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September 20, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

"MEET THE NEW BOSS"....Bill Frist is leaving the Senate after the 2006 election in order to spend full time on his run for the presidency. So who will replace him? It turns out it's literally no contest: if Republicans hold onto the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky already has the votes sewn up to be the next Majority Leader of the Senate.

If you're a fan of bipartisan comity, this is bad news. As Zack Roth and Cliff Schecter report in the current issue of the Monthly, McConnell is to the Senate what Tom DeLay was to the House:

McConnells political persona with its focus on bare-knuckled partisanship and support for a money-driven legislative system embodies the very qualities that have helped reverse Republican political fortunes so dramatically over the last year and a half, and have led directly to a series of government scandals and slipups. In uniting around Mitch McConnell, Republicans are, in effect, doubling down on the governing style that got them, and us, into this mess in the first place.

....If Republicans do hold onto the Senateand they might not McConnell will likely have a smaller majority than Frist has enjoyed. A leader hoping to get legislation passed would probably respond by being more conciliatory toward the minority but Republicans didnt pick McConnell because of his talent for conciliation. I think hell be more likely to pick a fight, says the Heritage Foundations Darling. With a confrontational Republican leader, a narrow Senate majority, and an unpopular, lame duck president, the next two years dont figure to see much landmark legislation passed. Instead, if the past is any guide, Majority Leader McConnell will focus only on measures that support Republican power or drive a wedge between Democrats, and will do everything possible to keep campaign dollars flowing to the GOP. But if and when that happens, dont blame McConnell. Hell only be doing what he was elected to do.

Read the whole thing if you want to know what we're all in for if the GOP retains control of the Senate this year. It ain't pretty.

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Oh great. Mitch-fucking-McConnell.

Good reason to mobilize behind the nearest democrat in a senate race.

Posted by: Global Citizen on September 20, 2006 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe they really hope to turn government into Thunderdome.

Posted by: craigie on September 20, 2006 at 1:03 AM | PERMALINK

Hey! FRIST! I almost forgot!

Posted by: Global Citizen on September 20, 2006 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

But if they do, then since republicans are all mouth and no trousers, they'll lose the death matches.

Posted by: craigie on September 20, 2006 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

Good night all. My model on the Linux system is running, and I am out of gas.

Posted by: Global Citizen on September 20, 2006 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

I LOVE it. Mitch is a hero of mine, and should be a hero to everyone who values the first ammendment. God willing the Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, and Mitch can get to work restoring free and unfettered speech to this nation's politics.

Posted by: ACLUsupporter on September 20, 2006 at 1:29 AM | PERMALINK

Once again this is a total waste of time. You told us the problem, but you offered ZERO FUCKING SOLUTIONS.

WashingtonMonthly get off your ass and give us a strategy we can use to rip this bastard to pieces, set them on fire and feed them to his children.

Posted by: MNPundit on September 20, 2006 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

As a half-Kentucky boy, I take particular offense at the takeover of the state by this new and more malevolent brand of Republicans. When my great-grandfather went on at length about his devotion to the Republican Party (or had "one of his spells" as his wife Sallie Ann Jones would put it), it meant something particular, and anti-illiberal. It meant you supported the party of Lincoln, and later the party of Robert A Taft (who you'll note supported not only wartime liberties but battled the Klan). What the hell happened to the Kentucky of my 4th cousin Governor Combs, who desegregated public accomodations? What the hell happened to the Kentucky of bootlegging, staying out of other people's business, live-and-let-live?

As my great-grandfather might say, Kentucky isn't a southern state; it's Kentucky. Now it isn't so much a state but a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.

Posted by: Linus on September 20, 2006 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

No, no I think Kentucky is a southern state. Or at least becoming one. When you're there you can feel something palpably.... different... than in environs farther north.

That isn't to say it's a naturally Republican state. I have no clue about that.

Posted by: MNPundit on September 20, 2006 at 1:34 AM | PERMALINK

Is it me, or is Kevin sounding especially discouraged over the past week or so?

I have a hunch it's starting to sink in to the Dems that they aren't likely to win the upcoming elections. Howard Dean? A failure. The Dem strategy of Bush-bashing? Another failure. Lefty net-root kooks like Kos? A failure.

Posted by: Frequency Kenneth on September 20, 2006 at 1:54 AM | PERMALINK

The war? A failure
Security? A failure
Protecting the Constitution? A failure
Separation of church and state? A failure
Uniting, not dividing? A failure
Controlling govt spending? A failure
The environment? A failure
Creating jobs? A failure

Sucking money from the middle class and handing it to a few well-connected individuals? Success!

Posted by: craigie on September 20, 2006 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

Gee Frequency... your ramblings on failure? I agree you're quite close to this subject just in a slightly different way.

But yeah, just keep talking to yourself a bit louder, Shout down that ugly reality.C'mon, you can do it. "The world's just what you want it to be, the world's just what you want it to be, the world's just what you want it to be."

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 2:32 AM | PERMALINK

I'm starting to think not winning the House or Senate this year might be a good deal. Two more years of gridlock, Repub infighting, Iraq chaos, and deficit spending might be enough to send Hils back to Penn Ave. A Dem win might provide enough cover to swing some sympathy back to Bush. I can see it now...Bush: "We'd have finally won the war in Iraq, but the Democratic Senate tied my hands on torture and nuking Iran...etc." I guess I'll have to hope Stevens doesn't croak.

Posted by: eb on September 20, 2006 at 2:35 AM | PERMALINK

Since Frist has done just about everything Rove's asked of him, I don't see how McConnell can be much worse. The real question is: who can more competently run the Republicans' scorched earth partisan strategy?

How can it possibly get worse than starting a war every time the Republicans find themselves in trouble?


This is the riskiest, and potentially most consequential, element of the plan, keyed to the vow by Iran to continue its nuclear program despite the opposition of several major world powers. Presidential advisers believe that by putting pressure on Iran, Bush may be able to rehabilitate himself on national security, a core strength that has been compromised by a discouraging outlook in Iraq. In the face of the Iranian menace, the Democrats will lose, said a Republican frequently consulted by the White House.

-- Time Magazine, May 2006


McConnell the new Majority Leader? Big deal.

Posted by: Carl on September 20, 2006 at 3:14 AM | PERMALINK

If the Dems don't win back the house and senate, they won't be able to investigate and prosecute Republican (mostly but not exclusively executive branch) abuses of federal law and the constitution. This is absolutely, positively the last chance. If it doesn't happen now, it's never going to happen, and the Republic will have lost it's last best chance to try and stem to tide of abuses from Republican corruption, incompetence, and arrogance.

I don't doubt that the Democrats will pick up seats in the House, but it's pretty clear the Democrats are not functioning as an organized party. Nor do Democrats appear to be taking sufficiently strong measures to win this November.

Really, it's already too late. Democrats should have been pulling out all the stops, all the big guns, months and months ago. They should have been fighting tooth and nail for attention every single day of every single week for attention from the news media. They should have been spending the last several months not only identifying Republican failures, but also articulating their own vision for the future. Democrats are doing absolutely positively nothing that is registering even with liberal blogs, yet alone national news networks.

Seriously, where are the pro-Democratic stories on Washington Monthly? Huffington Post? Think Project? The Daily Kos? Truth Out? Crooks and Liars? Nada. Basically all we see are stories about Republican abuses of power and miscellaneous news items. The closest thing to a story about Democratic strategy are irrelevant fluff pieces speculating about whether Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama will run for president in 2008.

You seriously have to wonder if the Democrats are, in fact, tacit accomplices to the Republican agenda - willing playing Alan Colmes to the Republican Party's Sean Hannity. Why? First, it defies believe that anyone - yet alone an entire party - can be this incapable of standing up for itself, yet alone simply making itself heard. Second, Democratic campaign contributors are effectively identical to Republican contributors - and therefore have the same basic agenda. Where exactly is the incentive to rock the boat? Their campaign contributors are happy with the status quo - so why not just let the Republicans make both of their corporate sponsors happy? It's a great racket; the Republicans do all the work and if they screw up (or if what they are doing makes voters angry) the Democrats can just say "don't blame us, we're not in charge".

Though maybe it's possible Democrats are actually that incompetent and ineffectual after all.

Republics don't fall just because bad men do bad deeds. That's always happening. Republics fall when good men fail to take action against those bad deeds. In fact it's becoming increasingly hard to tell if there are any good men left at all.

Posted by: Augustus on September 20, 2006 at 3:17 AM | PERMALINK

Bypartisan comity? What fucking country/century are you living in?

Posted by: hmmm on September 20, 2006 at 3:28 AM | PERMALINK

Is it me, or is Kevin sounding especially discouraged over the past week or so?

Is it me, or is Fuckwit Ken sounding especially bankrolled over the past week or so?

Oh, no: it's always been a GOP paid troll.

Posted by: ahem on September 20, 2006 at 4:24 AM | PERMALINK

Mitch McConnell is a hack. He should work very well with Gulag W. Bush.

Posted by: trifecta on September 20, 2006 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

A quick read of the comments above, or the comments on any leftist blog for that matter, is enough to tell me all I need to know about the modern Democratic party. To the Democrats, I'm the enemy. Fair enough. I respect your honesty. And I will take you at your word.

Posted by: Randy on September 20, 2006 at 7:40 AM | PERMALINK

Well, Randy,

if you choose to align yourself with those who act (words are empty) to
constrain freedom
constrain choice
quash dissent
actively and cynically promote a climate of fear
support crony capitalism
work to limit opportunity for the unconnected
endanger the US by recklessly misusing its military and pulling resource away from intelligence to thwart terrorism
endanger the US through blind ideology
endanger the US through sheer incompetence
badly damage long-standing alliances (you're going to have to wait for new generations to emerge to repair many of these)
sabotage the international framework of instituions
endanger America's long-term research base
and lie, lie, lie about practically everything

if you knowingly endorse all this, then I guess you have chosen to stand with the forces of darkness and it kinda tells me everything I need to know about you. Fair enough?

(anyway, I'm just an outside observer; same species though)

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 7:58 AM | PERMALINK

And, Randy, how is that different than what is said about the left on a blog like Free Republic, Instapundit or some other right-wing hack site?

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on September 20, 2006 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK

More bad news for the liberals.

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. government recorded record-high overall and corporate tax receipts on Sept. 15, which was a quarterly deadline for tax payments, the Treasury said Monday.
Total tax receipts were $85.8 billion on Friday, compared with the previous one-day record of $71 billion on Sept. 15 of last year, the Treasury said.
Within the overall figure, corporate tax receipts Friday were $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion in September of last year.
Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Randal Quarles said Friday's numbers provided a "continuing demonstration of the strength of the U.S. economy."
"In fact, Friday's gross receipts were the largest in a single day in the nation's history - 20% higher than receipts on the same quarterly tax payment date last year," Quarles said in a statement.

First gas prices and now this. Those lousy tax cuts are ruining everything!

Posted by: Orwell on September 20, 2006 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK

First gas prices and now this (paying a lot of tax at the last minute). Those lousy tax cuts are ruining everything!

Sorry there Mr. Blair, but how exactly are these things connected? I'd be curious to hear your explanations. Most particularly that of how the tax cuts of 2001 have led to the recent drop in retail gas prices. I'm quite obviously missing something.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

I don't know how they are connected.

I just wanted to have a cool conspiracy theory like everyone else here.

Posted by: Orwell on September 20, 2006 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

Orwell,


You know money paid to employees in the form of salary is tax deductible to a corporation. If the middle class were actually sharing in the growth of productivity we would be seeing lower corporate tax receipts, but higher payroll and individual income tax receipts. Are we?

As a matter of actual fact, the growth in corporate income taxs when mated to all of the other data seems to indicate their is a lot of money sloshing around in corporations doing nothing important. That is nothing to cheer about.

Posted by: Ron Byers on September 20, 2006 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

Every time Randy posts, I picture him moving a GI Joe's arms and pretending it's Joe talking in a stern basso profundo.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

When is McConnell up for reelection? If history is any measure, serving as Bush's Senate lapdog will hurt his standing in his home district. It certainly has with Frist.

Posted by: owenz on September 20, 2006 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

Right now the most likely outcome by my reckoning is a narrowing of the gap in the Senate, but with the GOP still holding onto the majority. If the Republican leaders in the Senate are seeing the same outcome in the tea leaves, then McConnell as majority leader fits quite well into the overall trend towards shrillness and corruption among congressional Republicans in recent years. Saddled with an unpopular lame duck Republican President, a narrow majority in the Senate, and an unpopular fiasco of a war, Senate Republicans will rely on their ace: grandstanding on "values" controversies while looting the treasury and logjamming anything postivite or substantive from passing in the Congress for the next two years.

Posted by: Andrew Wyatt on September 20, 2006 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

"if you choose to align yourself with those who act (words are empty) to
constrain freedom
constrain choice
quash dissent
actively and cynically promote a climate of fear
support crony capitalism
work to limit opportunity for the unconnected
endanger the US by recklessly misusing its military and pulling resource away from intelligence to thwart terrorism
endanger the US through blind ideology
endanger the US through sheer incompetence
badly damage long-standing alliances (you're going to have to wait for new generations to emerge to repair many of these)
sabotage the international framework of instituions
endanger America's long-term research base
and lie, lie, lie about practically everything" - snicker snack

I just love reading rants from drama queens in the morning. I think that's why I like this blog so much, Drama Queen Central.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 9:51 AM | PERMALINK

Forgot to mention that I picture Jay pretending to be a doll also. He's Barbie.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

".......grandstanding on "values" controversies while looting the treasury.....blah blah blah blah...." - Andrew

"Based on revenue and spending data through June, the budget deficit for the first nine months of the fiscal year was $251 billion, $76 billion lower than the $327 billion gap recorded at the corresponding point a year earlier.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated last week that the deficit for the full fiscal year, which reached $412 billion in 2004, could be "significantly less than $350 billion, perhaps below $325 billion."

The big surprise has been in tax revenue, which is running nearly 15 percent higher than in 2004. Corporate tax revenue has soared about 40 percent, after languishing for four years, and individual tax revenue is up as well."


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/13/business/13deficit.html?ex=1158897600&en=ae01d0900ee051b4&ei=5070

"badly damage long-standing alliances (you're going to have to wait for new generations to emerge to repair many of these)" - snicker


Are you saying it's going to be years before were friends with the French again? Oh No!!!

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

"He's Barbie." - wish you were here

Wow. A little sexual fantasy going on there, wish you were here?

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Why, Jay? Are you saying you look pretty in high heels, lipstick and a push-up bra?

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Ah Jay, once again so lost and gormless. I'd like to see you get something right just once. Might do wonders for your self esteem. The sad truth is I'm equivocal about that list. Those are things I'd been concerned about were I American.

But recently as part of the non-Yank world, I've come to think that a weakened US is probably not bad. Simply that I've never liked concentrations of power and franklyI no longer trust the US to use its power wisely. so heck, Messrs. Bush et al's spendthrift wasting of what you had is on balance perhaps not the worst of outcomes. And when you compare American recklessness with say, Indian judiciousness, well....

So cheer up Jay, Half of me is cheering on your side.

I just feel bad for your countrymates who for so long stood for something a litttle grander than just lining their pockets and augmenting their power (though there's always been a lot of that going on).

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

Since I've never had sex with a woman, I might as well become one.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

"Those are things I'd been concerned about were I American." - snicker


You should be concerned about your pathetic countries lack of contribution to anything constructive in this world.

But it's more fun to blame someone else huh?

Stay home! You and your countrymen are best relegated to the sidelines.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

and what pathetic country would that be?

or are you just blindly flailing, there jaybird?

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

Stay home! Like me, and my fellow chickenhawks. Look at all the constructive things we're contributing to--sending poor young men and women into a war based on lies. I can't think of anything more noble and contructive.

They lost their lives and limbs so that fat, unlaid losers like me could spend their time here, desperately seeking attention on a Democratic weblog. There's nothing pathetic about that.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

You tell me, you were the one that claimed another nationality moron.

"...were I American" - snicker something irrelevant

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

Oh and if you can type fast enough while fiddling with that push-up bra, perhaps you can let me know where's the blame in items like "endangering US security? I know they don't teach you to think in your schools there, Jaybird, but perhpas, perhaps if you really, really push it you can tweak a little thought out. Go for it!

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

Kentucky, in my memory, once had a great senator: John Sherman Cooper. A great Republican senator, at that. A diplomat. An intellectual. A decent man.

After Cooper retired, not so much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sherman_Cooper

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on September 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

It's so fun to watch you losers become more and more unhinged the minute a conservative posts.

You can not tolerate diverse opinion, especially the diverse opinions that make you guys look like the jack asses you all are.

Have a nice day.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

Jay: You should be concerned about your pathetic countries lack of contribution to anything constructive in this world.

and what pathetic country would that be?

Jay You tell me, you were the one that claimed another nationality moron.

Oh this is kinda cool. Without even knowing whereof which country you speak, you know that it's pathetic and has not contributed anything consturctive to the world.

So, like, you don't need to know stuff before you can um, loundly pronounce judgement on it. Oh Jay, this is brilliant. Can I use this logical tool too? Is this what they teach you in your school system? Jeez, with this you can pretty much wipe any opponent clean!! You must have been a debating whiz. A master debater.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

I can't stand that I'm nothing but a joke and object of mockery here, so I'll take my dollies and my dresses and go somewhere else.

Have a nice day....WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

McConnell is nothing more than a cheerleader. He isn't even very good at it. The previous chief cheerleader - Trent Lott - at least understood the issues and could debate them. McConnell runs out of things to say after repeating his talking points 2 or 3 times. At least if he is Majority Leader, he won't be planning a White House run like Frist has been doing.

Posted by: Maxwell on September 20, 2006 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

"Without even knowing whereof which country you speak....more mental diarhea" - snicker


You don't know shit about me or America and yet you cast aspersions and your pathetic opinions but chastize others for doing the same. You are much more of a loser than I realized.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Jay:

Quoting from NYT stenography of a government report on the budget deficit and tax revenue is your rebuttal? Funny, I don't recall saying anything on either subject. I smell non-sequitur. The last refuge of the scoundrel.

Posted by: Andrew Wyatt on September 20, 2006 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Look, I admit I was fired and no one else will hire me, my wife left me and no other woman will come near me, and my kids haven't spoken to me for years. But that's all the goddamned libs' fault, except for the blame that belongs to other loser countries such as yours, snicker-snack. Although I don't know what country that is. But every country that isn't the U.S. is a loser. Wow, I'm fucking crazy.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

It's only okay when ignorant fucktards like myself make comments about countries I don't even know. I'll never let that Indian doctor check my hemorrhoids again.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Andrew, I know it's difficult with ADD but you did elude to the national treasury being looted so I posted factual evidence that tax receipts exceed projections. Tax receipts equals national treasury. See how that works.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Although tax receipts exceeding projections doesn't mean squat when we spend far more than we receive. That's the GOP credit card congress for you.

In conclusion, I'm still a complete idiot. Wait, I have another clip from the liberal NYTimes for you..

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

"A leader hoping to get legislation passed would probably respond [to having a smaller legislative majority] by being more conciliatory toward the minority"

That's the dumbest goddamn thing I've read this morning, though I'll admit the day is young. What kind of fucking idiot would you have to be, to have taken that particular lesson away from watching the Republican-run Congress of the last ten years? There is *NOTHING* that makes Republican congressional leaders "more conciliatory toward the minority".

Posted by: Chris on September 20, 2006 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Had you paid attention to anything here other than your own braying hysteria, Jay, you'd know that the list of snicker-snack's country's contributions is long and impressive. Unfortunately, criminally incompetent government (all right, they've had one or two too-near misses, but nothing remotely approaching Bushco) and illegal war based on flat-out lies aren't among their exports, so they probably don't have anything that your limited world view can take in.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

'Kay Jay, you just go play with that there magic tool of er, logic you like to flail around.

I see you're full at it again at 10:41.

Don't go blind though...

Oh my goodness... that's what happened, isn't it? It's why you so lack perception.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

What kind of fucking idiot would you have to be, to have taken that particular lesson away from watching the Republican-run Congress of the last ten years? There is *NOTHING* that makes Republican congressional leaders "more conciliatory toward the minority".

It'll be different this time! I think the Republicans in Congress are really starting to respect me!

Posted by: Joe Lieberman on September 20, 2006 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

thanks, wish.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

"....list of snicker-snack's country's contributions is long and impressive." - wywh


Let me guess; did they invent electricity? The airplane? The automobile? The modern day computer? A combustible engine? The telephone?

No, those were all invented by Americans. Oh wait I know........french fries?

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Jay:

You're mistaken. I don't have ADD.

And by "looting the treasury" I was referring to the use of legislative power by the Republican congress to enrich their allies and cronies in the private and non-profit sectors, all at taxpayer expense. An issue relatively independent of tax revenue.

Posted by: Andrew Wyatt on September 20, 2006 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Tax receipts equals national treasury.

Oh Christ. No. No it doesn't.

Here, I'll make it simple: in personal terms, tax receipts equals your income. The national treasury equals your bank balance. The missing part of the equation, however, is expenditures -- that is, it doesn't just matter what you take in, it also matters what you spend. And since we're running a monster deficit, the "national treasury" is still posting negative numbers.

Posted by: Stefan on September 20, 2006 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry Stefan. I haven't ever run a business or even had a job, so sometimes I get confused about this stuff.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

McConnell is to the Senate what Tom DeLay was to the House

I look forward to McConnell's indictment.

Posted by: Hostile on September 20, 2006 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

No, those were all invented by Americans. Oh wait I know........french fries?

That would be Mr. French of New York. And that would be New York of New York State of the U.S. of A..

Jay, Jay, Jay, for your own benefit stop shooting yourself so relentlessly in the foot... Or better yet, stop shooting.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

"I look forward to McConnell's indictment." - hostile


How many grand juries this time?

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks Hostile for bringing it back on topic

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Tom DeLay was railroaded.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

That would be Mr. French of New York. And that would be New York of New York State of the U.S. of A..

Jay, you missed your chance.

I was wrong here, way wrong, just repeating a story I'd heard - should google before posting.

Both the Spanish and the Belgians claim them. Cheese fries though definitely you guys.

From potatoes to Mitch McConnell

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

Let me guess; did they invent electricity? The airplane? The automobile? The modern day computer? A combustible engine? The telephone? No, those were all invented by Americans. Oh wait I know........french fries?

Well, no. Electricity is a natural phenomena and was not capable of being "invented." The first true automobile with a combustible engine was invented by a German, Karl Friedrich Benz (of Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Benz fame) in 1885. Another German, Gottlieb Daimler, (again, Daimler-Benz) invented the first practical internal combustion engine.

As for the invention of the modern day computer, credit must be shared among many nations. The Englishman Alan Turing was responsible for many of the underlying concepts behind modern computer science, while the first freely programmable computer was created by the German Konrad Zuse.

Posted by: Stefan on September 20, 2006 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

speaking of bi-partisan comity, when did you start to believe in that? You have pretty consistently expressed rancor toward everyone to the right of Joe Lieberman, and toward all Republicans.

also about bi-partisan comity, here's a nice little item on Fitzgerald/Plame/Wilson/Libby:

http://lucianne.com/threads2.asp?artnum=296801

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

...incompetent government (all right, they've had one or two too-near misses, but nothing remotely approaching Bushco)...

snicker-snack's present government would very much like to emulate Bushco but, since they're operating at the pleasure of the governed, they must behave.

Posted by: exasperanto on September 20, 2006 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Cheese fries though definitely you guys.

Now, look. I'm on the side of transglobal cooperation among non-insane people of all nations (sorry, Jay, but you're getting used to being left out by now), but really, we can't take that from the Poutine Nation.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Jeez, I wish the troll "Jay" would pick a new handle... it gets embarrassing for the rest of us to post! Whassamatta, clown? "Stimpy" was taken?

Anyway, even if the Republicans do manage to hold on to nominal "control" of the Senate after the Fall elections - and most reasonable estimates seem to point to a 52-48 or 51-49 Repub advantage for the next Congress - this is still not an overwhelming majority to be able to a lot of damage with. However "scorched-earth" Sen. McConnell might be: both parties are still dependent on the swing votes of a handful of "moderates" from both sides of the aisle to actually get votes passed in the Senate as a whole - unless, as postulated, a Majority Leader McConnell is going to more interested in partisan grandstanding than getting legislation passed; it is not as if he will have a united front to work with, and there will still be a knot of Senators (principled moderates or obstructionist cranks depending on your viewpoint) who will keep the worst excesses of GOP legislative atrocity under control.
After all: Harry Reid and his crew have done a decent enough job curbing the wingnuts as it is with a 10-seat deficit: with even a small increase in the Dem caucus, we might even get a tad of two-party government back again!

Posted by: Jay C on September 20, 2006 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

Indeed, exasperanto. Funny what can happen when voters get informed and behave accordingly.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

The telephone?

Invented in Canada, by a Scotsman.

Posted by: exasperanto on September 20, 2006 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

we can't take that from the Poutine Nation.

a completely and 100% fair response. Pretty good though when coming in from the snow on a cold day.

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 20, 2006 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Okay, so I was wrong about the phone, car, combustible engine, computer and electricity. But we invented reality TV and supersize fast food! Suck on that, losers!

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

The microwave oven? Oh wait, that was a British invention.

Although I'm sure some American who was as stupid as I am invented a "combustible engine". BOOM!

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

OK, back on topic:

Are you yanks gonna render McConnell's election as leader irrelevant or not?

Posted by: exasperanto on September 20, 2006 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

The Englishman Alan Turing was responsible for many of the underlying concepts behind modern computer science,...

AND - Turing was a fag.

Eat THAT bigots.

And; Ada Lovelace, a WOMAN (english, not American), invented the concept of computer software.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on September 20, 2006 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

Tom DeLay was railroaded.
Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

yeah, and so was Bob Ney and Randy Cunningham. Uh huh. Sure.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on September 20, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

You libs are so stupid. Everyone knows Ada Lovelace was the original "Deep Throat." I jacked off to that movie like 20 times a day in the '70s.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Relax, everybody. The most likely result of Mitch's promotion to republican leader in the senate is the same destruction of the national GOP that Mitch is currently overseeing in the Kentucky GOP. The Kentucky republican party machine Mitch built from scratch back in 1994 is falling apart at the seams because of Mitch's mishandling of Indicted Goobner Ernie Fletcher. Bloody factions are splitting into bloodier splinter groups, and it's all leading to another two generations of dem control here in the Bluegrass State.

We dems are just watching, waiting and laughing. May Mitch spread the same love and joy across the nation.

Posted by: Yellow Dog on September 20, 2006 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

"bipartisan": A word heard from Democrats only when they're in the minority.

Shouldn't you people be busy setting up your excuses and crazed conspiracy theories for any upcoming losses?

Posted by: karl on September 20, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, good news, Yellow Dog. Kentucky is following the Illinois model vis a vis gubernatorial indictment and subsequent total meltdown of the state Republican organization, then? Very fine.

Posted by: wish you were here on September 20, 2006 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

I missed this on my first read: As Zack Roth and Cliff Schecter report in the current issue of the Monthly,

considering that it is the Monthly, wouldn't you suspect that they omitted any and all information favorable to Mitch McConnell's reputation?

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Jay off. Karl on.

Posted by: Tag team Trolls. on September 20, 2006 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency Kenneth: Is it me, or is Kevin sounding especially discouraged over the past week or so?

Kevin Drum admitted to a long, deep spell of the blues around the time of Bush's second inaugural, mostly between New Year and the Inaugural itself. You are not the first to comment on the frequently gloomy tone of his commentary.

On the other hand, there is a robust and energetic tradition in the U.S. of believing that democracy is ebbing and the country going to the dogs when the other party is in power. You might be right that he is realizing that the superficial Democratic hopes, exaggerated in newspaper headlines this summer, are crashing.

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Ok that's enough.

I suggest that Kevin install a filter that blocks all references to lucianne.com or to the harpy's progeny, the not so useful idiot jonah lucianne goldberg.

Posted by: gregor on September 20, 2006 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats should have been pulling out all the stops, all the big guns, months and months ago. They should have been fighting tooth and nail for attention every single day of every single week for attention from the news media. They should have been spending the last several months not only identifying Republican failures, but also articulating their own vision for the future. Democrats are doing absolutely positively nothing that is registering even with liberal blogs, yet alone national news networks.

that was my advice in the spring.

Now that the campaign season is upon us in full strength, the incumbents will be highlighting all the great work that they have done, and portraying their challengers as probably wrong and certainly untested. If even 1% of incumbents are turfed out I'll be surprised. I have, of course, been wrong and surprized before, but anti-incumbent sentiment is always measured without reference to the concrete challengers.

On Iraq, 1/3 of Democrats want to stay, and say they can run the war better than Bush; 1/3 want to withdraw American troops starting now; 1/3 want something shifty and inarticulable, either a timeline or milestones or something like both. On Iran, they want "economic engagement and multilateral institutions", or "communication", or a vague and indefinite "non-bush".

Unlike 1994, the minority party this time has no list of 10 proposals to run on and win the swing voters.

Even worse, a majority of Congressional Democrats voted against the Republican energy bill just before the fuel crunch and price increases. H. Clinton changed her tune this summer, as have a few others. but where citizens can see federally-funded energy-generating projects, something Americans generally want more of, they will be reminded that the Democrats mostly voted against.

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

It it any more diffent than Bill Frist?


But it is worse than Trent Lott because at least Lott was an old style conservative. Lott was a sort of libertarian. The lost non-neo-con Republican that went the way of Goldwater.

McConnell is only getting the job because he is a classic Bush kiss-ass. But McConnell has no old style conservative principles, no doctrine, no convictions, at least none beyond the conviction of Bush/Cheney loyalty.

Posted by: Cheryl on September 20, 2006 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Majority Leader McConnell will focus only on measures that support Republican power or drive a wedge between Democrats,

for example, a much needed upgrade to the energy bill of 2005. A bill supported by most Republicans, if also supported by 65% or so of Americans, would most likely split the Democratic party, no matter how good for the country.

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Cheryl,

GWB will have no impact on McConnell getting the job. He's getting it because he's earned it. He's a rock solid conservative and very smart to boot. He will be tougher than Lott and certainly Dole but he'll know when to compromise. Your problem will be that he's more conservative than Bush and most of the Senate, he's very articulate and he's not ambitious for the Presidency. Thus he'll be very hard to demonize and won't cater to the moderates. He handles Tim Russert easily often showing more condescention for reproters than they show for him.

You will not like him.

Posted by: rdw on September 20, 2006 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

McConnell might do something like help pass another tax cut and increase the tax revenues yet again. That would clearly make the Democrats hate him forever.

Anyone catch that Bush is at 44% approval?
Oh and dictators love Chomski. Ha!

Let the hate Bush rhetoric flow.

Posted by: Orwell on September 20, 2006 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

I only read part of the cited article, before giving up in disgust. I learned that Republicans led a movement for Senators to wear seersucker suits one day a week in the summer. Obviously they must be fascists!

The first specific charge againsgt McConnell is that he got the Senate to vote on whether or not to withdraw troops from Iraq. He got a clearcut vote on a substantive and important matter?!! Horrors! Evidently the writers of the article believe that the President should make all significant decisions on his own. For them, the Senate's proper role is to whine and carp!

Sorry for being snarky, but as hit pieces go, that article was pathetic.

BTW McConnell was never impeached and removed from office for dishonesty. If the Dems take over the house, Nancy Pelosi has decided that new Chairman of the Judiciaty Committee will be Alcee Hastings, who was indeed impeached and removed from office as a judge.

How do you Dems feel about an impeached crook as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee?

Posted by: ex-liberal on September 20, 2006 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

".....while the first freely programmable computer was created by the German Konrad Zuse." - stephen


I love my zuse computer. It functions as well as the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Jay on September 20, 2006 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

With a confrontational Republican leader, a narrow Senate majority, and an unpopular, lame duck president, the next two years dont figure to see much landmark legislation passed.

Frist has just caved in to the House Republicans, and is now pushing for border security. I expect the Senate will now pass the House bill. Boeing has just won the contract to build about 1700 watch towers that will feed information about the border into a network operated by the Border Patrol.

For 2007, therefore, if Republicans retain control of Congress, I expect the next step of immigration reform, more like the Bush/Senate bill; and I expect an enlarged and (mostly) improved energy bill.

Posted by: republicrat on September 20, 2006 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Not to worry. Even if the Republicans hold the Senate, how many of their members will be moderates who prevailed in hotly contested races? Whoever their leader is, they'll have to deal with more than a few members for whom partisanship will be outweighed by pragmatism.

Posted by: Prospero on September 20, 2006 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

If you're a fan of bipartisan comity,

Who here is a fan of bipartisan comity? Hands up!

*crickets chirping*

Thought so.

I thought the nutroots were all about ANTI-bipartisanship. After all, isn't Joe Lieberman's mortan sin that he isn't partisan enough?

Posted by: Al on September 20, 2006 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

After all, isn't Joe Lieberman's mortan sin that he isn't partisan enough?

No. His mortan sins (plural) are supporting a terrible war, supporting a terrible accounting bill, supporting a terrible bankruptcy bill, and SLAMMING Democrats for not following his lead. He's become a Republican slobbering wolf in a boring sheep's clothing. Bipartisanship doesn't involve skewering one's own. Treachery involves skewering one's own.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on September 20, 2006 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK
Anyone catch that Bush is at 44% approval? Oh and dictators love Chomski. Orwell at 1:50 PM
Except that he isn't and Chavez was democratically elected twice, both times in a more honest and open election than Bush. Those fantastic deficit numbers for Bush, 3,000,000,000,000 in new national debt in a mere 6 years. No country in the history of the world has managed their economy so badly. It's a good thing China has lots of American greenbacks to spend to buy the US.
...I expect the next step of immigration reform, more like the Bush/Senate bill; and I expect an enlarged and (mostly) improved energy bill. republicrat at 3:07 PM
The immigration "reform" of all those guest workers from Central and South America to work cheaply for the corporate boys who finance your party should mean that you can retire early or take a big wage cut. I'm certain that Cheney's energy bill will give more to big oil and lead to higher prices and bigger profits. Why else have a couple of oilmen working for ya? Posted by: Mike on September 20, 2006 at 9:30 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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