Mitch McConnell on office bugging: That’s what you get from the left these days

posted at 6:41 pm on April 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon, I’m trying to understand why David Corn, Mother Jones, and their source thought this audio would end up hurting McConnell more than the tactics involved hurt the left. They’re accusing him, essentially, of … campaigning. (“Basic blocking and tackling,” as WaPo puts it.) Rest assured, Democrats in D.C. and Kentucky engaged in the same oppo research about Ashley Judd that McConnell’s team did, in terms just as colorful (if not more) as his team used, I’d bet. That’s why they ended up pushing her out of the race, see? Let Kevin Williamson explain:

One sympathizes with people who suffer from mental illness. If you have ever been around somebody with psychological problems of the sort that necessitate hospitalization, you appreciate what a grim business that is. And if you breathe oxygen and possess a dozen or more functioning neurons, you also know that if Sarah Palin had spent a month and a half in a mental hospital, Mother Jones – which took a notably indulgent attitude toward Trig trutherism — would have led the chorus of jeers rather than write oh-so-sensitive headlines about the awfulness of using somebody’s mental health as “political ammo.” And as for the legitimacy of using somebody’s religious beliefs as a campaign issue, maybe we should ask Rick Santorum about that.

The thing about Judd’s statements on religious questions is this: They are hilarious. Savor: “I still choose the God of my understanding as the God of my childhood. I have to expand my God concept from time to time, and you know particularly I enjoy native faith practices, and have a very nature-based God concept. I’d like to think I’m like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird.” “I enjoy native faith practices” may be the perfect encapsulation of the soy-latte approach to religion: vague, condescending, and at its heart consumerist, a question of what you “enjoy.” And what exactly is a “native faith practice”? Native to where? When?

“Judd’s batty beliefs are thoroughly representative of a certain strain of American liberalism,” he says, and there’s no shame in saying so. Judd herself is affecting the requisite faux indignation this afternoon, but even that’s ridiculous: The extent of McConnell’s dumpster-diving about her past was to read her book, in which she airs all of this dirty laundry. There’s so little in the audio for the media to use against McConnell that the narrative’s already turned towards the questionable tactics involved to obtain it, with BuzzFeed running separate pieces this afternoon about Democrats’ conspicuous refusal to condemn the surreptitious recording and McConnell’s masterful job at making this blow up in their faces.

One question, though. If you were willing to risk jail time to bug the office of the Senate minority leader, why would you spoil your operation in order to reveal something as lame as private discussions about oppo research on Ashley Judd? Considering all the juicy things that might be said in that office in the future about the Senate, pending legislation, and the actual Democratic nominee in Kentucky rather than some Hollywood wannabe, why forfeit potential access to it just to give David Corn an especially dumb “scoop”? Better to sit on the Judd audio and keep recording in hopes that something more interesting (i.e. anything) will soon be said.


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Did he apologize for finding the bug and ruining their plans?

ThePrez on April 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2526679

And yet McConnell and the gop go along with the filthy scum Democrats.

The gop is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD!!!!

If the Alinsky loving Joe Biden can’t be called out for his insane statements then why do we have the gop???

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I would have a permanent smile on my face is David Corn were arrested for this.

Tater Salad on April 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

switched over to tingles show…this was the first issue he talked about and naturally they are defending david corn and bashing mcconnell for being mean towards ashley judd

this is what we will hear from the rest of the lsm…bash mcconnell for even bringing up judd’s medical history

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Kinda like the way Mitch handled the questioning. heh.

Do not let the media change the subject….then…change the subject.

katy on April 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Um, the mental health of a candidate IS a legitimate issue.

Just ask the people of Illinois-2, who are voting today to fill the seat won just this past November by the disgraced, convicted, and mentally ill, Jesse Jackson, Jr, who had been in a mental health facility for MONTHS with no information given to his constituents.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

no laws were broken, no evidence by mcconnell
-chuckie todd

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

It was no coincidence this transcript appeared at Mother jones on a day PPP had an impeccably timed poll and Majority PAC revealed a site targeting McConnell as chief GOP obstructionist. They didn’t have all that much so perhaps they figured they’d make a mountain out of a molehill. It totally backfired. As Rick Wilson said so eloquently:

“McConnell took their faux-drama and busted a cap in their a$$. He turned it within minutes into a legal, political and fundraising attack on MoJo, the DSCC, American Bridge and the rest,” said Rick Wilson, a GOP consultant based in Florida. “Really, quite impressive. Don’t let that softspoken thing fool you. He’ll cut a b*tch.”

msmveritas on April 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I would have a permanent smile on my face is David Corn were arrested for this.

Tater Salad on April 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

He’s a bloody creep. I remember seeing a clip of him (years later) on MSNBC during the Lewinsky scandal where he said that, if Kathleen Willey had stayed home with her (on-the-verge-of-financial-ruin) husband instead of going to see President Bill Clinton for a job, her husband would still be alive.

IIRC, the husband committed suicide in a rural area in Virginia, not at home, and was gone from the residence when she left for Washington.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Um, the mental health of a candidate IS a legitimate issue.

George McGovern agreed when he dumped Eagleton as his VP in 1972.

Is this not Watergate redux??? Or it doesn’t matter when DemoRats are involved with dirty tricks???

honsy on April 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Just ask the people of Illinois-2

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I’d rather ask Hank Johnson’s constituents. Seriously, WTF are they thinking?

James on April 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

One sympathizes with people who suffer from mental illness. If you have ever been around somebody with psychological problems of the sort that necessitate hospitalization, you appreciate what a grim business that is.

I see someone else doesn’t like the HA trolls, either.

Midas on April 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

If the Alinsky loving Joe Biden can’t be called out for his insane statements then why do we have the gop???

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Well, it sure isn’t for comedic value…

Myron Falwell on April 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

My tinfoil hat says perhaps the bug originated from Judd’s people, and when the rest of the Party found out, they eased her out. However some dum-dum at Mother Jones thought the story too cool to run by fact-checkers or lawyers.

Sekhmet on April 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If you were willing to risk jail time to bug the office of the Senate minority leader, why would you spoil your operation in order to reveal something as lame as private discussions about oppo research on Ashley Judd?

The media has generated plenty of outrage about far lamer things. So, assuming you have no morals, it was a perfectly reasonable move.

Fenris on April 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Does anyone recognize the representative of the Democrat propaganda machine trying to question McConnell?

It’s always worth putting names to the scumiest of the scumbags, for future reference if nothing else.

MTF on April 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Did anyone die? Exactly.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

catmman on April 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Matthews: “I’ve got more tapes…..I hope they’re legal….but this is great stuff”

spittle spittle……

Rovin on April 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Some staffer recorded this on their phone and sold it most likely thinking it was gonna destroy him e.g. The GOP’s War on Women continues.

If only all the Democrats were as stupid as their voters/supporters.

Neo on April 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I’d rather ask Hank Johnson’s constituents. Seriously, WTF are they thinking?

James on April 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I hear you. Just remember, before they sent ‘Tipping Guam’ Johnson to Congress, they gave us Cynthia McKinney.

Enjoy…

Are You Smarter Than A Politician? Probably.

Totally Batshit Crazy: The Six Most Insane People To Ever Run For President

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Just another squirell playing a banjo…

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

this is a big deal if this is true
-paraphrasing a snarky erin burnett

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Why can’t someone bug “transparent” Obama?

VorDaj on April 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Rovin on April 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

lol

i couldn’t listen to it for too long…..

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I enjoy native faith practices, and have a very nature-based God concept.

Sounds kinda like Wicca. Tell me, Ashley, are you a witch?

Odysseus on April 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Never thought I would see the day when a Leftist Howler Monkey like Corn magically morphed into Richard Nixon.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Heh. I love McConnell’s remarks in that clip. That’s how the GOP needs to handle the media. Don’t let them dodge the issue at hand which is that the Dems FREAKING WIRETAPPED THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER’S OFFICE!!! Damn, I wish we could bottle up what he did there and spread that around to every Republican on Capitol Hill.

Doughboy on April 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Never thought I would see the day when a Leftist Howler Monkey like Corn magically morphed into Richard Nixon.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

David thought he had a mather thcoop.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

So, how are they sure the office was bugged? Couldn’t it be the case that one of McConnell’s aides made the recording? Then again, that could be the purpose of requesting the FBI investigation, to ferret out the mole.

Lawdawg86 on April 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

The reporter was trying to turn it on McConnell asking if it was appropriate to someone’s mental health instead of focusing on the bugging or the headquarters and the attack on McConnell’s wife, as Rush predicted they would.

crazywater on April 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Just goes to show how the left is now doing this crap in the open sunlight, with impunity provided by Das Media.

HopeHeFails on April 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Did anyone die? Exactly.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

And yet libfree hasn’t had a word to say about Benghazi or F&F.

It’s almost like he has no principles.

Washington Nearsider on April 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Why can’t someone bug “transparent” Obama?

Everyone opposed to his agenda bugs Barry. :)

As to electronically bugging his most private conversations with his cohorts and advisers, it would be quite interesting to have them recorded for all to hear.

hawkeye54 on April 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

More distractions. Oh, Obama’s budget is late again? Judd, gay marriage,gun laws, etc. Oh, Obamacare is going to sink the country? Racism, education funding, keystone, etc. etc……
See how this works. 4 more years of this folks, strap in.

LeftCoastRight on April 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Did anyone suggest that McConnell shed his clothes in every campaign commercial like that stuffed cheeked squirrel, Ashley Judd, does in all her films?

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

KentuckyGate…

d1carter on April 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I want this on MSNBC. I want to see Piers Morgan talk about how electronic espionage is a legitimate journalistic tool.

kurtzz3 on April 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

did anyone die? Exactly.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

No. Tell me again what happened with the Watergate scandal. Didn’t several of the perps end up in jail over it. BTW no one died then either.

chemman on April 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Remember how incensed the media became after James O Keefe was caught in a Senators office and he wasn’t even doing anything illegal.

katy on April 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Ya know,the Liberal Old couple Operatives,
didn’t mind,nor did the DNC,when they taped Newt!!!

Potentially Illegal Gingrich Tape Turned Over To Criminal Investigators
***************

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 13) — A potentially illegal recording of a cell phone conversation involving House Speaker Newt Gingrich was handed over to federal criminal investigators tonight, the House ethics committee’s chief counsel said.

First the tape was sent to the committee by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state, the committee’s ranking Democrat. A Florida couple who taped the call told a news conference in Gainesville, Florida today they gave the recording to McDermott last week.

McDermott promptly sent the tape to the ethics committee Monday afternoon. But the committee’s chief counsel, Theodore J. Van Der Meid, wrote McDermott that the committee refused to accept the tape and, after consultations with the chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division, forwarded it to the Justice Department.

Florida Couple Says They Gave Gingrich Tape To McDermott

The Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, confirmed they gave a tape of an intercepted cell phone conversation among House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his top allies to McDermott, the senior Democrat on the House ethics committee.

In a news conference, John and Alice Martin said they overheard the conversation on a police scanner in their car during a Christmas shopping trip and after three or four minutes, decided to tape it.
===========

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

OOps,I guess the CNN link didn’t take!!

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

McConnell more than the tactics involved hurt the left. They’re accusing him, essentially, of … campaigning.

The thing to note Allahpundit is that this is one of many looks into the professional left. They are drunk on the notion they can gain power by smearing and have no one to tell them they have EVER gone to far. They are justified in WHATEVER they do. This is the corruption the MSM has brought us to and theoretically what the First Amendment was suppose to save us from. The fact they can illegally obtain a conversation is irrelevant to their cult members as long as they have SOME screed about Republicans to add to the situation.

How else would you expect a group of people who could survive Benghazi without even a did in poll numbers and a solid re-election on its heels? Add in the opposition’s Presidential candidate worried about the trouble HE WILL BE IN if he talks about it!

Conan on April 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Totally Batshit Crazy: The Six Most Insane People To Ever Run For President

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I enjoyed your characterization of Fairfield, Iowa as “Berkeley in a cornfield.” I wonder if you’re familiar with its next-door neighbor, Maharishi Vedic City. It is the “Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.”

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

did anyone die? Exactly.

assholeordie on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

No. Tell me again what happened with the Watergate scandal. Didn’t several of the perps end up in jail over it. BTW no one died then either.

chemman on April 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Patrick Fitzgerald’s Plamegate C/F? No one died but the old media blew it into a major story that lasted six months.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Did anyone die? Exactly.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

…your brain cells…every fluken day!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I want this on MSNBC. I want to see Piers Morgan talk about how electronic espionage is a legitimate journalistic tool.

kurtzz3 on April 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Morgan is on CNN, but if you want to know how he feels about electronic espionage or other tactics, then the findings of the Levenson Inquiry should tell you:

“…[C]learly prove is that [Piers Morgan] was aware that [phone hacking] was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it.”

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I enjoyed your characterization of Fairfield, Iowa as “Berkeley in a cornfield.” I wonder if you’re familiar with its next-door neighbor, Maharishi Vedic City. It is the “Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.”

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I am now. What a screamer! ‘Maharishi Vedic City: The Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.’

lol

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

If you were willing to risk jail time to bug the office of the Senate minority leader, why would you spoil your operation in order to reveal something as lame as private discussions about oppo research on Ashley Judd?

Since McConnell did call this “Nixonian,” I’m obliged to say, “Follow the money.” The article you linked on how this turned into a victory for McConnell also admitted that it might turn into a financial windfall for Mother Jones, which is using this for fundraising. MoJo has experienced some financial difficulties recently, and so maybe it was money, not glory, which provided the operative(s) with the motivating incentive. And perhaps they think whatever method they used was justified in the case of “journalism.” Money motivates, and excuses excuse.

calbear on April 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

BKeyser on April 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I am now. What a screamer! ‘Maharishi Vedic City: The Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.’

lol

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

In middle school and high school, I had the pleasure of competing in academic and athletic events against attendees of the “Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.” We usually just called them “the Floaters.”

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM

One sympathizes with people who suffer from mental illness. If you have ever been around somebody with psychological problems of the sort that necessitate hospitalization, you appreciate what a grim business that is.

I see someone else doesn’t like the HA trolls, either.

Midas on April 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Not enough to cut them loose and end all our misery.

kim roy on April 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Someone on McConnell’s staff stabbed him in the back and recorded that. At least he knows how it feels now since he and his jellyfish-fish-for-backbone GOP “leadership” do this to us all the time.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

kurtzz3 on April 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Morgan is on CNN, …

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

You’re right. Got my loathing for those two networks confused. Glad you saw my point, though.

kurtzz3 on April 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Someone on McConnell’s staff stabbed him in the back and recorded that. At least he knows how it feels now since he and his jellyfish-fish-for-backbone GOP “leadership” do this to us all the time.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Well case solved! Had to be an inside job, right?

Because of course the enemy isn’t so desperate that they wouldn’t resort to bugging strategy meetings. Sorry but the private meeting was apparently small with long-time staffers. The enemy bugging the place is far more believable than somebody turning Judas.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Hey I recall, not too recently, when the left took umbrage to such things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Tripp

Good times.

heretic on April 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Hey I recall, not too recently, when the left took umbrage to such things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Tripp

Good times.

heretic on April 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

There is a completely different set of rules for the left and for the right. You see, the right has abnormal or deviant thinking according to the left’s ideology. Their foundational axiom is that their view is the natural and normal view, and all deviations from it are abhorent. There is no rule or law that should stand in their way when they attempt to eradicate either thru censure or thru slaughter all those who hold the abherent view. Their entire worldview is irrational at its core. They understand neither cause nor effect. They do not understand simple syllogism. Their framework is not based on reason or truth but on the ever changing chemical reactions in their substantia nigra. They FEEL. The end.

It explains their childishness, their prolonged adolescence, their greed, their envy, their never ending fight for “fairness.” It also explains their viscousness, their dishonesty, their insincerity, and their constant focus on eroticism and violence.

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I think that under the current circumstances, generally complete information, the revelation related in the recording is of no particular import, even nonsensical.

What might be good to remember is that nobody knows what kind of circumstances may arise during a campaign. Maybe something will happen or maybe not. Nothing to lose by making it a part of the public record.

For instance, there is concern about low-information voters. Think about it. Say something comes up during McConnell’s campaign, what, I have no idea, but something. Low-information voters would be told how McConnell’s campaign strategized how to “beat up” on some female opponent who had mental problems or something.

Imagine a twitter campaign that remembers bits and pieces of this. Even a fast response by McConnell might be effective, but then it would be a distraction, a source of diversion, and even if it does not work, it would be viewed as a potential assist to unseating McConnell.

Russ808 on April 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

It will be one of his own Steve Schmidt like assistants. You really don’t think they graduate conservatives out of our nation’s finest colleges of Poli Sci, do you?

Assistant + Cell Phone = The Nation

MNHawk on April 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Can someone explain to me why a McConnell staffer would run to mother Jones with this “tape” of ordinary campaign strategy meeting? For revenge? because the are and always have been a secret Democrat but became a Republican staffer years ago just for this occasion? How about the more likely explanation. Someone with access to this room wanting to be the next person with the “47 percent” tape recorded the meeting. I find it A LOT more likely much like the bartender of the Romney tape this is a Democrat working as office staff or something else.

Conan on April 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM