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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:52 PM

Gaffe of the Decade? Will the media close in for the kill? Mitch McConnell already is trying to walk back

Mitch McConnell already is trying to walk back what he apparently said on CBS News this morning:

From http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57455873/mitch-mcconnell-tax-code-already-extraordinarily-progressive-and-needs-to-be-changed/ :

"An earlier version of this article said, 'The United States tax code favors lower income Americans too much already and should be restructured to make it fairer to upper income earners, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said.' An aide to Sen. McConnell called to clarify that the Kentucky Republican has never called for lowering rates only on upper income Americans but said the code should be 'simplified' and taxes should not increase on anyone."

If this clip does not appear this evening on at least the "CBS Evening News", IMO everyone will know for sure that the "liberal media" is covering up for Big Money Republicans.

And if the President's Democratic Party surrogates and Super-PACs don't saturate paid media with this, IMO they do not want to win in November.

This is the most "reasonable" Republican leader speaking, minority leader of the "staid" Senate!

WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?

Did anyone actually see him say this on CBS News This Morning?

See also the earlier GD thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002829300

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Reply Gaffe of the Decade? Will the media close in for the kill? Mitch McConnell already is trying to walk back (Original post)
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 OP
CJCRANE Jun 2012 #1
spanone Jun 2012 #2
jaysunb Jun 2012 #3
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #4
JDPriestly Jun 2012 #34
freshwest Jun 2012 #30
senseandsensibility Jun 2012 #5
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #6
senseandsensibility Jun 2012 #7
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #8
hay rick Jun 2012 #12
McCamy Taylor Jun 2012 #20
kenfrequed Jun 2012 #28
Scootaloo Jun 2012 #29
spanone Jun 2012 #9
Gold Metal Flake Jun 2012 #10
RobertEarl Jun 2012 #11
yellerpup Jun 2012 #13
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #14
HarveyDarkey Jun 2012 #21
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #23
Woody Woodpecker Jun 2012 #15
sadbear Jun 2012 #16
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2012 #17
LineReply !
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 #18
Honeycombe8 Jun 2012 #19
ProgressiveEconomist Jun 2012 #27
tsuki Jun 2012 #22
meow2u3 Jun 2012 #24
tabasco Jun 2012 #25
knitter4democracy Jun 2012 #26
Bolo Boffin Jun 2012 #31
4th law of robotics Jun 2012 #32
Botany Jun 2012 #33

Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:57 PM

1. K&R nt

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:00 PM

2. k&r...

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:08 PM

3. Don't hold your breath :) n/t

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Response to jaysunb (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:12 PM

4. If there is an actual clip of McConnell saying the words in the OP, Big Media

If there is an actual clip of McConnell saying the words in the OP, Big Media need not cover it for it to play a big role in the Presidential campaign and in EVERY campaign for Congress. This IMO would be among the best possible uses of paid media for Democrats.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:47 PM

34. I'm pretty sure I saw or heard one -- maybe on Ed Schultz or here on DU?

Possibly on KPFK, but I think it was either Ed Schultz or here on DU.

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Response to jaysunb (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:21 PM

30. +1

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:16 PM

5. It won't appear on any network news broadcasts, let alone will any of them "move in for the kill".

I'm sorrry to say that I wouldn't be surprised if even liberal shows ignored it. However, that doesn't explain why all Dem elected officials don't mention it every time they're given air time. And that won't happen either.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:19 PM

6. So even Rachel Maddow and Jennifer Granholm

would cover up McConnell's gaffe? Why?

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:26 PM

7. I said I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

And I wouldn't. As to why, I've given up wondering. It's true that both of those ladies have a myriad of wonderful stories they can cover nightly to bash the repugs, and this one may just not make the cut. My main beef is with the elected Dems who won't as a group bring this up whenever they get air time.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:29 PM

8. Wouldn't McConnell's gaffe be the PERFECT centerpiece

for the upcoming fight over letting Bush tax cuts for th rich expire? Why would any real Democrat just let this go?

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:28 PM

12. Your last question answers itself.

"Why would any real Democrat just let this go?" Emphasis added.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:26 PM

20. If MSNBC can get the story they will run with it.

Remember, the last thing GE wants is for Big Oil to get back in the saddle again. All the promises of media rule changes in the world by Romney would not make up for what they would lose if oil prices go through the roof (increases manufacturing costs, decreases money reserves for durable goods purchases) and the nuclear industry is shut down for good by the coal and oil industries.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 03:38 PM

28. They wouldn't

However, I would point out that this isn't really new. The republicans have foolishly been babbling about "the poor not having skin in the game" for awhile. Colbert and Stewart have already ripped on them for it several times.

I am certain someone will make use of this quote.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:08 PM

29. Because we have to be sensible, and bipartisan!

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:34 PM

9. if harry reid said something equally offensive, it would lead off all the news programs...for days

until he apologized

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:39 PM

10. He then asked that some lettuce be placed near his beak-like mouth.

He also requested that his owner, Timmy, change the water in the little pool.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:48 PM

11. What McConnell said:

The US tax code doesn't take enough from poor people and takes too much from rich people.

From OP:

"'The United States tax code favors lower income Americans too much already and should be restructured to make it fairer to upper income earners, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said."

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:01 PM

13. The OP was referring

to the story as it was published earlier on CBS. I get your point that what he actually said is much uglier than initially reported. The network must have had a few people point that out this morning.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:10 PM

14. Are those his exact words? Did you hear him say those words on TV this morning?

Or is what he said exactly what I quoted from CBS.com?

Do you have a video link?

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:20 PM

23. Thanks. That's the link in my OP. I didn't

realize it had a video link. But my computer won't play it.

What did McConnell actually say?

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:15 PM

15. Sorry Turtle, but this is the beginning of the end of the Republicans

 

and moving back to the center-left after spending 30+ years on the right. Fuck that. It finally has to end.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:16 PM

16. Rhetorical question?

The media are not in the business of holding republicans accountable for anything.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:19 PM

17. If I were President

I would preempt every major network and address the nation with this news.

But then,...I'm old enough to remember when Democrats actually USED the power of the Office.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:23 PM

19. K&R. I didn't see it, but that's a great piece for an ad, I agree! It SHOULD show up in ads.

Or the Dems deserve to lose.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 03:51 AM

27. Just think of the possibilites to use this clip in EVERY Congressional race: Do YOU (Republican

in EVERY Congressional race: Do YOU (Republican opponent) agree with Senator Tepublican Leader Mitch McConnell that our tax code is too progressive and needs to be restructured to be fairer to the wealthy?

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:38 PM

22. I crawl into my shell when turtleman comes on TV. nt

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:48 PM

24. Turtle Boy wants to steal the food from the mouths of children

so he can feed the insatiable greed of his corporate masters. Asshole!

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:08 PM

25. Such a depraved soul.

Has our country lost its soul, to allow these cretins to become "leaders?"

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM

26. A former step-cousin works for McConnell.

When he told me that at my niece's wedding, I told him that I felt sorry for him. I wonder if he were the aide who got the job to try and fix it.

It's Freudian slips like that when we see where people's real motivations lie.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:22 PM

31. No one will notice, not on "Lynch Eric Holder" day. n/t

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:23 PM

32. I guess that explains the steady increase in the number of people counted as poor

 

Americans are on to it and just can't wait to get all those sweet sweet benefits.

/although a lot of the super-wealthy still cling to their money in spite of the clear benefits of abject poverty.

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Response to ProgressiveEconomist (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:45 PM

33. Mitch translated

We have to hurt the poor and middle class so the rich can do even better
than they are doing now because they are the ones we work for not the
American people.

BTW do not expect the media to hold Mitch accountable for this at all because
just remember last week it came out that Romney dressed up as a state
trooper and made traffic stops and that story just died.

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