Mitch McConnell Gets Bush Monkey Off His Back

Mitch McConnell has blamed Bush recently for the dismal shape the GOP is in, perhaps forgetting that he supported Bush’s disastrous policies every step of the way over the last eight years. That makes Mitch McConnell today’s poster boy for rampant irresponsibility.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’m thinking monkeys are a theme lately, at least in my life, so I’ll stick to it. Two friends have given my son Jack monkey themed little blankets. Actually, sort of a cross between a blanket and a stuffed animal. Maybe this is a stylish “blankie” or something. Anyway, since the boy is African American, the thought did cross my mind that giving him a monkey may be a tad bit inappropriate, but what the heck.

Mitch McCaonnell has gotten the Bush monkey off his back, though, and he’s quoted by Politico as being relieved, feeling that losing the Bush monkey will help the GOP recover electorally. Here’s Politico:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he believes the Republican Party is poised for a comeback now that it is free of the “political burden” of an unpopular president.

“I was a strong supporter of the president, but presidential unpopularity is bad for the president’s party,” McConnell said on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“We suffered losses in –06 and –08,” he added. “We wish the president, President Bush well, but, frankly, we will not have to be carrying that sort of political burden that we carried the last two elections.”

Let’s call this for what it is. Over the last eight years President Bush has made some of the most serious missteps in US history, and he was backed by Mitch McConnell every single step of the way. As such, Mitch McConnell blaming Bush for Republican electoral losses is an act of shrugging off personal responsibility. There’s the real problem with the Republican Party, not one of its members will take responsibility for the mess they left our country in.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

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