 will be someone with more understanding and perhaps even more respect from your own caucus. You're seat is going to change color and the Democrats can thank you for one main reason. You are one selfish SOB who is guilty of tyranny under the definition used by the framers of the constitution. Tyranny is defined as harsh, absolute power in the hands of one individual. That's you, Mr. Minority Leader. And you know how they used to deal with that?

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You took the job, Mitch. Now the voters of Kentucky are ready to  make you hang for it.

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