Can Ashley Judd Save America?
Mitch McConnell is what’s wrong with America. I don’t mean that if the Kentuckian weren’t the Senate Minority Leader and the most powerful Republican in Congress, we wouldn’t have AIDS or prison or people who aspire to be “the crazy one” on a reality TV show, but McConnell has devoted his considerable talents to making government less functional and politics more partisan. He’s a gray-faced manipulator who travels from backroom to backroom, making sure he gets his way—and most of the time, “getting his way” means “stopping government from functioning, so Barack Obama can’t claim credit for any accomplishments.”
The best summation of McConnell’s “achievements” is in this Atlantic profile from two years ago, where he’s described like so: “McConnell has always been a Republican, though not the kind for whom ideology holds any great importance. What he believes in is winning.” In other words, he’s odious not because of any views he holds, but because he holds none at all. Some highlights from his career:
-Opposing campaign finance reform, even when there were bipartisan calls to do something about the corrupting infusion of cash into elections.
-In 1994, being the first person ever to use a filibuster to stop a bill from being referred to a House-Senate committee, which would negotiate a final version of the bill (a routine practice).
-Saying to the press, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president”—in other words, not passing laws or reforming government waste. All he wanted was to win an election, years down the road.
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Can Ashley Judd Save America?

Mitch McConnell is what’s wrong with America. I don’t mean that if the Kentuckian weren’t the Senate Minority Leader and the most powerful Republican in Congress, we wouldn’t have AIDS or prison or people who aspire to be “the crazy one” on a reality TV show, but McConnell has devoted his considerable talents to making government less functional and politics more partisan. He’s a gray-faced manipulator who travels from backroom to backroom, making sure he gets his way—and most of the time, “getting his way” means “stopping government from functioning, so Barack Obama can’t claim credit for any accomplishments.”

The best summation of McConnell’s “achievements” is in this Atlantic profile from two years ago, where he’s described like so: “McConnell has always been a Republican, though not the kind for whom ideology holds any great importance. What he believes in is winning.” In other words, he’s odious not because of any views he holds, but because he holds none at all. Some highlights from his career:

-Opposing campaign finance reform, even when there were bipartisan calls to do something about the corrupting infusion of cash into elections.

-In 1994, being the first person ever to use a filibuster to stop a bill from being referred to a House-Senate committee, which would negotiate a final version of the bill (a routine practice).

-Saying to the press, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president”—in other words, not passing laws or reforming government waste. All he wanted was to win an election, years down the road.

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  1. williamcraven reblogged this from vicemag and added:
    Republicans are great! (Sarcasm obviously)
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    #Uniteblue We can try like hell to propel her past McConnell, right?
  6. whimsicalfemme reblogged this from vicemag and added:
    Ashley Judd wouldn’t win. As wonderful as she is, she’s too controversial and doesn’t have the repor with voters in that...
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  12. tryptamean said: All government institutionalizes and binds, all government is theft, all government is tyranny, all government is slavery. The individual is the only fair entity.
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