Even Mitch Knows

McConnell on FOX last night, knows he’s screwed by Trump nutjobs winning GOP nominations: “I think it’s going to be very tight. We have a 50-50 nation. And I think when this Senate race smoke clears, we’re likely to have a very, very close Senate still, with us up slightly or the Democrats up slightly”

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30 thoughts on “Even Mitch Knows”

  1. kudos for “yes we kansas” 

    Kansas voters upheld abortion rights by 59% to 41% in yesterday’s election, and scientists have really bad news about some of our favorite foods.

  2. craig, he’ll leave for sure IMO if dems keep hold of the senate and he’ll anoint as successor AG cameron (his former staffer now running for gov as well as trying to implement abortion ban against state constitution). last year this was reported about mitch’s plans for his future

    Will Mitch McConnell retire? Kentucky senator’s exit strategy sparks controversy: ‘Daniel Cameron to take over’ | MEAWW

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly planning to step down before the end of his term. Serving since 1985, the Kentucky senator — who was elected to his seventh term in 2020 — is reportedly working with Kentucky’s state legislature on an exit strategy. The plan involves passing a bill through the state legislature that would strip power from the hands of the Governor to appoint McConnell’s successor and instead make it the duty of the Republican Party in the state.
    Insiders told The Intercept that McConnell’s health was not a concern, but it was more about cementing his legacy. The senator has been a major force in American politics but has really helped turn the tide of conservative politics over the last decade. McConnell is keen to ensure that his vision continues as the Democrats struggle for control of the Senate. Another factor that could be influencing the decision is the controversy around McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. 
    Chao was the Transportation secretary under Trump and allegedly misused her office for personal tasks. The Transportation Department asked the Justice Department to investigate the matter but the DoJ declined to pursue the case. At the time, concerns were raised that McConnell played a role in the DoJ’s decision. 
    There is no deadline as of yet for McConnell to leave, but he could do so by the end of the year if the bill passes. Since the Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses of the state legislature, it is very likely that the bill will pass even though Governor Beshear is opposed to it. That way, McConnell would be able to leave national politics while ensuring that the power arrangement in the Senate remains. 


    and so later that month as reported by Newsweek:

    Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature has stripped Democratic Governor Andy Beshear of his independent power to fill vacancies that arise in the U.S. Senate.
    On Monday, state lawmakers overrode Beshear’s veto of SB 228—a measure that will limit a governor to choosing a replacement from a three-name list provided by leaders of the same political party as the senator who formerly held the seat.
    The bill has the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 79-year-old Kentucky lawmaker who in November was elected to his seventh term in the upper chamber.

  3. Even though it finally passed (there were more Republicans against it, until Jon Stewart started publicly shaming them), eleven Republicans refused to support out troops.

    These 11 GOP senators voted against the Honoring Our Pact Act

    “We have a collective responsibility to the veterans who have served our country, and I would support legislation that better targets disability eligibility requirements based on scientific evidence and research,” the senator added. – Mittens, talking out his backside

    “I have a strong record of supporting veterans to ensure they have access to high-quality health care, opportunities to thrive following their transition from the military and protecting their Second Amendment rights,” Crapo said. -Your record now seems otherwise, Crap-o.

  4. speaking of another example of KY’s poor choice of senators, the jr one was one of those 11 GOPers who don’t support veterans.

    hopefully his anti-vet vote helps defeat rant in the coming election

  5. Correct me if I’m wrong, but going from down by 4 to up by 7 in 3 months is an 11 point swing and is a reversal in the position of the 2 parties since January when Dems were at 43% and Repugs were at 50%.   Calling that a slight gain is a large mischaracterization IMHO, particularly since the 50 point figure is the highest either party had in Monmouth’s polling this year. I suppose you can argue that it’s a 7 point swing since January but if I’m 7 up in January and 7 down in July I’m feeling like I’ve lost ground to the tune of 14.

  6. BiD, wonkette on what’s happening in your town today:

    American Fascists Welcome Viktor Orban Like He’s Hitler Come Back From France
    Of course, Orban is set to speak at CPAC in Dallas this afternoon, because face it, if you were a spritely Nazi propagandist prime minister on the make, that’s where you’d probably go too. They weren’t mad about his “mixed-race” speech at all, so his keynote speech is a go:
    Alex Pfeiffer, a spokesman for CPAC, defended Mr. Orban’s presence at the gathering, saying in a statement that the group supports “the open exchange of ideas.” He called Mr. Orban a “popular leader in his fourth successive term.” Matt Schlapp, the CPAC chairman, recently told Bloomberg, “Let’s listen to the man speak.”
    If Hitler was alive, we have a feeling he’d be in Dallas this afternoon too and we’d all be scolded for refusing to at least listen to what the man has to say.
    So that’s all very legal and very cool, Viktor Orban going to CPAC to be with his people and say 14 words at ’em. Steve Bannon, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Sarah Palin and Lauren Boebert are all part of the lineup too. Bet they plan to say some words too.
    Last night, Tucker Carlson was extremely mad about how unfairly Orban is being treated right now. He started the segment with his giddy jizz-squeals about what a great guy Orban is, then pivoted to complaining that Fareed Zakaria accurately reported on CNN about Orban’s “I Am Nazi And So Can You!” speech. Tucker is appalled. How can you act like somebody is a Nazi just because they walk, talk, and quack like one?
    [continues with clip from the tucker and more]

  7. Watching CPAC in Dallas. No clue what this means but it got a standing ovation. Hungary dictator Orban: “The globalists have gone to Hell. I have come to Texas. There is no enemy that Christ has not already defeated” 

  8. A big theme with CPAC speakers today is schools teaching boys to be ashamed of their masculinity. They’re like a bullshit factory, these people. Always another performative outrage to peddle. 

  9. time for a music break and ponder how time slips away, a song for some reason that’s been taking up space in my mind today

  10. If it talks like a Christian, but goose-steps like a Nazi, it’s not a Christian…and neither are those applauding.

    Jesus wept-

  11. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/04/politics/georgia-unborn-child-taxes/index.html

    “Residents filing their 2022 tax returns who had fetuses with detectable heartbeats at six weeks of pregnancy can claim a dependent personal exemption in the amount of $3,000, the department said on Monday.”

    This gives new meaning to the word “crackers.”

    “It’s unclear how the tax filings will play out for pregnancies that don’t come to term, or how it affects surrogates and unmarried parents living separately. The guidance released from the Revenue Department did not address miscarriages, but it said tax return instructions will be issued later this year.”

    “It’s unclear” = they didn’t think it through

  12. TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick at CPAC: “You cannot have a great country without Texas”. More Patrick, praying: “Lord we don’t need you in the sidecar, we need you on the motorcycle” 

  13. BiD,
    Fed guidelines require that a child live with you for 6 months in your household (unless they are in school and living there but you’re supporting them) and they provide less than half of their own support to be claimed as a dependent (generally meaning that you provide 50% of the child’s support).  Of course that applied to kids who were actually, you know, born.

  14. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/04/us/breonna-taylor-federal-charges/index.html

    “Former Detective Joshua Jaynes, 40, Detective Kelly Goodlett and Sgt. Kyle Meany, 35, were charged with submitting a false affidavit to search Taylor’s home ahead of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s raid, and then working together to create a “false cover story in an attempt to escape responsibility for their roles in preparing the warrant affidavit that contained false information,” according to court documents.”

  15. Kyrsten Sinema announced she’s signed off on Democrats’ climate, tax and health care legislation after securing a handful of changes such as keeping carried interest tax loophole

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