Dead Man Walking

The one thing that Tuesday’s primary results leave me certain of is that Mitch McConnell’s tenure as minority leader  will not survive the mid-terms elections.    The loss of  Trey Grayson in the Kentucky GOP primary to Tea Party backed candidate Rand Paul will prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Senator McConnell being in a leadership position.  But lets face it what have the Repugs to show for McConnell’s role as party leader, he failed to halt or in any way shape health care reform, and his tactic in regard to finical reform has backfired badly.   Not only are the Repugs powerless in the current political climate to stop or slow finical reform but as many will freely admit McConnell’s tactic of taking the bill directly to the floor for amendments has lead to a far more aggressive bill than many of the GOP had hoped for.

Mark my words and remember you heard it here first, the next minority leader in The Senate will be Jim DeMint.  On the upside we won’t have to look at McConnell’s weepy face on TV so frequently.

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  1. tonyb39

    One can only hope McConnell is on his way out,so tired of him, I’m ready for ‘Waterloo” Demint,he’s a putz too..

  2. Hey doots I just noticed two of your posts from the last thread got trapped in Spamville, next time that happens email me.

  3. dog's eye view

    Oh God no, not DeMint. He is certifiable.

    Which might make for a more rapid descent of GOP as we know it, but we would have to live through the trauma too.

    Good point by dnd about Republicans and Tea Partiers (Republicans by another name) not favoring compromise.

    It does make you wonder who they would go to for Minority Leader.

    As long as it is MINORITY Leader. Please, please.

  4. Well having just watched Rand Paul on Rachel Maddow one can only come to one conclusion, racism and crazy does run in families.

    • dnd

      “Well having just watched Rand Paul on Rachel Maddow one can only come to one conclusion, racism and crazy does run in families.”

      Rachel Maddow is a crazy racist? Who knew? That’s what you get for not watching sensationalist tabloid journalism on cable.

      The “News Hour” on PBS may be boring to some, as it’s short on gossip. They need to work on that.

  5. nannymm

    Saw that segment, too, Brian. Frightening…

  6. Kentucky may actually end up sending a Dem to the Senate next year. Live long and you can see just about anything happen.

  7. I’d hardly label Rachel a tabloid sensationalist.

    • dnd

      “I’d hardly label Rachel a tabloid sensationalist.”

      That’s what the dedicated say about the National Enquirer.

      I’m not saying there’s a correlation, but I know that “if it bleeds, it leads.”

  8. And btw d regardless of the venue Rand Paul and his father are both racists and nuts. As I’m sure you must know he also expressed the same views on NPR.

  9. But that’s not really the point is it d, the point is is that Rand Paul is nuts and a racist.

  10. Oh and I thought Sestak was pretty gracious in regard to Specter too.

    • dnd

      “Oh and I thought Sestak was pretty gracious in regard to Specter too.”

      And by that you mean all the lies Sestak said about Specter?

  11. Oh d you don’t have to remind you’re a redneck, trust me.

    • dnd

      “Oh d you don’t have to remind you’re a redneck, trust me.”

      Listen to the lyrics. Painful, but informative.

  12. Seriously d I don’t know what point you’re trying to make.

  13. No I don’t, your response Rand’s performance tonight is to attack the venue, I don’t get your point.

  14. dog's eye view

    I don’t get anyone’s point because we don’t have cable (yea!) and I’ve not listened to Randy Newman’s song.

    Anyhoo. Thinking more on DeMint as Minority Leader.

    The entertainment possibilities abound.

    And good call by Brian, because it could happen.

    But I wonder if it won’t — only because there is still an establishment behind the GOP (and the Democrats too) — and I don’t think they want to see the long parade of fail that would ensue from giving the Tea Partiers more time in the spotlight.

    As it is, their greatest achievement might just be electing Democrats where the pickings were slim before these “patriots” donned their tricornered hats and simplistic bellicosity. Not to mention the teabonic signage.

    Last night’s results were pretty good news for Democrats, it seems.

    No clue what is being reported on network and cable news. Alternate universe.

  15. eProf2

    The next minority leader will be Jon Kyl. He’s the whip now and second in command. He’s as bad as McConnell with his parrot beak and corporate politics with a lot of chauvinism thrown in to boot.

  16. TempeBev

    Rand Paul is scary and Jon Kyl is too!

  17. nannymm

    These days, all rethugs are scary. They seem hell bent on outdoing each other in the crazy department.

  18. tonyb39

    “Rachel Maddow is a crazy racist? Who knew? That’s what you get for not watching sensationalist tabloid journalism on cable.”

    Oh D,
    lov ya but the Rachel Show is not tabloid sensationalist journalism.Rachel provides a great show filled with interesting info..I fear if all we had were “News Hour” type shows are citizens would be even less informed than they already are..

    • dnd

      Tony,
      “but the Rachel Show is not tabloid sensationalist journalism.Rachel provides a great show filled with interesting info..
      1. Of course the Rachel Show is tabloid sensationalism. This is not to diss Maddow, all cable opinion shows are sensationalism. That’s what sells. If there is no legitimate thing to be outraged about, they generate it. At least the Daily Show cops to it.

      “I fear if all we had were “News Hour” type shows are citizens would be even less informed than they already are..”
      2. You prove my point. The News Hour is mostly in-depth reporting, with a little opinion provided by guests and not the host. Rachael Maddow, et. al. are entertainment in the guise of news. Nothing wrong with that, but if one only listens to stuff that you want to hear, you only get reinforced, not educated.

      ps. I think the whole (Ayn) Rand Paul kerfuffle is good for Mitch McConnell. A crazy guy not supporting a really crazy guy makes him look sane by comparison.

  19. tonyb39

    http://www.taylormarsh.com/

    “Rand Paul on Civil Rights: Private Restaurants Wouldn’t Have To Serve Martin Luther King”

    “Oh, but Rand Paul doesn’t think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ. He just doesn’t believe a private business should have to serve the President of the United States if they don’t want to.”

  20. tonyb39

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10129324.stm

    “French cabinet backs ban on full face coverings”

    “The French cabinet has approved a bill making it illegal to wear in public clothes designed to hide the face.

    The legislation amounts to a ban on the full-face Muslim veil.

    Women wearing the veil in public could be fined, and men judged to have forced them to do so could be imprisoned.

    Parliament needs to approve the bill and France’s top legal advisory body has warned it may be unenforcable.

    Parliament passed a non-binding resolution last week condemning the full Islamic face veil as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality”.”

  21. dooty

    Brian,

    I didn’t miss my comments so I did not realize they were in spam hell.

  22. “I fear if all we had were “News Hour” type shows are citizens would be even less informed than they already are..”

    Pretty valid point Tonyb (cough cough) 39

  23. nannymm

    Good morning from the beautiful sunny North Country.

  24. “all cable opinion shows are sensationalism.”

    Do you include Fareed Zakaria in your assessment? And btw when was the last time you actually watched Rachel Maddow? I only ask because frankly I think your assessment of her show is way off base.

    • dnd

      Fareed Zakaria’s GPS is not an opinion show.

      I occasionally tune in to Maddow. She’s entertaining, she’s brilliant and she’s funny. But she, by her own admission, is not objective.

  25. “Fareed Zakaria’s GPS is not an opinion show.”

    I guess you missed the show where he endorsed Bush’s Iraq war. The man is rather forthcoming with his opinions, maybe you’re watching a different GPS than I am.

  26. Was Walter Cronkite being sensationalist when he condemned the Vietnam War on the air? I’m trying to figure out what your criteria for sensationalism is d, because it seems any expression of an opinion in your book equates to sensationalism. According to Princeton U’s web site sensationalism is defined as the following:

    # subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
    # the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; “the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation”

    I don’t think the Maddow show meets that criteria.

    • dnd

      “because it seems any expression of an opinion in your book equates to sensationalism. ”
      Then I have been misunderstood.

      “# subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
      # the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; “the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation”

      I don’t think the Maddow show meets that criteria.”

      And my guess is that viewers of Glenn Beck would say the same. Not that I’m equating Maddow with Beck…

  27. TempeBev

    I admit I’m biased. I like Rachel’s show, Jon Stewart, Colbert better than the “News Hour.” They’re entertaining, and with today’s news, I need some entertainment.

    What show doesn’t go for sensationalism? That’s how they get ratings. We provide the ratings.

    Life is a bitch then you die –

  28. “And my guess is that viewers of Glenn Beck would say the same. Not that I’m equating Maddow with Beck…”

    Actually I think you are when you label her show as being sensationalist. And I’m still more than a little stumped by your claim Fareed isn’t an opinion show, that’s all it is.

  29. dog's eye view

    dog without cable (but with a spiffy internet connection) opines:

    I don’t watch Rachel Maddow because she is “playing to the choir” for me. Even if I had cable, I would not be watching.

    dnd’s right about the “outrage du jour” embraced by Maddow, Olbermann, Talking Points Memo, HuffPost, all of Fox News (Fox gets credit for creating a lot of the poutrage from whole cloth), CNN, popular political blogs, what have you.

    It’s banal and tiring and sensationalist. Cheap entertainment.

    This not looking beyond what reinforces your own opinions is becoming the death of civility in politics and society.

    Which is not to say anyone needs to watch Glenn Beck for news or information, or even at all. He’s toxic.

    But the 24/7 cable channel, and hysteria found on all of them, is not serving us well at all.

    And some news is boring, as is some schooling, but has to be worked through to attain a full picture of what’s happening, and opportunities and constraints re improving same.

    Jon Stewart’s show, and Steve Colbert’s, are amazing to me, because they do manage to present hard news and snark (but intelligent) analysis in a palatable format. They assume the intelligence of their viewer.

    As does Zakaria on GPS, the NewsHour. 60 Minutes, even.

    Other shows and network news: I don’t see it much.

  30. dog's eye view

    Brian: here’s a George Packer/New Yorker blogpost about the junior senator from South Carolina.

    “The fall of Arlen Specter and the rise of Rand Paul don’t make an overnight revolution in American politics. Instead, they continue trends that have been with us for a while: the decline of party establishments, the erosion of the center in Congress, the power of media (mainly conservative) to control the political agenda. We are seeing the rise of the politician as electronic loner, brought to power in a system that looks more like direct democracy than republican government.

    The Senate used to be dominated by men like Specter. Lyndon Johnson called them “whales”—lifers, committee chairmen, able to work on both sides of the aisle and forge coalitions around specific issues, nakedly opportunistic in some of their political calculations.

    … The prototype for Republican senators these days is no longer McConnell, and it certainly isn’t an aging centrist like Richard Lugar. It’s Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who holds office not to legislate but to blow things up, who doesn’t need to make party elders happy because he can create his own base of support by making himself irresistible to cable news. Rand Paul will up DeMint’s ante, and “the world’s greatest deliberative body” will continue its descent into mass-media hell.

    Barack Obama is himself a kind of electronic loner—think of his Internet fundraising—but he’s also a product of a sober, meritocratic establishment that has fallen into widespread disrepute. His challenge from the beginning of his Presidency has been to stay ahead of the wild churn of political feeling, bring it under control, and avoid being drowned in it. No easy task, and it just got a little harder.”

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2010/05/the-age-of-the-electronic-loner.html#ixzz0oUZdVlqd

    I think being a loner who is there to blow things up sounds about right.

    And it’s why I am not sure many of these teapartiers are likely to be elected in November.

    Our country is in peril from within; its citizens are genuinely concerned for their future and that of the next generation.

    We are not in such good shape that we can elect rodeo clowns to a political system that is admittedly schlerotic and ineffective.

  31. dooty

    Who would have ever thought Rand Paul would have to “clarify” his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

  32. Inserting your foot in your mouth over race issues is a long held Paul family tradition doots!

    🙂

  33. nannymm

    Lindsey Graham’s war lie: Bigger than Richard Blumenthal’s

    Lindsey Graham referred to himself in his official biography and elsewhere as “an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.”
    The truth came out in 1998, while then-Rep. Graham was working hard to impeach Bill Clinton. The Hill newspaper broke the story that he was calling himself a vet despite not being one. Graham insisted he had never explicitly said he served overseas or saw combat, but any reading of his official bio made it obvious that he wanted to people to think he did. And it worked!
    http://www.salon.com/news/lindsey_graham/index.html?story=%2Fpolitics%2Fwar_room%2F2010%2F05%2F20%2Flindsey_graham_war_liar

  34. eProf2

    Has Rand Paul taken a seat in the Senate today? I think it’s way too early to crown him as the junior Senator from KY. The Democrats have a real chance to pick up Bunning’s seat in the general.

  35. Agreed e, Rand might prove to be such a disaster as a candidate that we could pick up this seat!

  36. nannymm

    Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/19/94489/gulf-oil-spill-may-be-19-times.html#ixzz0oV7LuWfQ

  37. dooty

    nothing would please me more than to have Rand Paul squished like a bug politically by any Democrat.

  38. I wouldn’t mind seeing his dad taken out either!

  39. dooty

    more of a chance to take Rand down than Ron. He is in Tx, remember?

  40. dog's eye view

    Agree with you that Rand’s inauguration is way premature.

    Jack Conway, the Democrat, will make this a competitive run.

    My favorite take on the Kentucky race, comment by Tom Johnson on Washington Monthly thread:

    “I live in Kentucky and would like to point out that while Paul may be nuts, his nomination does not, in fact, increase the odds that Kentucky will be represented by a lunatic. Do the math: Paul is crazy, but Jack Conway, the Democrat, is sane, so the odds are 50% that the state will be represented by a lunatic.

    The seat being contested is currently occupied by Jim Bunning, who is as crazy as they come. So our chances go down from 100% to 50%. Progress, indeed!”

    Plus, roughly 221,000 Kentucky voters turned out for the losing Democrat, vs. 206,000 that Rand Paul won. Cause for celebration.

  41. dog's eye view

    Here’s link for the WaMo thread on Kentucky Senate race.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_05/023879.php

    • dnd

      The problem with ideologues like (Ayn) Rand Paul is that if the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems look like a nail.

  42. tonyb

    Hey is this better,Mr Brian…You are to funny! -39:)

  43. OMG! LOL, much better tony!

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