Duel: Sens. McConnell and Batboy

Just whip ’em out an measure ’em, boys.

It’s very amusing to me that the Republicans in the Senate decided in all their wisdom to make Sen. Rick Scott their chief fundraising guy at the RNSCC. Prior to his career in politics, Scott as the CEO of Columbia/HCA is most famous for having swindled billions of dollars and having paid $1.7B Ameros fine —which I believe is still to date the largest fine in US history. What I’m saying is this guy’s ethical compass does not point north and putting him in charge of money seems like a forgone conclusion that trouble is on the way. And yes, I’ve read that whatever fundraising has happened has not been enough and oddly that a lot of it is going to Rick Scott’s own campaign. Whodda thunk it? I mean besides everyone.

Anyway, getting to the point, Scott and amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell are in a public pissing match, which to my mind is win-win as Rick Scott write in an op-ed:

Unfortunately, many of the very people responsible for losing the Senate last cycle are now trying to stop us from winning the majority this time by trash-talking our Republican candidates. It’s an amazing act of cowardice, and ultimately, it’s treasonous to the conservative cause. Giving anonymous quotes to help the Washington Post or the New York Times write stories trashing Republicans is the same as working with the Democratic National Committee.

I’m sure that Mitch knows he’s been dissed for (rightfully) acknowledging that the Senate candidates (Oz, Vance, Walker, and Masters) are less than ideal and very likely to lose their races and thus the majority will be out of reach.

What’s important to note here is that both McConnell and Scott are ambitious men and this is not really about the midterms, this is about becoming the Majority Leader. Each is shifting the blame to the other in ways that are not subtle. If the Senate remains lost, then the guy tasked with winning it back (and who at last report was on a yacht somewhere in Italy) doesn’t, well, he’s not getting the gavel. And if the Senate remains out of the evil turtle’s hoof, well, we all win.

Anyway, this is a fun one to watch. As I said before, win-win.

 

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2 Responses to Duel: Sens. McConnell and Batboy

  1. Redhand says:

    It’s very amusing to me that the Republicans in the Senate decided in all their wisdom to make Sen. Rick Scott their chief fundraising guy at the RNSCC. Prior to his career in politics, Scott as the CEO of Columbia/HCA is most famous for having swindled billions of dollars and having paid $1.7B Ameros fine —which I believe is still to date the largest fine in US history.

    The astounding thing is that, with this history, he has a seat in the Senate rather than a federal penitentiary. And, as you note, he was put in charge of the GQP Senate’s electoral war chest. “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

    Carry on, Batboy and Moscow Mitch!

    They deserve the fate of Ugolino and Ruggieri in Dante’s Inferno :

    There is perhaps no more grisly scene in all the Inferno than Dante’s depiction of Ugolino eating the back of Ruggieri’s head like a dog using its strong teeth to gnaw a bone (Inf. 32.124-32; 33.76-8). Ugolino’s story, the longest single speech by one of the damned, is Dante’s final dramatic representation in the Inferno of humankind’s capacity for evil and cruelty. Aimed at explaining the scene of cannibalism in hell, Ugolino’s story is all the more powerful because the speaker makes no attempt to exonerate himself of the crime–political treachery–for which he is condemned to eternal damnation. He instead wishes to defame his enemy and elicit compassion from his audience by recounting the brutal manner in which he and his innocent children were killed.

    Yes, the classics are worth reading! 😉

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  2. roket says:

    There is absolutely no better way for a republican to convince his fellow republicans to stop trashing each other than by trashing your fellow republicans. The 11th commandment is dead, Dead, DEAD.

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