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2020-08-05 8:28:31 AM  
WTF is going on with that URL?
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Shouldn't that be "cloaca"?
 
2020-08-05 9:30:07 AM  
Mitch McConnell.  Mastermind.  Right.
 
2020-08-05 9:31:37 AM  
The betting is that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows could have an easier time without McConnell in the room as they try to craft a bill that will need Democratic support for passage anyway.

Hopefully a portent of November, where Kentucky throws grandpa turtle out too.
 
2020-08-05 9:47:45 AM  
When the only way things can get done is through your absence, it speaks volumes to your (lack of) leadership abilities.

Oh, he's brilliant at being an obstructionist.  Quite possibly the greatest Inept Lump of Inertia we've ever seen in politics.  Some day perhaps we will erect chunks of rubble that we will have to walk around to get anywhere in his honor.
 
2020-08-05 10:08:22 AM  
Nice URL. UTIA.
 
2020-08-05 10:18:05 AM  

brap: Some day perhaps we will erect chunks of rubble that we will have to walk around to get anywhere in his honor.


I love it. His (and probably all Confederate/racist statues) become most historically accurate when they're huge piles of rubble.
 
2020-08-05 11:55:29 AM  
Trump over party. He's going to sign on with whatever Trump works out with Dems whether it fits party goals or not.
 
2020-08-05 12:43:16 PM  
It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?
 
2020-08-05 12:43:58 PM  
He didn't participate in round 1, either. He just lets the House and the White House negotiate and then rubber-stamps. Trump is the true leader of the Republican party, nevar let them forget it.
 
2020-08-05 12:45:30 PM  
Not that it matters anyway. Trump's taken over the wheel of this crazy bus much like the way Hitler has overridden his generals and conducted the war directly from his Wolf's Lair retreat.
 
2020-08-05 12:46:44 PM  

koder: Hopefully a portent of November, where Kentucky throws grandpa turtle out too.


Sadly, no. Texas & Kentucky are both going to continue dry-humping the Trump Train is it continues to careen over the cliff.
 
2020-08-05 12:46:52 PM  
When a turtle shiats over everything, does it take a really long time?
 
2020-08-05 12:47:18 PM  
On Tuesday, Schumer suggested McConnell had lost control of his caucus: "He's not in the room negotiating because the Republicans can't even articulate a coherent position."

But enough about health care reform

immigration reform

climate change


infrastructure week, let's get back to COVID relief.
 
2020-08-05 12:47:36 PM  
He can't even get a Republican piece of garbage forced through the Senate. The only chance anything has of passing is if Trump orders the GOP Senators to fall in line. Moscow McTurtle is meaningless.
 
2020-08-05 12:47:52 PM  
If you have the means at hand, you have the responsibility to act.
 
2020-08-05 12:48:26 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


You sound like a loser.
 
2020-08-05 12:48:47 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


I'm sure we all take it in good faith that you police the reprehensible ad-hom attacks that the Right constantly lobs. I've no doubt you are totally not disingenuous and arguing in bad faith asking others to do what you have never cared about before.
 
2020-08-05 12:49:01 PM  
A career completely unmarred by success.
 
2020-08-05 12:52:30 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


You'd have a point if all we were doing in this thread is making turtle jokes. There are posts attacking his obstructionism and for him being a Trump tool. Care to comment on those?
 
2020-08-05 12:52:56 PM  
McConnell only cares about liability protections for corporations.  He's said it a millions times.  What he's not going to do again is start negotiating with the House only to have some orange tweet cut off his balls when he almost has a deal, so he lets Dumb and Dumber do the talking since they work for the clown.   If they can come up with a deal, he said (in TFA) he'd support it.

They aren't close to a deal.  Like, at all.  Senate R's are all over the place, many looking at tight races.

and the Republicans have dicked around so long, even if they act today, it will be weeks before anything happens and checks are received.  That's why Meadows is suggesting Trump do some executive actions to repurpose unspent Congressionally approved funds to keep the relief going.
 
2020-08-05 12:54:33 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


You're terrible at this trolling thing. You're missing ALL the comments talking about his inability to be a leader, instead being an obstructionist.
 
2020-08-05 12:56:10 PM  
Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.
 
2020-08-05 1:00:21 PM  
This is exactly how initial stimulus package was dealt with. Pelosi met with Mnuchin a dozen or more times and that was how first stimulus bill was cobbled out. Senate GOP had no problems with bill because it contained trillions for corporations and rich.
Stammering yam insisted his name went on $1200 checks followed with a letter from him,  pretending he was personally responsible for the checks. Don't quote me, but I seem to recall while stimulus checks were $1200 per eligible individual ($600 less for kids), the amount of corporate stimulus (in trillions) was equivalent of $40K-44K per person.

Second stimulus was primarily suppose to be small business and PPP loans that went to churches and questionable recipients as well as the restaurants and businesses that were able to qualify.

The round they are negotiating on now has been agreed on in the House for weeks. They want money for full unemployment subsidies to continue, hospitals, schools to be able to open safely, and for elections.
GOP Senate can't get its own party to agree on ANYTHING. So Fox News and conservative media outlets blame Democrats for "stalling". It's a blatant lie, of course.  Now rather than point out the fact that Republicans can't do ANYTHING in the Senate except obstruct, we get more lies and half-truths.
 
2020-08-05 1:00:49 PM  
By removing himself, he leaves himself the out of "I wasn't even there.  Blame thoseguys. I agreed for the good of the country."

I despise that man and everything he stands for.
 
2020-08-05 1:05:42 PM  

Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.


Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.
 
2020-08-05 1:09:55 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.


Ruining the country isn't really a great accomplishment.
 
2020-08-05 1:17:11 PM  
The Dem House, in keeping their promises to the Blue Wave of '18, has performed their due diligence in passing out over 400 pieces of legislation since being called to Session.  The first bill passed out was titled For The People Act:  To expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-c​o​ngress/house-bill/1/text#

Well, that bill is still secreted in Moscow Mitch's hidey hole, along with nearly all other bills passed out of the House and sent into Mcmagit's-obligate oblivion.  Mitch's primary servicing of the donzo & his caucus has been to prevent any popular House legislation from coming to a vote, whereby individual repthug Senators would be exposed by their vote, to their constituents.  If they don't vote up or down on a specific measure - they can say whatever shiat they like during subsequent campaigns, e.g., "Why, why, of course I'd have supported/rejected X/Y/Z if, if, if, I'd had a chance to vote!!! son...".

Dem senate candidates have to keep summaries of ALL bills passed out of House easily and immediately accessible - Bills passed out of House that would have benefited voters in their States - should be memorized and R candidate can be shoved against their previous silence   ("how would you have voted, bughead?").

/hard attack with already detailed particulars
//hoping donzo sticks to payroll tax cuts and covid corp liability (pooter's choad)
 
2020-08-05 1:21:23 PM  

Dictatorial_Flair: Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.

Ruining the country isn't really a great accomplishment.


Dictatorial_Flair: Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.

Ruining the country isn't really a great accomplishment.


So is he bad at his job or is he so effective that he's ruining the country?  You seem to want both.
 
2020-08-05 1:24:04 PM  
My mom's side is from Missouri and are very republican, at least most of them. They swore up and down thanks to the republicans we were going to get another 1200 dollar check in July. Told them that wasn't going to happen. They said no it will happen, they have been pretty much quiet on the subject now.

When they got their stimulus check a bunch of them sent their mother money, because they thought she wasn't going to get any, because she is on social security. Gram got the check, and got extra money from her kids for once. Their stupidity, and feeling sorry for their mother got my gram more money. So, I can't complain about that. They all said in July they were going to send another check, and that never happened. Missouri really needs to push for better education.
 
2020-08-05 1:28:29 PM  
Damn... I don't think he's ever taken a flattering photo.
 
2020-08-05 1:29:38 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.


Where is the "mastermind" coming in to that?

It didn't take a genius to not allow a vote on an Obama nominee. In fact? I would argue that a more capable leader would have done the same without the blatant bullshiat by acting like they were considering the nominee and stringing it out / shutting it down over any quibble. One might as well crow about winning a pot in poker after you were dealt a royal flush.

Similar for all the nominees that have been approved. Those are good for his party, but a slightly trained monkey could have done that. Hell Trump might have been able to do so.

When faced with real challenges in passing legislation, he got the Trump Tax Scam passed but Trump[lackof]care was a hilarious failure.


I don't see an indicator of political or legislative genius there.
 
2020-08-05 1:31:34 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.

Ruining the country isn't really a great accomplishment.

Dictatorial_Flair: Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.

Ruining the country isn't really a great accomplishment.

So is he bad at his job or is he so effective that he's ruining the country?  You seem to want both.


Considering that his actual job is supposed to involve running the country for the benefit of its citizens, he's doing a pretty shiat job unless you're a gajillionaire.
 
2020-08-05 1:34:25 PM  
And Turtleboy is running attack adds against Amy McGrath here in Louisville - calling the recent protests - non-peaceful using only violent footage.

FOAD Mitch!
 
2020-08-05 1:50:20 PM  
Basically, no matter what the bill that comes to the floor looks like, 25ish Republican Sentators are going to vote No on it regardless of what is in the bill, so McConnell doesn't even see a point in joining negotiations.

The WH and Democrats will agree on a bill and it will pass both houses regardless of what Senate Republicans do because for once they aren't all in lockstep.
 
2020-08-05 1:54:47 PM  
There is nothing wrong with a virtual convention.  I just hope he chooses an appropriate backdrop setting...like a garage or some dude's basement party shack.
 
2020-08-05 1:54:52 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.


None of that took any particular tactical or strategic skill
 
2020-08-05 1:58:50 PM  

berylman: There is nothing wrong with a virtual convention.  I just hope he chooses an appropriate backdrop setting...like a garage or some dude's basement party shack.


I'm starting to Wrong Thread facepalm myself way too often. I blame you Tito's Vodka!
 
2020-08-05 2:17:37 PM  

qorkfiend: Soup4Bonnie: Dictatorial_Flair: Why do people insist on calling McConnell a mastermind? Most of his strategy involves stamping his feet and creaming no like a toddler while other people attempt to govern despite his constant interference. It's not exactly an astonishing accomplishment to get a bunch of authoritarians to vote in lockstep, and he seems to barely manage that on a regular basis. He's kinda garbage at his job.

Because he snuck Garland on the bench, a bajillion other Fed appointments while giving away trillions to the rich and just barely failing to take away everyone's health care.  He also let Trump off the hook from the Russian investigation and is headed for re-election again.

His CV ain't looking so bad if you're on his team.

None of that took any particular tactical or strategic skill


I was arguing against the " He's kinda garbage at his job." line rather than McConnell's brilliance or tactics.

Then there's talk about his real job is to represent people and that's a discussion I don't feel like having or wandering into defending Mitch territory any further than I've already come.
 
2020-08-05 2:49:50 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


So, you admit the truth: Senator McConnell does indeed look like a turtle
 
2020-08-05 3:12:37 PM  

koder: The betting is that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows could have an easier time without McConnell in the room as they try to craft a bill that will need Democratic support for passage anyway.

Hopefully a portent of November, where Kentucky throws grandpa turtle out too.


The best revenge would be for that walking colonoscopy bag to remain in the Senate but have zero power whatsoever
 
2020-08-05 3:59:55 PM  

koder: The betting is that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows could have an easier time without McConnell in the room as they try to craft a bill that will need Democratic support for passage anyway.

Hopefully a portent of November, where Kentucky throws grandpa turtle out too.


It's these kinds of things that make me wonder WTF is wrong with Kentuckians that he's still ahead in the polls.

He can't be in the room for negotiations? Why is he even in the Senate?

Can the people of Kentucky not see he is endangering everyone's health AND damaging their livelihoods?
 
2020-08-05 4:05:05 PM  

litheandnubile: It's shows you have no argument or policy when all you can do is make fun of an older man's appearance.

I thought you were supposed to be better than that?


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