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I ran across this podcast looking for something to listen to on my flight back from Christmas. Give it a listen. It's 5 part series from NPR's Embedded on McConnell, his rise to power, ultimate legacy of fighting for dark money in politics, his battle over that money with McCain, and political battles to maintain power (especially reconciling with Trump). It's not flattering, but it has interviews with Mitch himself, former staffers, opponents, and others. Unfortunately it doesn't really get into his motivations, other than pushing for right of center agendas and remaining in power.

 

As someone who was too young to remember the fight with big tobacco it's alarming, although not surprising, to see Mitch was on the wrong end of that battle. They also highlight the money that flowed to him and the GOP at his request. It's also amazing to see the separate paths that were taken by McConnell and McCain when it came to money in politics. Mitch seems fully aware that without the dark money the GOP as we know it today would not exist.

 

Mitch Part 1: 'Win This Thing'

Mitch Part 2: 'Money Money Money'

Mitch Part 3: 'Darth Vader Has Arrived'

Mitch Part 4: 'Not A Happy Choice'

Mitch Part 5: '9 And 0'

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8 minutes ago, ZRod said:

Mitch seems fully aware that without the dark money the GOP as we know it today would not exist.

 

This is so true. It's a political movement propped up from the outside, and it really no longer serves the interests of Americans.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, TGHusker said:

The Turtle needs to be defeated in Kentucky... Period

They touch on how unpopular he is in his own precinct, and Mitch has a good laugh about it. But it's doesn't matter because he's fair popular in the rest of Kentucky.

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2 hours ago, ZRod said:

They touch on how unpopular he is in his own precinct, and Mitch has a good laugh about it. But it's doesn't matter because he's fair popular in the rest of Kentucky.

 

True, but the Governor's race, not to mention the tight polling numbers, don't look good for Moscow Mitch. 

 

https://www.rollcall.com/news/tight-kentucky-governors-race-sign-trouble-awaiting-mitch-mcconnell-2020

https://www.thedailybeast.com/kentuckians-have-finally-had-about-enough-of-mitch-mcconnell

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/16/amy-mcgrath-raised-more-than-mcconnell-but-still-trails-him/3995506002/

 

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2 hours ago, ZRod said:

They touch on how unpopular he is in his own precinct, and Mitch has a good laugh about it. But it's doesn't matter because he's fair popular in the rest of Kentucky.

This reminds me of when I lived in Tom Harkin's home town in Iowa.  I actually even knew some of his relatives.  I really never met anyone who liked him....even the relatives.  I lived there for 8 years, I saw him only once and it was a very small town.  He supposedly had an apartment in Des Moines and owned a house in Florida where he actually spent most of his time.

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