Friday, November 5, 2010

Mitch McConnell is a sore loser...

...and an ungracious winner, and something coming dangerously close to being an open traitor.

It's one thing for a Republican to wish for Obama's early retirement; it's quite another to state it publicly -- especially when you currently happen to be the highest-ranked leader of said Party, who is supposed to be in partnership with ALL elected leaders for the next two years to move the country forward.  To want President Obama to fail over this next Congress -- something one would think a pre-requisite for any failure to be awarded a second term -- the country, by extension, would need to fail, or at the very least continue to suffer.  That should be unacceptable for any leader of this country, and it's especially unacceptable for a senator who is supposed to represent all of his or her state's voters, Republican and Democrat.

Even John Boehner gets this simple fact.  TPM is reporting that the soon-to-be-House-Speaker is already distancing himself from McConnell's incendiary post-election remarks.

Mitch McConnell should know better.  But, then, he has yet to be Majority Leader like his direct predecessors Bill Frist, Trent Lott, Bob Dole and Howard Baker, who all the pleasure of serving some or all of their time as their party's leader in the Senate with Republicans in the majority.  He's no doubt peeved that his party was not able to ride the same wave that swept Nancy Pelosi out of the Speaker's office.  One imagines he's also irked that, instead of his choice for Kentucky's junior senator, he's stuck with Rand Paul for the next six years.  All in all, one can forgive him some ill temper.

But not when it comes to talking about the President of the United States.  Can you imagine the geschrei from Republicans if Harry Reid came out with McConnell's words when he was Minority Leader?  Or how loudly Fox News would be screaming "unpresidential" if Obama spoke about McConnell this way?


There is a sentiment I have noticed on the left side of the interwebs that McConnell's attitude is simply one of a Southern (barely) white man balking at the politically superior status of a black man.  Tempting though it may be as an explanation, I think we ought to take our Vice President's sage advice about not questioning a person's motive and accept that McConnell's stance relative to the President is strictly partisan.  That said, McConnell needs to at least try to look like he is placing the concerns of the country over the concerns of his own party and its future.  We all know he wants to defeat goes without saying.

Or at least it should.

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