Time to Log Off is a weekly series documenting the many ways our elected officials show their butt online.
Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is arguably the most important politician of the last century. During his decades as a lawmaker, McConnell has mastered the art of tough politics to the point that even with his minority party, he’s still able to dictate and largely run Senate business as he sees fit. .
Still, Mitch is only a human, and sometimes even shoves his foot so far in his mouth that he knows what his heel tastes like. Like this week, when he stood up in front of a group of his fellow Kentucky people and bravely congratulated himself for trying to keep money in their pockets.
Speaking in the town of Murray, Ky. Of the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout package enacted by President Biden this spring, McConnell downplayed the importance of this massive bill, saying that ‘it “had been adopted by a straight-line vote”.
“Not a single member of my party voted for this,” he added. And then came the footsy-mouthy part:
So you will earn a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’ll make a lot more money. Kentucky cities and counties will receive almost $ 700 million or $ 800 million. If you add up the total amount that will come into our state: $ 4 billion.
Hmmm. A man whose primary responsibility is to represent the interests of his constituents while bringing resources and money to his home state suddenly brags to those same constituents of … trying to stop the influx of resources and money in their home state. Mitch. What? It all starts around 12:30 p.m. below:
“My advice to members of the legislature and others, to local officials, is to spend it wisely,” McConnell continued. “I hope this windfall doesn’t happen again.”
Nice little federal stimulus package that you have there. It would be a shame if something happened to him, eh?
As you can probably imagine, the Biden administration has been anxious to jump on McConnell’s comments, with several White House staff tweeting their approval for Mitch’s accidental disclosure of the truth.
The Democratic Party itself even turned images of McConnell’s speech into quick publicity.
Of course, McConnell’s opposition to the stimulus makes sense: he is, after all, a staunch Conservative who fundamentally opposes any sort of federal action. It is simply the latest manifestation of this political inclination. But to someone as taciturn and deliberate as McConnell, that inclination seems even more cowardly than his usual Tory boast when he tells the direct recipients of the federal stimulus package that, hey guys, I did all that. I was able to keep you from getting paid, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I don’t know, Mitch. It’s been a tough few months for you, and you seem to be slipping a bit – optically at least. Maybe it’s time to relax, keep your head down, and switch off a bit.