A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

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Tag: mitch mcconnell

Mitch McConnell: For the LULZ

by evanmcmurry

This guy’s always on:

Look, shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.

Two week paid vacation, amiright? Nailed it!

In all seriousness, McConnell just stepped on a legitimate cause of the GOP’s tactical shambling, namely the extent to which awful conservative policy is rooted in the average Republican’s disdain for federal employees as personifications of the bureaucracy they claim to hate (but always expand when in power). Viewing the people—and they are people!—who work for the government as entitled slugs enables disastrous decisions like a gratuitous government shutdown; it’s much easier to capriciously shutter an institution when you think of its 800,000 employees who have bills to pay as getting hammock time. The above line, quoted by Chris Cillizza as an indicator of McConnell’s strategic comprehension, is ideological delusion masquerading as self-awareness.

How Will the Daily Caller Write About Boobs Now?

by evanmcmurry

I suppose Ashley Judd had to get out of the KY Senate race in time to allow a viable Democrat to establish a campaign. But it’s too bad, as the mere possibility of her running was causing Republicans, and especially the Daily Caller, to go insane.

Obama = Nixon

by evanmcmurry

Mitch McConnell, from a Dahlia Lithwick article about the DISCLOSE law:

This amounts to nothing more than member and donor harassment and intimidation, and it’s all part of a broader government-led intimidation effort by this administration. There are parallel efforts at the FCC, SEC, IRS, DoJ, and the White House itself to silence its critics. The creation of a modern day Nixonian enemies list is currently in full swing and, frankly, the American people should not stand for it. As I’ve said before, no individual or group in this country should have to face harassment or intimidation, or incur crippling expenses defending themselves again their own government, simply because that government doesn’t like the message they’re advocating.

Nixonian! The Obama administration is bad because…it’s acting too much like a former Republican administration. How long before Republicans accuse some future Democratic president of seizing too much executive power by calling him “Bushlike?” (via Slate)