OLD WHITE MAN PROBLEMS  12:43 pm January 12, 2010

Harry Reid Can Stay, FOR NOW, Says Powerless Mitch McConnell, Who Doesn’t Care

by Juli Weiner

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said a brave “the fuck I care” to his friends, Some Republicans, who are demanding that McConnell order Mark Halperin’s PR rep. Harry Reid to step down as Senate Majority Leader. “‘I think that is an issue for the Democratic conference,’ McConnell said at morning press conference at the Capitol. When pressed by CNN as to whether that means he does not agree with Republicans calling for Reid to be ousted, McConnell simple repeated, ‘I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference.’” [CNN Political Ticker]

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queeraselvis v 2.0 January 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

“I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference” is just a nicer way of telling Michael Steele, “Shut it, Sambo.”

dr.giraud January 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

It is news when a pol realizes that No One Gives A Shit and reacts appropriately.

JadedDIssonance January 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

This issue plus an article on Senatorial Turnover showed plainly how old our government really is. No wonder they pander to the olds. Their preferred modus operandi is Congressional Golf Cart and they remember words like Negroid and forget words they just said.

SayItWithWookies January 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Like a troupe of monkeys freaking out over a bug that surprised them, the Republicans get all hysterical until they forget what caused them to start screaming in the first place. But no matter — five minutes from now, something else will stir them up and the cycle of stupidity will continue, as it has for untold generations in the wood-panelled halls of Capitol Hill. I’m David Attenborough — goodnight.

Lascauxcaveman January 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Semi OT, but the Halperin/Heileman book that exposes our Harry as the vile racist monster he really is also has some fun stuff about the Edwards’ that I’m surprised Wonkette hasn’t jumped all over yet.

TGY January 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

[re=493147]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Yet the random flinging of monkey crap will continue for some time, or at least as long as the fiber holds out.

Come here a minute January 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Is it racist to call McConnell a Kentuckian? Because I would never want to be called that.

Vulpes82 January 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Why WOULD he want Reid to go, though? The Dems might actually put someone with balls in that position.

Gorillionaire January 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

[re=493148]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Could be because Halperin is a known lying sack of shit who will write literally anything that pops into his fecal soaked head if it badmouths a “liberal” and possibly makes him a buck.

Tommmcatt January 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm


Haha, a Democrat with balls. You, sir, are a caution.

mollymcguire January 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

McConnell went on to say: “Actually doing shit is also an issue for the Democratic conference. We’re just here to fuck stuff up.”

sleptwithyetti January 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

When does the monkey shit fight start over the new UTAH snowflake commercial?
I don’t want to miss the shitfight over the almost all white snowflakes not
being sentenced to fall in UTAH.

JadedDIssonance January 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

But this Reid will not simply remain a lone Reid, standing tall, waving boldly among the corrupt sands of congress. He will eat Halperin’s Lunch.

Gopherit January 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Why do I see this as less of a reasoned opinion by McConnell than as a self defense move? Too many senators are being culled from the herd, and McConnell doesn’t want to be one of them…..and the Republicans as a little too much like sharks in a feeding frenzy…..it’s way too easy to become part of the meal.

Suds McKenzie January 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Did McConnell actually say that or did something pop out of his chins(s) and speak like Kuato?


qwerty42 January 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Wait, McConnell said “I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference.” ??? RINO. Real Republicans say “democrat” (why use an adjective when you can use a noun instead?).

bitchincamaro January 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

[re=493172]Suds McKenzie[/re]: Looks more like Vinegar Joe to me.

freakishlystrong January 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

[re=493173]qwerty42[/re]: Thank you. ‘Tis truly one of my yell-at-the-teevee pet peeves.

dijetlo January 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

It’s hard to claim the mans a racist when his point was “that light skinned negro is going to be the next President, ‘long as he don’t start rappin his stump speeches.” That’s quite a different intent from saying “If we’d elected Strom Thurmond back in the day, we wouldn’t be havin’ all these problems from those uppity dusky fellas.”
The other thing the human weasel is probably looking at is polling. People are unhappy about the economy but they aren’t really rushing towards the “let’s do nothing and see how bad it gets” platform the Republicans espouse. I feel a little sorry for the weasel man, he’s not an idiot…he just needs the idiot vote.

Chet Kincaid January 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm


It’s not a matter of incorrect usage to get peevish about. The Republicans deliberately say “democrat” instead of “democratic” because “democrat” became pejorative under Reagan, and because they know it pisses liberals off. And FYI, libs, “Repug” and “ReThug” are FAIL as comebacks.

mollymcguire January 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm

[re=493173]qwerty42[/re]: You are correct.

finallyhappy January 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I don’t care so much about harry Reid but John Edwards is a sack of dog vomit.

Holy Cow!! January 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Why would they want the spineless twat to resign? He caves on everything the republicans want.

Lascauxcaveman January 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

[re=493156]Gorillionaire[/re]: OK then, how about this actual Mrs. Robinson Irish MP homophobe 60 year old cougar banging a 19-year-old kid who is not her husband, who happens to be Ireland’s First Minister?

I know it’s foreign politics, but we can pretend we care about the Irish for one day if it involves the funny, no?

Ducksworthy January 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: How about GOPer or just ‘Bagger since they’re now identical

Simba B January 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: how about massive douchebag sociopaths?

bitchincamaro January 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm

[re=493201]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Snark away, but sadly it’s Northern Ireland, not even the real deal.

queeraselvis v 2.0 January 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: You’re right. I much prefer “lying hypocritical assbags with a penchant for adultery and/or teenage boybutt.”

qwerty42 January 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: no. it is older than Reagan. I think it goes back to Robert “Mr Republican” Taft, senator from Ohio back in the 30-50′s (opposed the New Deal) and he was anti-Eisenhower (and anti-Dewey). and yes, he is part of the Taft political dynasty that goes ‘way back.

qwerty42 January 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: … And FYI, libs, “Repug” and “ReThug” are FAIL as comebacks.

agreed. I don’t waste my time with that; if the Republicans think it’s cute — well, that is their problem. I see no reason to get into that nonsense.

Prommie January 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: My favorite “comeback” is “pigfucker.”

Jim89048 January 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

[re=493201]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I know it’s not polite to discuss other people’s intimate affairs, but dayum that kid has issues!

JMP January 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

[re=493155]Vulpes82[/re]: Neither of the Democratic Senators with balls has much of a chance of becoming Leader, though. One has only been in the Senate four years and is technically a Socialist, not a Democrat; the other has only been in for two and is a former comedian.

Gorillionaire January 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

[re=493201]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: NOW YER TALKIN!

Katydid January 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

[re=493144]dr.giraud[/re]: It’s news when it takes 2 days for the Republican leaders to realize that while their minions are getting all shouty in the news and on its official teevee PR organ with “What Harry Reid said was WAY WORSE than what Trent Lott said,” they forgot about teh Google machine, and do not understand its funky commie liberal algorithmic PageRank chicanery, so that the more millions of people Googled and linked to Lott’s actual remarks, which of course referenced Strom’s States Right’s party’s platform, those pages kept moving up in teh Google page rankings, etc & etc.

So right now, when you Google “Trent Lott,” the first hit is not teh Wikipedia entry, as it probably was on say, Friday, but this: Harry Reid’s Remarks Don’t Compare to Trent Lott’s‎ – 22 hours ago…But Republicans can’t be serious when they compare his remarks to the ones which ended Trent Lott’s tenure as senate majority leader….US News & World Report Blog

The next is “Bigots and the Press,” and the next is “In Defense of Double Standards, Sometimes.”

Even fucking Mitch McConnell has figured out that their strategy is backfiring, and now they want it all to go away, as people are remembering that less than 8 years ago, a GOP Majority Leader was longing for segregation.

Chet Kincaid January 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm


Well, the thing is, the Democrats have allowed the Republicans to define them as a “brand” so thoroughly over the last 30 years that it would be nearly impossible at this point to execute any kind of turnabout maneuver. When I was a youngster back in the late-’60s/’70s, you could speak disdainfully and knowingly about “The Republicans” and everyone would understand exactly what you meant–they were the punchlines of a thousand jokes on Norman Lear sitcoms. Why did we let that slip away? Now, Republicans routinely run negative ads speaking despitefully about what “The Democrats” have done/will do; Democrats don’t run ads bitching about “The Republicans.” Why? Why not?

JadedDIssonance January 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

[re=493262]Chet Kincaid[/re]: The Democrats realize that the ideals of the Republican Party run much closer to the hearts of all Americans than their own Namby-Pamby Idealism. Hobbes was right and they are painfully wincing away in their political bubbles, waiting for the other shoe to drop, er, pop.

boyhowdy January 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Honest Injun, McConnell doesn’t care what that Mormoniod said.

freakishlystrong January 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: That, and re-branding us as the “socialist democrat” party, remember that?

TGY January 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

[re=493262]Chet Kincaid[/re]: I blame Jimmy Carter.

qwerty42 January 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

[re=493262]Chet Kincaid[/re]: …Why did we let that slip away?…
the times. The Democrats of 30 years ago were still hung up on who would be the next FDR. They mistook the magic for the man and ended up with neither. Don’t worry: the Republicans are still trying to reanimate the corpse of Ronald Reagan; they’ll be a long time on that one. Really long if their nuts get control of things (as they seem to have done).

Mr Blifil January 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Q: Hey Mitch ‘smatter, don’t you hate racism?

A: I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference.

Q: But if your colleagues are out there peddling racist shit of whatever variety, intentional or “unintentional,” you’ll call them on it right?

A: I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference.

Q: Ever made love with a man?

A: A: I think that’s an issue for the Democratic conference.

thesheriffisnear January 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

The racist thing is a bigger straw man than Ray Bolger. Harry gots to go because, at this point, Pat Geary could beat him in an election and I’m pretty sure he’s dead.


thesheriffisnear January 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

[re=493262]Chet Kincaid[/re]: What exactly is Bill saying in the opening theme to the Bill Cosby show of the late 60′s? That song (if you can call it that)has kept me in constant wonder for nearly 40 years

sleptwithyetti January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

nobody is picking up my snowflake shit dammit

El Pinche January 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

[re=493262]Chet Kincaid[/re]:


HuddledMass January 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

[re=493193]Chet Kincaid[/re]: “Repug” and “Rethug” are silly. And unecessary — “Republican” is a pejorative as it stands.
Typical conversation here in Cambridge, MA: “What did you do for the holidays?” “We went to my in-laws; it was a very Republican Christmas.”
Meaning WASP-y, buttoned-down, repressed, superficial — often includes secret drinking.

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