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"McConnell, famous for his failed commitment to make Barack Obama a one-term president by almost any means necessary, can't bring himself to say anything as simple as that he stands with the president."

Mitch McConnell made up the terrorists motives just like Bush did for 9/11. (photo: AP)
Mitch McConnell made up the terrorists motives just like Bush did for 9/11. (photo: AP)


McConnell's New 9/11

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

18 April 13

 

Isn't it a good thing Boston and 9/11 have almost nothing in common?

alking about the Boston Patriots' Day bombings in a 500-word statement on the Senate floor April 16, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell did what he's paid to do, he played politics with a terrible event about which he has no special knowledge.

He began reasonably enough: "Today, the thoughts of every American are with the people of Boston, but especially with the many victims of yesterday's horrendous attacks, and their families."

That's hyperbole, of course, and there's no way he can know if it's true, which it likely isn't, but the sentiment is within the range of accepted rhetorical decency in the wake of events about which there's little meaningful to be said, unless you have some evidence, or some role in gathering it.

McConnell continued in this textbook method that public officials use to imitate a sense of caring for strangers to whom bad things happened. He enumerated the victims and re-capped the events, ending with a call for prayer "in a special way," without suggesting what that might mean.

Then he started getting more slippery:

"As the President said yesterday, the two parties stand united today in our deepest sympathy for all of those who were affected first-hand by these heinous attacks ... "

McConnell, famous for his failed commitment to make Barack Obama a one-term president by almost any means necessary, can't bring himself to say anything as simple as that he stands with the president. He doesn't even say the two parties stand with the president. He doesn't say anyone stands with the president, because he certainly doesn't stand with the president and never has.

Instead, McConnell refers to what he says the president said, which he characterizes as being united "in our deepest sympathy for all those who were affected first-hand ... " - Wait, say what? No sympathy for those not affected first-hand? And what does "first-hand" mean, anyway? Dead, wounded, related to the dead or wounded, in the same political party as the dead or wounded ... ? He doesn't say.

And it turns out that McConnell's paraphrase of the president really isn't very close to what the president actually said in his matter-of-fact comments that were free of emotional fawning:

"I've updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats - we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.

"I've also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families. And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston."

McConnell went on to assume that the bombings were the work of some unnamed group, which isn't anything anyone knew at the time - unless McConnell had special knowledge. In this jumping to an unwarranted conclusion, McConnell was again ahead of the president, as well as law enforcement and the evidence.

And then he said a stranger thing, referring to "our unshakeable resolve to bring those responsible, and any others who are contemplating acts like this, to justice."

What sounds at first like boilerplate is, on closer inspection, an aspiration that is not yet achievable and would be an achievement devastating to civil rights and freedom in America. Really? Yes, indeed - bringing people to justice just because they've been "contemplating acts like this" suggests a dystopian future dominated by government mind control. You've probably seen the movie.

McConnell has a purpose with this drift and we're getting to it. But first he has to get away from the specific context of the unsolved Boston crime and create a bigger, scarier context, full of groups like the one he imagines attacked Boston, even though there's no evidence for that assumption. Never mind, he delivers the terror line in a familiar trope, rooted in fear rather than reality:

"These horrific attacks are a grim reminder of the hatred and contempt that many continue to harbor in their hearts not only for our nation and its freedoms but for innocent human life."

There's no logical reason "these attacks" should remind anyone of any other event, and if they are a reminder why wouldn't it be of four girls blown up in Birmingham, or a car bomb in Kabul or Karachi, or an abortion clinic bombed in Florida or Wisconsin? Or even, although it's out of scale to the Boston event, why not think of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City?

McConnell's rhetoric echoes President Bush twelve years ago, and with a purpose: "On 9/11, we were forever disabused of the notion that attacks like the one that rocked Boston yesterday only happen on the field of battle, or in distant countries."

McConnell is clearly into political speech here, equating the Boston attack with the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Towers, even though the difference in scale is incomparable. The point here is to invite people to react with fear, not reason, and to make the so far unexplained Boston event somehow turn into the emotional equivalent of an international terror attack.

And why does McConnell play the 9/11 card here, complete with a fabricated "notion" that only the unaware held before that date? McConnell's reason appears in the next several sentences, the essential import of which seems to be: "This was your fault, you need to be more afraid, and spend more on securing the homeland." McConnell though is less direct than that:

"With the passage of time, however, and the vigilant efforts of our military, intelligence and law enforcement professionals, I think it's safe to say that, for many, the complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th has returned."

See, it's your fault - especially you in Boston - you were complacent! (The way McConnell has phrased this, he suggests even the military and law enforcement were complacent, though it's not clear that's what he means.)

"And so we are newly reminded that serious threats to our way of life remain. And today, again, we recommit ourselves to the fight against terrorism at home, and abroad."

And you know what "recommit" means here - more money on military and police, more surveillance, more intrusion on private life, more police state methods and procedures. Why? Because we have to, because we're fighting "terrorism" - not just one or several terrorists, but terrorism itself.

And never mind that even 9/11 was not a "threat to our way of life," not in and of itself - and even less so is Boston a threat to our way of life.

But 9/11 did become a tool with which to threaten our way of life - with expensive and deadly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with expensive and disrupting militarization of American life, with expensive and suffocating new laws intended to protect "homeland security" even as the vast majority of Americans grew less and less secure economically, medically, and in the security and freedom of their persons.

And that's where McConnell lets it rest, at a call for American panic that will echo 9/11 and build on its excesses. He winds down his remarks with further comments on the Boston event, paying appropriate homage to everyone involved. And then he concludes with a reminder of what he wants to result from this:

" ... as always, as a nation we will face this sad reality head on. And show the world that America does not cower in the face of it."

In other words, be afraid. Be very afraid.


William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.


 

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+44 # hilo 2013-04-18 10:22
Thanks. It helps to read thoughtful analysis of the remarks our representatives make, confident we're following them.
 
 
+36 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-04-18 13:13
McConjob was really implying that Obama and his administration is being complacent, not the general public. He is still stinging from the factual charge that George W. Bush and his adminisrtation were criminally negligent before 9-11. He could not bring Obama down with his Benghazi delusions, so now Mitch is grasping at this straw!
 
 
+17 # MainStreetMentor 2013-04-19 02:02
McConnell is one of the persons the President referred to by: They will run again. It's time to defeat - seriously defeat - this extremely flawed man in an election. Democrats need to be planning right now a stunning election defeat for this excuse for a senator.
 
 
+8 # neohip 2013-04-19 09:50
How about we start planning right now to get an independent like Senator Sanders in the senate seat from Kentucky? Enough of the democrats and republicans. We need to start building a congress of independent candidates who are not bought before elected.
 
 
+7 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-04-19 11:29
In spite of McConnell's very low national approval rating, in my state of Kentucky he is still very popular, and he knows how to say things in a politically effective way. He knows how to attack and tear down an opponent, particularly when only lukewarm, wishy-washy Democrats run against him. He makes them look like idiots and the best friend a 'welfare queen' ever had! Right now, with all the real problems this state and nation faces, Mitch, Randy, and Mr. Ed are fighting against Corp of Engineer regulations that would keep fishing boats at least a certain distance from the damns, for the safety of the fishermen and the damns. They call their bill, "The Freedom to Fish Act"! This gives them, in this not so analytical state, the appearance of standing up for the little guy against 'Big Government'! They are expert at catchy names for things that they like and that they don't like, like "Death Panels". Ashley Judd, untainted by a political past and with a beneficial naïveté, could have at least forced him spend a lot of money. Alas, she could not see a way to turn Mitch's likely attacks back on him, or how to counter-punch and go on the offensive, and establishment Democrats thought she was too liberal, so she bowed out. She should have waited till another Democrat with a realistic chance announced to keep Mitch spending money fighting a phantom, then withdrew to avoid a primary fight.
 
 
+6 # WBoardman 2013-04-20 10:49
Democrats in Kentucky poll close to McConnell,
who is in the mid-40s, which is pretty vulnerable
for an incumbent.

That's not quite the same as being "still very popular."

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/mitch-mcconnell/
 
 
+1 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-04-21 06:43
I hope you are right, but I live here. I have watched for longer than Mitch has been in the Senate as so many blue collar Kentuckians have fallen for Mitch at election time because of God, gays, guns, national security fear mongering, because Mitch rails against "big government, and because Mitch knows that most voters forget almost everything else when promissed a nice fat tax cut! I work in the USDA office that each year hands out millions of dollars of tax money to farmers, who would not be getting a dime if the Republicans had their way, and even though they love UK's predominantly black basketball team they despise President Obama. I heard one farmer say recently that he and his wealthy farmer buddies went to see Mitch to lobby for continued high crop insurance subsidies in the next farm bill. He talked glowingly of the idiot Mitch and said they left him a fat campaign contribution. The poll that counts the most is the one on election day, and barring the Democrats pulling a rabbit out of their hat by actually finding a truly likable candidate with balls and brains, I predict Mitch will win six more disgusting years.
 
 
+85 # Barbara K 2013-04-18 10:28
I bet he has a KKK outfit in his closet.
He is as disgusting as anyone can be. He and his cohorts don't care about us or our safety. They can't make it any plainer and anyone who votes to put this pack of lunatics back in office are as putrid as this bunch of Republibaggers out to destroy this country and us along with it. They all have blood on their hands. One child is worth more than all the guns in the country. These pissants need to be kicked out in the next election. They are too dangerous for the rest of us.

..
 
 
+4 # X Dane 2013-04-20 23:41
Barbara.
We must be soul sisters. Pissants is MY term for these scum. What the devil is wrong with Kentucky? Can't they see that this creep is not doing a thing for them. He only works for the corporation who pays him.
 
 
+1 # Barbara K 2013-04-21 14:01
X Dane: Hi, it's good to hear from you, haven't seen you until lately, must have been posting on different stories. I missed a few day s while in hospital. Trying to get back in the groove. Yes, we do think alike a lot on here, don't we. lol. I think that word fits him best. lol
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2013-04-21 20:05
Barbara K.
Well....I am having a problem too I have cancer, and I'm having chemo every third Friday. My doctors are certain that I will be OK before long and I do not feel ill just not so great the few days after the infusion. But I will beat it Barbara.

I am one of the lucky ones. I have insurance, fine doctors, a loving family and an icredible support group of friends, who love me and keep me laughing with fun e-mails, cards, calls and letters, and I have a comfortable home and garden full of flowers.
Living in California is also great.
I hope you will be well soon. I missed your great comments.
 
 
+77 # fredboy 2013-04-18 10:29
McConnell has long opposed everything--esp ecially economic recovery and anyone who doesn't think exactly like him and his cronies. A sad little man, horribly suited for any leadership post.
 
 
+33 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-18 13:38
McConnell simply operates under the concierge system. Lobbyists (approved by the large corporations) introduce McConnell to money. After the "kiss" McConnell wears another corporate dog leash like most all other Republican politicians.
 
 
+23 # Bejeebers 2013-04-18 14:12
Quoting fredboy:
McConnell has long opposed everything--especially economic recovery and anyone who doesn't think exactly like him and his cronies. A sad little man, horribly suited for any leadership post.


Is it just me, or does anybody else think he looks like Mr. Potatohead? I've never seen anyone else speak without moving their lips less. What an example the Senate "R's" have for a leader!
 
 
+22 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-18 10:32
Well, be brave beyond belief and determined, also beyond what we've ever believed we could be, is absolutely essential today, in this, our U.S. of (greed and power addiction) A.(ddiction), our country that's been totally taken over by the evil villainaires and their pol. puppet whores and other bought off minions.

Assume nothing is true, especially if heard and/or seen on the taken over by the villainaires 'mess' media. Work hard to discover truth, and then fight (peacefully, please) like "Irish hell", with fear overcome. It's the way our true heroes (Julian Assange, Brad Manning, all the great plaintiffs in the Hedges, et. al. v. Obama, et. al. 'case of the century' have always displayed) have been able to endure and keep up the good fight to...

OCCUPY LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
 
 
+16 # MJnevetS 2013-04-18 10:45
I will start by stating that I aggre with everything that William Boardman said in his article. That being said, however, he does exactly what he complains that Mitch McConnell has done. He has used hyperbole and innuendo to suggest what McConnel 'really' is saying. BTW, I read the Tom Friedman op ed in the NYT the other day and I nearly wrote a response (stating pretty much what Boardman wrote here. Friedman, in his op ed is sword rattling at 'terrorists' unknown claiming that Americans will not be afraid, when the politicians and media of this country are hoping that we will be, afraid, cowed and pliant to the unconstitutiona l 'demands' being made by our government, subverting our rights and freedom. Ignoring the wise words of Ben Franklin (or Richard Jackson?), "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety", we move forward at our own peril.
 
 
+37 # Citizen Mike 2013-04-18 10:48
Fear is the most powerful political and social motivator and the answer to every question. For details,review Mel Brooks' 2000-Year-Old-M an routines with Carl Reiner.

You want to motivate human behavior,try Fear; and Hate is good, too! Hitler used them well, and so can Mitch!
 
 
+46 # rjcrich 2013-04-18 10:49
Here’s one irony among many…

The immediate passage (and re-authorizatio n) of the Patriot Act in the face of the 911 attacks - legislation that abridges more freedoms and permits the invasion of our personal privacy more than any legislation in our history short of martial law, is seen as absolutely necessary and appropriate for the protection of the American lives while the simple, sensible, essentially harmless requirement of background checks for persons wishing to purchase a firearm provokes venomous conspiratorial accusations, outright lies and shamefully compromised obstructionist behavior by our elected representatives.

If government really wanted to come after guns, they have all the authority they need under the Patriot Act. So, it’s actually not about Second Amendment rights or saving lives, it’s about selling guns and the Congress of the United States has knowingly signed on (They can’t really expect anyone to believe that they don’t get what’s really going on) as members of the NRA’s firearm manufacturers sales team.
 
 
0 # flippancy 2013-04-20 05:39
SCOTUS ruled in the 30s that the ONLY well regulated militia is the National Guard, so the 2nd amendment only applies to them. It doesn't even cover the military, and was indeed intended to prevent our having a standing army to protece the nation against insurrection. It also doesn't cover police or federal agents. They have the privilege, not the right, to have guns granted by law, just like your "right" to drive. So, yes, they COULD take your guns if they wanted even before the patriot act which is the opposite of patriotism.
 
 
+27 # vgirl1 2013-04-18 10:52
McConnell has obviously long out spent his relevance and usefulness to serve in the US Senate!
 
 
+20 # rjcrich 2013-04-18 11:03
Of course, the nerd McConnell aside, from the article


Here’s one irony among many…

The immediate passage (and re-authorizatio n) of the Patriot Act in the face of the 911 attacks - legislation that abridges more freedoms and permits the invasion of our personal privacy more than any legislation in our history short of martial law, is seen as absolutely necessary and appropriate for the protection of the American lives while the simple, sensible, essentially harmless requirement of background checks for persons wishing to purchase a firearm provokes venomous conspiratorial accusations, outright lies and shamefully compromised obstructionist behavior by our elected representatives.

If government really wanted to come after guns, they have all the authority they need under the Patriot Act. So, it’s actually not about Second Amendment rights or saving lives, it’s about selling guns and the Congress of the United States has knowingly signed on (They can’t really expect anyone to believe that they don’t get what’s really going on) as members of the NRA’s firearm manufacturers sales team.
 
 
+21 # zornorff 2013-04-18 11:08
Parsing anything this troll says is a waste of time. He is merely one of many self serving conniving hypocrites that is willing to take the country down to line his own pocket. The sound of his voice makes me wretch.
 
 
-2 # dick 2013-04-18 11:21
Mitch DOES stand with the President. It's ACTION that counts.
Mitch stands WITH Obama on NOT requiring the GOP to do Talking Filibusters in favor of assault weapons, super mags, chemical markers in gun powder, LOW tax rates for hedge fund billionaires. Mitch stands WITH B.O. on no prosecutions for criminal banksters, including those who launder $$ for scum who traffic in drugs, guns, explosives, human beings. Mitch stands with Barry on No prescription drugs for Medicare & REQUIRED insurance from predator carriers. We voted for Barry, got Mitch. Mitch-Reid-Barr y, 3 Mouseketeers. Rats!
 
 
-40 # tahoevalleylines 2013-04-18 11:25
Most of RSN commentary, from contributors and readers alike shall be drastically different when Middle East "normal" settles in on the lower 48...

Did you not pay heed to Osama Bin Laden words- he said "we will follow you home when you leave our lands." Mohammedanism dis not sign a peace traty at Tours; it was a truce, just as North Korea likewise refused peaceful resolution in 1953, simply a cease fire.

Mssrs Boardman, Sirota, Cole & Chomsky et al are living in a world where bad guys are a figment of somebody's imagination. Sorry, but bullying in grade school is but a pale reflection of the real grown-up world where there really is BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD & EVIL.

Senator McConnell is a bent example of what the US Legislative Branch should be, for sure. But these commentaries are sideshow footnotes to what's coming along in our remaining years. Same with the gun show in D.C... Hitler's rampage was a fact of our Great Grandmother's and Grandfather's live. Fear was a reaction, and action was taken.

Calling someone a fear monger usually comes from the mouths of uninformed people who are, to put it bluntly, lack situational awareness. Like the child who climbs after her ball into the back yard where a Pit Bull lives...

When FDR made his devil's bargain with the Saudis for Muslim oil to fuel happy motoring, today's conflict with Islam became inevitable!
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2013-04-18 16:43
Quoting tahoevalleylines:
Most of RSN commentary, from contributors and readers alike shall be drastically different when Middle East "normal" settles in on the lower 48...

Did you not pay heed to Osama Bin Laden words- he said "we will follow you home when you leave our lands." Mohammedanism dis not sign a peace traty at Tours; it was a truce, just as North Korea likewise refused peaceful resolution in 1953, simply a cease fire.

Mssrs Boardman, Sirota, Cole & Chomsky et al are living in a world where bad guys are a figment of somebody's imagination. Sorry, but bullying in grade school is but a pale reflection of the real grown-up world where there really is BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD & EVIL.

Senator McConnell is a bent example of what the US Legislative Branch should be, for sure. But these commentaries are sideshow footnotes to what's coming along in our remaining years. Same with the gun show in D.C... Hitler's rampage was a fact of our Great Grandmother's and Grandfather's live. Fear was a reaction, and action was taken.

Calling someone a fear monger usually comes from the mouths of uninformed people who are, to put it bluntly, lack situational awareness. Like the child who climbs after her ball into the back yard where a Pit Bull lives...

When FDR made his devil's bargain with the Saudis for Muslim oil to fuel happy motoring, today's conflict with Islam became inevitable!

Eh?!!!???
Beam us up to wherever you are in orbit and translate.
 
 
+8 # dkonstruction 2013-04-19 09:30
Quoting tahoevalleylines:
...

When FDR made his devil's bargain with the Saudis for Muslim oil to fuel happy motoring, today's conflict with Islam became inevitable!


So many errors here it is hard to know where to start....

So, let's start with the FDR comment...the first "devil's bargain" with the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which was founded in 1932 happened less than a year when the new king signed a concession with Standard Oil of California (today's Chevron,). Then, in 1944, the California Arabian Standard Oil Company that Chevron had set up became Arabian American Oil Company, or Aramco. Chevron brought in three other partners, the big majors of the United States: Mobil, Exxon, and Texaco. Aramco was not just an oil company.

Roosevelt does meet the king in Feb. 1945 but most historians agree that oil was not the subject of this meeting and may not have even been discussed...rat her, it focused on what was then still Palestine and the question of whether the US would support the founding of a Jewish state and whether this would also include a state for the Palestinians.

So, the "devil's bargain" was between the Saudi regime and the US oil industry.

As for your Bin Laden quote...i'm no fan of Bin Laden or Islamic Fundamentalists (or any other religion's fundamentalists for that matter) but I could not find any citation for this quote...do you have a source/citation ?
 
 
+4 # flippancy 2013-04-20 05:41
The oil deals preceded FDR, they were from the 20s under Republicans Coolidge and Harding.
 
 
+23 # mdhome 2013-04-18 11:42
3 dead in Boston compare that to 26 dead in Sandy Hook, which resulted in .... WHAT? No call for better regulations on assualt type rifles and large clips, maybe we now are going to invade Iran? The wimps in congress have won again.
 
 
+26 # Regina 2013-04-18 15:30
They're pimps, not wimps! Corporations buy them for services to be rendered on call.
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2013-04-21 05:27
If corporations buy their services, wouldn't that amek the whores, rather than pimps? Seems like the corporations would be the pimps.

I think the two fingers he's showing stands for his I.Q., or possibly the number of chins he has. Or perhaps he is indicating that he speaks with a forked tongue. Maybe it's all of the above.
 
 
+15 # Urbancurmudgeon 2013-04-18 11:58
Although I despise McConnell as much as any sane person, I think Boardman is letting his theatrical background lead him down some dark tunnel here. What McConnell said was pure boilerplate.He' s not intellectually capable of the kind of Machiavellian thought twist that Boardman ascribes to him. McConnell is a simple lout whereas Boardman seems to want him to be much more. It's just not there.
 
 
+24 # Texas Aggie 2013-04-18 12:04
For a long time I've wondered if McConnell growing up in Kentucky has anything to do with his hatred of Obama. I don't understand why everything he does is somehow calculated to put down or attack or somehow disparage Obama unless it is some deep felt personal hatred for whatever reason.
 
 
+5 # flippancy 2013-04-20 05:44
Quoting Texas Aggie:
For a long time I've wondered if McConnell growing up in Kentucky has anything to do with his hatred of Obama. I don't understand why everything he does is somehow calculated to put down or attack or somehow disparage Obama unless it is some deep felt personal hatred for whatever reason.

Well, it's hard for a bigoted redneck KKK wannabe to admit that a black man is far more intelligent than he is.
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2013-04-20 23:24
Texas Aggie.

Could it be raciall??? Naaahh
 
 
+22 # Art947 2013-04-18 12:06
I am very surprised that no one mentioned the fact that McConnell and his republican party are GUILTY of fear-mongering, or terorism to be more precise, in their work against the gun responsibility measures that are being proposed in the Congress.
"These horrific attacks are a grim reminder of the hatred and contempt that many continue to harbor in their hearts not only for our nation and its freedoms but for innocent human life."
Isn't this what has been done by the mass killers who used bullets, not bombs, to kill innocent children? I understand that 30 Americans die each day due to gun violence, and that murderous moron McConnell can't see fit to endorse gun registration laws that will help (not totally prevent) criminals from acquiring weapons.
It is only a shame that the violence that has affected the innocent hasn't affected the guilt as well.
 
 
+8 # giraffee2012 2013-04-18 12:46
McConnell is one of the "good ole" boys (i.e. only for the rich greedy - as is Cheney "W", Rumsfeld, Cantor, etc) They are funded by the top 1% and their rhetoric is laid out for them by the "good ole" boys (like Rove, Koch, anyone who belongs to ALEX, or Carlyle Group, etc)

How he gets re-elected is not a mystery: RepublicanBagge rs redistrict so they can put into office the likes of this Turtle.

The Rep-baggers are educated from FAUX, Rush (etc) and as we all know "there is no cure for ignorance/stupid"

Only way we can have any kind of democracy (back) in USA is to have Citizens United overturned.

Get Scalia/Thomas/A lito out of US Supreme court is the first step. Maybe somebody can figure out how to accomplish this?
 
 
+1 # dascher 2013-04-20 11:07
It is very difficult to redistrict to get somebody elected to the Senate. In fact, it is impossible. Districts are irrelevant in Senate races as they are selected by state-wide elections.

Please try to limit your comments to things that you actually understand.
 
 
+1 # giraffee2012 2013-04-21 14:00
Quoting dascher:
It is very difficult to redistrict to get somebody elected to the Senate. In fact, it is impossible. Districts are irrelevant in Senate races as they are selected by state-wide elections.

Please try to limit your comments to things that you actually understand.


Thx = my mistake -- KY is turning blue - so maybe Turtle is going down?
 
 
+14 # grouchy 2013-04-18 15:54
'Fear" has been the theme song of the Republicans for many years so it's no surprise he's going back to the tried and true stuff that has been so effective in them spinning their schemes. It got them into the Iraq invasion and such. So it's the dialect they speak in and there is no change nor surprise here.
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2013-04-18 16:40
I really don't like to make aspersions on how anybody looks (I'm no oil painting meself -and if I ever was, the colors have run quite a bit) but every time I see a photo of this cipher of a human bean (sp' deliberate), I'm more than ever convinced that Homo Sapiens in not nature's last word in the evolutionary process.
Sorry Kentucky, he must have come from some inter-bred, wide eyed holler rather than Louisville, and you do inist on idenitfying with him.
Truly sorry about Ashley Judd's capitulation.
 
 
+10 # Pickwicky 2013-04-18 18:42
reiverpacific-- I've always had a nagging feeling that McConnell and Gingrich are really the same person--McConne ll the sourpuss side and Gingrich the manic side.
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2013-04-19 08:41
Quoting Pickwicky:
reiverpacific-- I've always had a nagging feeling that McConnell and Gingrich are really the same person--McConnell the sourpuss side and Gingrich the manic side.

Maybe popped out of the double-yolker anyway, what!?
 
 
+5 # Pickwicky 2013-04-19 14:06
Clearly the case. reiver!
 
 
+10 # angelfish 2013-04-18 21:31
We are lost. When Partisan politics thwart, not only the Majority in our Congress but, what the Majority of American citizens WANT, we have LOST any kind of moral compass we EVER might have had. When the Minority can ride rough-shod over the WILL of the people, we are more like a Third World Gulag. We no longer lead the World in anything that really matters. We have become a joke thanks to Flaming Anal Termini like "Aunt Blabby" and the Tea Party Neanderthals that have overtaken the Congress. They DON'T even HAVE a majority, yet they foil crucial legislation desired by almost ALL of us. We are NOT a Democracy any more, we are a Business Enterprise run by sycophants and Wanna-bees who are looking to make a fast buck for a few years then join the private sector that they skewed all the Laws to favor over John Q. Public. Pitiful.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2013-04-19 18:53
We are rapidly becoming a backward third-world oligarchy... .
 
 
-19 # Martintfre 2013-04-19 08:10
this propaganda piece is nothing but shameless divisive hate mongering
 
 
+16 # kelly 2013-04-19 09:21
And what the Senate has been doing with its use of the filibuster has been uniting?
Wake up and hear your own propaganda, Marty.
 
 
+7 # flippancy 2013-04-20 05:32
Quoting Martintfre:
this propaganda piece is nothing but shameless divisive hate mongering



That's a perfect description of the Republican party and of conservatives in general.
 
 
+4 # flippancy 2013-04-20 05:31
Yertle the turtle needs to get his head out of his shell and see the damage he's done to America. Maybe then he'll do the right thing and sit out on the highway and wait for a truck.
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2013-04-20 23:34
flippancy.
NO SUCH LUCK
 
 
+1 # onewatcher 2013-04-21 12:14
Mitch McConnell gives me the creeps!
 

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