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They Just Don’t Get It: Mitch McConnell, Old Buzzard [Updated Below]

15 November 2010 @ 10:14

Back in March I created this occasional feature with these words:

This is a new, occasional feature where I will put the spotlight on those on our side who do not seem to understand what this struggle is all about, what the stakes are, and exactly what it is we are fighting to restore — ie: those who JUST DON’T GET IT.

The subjects of my first posting were John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell.  They had both indicated that they believed the just-passed Obamacare law should not be repealed, but, rather, nibbled at and a watered-down Establishment GOP version put in it’s place.

Since that day, the force known as the TEA Party has spoken and the House will be in Republican hands and Grandma Mitch will be getting six more Senators to command — AND HE STILL DOESN’T GET IT.

From Quin Hillyer’s latest column for The American Spectator:

Sen. McConnell’s strenuous efforts to head off an attempt to ban special-interest spending “earmarks” are obnoxiously tin-eared. Completely apart from the substance of an earmark ban — about which, more in a few moments — the issue symbolically is perhaps the single most important indicator of whether congressional Republicans can be any more trusted with power now than they proved to be from 2000 to 2006. The conservatives and centrists who rose up in the recent elections — to sweep Republicans back into a House majority and to give McConnell six more Senate colleagues despite ham-handed Senate campaign operations — did so because they are deeply concerned about government debt, deeply frustrated by government intrusion into their lives, and deeply offended by self-serving business as usual in Washington. Local-interest earmarks are the grime-splattered, foul-smelling tokens of all these political offenses. To so quickly fight to save the practice of earmarking-as-usual is to spit in the face not just of Tea Partiers, but of the vast majority of Americans who may not know the details of congressional appropriating but who want a clear sign that Congress will change how it operates….

Quin goes on to show that, unlike what Mr. McConnell claims, the eliminations of earmarks could result in some rather significant savings.

As far as I’m concerned, even if they did not, it’s the damn symbolism of the act that is important.  Sometimes such things matter.  And this is one of those times.  The earmark is one of the most blatant symbols of the moral corruption that hangs over and deluges Washington, soaking into the very marrow of the Congress.  Quin reminds us of this fact about the degraded practice:

The Sunlight Foundation is more concise. It explains that “An earmark is an item that is inserted into a bill to direct funds to a specific project or recipient without any public hearing or review.”

In other words, it is a maneuver done in the darkness of the dank corners of The Capitol in order to put one over on us, the Sovereign People.

This latest outrage is but one is a series by Mitch McConnell.  He refuses or just doesn’t grasp what is going on in this country.

The Republicans in the Senate must force him out of his position.  Every moment he stays in there hurts our efforts to restore our freedom and liberties.  We must put pressure on them to take this action and back those members up who do. 

Jim DeMint should be the leader of the GOP in the Senate.

As I wrote back on that very cold day in March in the aftermath of The Constitution being overthrown:

This, leaders of The Stupid Party, is not a game — grow up.  This is a battle of survival against the forces of darkness and totalitarianism.  Now, stop wanting to be loved by the Mainstream Media and your fellow Senators and Representatives and the intellectuals, and fight for those of us who love and appreciate what America is.  If you don’t, we will turn our firepower on you.  Either s–t or get off the pot.

WOLVERINES!

UPDATE at 1321…

Senator DeMint will  be pushing for a vote on Tuesday in the Senate GOP Conference to put a moratorium on earmarks.  Over at The Corner, Robert Costa has a good report up on the behind the scenes maneuvering.  It also contains information about an organization that I had not heard of before that was founded by Chicago Cubs owner and former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts: Taxpayers Against Earmarks.  As Mr. Costa reports:

On his website, EndingSpending.com, Ricketts is charting the current whip count in the caucus, based on public statements. Brian Baker, the group’s president, points out that the DeMint proposal should pass tomorrow, since two earmark-ban amendments were voted on earlier this year (neither passed) and received a majority of votes from Senate Republicans.

But Baker isn’t resting easy: He says that when the doors close, senators could change their tune. His group is eyeing GOP senators who voted “yes” to earmark bans in March and are susceptible to a flip, based on his group’s research. On the PAC’s radar: Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Ricketts tells NRO that if DeMint’s ban does not become conference policy, his group will not forget come 2012, when a handful of GOP senators are up for reelection. “On the web, we have a map of the United States that shows every congressional district and Senate seat, along with every earmark proposed by elected individuals for the current federal budget,” he says. “When it comes time for election, constituents will be able to log on and see what their elected officials are up to.”

That Earmark Map may be found here.

I say ‘Yeah, Joe Ricketts’.

7 Comments
  1. 15 November 2010 @ 10:17 10:17

    Great post! I agree with you about DeMint, he’d be a more appropriate GOP leader. Hmmm, so when are these GOP establishment types up for reelection? heh

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      15 November 2010 @ 13:43 13:43

      FS: In accordance with Stacy McCain’s RULE 2…
      I’ve added your site to my version of the blogroll: Congratulations, you are an official Fellow DHS-Certified Right Wing Extremist.

  2. 15 November 2010 @ 11:19 11:19

    Folks., starting saving your pennies now. We not only have to support real conservative candidates in the 2012 general election, we have to primary out a bunch more like McConnell, Cornyn and Sessions. The politicians of the last century aren’t going to solve the problems of this one.

  3. Roxeanne de Luca permalink
    15 November 2010 @ 23:39 23:39

    How *(&@*^ stupid do you have to be to continue this garbage? We are in debt up to our eyeballs to China. We can’t afford earmarks, pet projects, “stimulus”, or even a cent of wasteful government spending.

    Now, I can see the desire to not commit political suicide in trying to repeal ObamaCare, and I do think that the foundations of a free-market replacement can be laid (because we can override the vetoes, but that’s another post for another time), but that is an issue of timing, not of goals. Here’s when I channel my chem engineering profs: thermodynamics tells you what will happen; kinetics tells you when it will happen.

  4. bobbelvedere permalink*
    16 November 2010 @ 08:39 08:39

    Only Roxeanne can mix science with street.

  5. 16 November 2010 @ 11:30 11:30

    Woohoo! Thanks muchly 😀

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