Conservative Groups Rise Against Mitch McConnell

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 and is filed under Blog

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I have to say: it’s about time. Yesterday, I signed an open letter to Republican Members of Congress demanding that they not vote for Mitch McConnell’s plan and as I said in the Politico, ““It’s time for the conservative movement to draw a line in the sand. … Republicans thinking of voting for the McConnell plan now have a decision to make: Mitch McConnell, or the conservative movement that elected them.”

I have long advocated for the fact that Mitch McConnell, if not from the get go, became a DC insider a long, long time ago. Folks, he is there not to change the country and get it back on track, but simply there for power for power’s sake. I remember distinctly calling he and his office out over the handling of judicial noms during the Bush years. One of his staffers emailed me directly. The tone was passive aggressive. “Why are you doing this? Don’t you know Senator McConnell is doing everything in his power to get good judges confirmed? It’s the Democrats that are gumming up the works.” To which I and a friend responded with, “Reading a few pages of a 500 page bill on the Senate floor does not constitute fighting at all.” Attached to the email were 20 parliamentary procedures Senator McConnell could have (should have) employed to confirm good judges. End of conversation.

Fast forward a few years and here we are again with Mitch McConnell doing his darndest to sell out conservatives again with his McConnell Debt Plan. Over at American Spectator, Quin Hillyer rightly calls McConnell “perfidious.” for his recent machinations. We’ve seen these sorts of moves before. The name that comes to mind is Pontius Pilate. At a time when this country needs real leadership, Mitch McConnell would rather hand over the issue of raising the debt ceiling to President Obama, step back and wash his hands of the whole affair. That’s not leadership. That’s the abdication of it, playing politics with our nation’s future.

Shame on him and shame on any Republicans who follow his lead by voting for his “solution” to the crisis.