Sunday, October 12, 2008

McConnell: Vote for Me and Wasteful Spending

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to explain to Kentuckians why they should support him in his shaky re-election bid next month: he delivers the pork. The Louisville Courier Journal summarizes remarks made in Russellville, Kentucky:

McConnell said he used his clout to bring back $500 million in federal funds to Kentucky last year. He cited a report indicating that the largest amount that a freshman Senate Democrat delivered for his state last year was $16 million.

I'm sure that excites the hearts and minds of fiscally conservative Republicans. Senator McConnell is now explaining that the best way to reduce this kind of spending is to vote for his opponent?

In fact, Kentucky voters face a difficult choice this year. The loss of Sen. McConnell's seat would bring the Democrats one step closer to a filibuster proof majority, meaning that they can pass anything they want along party lines.

On the other hand, Sen. McConnell represents the sort of leadership that caused the Republicans to lose their leadership majorities. It is the kind of leadership that deserves to be replaced.

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