Alabama-born and Kentucky-raised and educated, Mitch McConnell has no intention of working with President Obama in his second term. McConnell’s statement in response to President Obama’s re-election says it all.
Now it’s time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.
This Kentucky Senator is up for re-election in 2014 (not soon enough), and I can only hope that some formidable candidate will be raised up to oppose him and defeat him. Surprisingly, Actress Ashley Judd is reportedly considering running against him in 2014, but it’s probably a long shot. If she challenges, she will have her work cut out for her.
I am thrilled to say, McConnell’s top priority of ensuring that Barack Obama became a one-term president has failed. As did most of the GOP’s election 2012 tactics, e.g., campaign lies, voter suppression and Super PAC mega millions targeted to defeat the President and other Democrats. You would think that McConnell would have been more focused on creating jobs for the people of Kentucky and the American people rather than trying to sabotage President Obama. This makes Obama’s reelection victory that much sweeter and just desserts for McConnell.
A friend and I recently reflected that McConnell is a reminder of the old segregationist southern guard, the infamous Bull Connor, who by any means necessary, would stand in the path of black people exercising and receiving their civil rights. I liken McConnell to Bull (no pun intended) because of his stiff-necked resistance to the nation’s first black president and his pledge to sabotage Barack Obama. Politically speaking, McConnell governs in the tradition of Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond. There is nothing new under the sun, and in McConnell’s case something very old and ugly. This Senator is a throwback to a time and mentality in the United States, that now has no place in the Senate as this country attempts to move forward. He needs to go!
L. Jackson / 11.9.2012