Today, Politico Magazine published a featured piece on Senator Mitch McConnell and his pursuit of power. This is a must read for anyone who needs a lesson in why the political class in both parties is broken. It is also the definitive read on why McConnell has not ideological core and is a finger lickin’ fraud. Here are some good snippets:
Mitch McConnell has never been a beloved politician. Over the course of his career, he has been likened to everything from a warmed-over vanilla milkshake to “a man with the natural charisma of an oyster.” But for the 71-year-old Kentucky senator, the minority leader of the United States Senate, that has long been an asset, not a failing. His glower has usually been enough to dissuade those who consider crossing him. “He doesn’t say anything. He just sits there and stares at you,” says one person who has felt McConnell’s ire. “It’s bone-chilling.” While most politicians desperately want to be liked, McConnell has relished—and cultivated—his reputation as a villain. After all, he achieved his iron-fisted grip on the politics of his home state and his fractious party on Capitol Hill through discipline, cunning and, oftentimes, fear. Which is why, at the moments that have found him happiest—winning elections, blocking bills, denying the sheen of bipartisanship to President Barack Obama—he has radiated not joy but menace. Stepping to the microphones at a Capitol press conference some years ago, he announced with the slightest trace of a smile, “Darth Vader has arrived.”
“McConnell, whose ideology was power, ”
And yet, for some in the McConnell camp, the partnership with the upstart Paul—and his supporters—is a humiliating arrangement, no matter how necessary. “These are people who tuck their shirts into their underwear,” one prominent Kentucky Republican grouses. “My God, they have Mitch out there coming out for industrial hemp! … It just goes to show you the depths he’s willing to adapt to deal with the party as it is today.” Even for a politician long hailed for his pragmatism
Also, if you want a glimpse into how McConnell lies about his opponents, look no further than his early war against Rand Paul in 2010:
That’s when the McConnell team declared all-out war. On the day Paul filed his nomination paperwork at Kentucky’s Capitol, he was greeted by three men in orange jumpsuits, who told reporters they were former Guantánamo Bay detainees there to “thank” Paul—who opposed indefinite detention of prisoners in the military camp—for setting them free. Meanwhile, a McConnell supporter launched a website,TooKookyforKentucky.com, that purported to catalog all the ways in which the libertarian-leaning Paul was just that—including his alleged desire to legalize LSD and marijuana and to ban Christianity from public events. At one point, a McConnell staffer lobbied Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to endorse Grayson, on the false premise that Paul was in favor of abortion rights. Dobson backed Grayson, but after Paul convinced Dobson that he was in fact anti-abortion, Dobson retracted his endorsement and cut an ad for Paul, complaining that he had been given “misleading information” by “senior members of the GOP.”
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