Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- could lose the primary or the general election) seems to be trying to frame the recent shutdown with as much disdain, cruelty and lack of regard for the people who were affected as he can.
He referred to the time spent by furloughed workers as a “paid vacation.”
Of course such time off is usually planned and not filled with worry and anxiety about ever returning to work.
To be fair, McConnell recognizes the supreme stupidity of the 13-day hostage-like action by members of his party. He was serving in the Senate in 1995 when again the GOP petulantly stopped major parts of the federal government from functioning. He also felt the blowback as most American citizens correctly blamed the GOP.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and very much wants to keep his job. He is being primaried by a Tea Party candidate, Matt Bevin, who is far more conservative than McConnell and of course is committed to destroying Obamacare.
Suffice to say, in the future if elected, Bevin could never develop into a leader who would help end an impasse like a government shutdown. Still, McConnell was paid well for his efforts: $3 billion in pork for the state of Kentucky.
And yet McConnell who has come out against earmarks cannot openly brag about the pork he is bringing home.
He is walking an ideological tightrope.
If McConnell survives the primary, he faces a formidable opponent in Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in November. She generated more money than him in her first quarter of fundraising.
This is how backwards and crazy the GOP has become if McConnell is considered a moderate.
And for all the old guard GOP looking at Tea Party candidates who are now militant in their hatred of government and its role, they were the ones who initially encouraged this level of dysfunction in the party.
First the Tea Party rose up against the Democrats and the current President. And now they are coming for the perceived RINO’s. (Republican in Name Only.)
So Mr. Senate Minority leader, you can call a frightening and ridiculous furlough of 800,000 federal workers a “vacation.” But rhetoric aside, your opponents like vultures are circling.
Watch Mitch McConnell in the video below: