McConnell: GOP Would Not Oppose Libya Campaign If Obama Was A Republican

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My definition of a gaffe in politics is when an elected official or political candidate accidentally says something that’s true. So, gaffes are a good thing.

Speaking with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested that Republican members of Congress didn’t dare to criticize President Bush’s malfeasance during wartime, but it’s different when the commander in chief is a Democrat.

“Country First” ™ — but after party loyalty, of course.

More from Think Progress.

UPDATE: The Gallup Poll seems to indicate that support for or opposition to unwinnable wars in Muslim countries is based more on domestic politics than the facts. While Republicans have turned into peaceniks because of Libya over the past three months, a majority of Democrats continues to support the war (or “limited kinetic operation” as SecDef Gates calls it). Jon Walker on FDL:

It seems when it comes to unnecessary wars of choice in this country, be it Iraq or Libya, both party’s respective members will rally to defend their presidents even in the face of overwhelming evidence that said wars were a mistake.

  1. #1 by brewski on June 23, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Well, we can’t have partisanship can we? I mean, it isn’t like Keith Olbermann didn’t just say he would vote for any perverted judgement-impaired screaming nutcase as long as he was a liberal over any conservative.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on June 23, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    Partisan loyalty becomes not OK when the President is taking the country into an illegal war. Our elected officials all take an oath to defend the Constitution. It’s not as if there are any gray areas here.

    I can’t get “Countdown” so you’ll have to tell me what Keith really said. Thanks for watching his show, BTW.

    Apparently, Senator McConnell isn’t comfortable with the anti-war Republicans and their long hair, tie-dyed T-shirts and peace signs. He was probably trying to tell them to shut up, in a subtle way, but it turned into a gaffe.

  3. #3 by brewski on June 23, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    K.O.’s rant to which I referred is on Larry’s post “Special Takes”

  4. #4 by brewski on June 23, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    Did Clinton get congressional approval to invade Somalia? Did Reagan get congressional approval to invade Grenada?

  5. #5 by cav on June 23, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    McConnell = one twisted mofo

  6. #6 by Not sure but on June 23, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    I would believe that there are two separate political parties in the United States if the Democratic/Republicans had people on the ground in his state. Knocking on doors and telling people exactly what he has done against their best interests. Attacking him on a face to face personal basis. Making sure that he is un-electable in his own state.

    The same with Boehner, Kantor and the Kochs’ boys from Wisconsin. I’d toss Diane Feinstein and Lieberman in the same hopper. These people are sociopaths at best and probably psychopaths.

    McConnell is such a two faced psychopath that he would vote to kill Medicare even though I’m sure the evil old bastard is collecting Social Security. After all, he doesn’t need Medicare, he has his gold plated Senatorial insurance and access to every public, private and military hospital in the United States.

  7. #7 by Rico on June 23, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    I thought de-funding a military adventure with troops on the ground was tantamount to treason.

  8. #8 by cav on June 23, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Is ‘f*ck those slime-balls’ too harsh?

    They should consider donning a uniform and letting real vets, push the congressional buttons that put them through their paces in the ‘theaters of conflict engagement’/

    The nerve of those people.

  9. #9 by Richard Warnick on June 24, 2011 - 8:51 am

    According to SecDef Gates, what we’re doing in Libya is a “limited kinetic operation.” Although he concedes that Libyans probably think it’s a war.

  10. #10 by Larry Bergan on June 24, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    brewski seems to be having trouble figuring out that pictures of penis’s are less serious then war, but – by God – he knows how to manipulate financial statistics.

  11. #11 by Larry Bergan on June 24, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Here’s another chance to get “Current TV” on a cable pricing system that makes more sense for people who still have a pretty good job, but not for the poor by any means!

    Go here and sign up.

  12. #12 by brewski on June 25, 2011 - 8:49 am

    he knows how to manipulate financial statistics.

    No, I know how to read financial statistics.

  13. #13 by Larry Bergan on June 25, 2011 - 10:07 am

    Statistics shamistics.

  14. #14 by Ken on June 25, 2011 - 11:25 am

    If Obama was a Republican many on the left would be calling for his impeachment.

  15. #15 by Larry Bergan on June 25, 2011 - 11:42 am


    As long as Obama gives me peanuts and the bastards give me nothing, I will ALWAYS vote for peanuts.

    That is,if I could vote.

    You decide – I ramble. 🙂

  16. #16 by Ken on June 25, 2011 - 12:07 pm


    Yes your side gives you the peanuts but then hampers your ability to get the peanuts on your own thus making you dependent on them for your peanuts.

  17. #17 by Larry Bergan on June 25, 2011 - 2:06 pm


    It’s the age Americans live in. That doesn’t make it right.

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