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November 15, 2010

IT'S ALL ABOUT PRIORITIES.... Compare and contrast.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican leader, two weeks ago:

"[O]ur top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office."

Harry Reid, Senate Democratic leader, two hours ago:

"Despite the changes, our charge remains the same. Our number-one priority is still getting people back to work. And the most important change we can make is in working more productively as a unified body to help our economy regain its strength."

One of these two leaders has the right priorities. Can you tell which one?

Steve Benen 2:45 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (13)

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...Your use of the descriptor "leaders", I take it is ... firmly tongue-in-cheek.

Posted by: Blue Shark on November 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

The real drag is, based on what both men are saying, only one of them stands a chance of doing what he plans to. And unfortunately it ain't Reid.

Posted by: chrenson on November 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Reid obviously has the right priorities, but he's being totally unrealistic. McConnell's priorities are warped, but achievable. Who wins? Probably McConnell. Honestly, I think we'd be better off if we'd lost the Senate. At least we wouldn't have to take the blame.

Posted by: fostert on November 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

According to 40% of American's I'm sure McConnell because it's Obama that making all those companies sitting on trillions to not hire people because of uncertainty, or whatever else they come up with next week.

Posted by: mikefromArlington on November 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

Honestly, I think we'd be better off if we'd lost the Senate. At least we wouldn't have to take the blame.

You lose both houses of congress to the corporatists, they gain absolute control of the media and end net neutrality. Anyone who doesn't follow the party line winds up in the cornfield with the rest of Antony's toys.

At least until the Republicans have plunged us so far down into Third World status that the surviving peasants realize that the world they see on TeeVee is not the one they live in and a few thousand of them are shot rioting in the streets.

Posted by: Midland on November 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

And over at TPM:
McConnell Caves On Earmarks, Pledges To Vote For Moratorium
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/mcconnell-caves-on-earmarks-promises-to-vote-for-moratorium.php?ref=fpa

Mitch Old Buddy -the chickens have come home to roost . Tell us how your boys are going to fare when they can't bring home any of that Gubbmint pork ..why do you think the rubes elected them?

Posted by: John R on November 15, 2010 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Don't count Reid out -- look at his super tough re-election campaign, which he WON by the biggest margin he's ever had.

McConnell is a thick headed bully, and that's all he's got going for him.

Maybe the news will tire of his ludicrous pronouncements and vacillations as to whether he's a tea partier all the way or not.

Posted by: jjm on November 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

One of these two leaders has the right priorities. Can you tell which one?

I'll bite.

The one that's also delusional about how to achieve those priorities?

Posted by: Brautigan on November 15, 2010 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe we will hear from , or find some American patriots who are journalists , so when they are told by the "loyal" opposition it is working for America to fail , something other than candy , rose petals and adulation falls upon the speakers .
Maybe when flat out absurdity and lies are being given the same consideration as useful approaches to policy , something other than the destruction of the American middle class will abate before pigs are giving whistling concerts at Carnegie Halls pig whistle stage .
Maybe when an outright idiot challenges the authority of the president of the United States to conduct foreign policy we will hear about something other than a contrived equivalence that upon examination isn't more than a bipartisan public invitation .

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
They're meaningless and all that's true

Except for the lies , the loss of the middle class , the descent into chaos , they're meaningless alright .

Posted by: FRP on November 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Is there a "None of the Above" choice?

Posted by: Trollop on November 15, 2010 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Umm...why wasn't this a priority for Reid 2 years ago?

Posted by: Chuut on November 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

McConnell wins in a landslide. It's what Americans apparently want: To be uneducated, poor, and w/o health care or bridges. If you think about it, if all this keeps going in this direction, there won't be any need for bridges. Or roads. Or cars for that matter. Time to saddle-up and hike north to Canada.

I hear if you go just a bit farther north, you can see Putin. Smiling.

Posted by: stevio on November 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

One of these two leaders has the right priorities. Can you tell which one?

No. But I can guess which one Barack Obama will bend over backwards to placate.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on November 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK
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