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Old 07-09-2019, 01:14 PM
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Senator leader Mitch McConnell has morphed into everything despicable in Congress. His "anti-American" leadership of the Republican controlled Senate is a disgrace to Republicans and Democrats alike. He's buried House legislation, such as protections for those covered by DACA and expanding the voting rights for American citizens, that both Republicans and Democrats can agree upon. McConnell won't even let the differences be addressed by Senate Republicans.

For decades Republicans have opposed activist judges in the federal courts and on the Supreme Court and McConnell is responsible for more activist judges being appointed to the Supreme Court and federal courts than any other person.

It's time to Ditch Mitch and replace him with an American of undisputed qualifications. We now have McConnell's replacement and it's time to support a real American for his seat in Kentucky.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenger in his upcoming 2020 re-election campaign. Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath officially unveiled her campaign on Tuesday.

In her campaign rollout video, McGrath recalls writing a letter to her senator at age 13 about her dreams of becoming a pilot and the challenges women faced of being denied a shot of joining the U.S. military. "He never wrote back," McGrath tells the camera. "I've often wondered how many other people did Mitch McConnell never take the time to write back or even think about."

The Democrat, in her 3-minute long appeal, features Kentuckians who also felt passed over by McConnell's conservative policies, claiming the longtime senator has effectively turned Washington into "a place where ideals go to die."

"Everything that's wrong in Washington had to start some place. How did it come to this, that even within our own families we can't talk to each other about the leaders of our country anymore without anger and blame? Well, that started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago," McGrath says of McConnell.

The former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel graduated from the Naval Academy to become the first woman in the Marine Corps to fly a combat mission in an F-18 fighter jet. She went on to serve 20 years in the Marines where she flew 89 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, targeting al Qaeda and the Taliban, before retiring and moving back home to Kentucky to raise her family.

McConnell has been in the Senate since 1985 and the majority leader since 2015.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amy-mcg...t-amy-mcgrath/

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Senator leader Mitch McConnell has morphed into everything despicable in Congress. His "anti-American" leadership of the Republican controlled Senate is a disgrace to Republicans and Democrats alike. He's buried House legislation, such as protections for those covered by DACA and expanding the voting rights for American citizens, that both Republicans and Democrats can agree upon. McConnell won't even let the differences be addressed by Senate Republicans.
And I am sure you were just as outraged with Harry Reid did the same. Please feel free to show your posts condemning the same action in those years.


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For decades Republicans have opposed activist judges in the federal courts and on the Supreme Court and McConnell is responsible for more activist judges being appointed to the Supreme Court and federal courts than any other person.
Please list the activist judges that you believe McConnell is "responsible" for. You do understand that he does not nominate judges from his position as Majority leader.

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It's time to Ditch Mitch and replace him with an American of undisputed qualifications. We now have McConnell's replacement and it's time to support a real American for his seat in Kentucky.
The last I checked, McConnell is a real American. Do you have proof otherwise?

Actually, I am no big fan of McConnell either and he is not a Conservative, simply a RINO. I believe he has been corrupted by his years in the swamp, just like many of those in Congress. As the leading Republican on the hill, he could do a better job in supporting Trumps agenda.

I believe that we and Kentucky, could do better. However, I am not ready yet to dump him in favor of someone whose biggest gripe is that they didn't get a response to a letter when they were 13.
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Senator leader Mitch McConnell has morphed into everything despicable in Congress. His "anti-American" leadership of the Republican controlled Senate is a disgrace to Republicans and Democrats alike. He's buried House legislation, such as protections for those covered by DACA and expanding the voting rights for American citizens, that both Republicans and Democrats can agree upon. McConnell won't even let the differences be addressed by Senate Republicans.

For decades Republicans have opposed activist judges in the federal courts and on the Supreme Court and McConnell is responsible for more activist judges being appointed to the Supreme Court and federal courts than any other person.

It's time to Ditch Mitch and replace him with an American of undisputed qualifications. We now have McConnell's replacement and it's time to support a real American for his seat in Kentucky.


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If you live in Mitch's state. Vote him out. Work the other guy's campaign. If you don't, your best bet is to bitch on an internet forum he probably doesn't read.
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Coincidentally, I've just read this...

Dems Set To Flush Millions Down The Can In Futile Bid To Beat McConnell Next Year In Kentucky

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If the name “Amy McGrath” doesn’t ring a bell it’s because she was one of the few Dems running last fall who *lost* a toss-up House race against her Republican opponent. She fell a few points short against Rep. Andy Barr in KY-6 despite her credentials as the first woman to fly in combat for the Marines and a viral campaign ad that made her a figure of national interest to Democrats. She raised big big big money as a result, making her a serious threat to knock off Barr in a rematch if the political climate is trending blue next fall.

Instead she’s going to challenge the most influential man in the Senate, who has the number of every major Republican donor in the country in his phone’s contacts and has had only one close-ish race in the last 25 years. That came in the Democratic Hopenchange wave of 2008; even with Obama fever at its peak, Dems couldn’t knock off Cocaine Mitch in Kentucky. Now here’s McGrath ready to challenge him in a presidential election year, with Trump at the top of the ballot in a state he won by just a hair under 30 points.

Why would she tackle McConnell instead of Barr, knowing that losing a second closely watched race will brand her as a loser who should step aside and let other ambitious young Dems in Kentucky take a shot? I’m baffled.

I understand why Dems want McGrath to run. Between her fundraising ability and her credentials as a vet, she stands more of a chance of winning some swing voters than, say, Ashley Judd does. She might be their strongest hand notwithstanding last year’s loss to Barr. And realistically, they have to give ousting McConnell the ol’ college try because the lefty base views him as a villain almost on par with Trump. (McGrath’s ad reflects that too, which helps explain why it’s already piled up a million views today.) Conceding another six-year term to him via a token opponent after the Merrick Garland blockade and the nuking of the filibuster to confirm Gorsuch would be unimaginable to progressives.

Critics are carping this morning that McGrath’s fundraising prowess will actually hurt Dems nationally by vacuuming up dollars that might have gone to more winnable races, but Chuck Schumer might see that differently. How many dollars wouldn’t be donated at all if the party surrendered to McConnell in his race without a shot being fired? McGrath’s campaign is a morale-booster for the left ahead of Armageddon with Trump, even though she’s destined to lose.

What does McGrath out of this, though? I’m open to the argument that she’s following the Beto O’Rourke/Stacey Abrams path of building her national profile by losing a tight race in a red state. Drew McCoy’s right that narrow defeat against a conservative who was heavily favored to win is something that Dems seem eager to reward these days. But (a) the Beto path isn’t looking so hot right now for Beto himself per the recent Democratic primary polling and (b) there’s no reason to believe McGrath’s race against McConnell will be particularly close. O’Rourke and Abrams each had the wind at their back in running during a midterm, in a Democratic wave environment. McGrath is sailing into strong winds with Trump at the top of the ballot, and she’s facing an incumbent with unusual power and long experience. Is the Beto/Abrams path really there for her if she loses by 10 points?
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It's time to Ditch Mitch ...
It would probably be better to think analytically than to rely upon (vain) hope.

Here is a little bit from a recent column by political analyst Larry Sabato (who, I am told, leans center-left):

"Speaking of McConnell, he got a notable challenger in his own reelection bid earlier this week when retired Marine pilot Amy McGrath (D) entered the race. McGrath lost a close race against Rep. Andy Barr (R, KY-6) last fall, but became something of a national sensation thanks to a splashy announcement video and her primary upset against former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D), who himself challenged Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in 2016. We are holding Kentucky at Likely Republican: Even though McConnell carries baggage as the leader of his party’s Senate caucus and isn’t popular, Kentucky has become very Republican. Readers may remember that McConnell’s 2014 race seemed very competitive throughout that cycle, but we never bought the hype, holding that race at Likely Republican the whole time. McConnell ended up winning by 15 points. McConnell likely will run behind Donald Trump in Kentucky -- the state is less Republican down the ballot than it is for president -- but we need to see a great deal of persuasive evidence before declaring him truly vulnerable. The gubernatorial election this fall will provide some clues: If Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY), who has very weak numbers himself, nonetheless triumphs against a Democratic challenger who is more proven than McGrath, state Attorney General Andy Beshear (D), that will be even more of a signal that the Bluegrass State just isn’t really open to voting Democratic for much of anything these days. It is also not a guarantee that McGrath will have the Democratic field to herself."
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