Mainstream news outlets, which in theory are supposed to remain neutral, pulled out all stops this week attacking Sen. Mitch McConnell, the powerful Republican Senate majority leader from Kentucky.
But in the end he got the last laugh.
Tuesday morning, retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to announce that she’ll challenge McConnell’s Senate seat in 2020. In her 3-minute campaign launch video titled, “The Letter,” she uses the word “I” seven times, “my” three times, “I’m” two times, and “I’ve” once.
She also used the word “people” once. However, as The Washington Free Beacon’s managing editor David Rutz observed, she didn’t use the word “Kentucky,” the state she claims she wants to represent, at all.
Nonetheless, media figures swooned.
NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt surmised, “This is going to be a blockbuster race.”
Trip Gabriel, who covers the 2020 races for The New York Times, observed “Mitch McConnell liked to call himself Darth Vader in the Senate.” From that he concluded, “Looks like Amy McGrath will run as Luke Skywalker.”
Before it even hit lunchtime, however, the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman threw cold water the celebrants.
“Reality check: Amy McGrath ran for House in 2018 (a terrific Dem year) and lost by 3% in #KY06, which went for Trump by 15% in 2016,” he wrote, before adding ice cubes to that water.
“Now she’s running w/ basically the same message in a state that went for Trump by *30%.* Folks.”
Wasserman added to the political history, but the message was much the same: McGrath would have a better shot at becoming pope than she would taking the majority leader’s seat.
A Democratic challenger attempted to wrest McConnell’s seat away from him at his last reelection effort, and it wasn’t pretty, according to U.S. News and World Report senior politics writer David Catanese.
“I recall in ‘14 when Democrats successfully convinced the media (including me!) Alison Lundergan Grimes was on the verge on vanquishing McConnell,” Catanese wrote. “Then he won by 15.”
Media outlets, beginning with the NBC family of networks, may have had a heads up on the McGrath challenge. A day earlier they began a hit job on the majority leader over his rejection of slavery reparations.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” he said in June before a House committee held hearings on the issue. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president.”
MSNBC answered McConnell’s reparations position with what it thought was a “gotcha” conflict of interest scoop.
“Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to descendants of American slaves, has family history deeply entwined in the issue,” MSNBC tweeted. “2 of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, US census records show.”
The Washington Post soon ran with this “scoop” about his great-great-grandfathers.
“Sen. Mitch McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home,” wrote Felicia Sonmez, the Post’s national political reporter, and it immediately became the subject of a Washington Post article.
Armed with this new knowledge, reporters asked McConnell on Capitol Hill Tuesday if he was now ready to change his stance on reparations. He disappointed them.
“I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama,” he answered. “We both oppose reparations, and we’re both descendants of slave-owners.”
Since early 2017 the House has approved and sent to the Senate numerous ultra-liberal bills, including the Green New Deal, which would radically change the way Americans live and work, and gun control legislation, which would infringe Second Amendment rights but would not curb gun-related crime.
McConnell angered House Democrats by bringing very few of these bills up for a floor vote, knowing they’d have no chance of Senate approval.
One exception was the Green New Deal. Not a single senator — including Democrats — voted for it. And that seemed to anger Democrats all the more.
McConnell enjoys the monikers others attach to him, including “Darth Vader” and even “Cocaine Mitch.” A better one may be the “Teflon Don.” People keep throwing mud at him, but it never sticks.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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