McConnell – “There will not be another government shutdown”

posted at 3:31 pm on October 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Just in case anyone was left wondering where things stood in the ongoing Battle of the Titans – Cruz v McConnell – the Senate Minority Leader went out on Face the Nation this morning to make it clear. The Senate GOP will be moving in a different direction.

“Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy,” he said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t. So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that.”

As you’ll see in the video below, (no need to fast forward as the pertinent material pops up in the first minute of the interview) Mitch added a bit of down home, Southern style wisdom to his description of the situation before getting to the quote from above.

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: You know, one of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is that there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of the mule occurred back in 1995 when a Republican House shut down the government. Look, shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy…

That’s some fairly bold and confident sounding talk for somebody facing a primary challenge from the right, and Bob gets to that subject in the questioning also.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Back in Kentucky, the Tea Party folks went nuts. You’re going to have a Tea Party candidate opposing you in the Republican primary. They say they are now more determined than ever to beat you. They even accused you of taking a kickback.

McConnell chooses to answer the question about the dam project and then fends off Bob’s attempts at getting him to engage in some Cruz baiting. (McConnell declines and says that he and Cruz agree on the goals, just not the strategy to achieve them.) But around the seven minute mark of the video, Bob takes another run at the primary question and gets an answer.

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, just let me say this about the primary in Kentucky. I’ve endured millions of dollars of attack ads that have been calling me a right wing fanatic over the years. I think my opponents in the primary are going to have a hard time convincing Kentucky primary voters that I’m some kind of liberal. I enjoy the support of the most famous Tea Party senator in America, Rand Paul. I’m supported by Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, two other Tea Party favorites who were elected in 2010. I have the support of Mike Huckabee and Bill Bennett. I think they’re going to have a hard time convincing Kentucky primary voters that Mitch McConnell is some kind of liberal. In fact, we took a poll last month to check that out and only 2% of Kentuckians thought I was a liberal, so I think that’s a pretty hard sell and is almost certainly going to fail.

It’s impossible to tell – this far out from the election, that is – how much of that is bravado and good marketing or how much of it is confidence that the votes simply aren’t there to chase him out of his seat. But recent poll numbers indicate that, with seven months to go before the primary, McConnell has more to worry about from his Democrat challenger than from Matt Bevin. Of course, seven months is an eternity long enough for new mountains to rise in politics, and that could still change.


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Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Frogface should be retired.

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Shutdown will lead to no actual results… Now it is time to focus on the utter failure and incredible sufferings that Obamacare is causing… This should be the whole campaign from now until elections day 2014 and beyond…

mnjg on October 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

This is the only thing I have to say to McConnell and the GOP; what Palin said:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/20/Sarah-Palin-Exclusive-Op-Ed-DC-Corrupt-Bastards-Club

FloatingRock on October 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

“Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy,” he said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t. So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that.”

So what happened to blaming the government shutdown on Obama / Reid – you know, Senator, the one’s who refused to negotiate, talk, or even offer up one iota of compromise? The one’s who define compromise as, ‘you surrender and give me all that I ask for’, as you decide to ‘go along to get along’ and kick the ****ing can down the road yet again as this government borrows about $320B in ONE DAY to fuel it’s massive overspending?

Thanks for telegraphing that come January / February you once again will surrender, go along to get along, and kick the can down the road as $3.6T in spending becomes the NEW NORMAL. There is at least a half trillion in waste, fraud, and duplicate efforts in this federal government – and you are just locking it into place.

Time to retire Senator. Thanks for your service, but you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Athos on October 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I think they’re going to have a hard time convincing Kentucky primary voters that Mitch McConnell is some kind of liberal. In fact, we took a poll last month to check that out

Nice to see you thought is worth checking out, but … wrong poll. You need to find out how many think you are a total douchebag who’s in cohoots with the America-hating dems and the third-world Indonesian Imbecile. Check THAT out, turtle-face.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Keeping the white flag raised is always a great negotiation tactic against the liberals.

The party of stupid.

trs on October 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Obama will not relent in his demands, therefor the Republicans must cave. Perhaps now they are going to cave before he makes any demands. What a sorry a – - operation.

rplat on October 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

McConnell, early and clearly, proffering his panty-encased backside for the Democrats, making sure Harry Reid knows that McConnell is ready and willing to be used however Reid sees fit.

Midas on October 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The Republican establishment is disastrous for conservatives. They have chased me away.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

McConnell already has his next $2 billion pork project lined up with Harry Reid! ;-)

albill on October 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Consider the thought

From someone in Washington.

I wouldn’t put it past them on this one…. and others.

I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that
time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts
etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked
bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not
days or hours.

In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally
printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of
thousands saying- this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due
to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17
years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs
were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts
were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured
then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least
6-8 month ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this
process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

McConnell will have no support from the Tea Party either in the primary nor in the general. Can RINO’s win without the Tea Party in Kentucky? I wouldn’t be surprised if Tea Party votes Democrats to get McConnell out if Bevin doesn’t win. Then they can claim how RINO’s lose just like the RINO’s did to the Tea Party with the Senate back in 2010.

MrX on October 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Screw you, Mitch.

Pork-Chop on October 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I’m going to find it hard to believe that he won’t feel any repercussions from this. Is the pork that good? He should have voted against his own bill.

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Why NOT, Mitch ?

listens2glenn on October 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I think my opponents in the primary are going to have a hard time convincing Kentucky primary voters that I’m some kind of liberal.

Could he really be this stupid? Calling him a “liberal” isn’t the point. It’s that he refuses to stand up to liberals. To the Tea Party, that’s even worse. He represents another toothless RINO pretender and dealmaker.

All the pieces are in place for this guy to be toppled. He’s being outpolled by the democrat and is looking past the primary. His statement about the shut down was made for the general election and will infuriate the base.

rrpjr on October 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Can we at least get a Senate Minority leader who won’t keep running around accepting the blame for the shutdown on the entire party’s behalf to anyone who will listen? Talk about kicking the mule a second time.

And this is, what, the third time McConnell has kicked the “second kick of the mule” mule? Where’s the mileage efficiency in that?

By the way, can someone tell me why Kentuckians kick mules so often in the first place that this moronic adage came into being?

Dusty on October 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

There cannot be another government shutdown because the “McConnell Plan” that was refused LAST time a shutdown loomed was inserted into the bill passed to end this shutdown.

That plan gives all power to Ogabe to raise the debt ceiling on his own – without Congress. If Congress wants to prevent the raising of the ceiling after being notified by the President that he’s raising it – it takes a 2/3rds majority to override Ogabe.

It’ll never happen.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I say Bullshit, This phony needs to go!

jeglinas on October 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Of course there won’t be another shutdown because the GOP surrender monkeys will capitulate a lot sooner. Like in the film Cool Hand Luke it’s “I got my mind right boss!”. After all, there is no principle worth losing an election over. It’s a good thing the Democrats don’t want to exterminate the Jews. The Dems now know there won’t be anyone standing in their way on anything. All they have to say is “Boo! We’ll accuse use of shutting down the govt if you oppose anything!” and McConnel will run for the nearest exit claiming he got the best deal possible. These people are sickening.

artman1746 on October 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Ted Cruz on the other hand got the donkeys’ attention with a 2 x 4.

Drained Brain on October 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

HondaV65 on October 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

When will Obama be named king?

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I now realize with certainty that McConnell is done. He doesn’t begin to understand the forces operating out there, on either side. “Clueless” isn’t an adequate description.

rrpjr on October 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Primary him. If he wins run 3rd party against him. If a dem wins so be it. At least in six years we can run a conservative against the dem and win.

derft on October 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

That’s the only weapon conservatives have. According to McConnell, true conservative policy is to unilaterally disarm of your only weapon, the Founders safeguard whereby one body could put an end to fiscal insanity whereas all bodies and the President have to agree to spend a dime.

Too bad for the turtle that his isn’t the body in position to use the Founders’ safeguard.

Buddahpundit on October 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

[HondaV65 on October 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM]

I don’t think that’s quite clear enough for me to be sure of that, Honda. The debt limit issue is different than the budget issue. Are you implying that if Congress were to not pass a budget, Obama could just choose to run the government at full strength by getting the revenue via issuing debt? If so, I think you are wrong there. Not passing a budget means there is no authorization to spend money irrespective of the source of the money.

Dusty on October 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Yes, lets negotiate… but before we start, give me a momment so I can burn all the leverage I have. Thank you!

Valkyriepundit on October 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

On topic

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Thank you for posting this, my friend.

thatsafactjack on October 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

[Buddahpundit on October 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM]

Kentucky must have a saying like “Don’t leave anything on the table at the strategy meeting which interferes with where you put your head during nap time.”

Dusty on October 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

You haven’t kept any of your other promises… why would you keep this one?

Skywise on October 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Yep, Old Kentucky Kickback is one tough negotiator when it comes to Conservatives…not so much with the Prog Socialists.
The GOP Establishment want to be the party to deliver ObamaCare…it’s coming.

d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Where in that entire interview did you, Senator McConnell, castigate the Senate Majority Leader for his failures over the majority of the last 5 years to pass a budget under the law of the land, the Budget Act of 1974?

You are part of the problem and not part of the solution because you subscribe to, and are party to, the fraud of the ‘Continuing Resolution’ as a means to fund the operation of the federal government.

Since you’ve taken up that well formed negotiating tactic of surrendering any leverage for the next time that government spending authorizations run out – how about trying to shut down the Senate until the pederast decides to live up to his oath and honor / respect the laws of the land?

At least with the Senate shutdown you will be doing something good for the country, actually preventing damage as opposed to slowing it down as you have been doing. (Oh, and when the petulant community organizer continues to issue executive orders and directives contrary to his constitutional authority, try to have a little backbone and stop worrying about the press, that hates you anyway, castigating you for standing up for the constitution as your oath requires.)

Athos on October 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

On topic

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

You don’t think the NSA…..

d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

On topic

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Thank you for posting this, my friend.

thatsafactjack on October 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Holy crap! If we got screwed because Roberts played fast and loose with Irish law…

Iblis on October 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

So we get to look forward to more “clean” continuing resolutions.

Wigglesworth on October 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

RE: I enjoy the support of the most famous Tea Party senator in America, Rand Paul.

And this is the real problem. While Paul, just like Rubio, is trying all he can to convince us that he is a conservative, his actions, from pro-illegals stance, to endorsing McConnell, clearly point out that he is not. And, so far, not a peep out of Paul, the “fiscal conservative” about the Kentucky kick-back.

Wake up, people!

riddick on October 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

By the way, can someone tell me why Kentuckians kick mules so often in the first place that this moronic adage came into being?

Dusty on October 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

It is the mule who kicks the Kentuckian not the Kentuckian that kicks the mule. You learn not to stand behind the mule after the first time presumably.
*******************************
It would be interesting if primary attacks from the right actually made McConnell seem more acceptable to moderates.

KW64 on October 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

riddick on October 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Paul’s support was long before this latest mess. He will probably stick by McConnell but might learn from this in the future.

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Hey Mitch!

Sarah’s coming for you.

renalin on October 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

riddick on October 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Yup. If people open their eyes they will realize Paul is turning into an establishment politician.

Wigglesworth on October 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

What’s a second kick of the mule compared to the countless kicks from this horse’s ass? Kentucky Republicans, get rid of your dam Senator.

86 on October 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

how soon before we can replace this tool …
CAN he be replaced …
are the good ppl of KY pissed enough yet …
maybe that 2bn went to his retirement account.

conservative tarheel on October 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Keeping the white flag raised is always a great negotiation tactic against the liberals.

The party of stupid.
Exactly!!

jeglinas on October 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I hope he enjoys being Unemployed in 2015!

Tbone McGraw on October 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

McConnell sounds very firm about no more shutdowns BUT not a peep about 2 billion dollar earmarks for Kentucky. Such a total loser. Wonder if he has turtle breath to go with that turtle face?

mobydutch on October 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

There are some Republicans out there you feel are so self-destructive to our views that you may consider voting for a Democrat to take their place… then go back to Republican next chance you get. I think Mitch, Boehner, McCain, Rubio, Cantor… these are Republicans you really have to consider whether having a Republican is really worth all the hate they direct your way.

Ukiah on October 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

[KW64 on October 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM]

Thank you. The adage makes perfect sense that way and I have no idea why I would have expected it to be the reverse. I suppose it was just because it’s common sense that you shouldn’t stand behind a mule and, as minority leader of the Senate, he’d never be crass enough to imply Republicans are stupid enough to do so, including himself in that observation.

Seriously, why would Mitch sell that idea? Why would characterize Republicans as standing behind the mule, pushing instead of in front pulling, on the issue of defunding, to get the stubborn donkey to move.

Now I am really insulted by McConnell’s use of the adage, and I’m also really pissed off he took an opportunity to inject his lame Kentucky saying into a situation when he didn’t have to. Maybe he thought he would look to be very observant, but it just makes him look like a jerk.

Dusty on October 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I guess Rubio decided to endorse the turtle since he figured out that he wasn’t a tea party favorite. The fact that Rubio and Ayotte used and betrayed the tea party support for their elections shows that they will make perfect DC establishment darlings. You must be a lying backstabber to gain establishment favor.

mobydutch on October 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

But recent poll numbers indicate that, with seven months to go before the primary, McConnell has more to worry about from his Democrat challenger than from Matt Bevin.

But by all means, keep doing Lundergan’s work for her, Patriots! Because we all know that if Bevin slips by, he’ll beat the stuffing out of her. True conservatism properly articulated always wins!

Mr. Arkadin on October 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Has Palin endorsed yet? I mean, McConnell is at least as conservative as Orrin Hatch, isn’t he?

Mr. Arkadin on October 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

“…my favorite old Kentucky sayings is that there’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”

McConnell musta got kicked in the head by a donkey (Democrat) so hard that he doesn’t know the difference between mules and donkeys. He definitely does seem to know that he doesn’t want to get kicked again. He also thinks that it is more conservative to expand the debt and thus the government than it is to stop paying the enemies of conservatives (i.e., 90% of the government). If you Kentuckians cannot primary this man, could you at least not vote for him.

BTW (per Wiki): A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

a big reason that i think a third party should be formed is that conservatives are forced to choose between people that are left-lib and people who don’t like conservatives.

what kind of choice is that? Mitch doesn’t like conservatives, neither does McCain…and many others.

a third party would start small..then grow

r keller on October 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Way to keep you cards close to your vest, Senator Loser.

Where did you and Weepy learn how to negotiate?

DIAF

phreshone on October 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Shur capitulate, shut down or capitulate.

My suggestion Mitch–go home, take your cowardly RINO friends with you close up the party as history…with a shameful close.

Don L on October 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: You know, one of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is that there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of the mule occurred back in 1995 when a Republican House shut down the government.

 
Not by a long shot. First kick:
 

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

rogerb on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The point of getting RINOs unelected, even if they are replaced by hard-core leftists, is simple…many voters are currently confused by the two main US political parties. For the most part, they are not confused because they are stupid; they are confused because they cannot tell the difference between Democrat and Republican party policies. For instance, how do Joe Manchin’s or Hillary Clinton’s policies differ from John McCain’s or Mitt Romney’s? DO YOU KNOW???

If Democrats (only) are clearly associated with the bad times that are to come, they will lose. If the current mix of progressive Republicans and Democrats remains in power, enough people will continue to avoid voting.

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

rogerb on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

How many progressive Republicans voted FOR the 17th Amendment? It was all but law of the land under President Taft (R – Progressive). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

On topic

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Thank you for posting this, my friend.

thatsafactjack on October 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

…ditto!…oh boy!

KOOLAID2 on October 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally
printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of
thousands saying- this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due
to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17
years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs
were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts
were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured
then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Pin this to mitchs’ ass for the mule to kick. These guys, especially in the senate refuse to fight except to get re-elected, a la mcshame and hatch.

tim c on October 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

This is the only thing I have to say to McConnell and the GOP; what Palin said:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/20/Sarah-Palin-Exclusive-Op-Ed-DC-Corrupt-Bastards-Club

FloatingRock on October 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Thanks for posting. The Corrupt B@s@%*ds Club. Pretty much sums it up.

JellyToast on October 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Mconnell thinks he’s the head of the Surrender Caucus but it’s really McCain….psst, don’t tell him.

PappyD61 on October 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

So what happened to blaming the government shutdown on Obama / Reid – you know, Senator, the one’s who refused to negotiate, talk, or even offer up one iota of compromise? The one’s who define compromise as, ‘you surrender and give me all that I ask for’, as you decide to ‘go along to get along’ and kick the ****ing can down the road yet again as this government borrows about $320B in ONE DAY to fuel it’s massive overspending?

Thanks for telegraphing that come January / February you once again will surrender, go along to get along, and kick the can down the road as $3.6T in spending becomes the NEW NORMAL. There is at least a half trillion in waste, fraud, and duplicate efforts in this federal government – and you are just locking it into place.

Time to retire Senator. Thanks for your service, but you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Athos on October 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

MiniCave McConnell is the main reason why Dingy Harry is, and will be through 2016, The Only Member Of Congress Who Matters­™. Why would he turn on his friend and master?

Steve Eggleston on October 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Shutdown will lead to no actual results… Now it is time to focus on the utter failure and incredible sufferings that Obamacare is causing… This should be the whole campaign from now until elections day 2014 and beyond…

mnjg on October 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Actually amnesty represents a far greater danger than Obamacare for two reasons:
1. Amnesty can never be undone
2. Through chain migration, we are not only looking at 11+ million illegals, but up to 50 million additional uneducated, non-productive aliens

bw222 on October 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Absolutely insane telling the opposition what you are going to or not going to do.

Starlink on October 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

It is not insane if the Democrats are not McConnell’s opposition. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are McConnell’s opposition, not Harry Reid or Barrack Hussein Obama.

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

McConnell is NOT returning to the Senate… that I can guarantee you.

If he survives the Bevin challenge, he will not survive Grimes. Those that could provide him with the margin of victory are the ones he is busy betraying for $3 billion dollars.

Good night, McConnell. Hope you enjoy your new career as a lobbyist.

TheRightMan on October 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM

You know, one of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is that there’s no education in the second kick of a mule.

I have a favorite old saying too, Mitch. It’s “Why don’t you STFU and crawl under a rock, you chinless, gutless, cheese-eating surrender monkey, scumbag traitor?”. I think you’ve probably heard it before…

bofh on October 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

McConnell, Graham AND Lamar Alexander are all in for a huge surprise.

devan95 on October 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

rogerb on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

 
How many progressive Republicans voted FOR the 17th Amendment? It was all but law of the land under President Taft (R – Progressive). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
 
Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

 
A interesting question, and one I don’t have the background to answer.
 
I liked from your link:
 

The popular press, the party platforms, the state memorials, the House and Senate debates, and the state legislative debates during ratification focused almost exclusively on expanding democracy, eliminating political corruption, defeating elitism and freeing the states from what they had come to regard as an onerous and difficult responsibility.

 
That will bite us every time.

rogerb on October 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

It’s a good thing the Democrats don’t want to exterminate the Jews……..
artman1746 on October 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Wait. What? They don’t?

Oh. I was thinking Israel….

Not one of their most important voting blocks, the East Coast Leftist Jew.

Nevermind.

LegendHasIt on October 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM

mcconnell-inspired new GOP symbol: Dodo bird with d-cRAT bashing in its head. Extinction imminent.

TeaPartyNation on October 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I enjoy the support of the most famous Tea Party senator in America, Rand Paul. I’m supported by Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, two other Tea Party favorites who were elected in 2010. I have the support of Mike Huckabee and Bill Bennett.

Yep, Rand endorsed McConnell. If you like political slime, an acivist got McConnell’s aide (not Mcconnell) on tape talking about holding his nose over possibly having helped Rand for 2016. Rand has endorsed McConnell – and he has taken a much smaller beating than Cruz for the shut down. See politico for slime, but be aware it was a setup, which means the guy meant it, or he did it for the recording, hard to tell.

McConnell’s other references,

Mike ‘I have never seen a man lose his job to an illegal’ Huckabee? Please

Bill Bennett. He’s not establishment?

Tea Party kinda down on Pat Toomey

Fubio? I mean Rubio?

Not impressed, but the Kentucky Kickback is McConnell’s most powerful endorsement. Power will find a way

entagor on October 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

rogerb on October 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Yep!

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

“You know, one of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is two billion just doesn’t go as far as it used to, but as long as I’m set for life, it doesn’t really matter”.

RADIOONE on October 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

“You know, one of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is two billion just doesn’t go as far as it used to, but as long as I’m set for life, it doesn’t really matter”.

RADIOONE on October 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Love this! OK, there are major scumbags in every single state and territory. McConnell is one of them.

Ceteris Paribus on October 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Actually, what he says is true — because he is the one who changed the shutdown procedure and made it that way. That traitorous ASS H— set it up so that the president can raise the debt limit at will, and the only way to stop him is a vote in congress and senate followed by the president signing the shutdown. These lying perfidious bast–ds should be drawn and quartered. That is your beloved REPUBLICAN Mitch McConnell. Even if he is ejected from the senate, he, like a zombie from the living dead will return as a greedy lobbyest. Aren’t you kentuckians happy with what you have foisted ont he rest of the country???

Old Country Boy on October 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

McConnell, Graham AND Lamar Alexander are all in for a huge surprise.

devan95 on October 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Yup. They’re gone.

rrpjr on October 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I didn’t see KingGold on the thread. Where is he to tell us how wonderful Mighty Mitch is and how we teabaggers are killing the party?

Bitter Clinger on October 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Turtle-man

ladyingray on October 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Debt payments represent a small fraction of the spending Washington does. Spending priorities are the problem. We are only borrowing more and more ever year because Washington refuses to stop spending more than it takes in – to the tune of more than $1 trillion annually.

I can understand why Obama obfuscates this simple truth.

I can understand why the Democrats obfuscate this simple truth.

I can even understand why the elites in the media obfuscates this simple truth.

What is harder for me to understand is why so many Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives take an active part in hiding the truth from the American people.

nazo311 on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

McConnell – “There will not be another government shutdown”

So says the $2B man…

Gohawgs on October 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

When that loser talks, all I hear is gobble gobble goes the turkey waddle.

Sherman1864 on October 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Might be hard to convince them your a liberal, but that hard to convince them that your a thief and will take a bribe. You can denie all you want but after meeting with Obuma you get your 2 billion bribe and pass his bill.

Pomai on October 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

McConnell – “There will not be another government shutdown”

Because no one will notice if the natl parks are closed in January!!

KenInIL on October 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

“There will not be another US Senator from KY named Mitch MConnell”

I like the sound of this better.

Mr. Arrogant on October 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

You people better boot this fool out.

TX-96 on October 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Yeah, because Congress has abdicated it’s responsibility to control the national budget.

claudius on October 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Best politicians money can buy.

Stolen from taxpayers to support crooked crony cretins.

Time to scour the Senate and House of these slimy porkfed scumbags.

profitsbeard on October 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

1 When you’re not in power, you are reduced to guerrilla warfare.
2 When you wage guerrilla warfare, you must pick and choose ONLY the battles you can win.
3 When you lose a battle, you only strengthen the enemy.
4 Obamacare, that enormous pile of rotting garbage became a publicity sideshow thanks to a futile, suicidal charge, doomed to failure.But, notwithstanding the lost battle and deflected attention, it is STILL an enormous pile of rotting garbage.
5 The sheer inefficiency of Obamacare and the incompetence of those administering it is OUR GREATEST ALLY. Thus Obamacare is our greatest ally and, sad as reality is, the damage it brings, should propel us to victory.
6 Once we have won a few electoral victories,perhaps, this can lead to legislative change. Otherwise it is a futile spitting into the wind and lost battles which lead to lost credibility.

This should NOT be construed as support for McConnell whom I consider an errant coward–but sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.

MaiDee on October 21, 2013 at 8:24 AM

“Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy,” he said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t. So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that.”

So in one paragraph he manages to acknowledge that the GOP caused the shutdown. Apparently, Mr. “I won’t negotiate” had nothing to do with it. Then, he goes on to state his January surrender. Does it get any more stupid than this? Or, is he acknowledging that there’s only one party in D.C.?

cajunpatriot on October 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Time to retire Mitch. I would like to know who your primary opponent will be so I can contribute to him/her.

lhuffman34 on October 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

So what happened to blaming the government shutdown on Obama / Reid –

What happened? Reality.

libfreeordie on October 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

“A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t.”

Of course. Because you and yours made sure it didn’t. That’s the whole point. Cruz never promised that it would work. He was very clear from the beginning that he was only introducing a new mode, a new paradigm, for resistance and political battle. He was clear that it would absolutely require the GOP embrace both the grassroots movement and the imperative of taking the fight to the media.

rrpjr on October 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I have yet to see a government shutdown.

bgibbs1000 on October 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

“The GOP Establishment want to be the party to deliver ObamaCare…it’s coming.”

And “immigration reform”.

kjatexas on October 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

FU Mitch

Grow a spine and some testicles….you worthless POS.

SmallGovtGuy on October 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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