If You Ever Thought Politics or Politicians Wasn’t the Dirtiest Game in the World, Read on
Mitch McConnell, America’s least popular Senator, is furious about dirty tricks by liberals. Really? Is this about a supposed illegal recording by Mother Jones, or is it more about dirty campaign tactics?
When I wrote about this yesterday I found it humorous. I found McConnell’s ire hypocritical. Republican’s supposed claim about background checks in discussions about gun reform are related to HIPAA, and its protection of privacy records for the mentally ill. But it’s all right to attack a political opponent and make claims about her “mental instability”. Once again, here’s a Republican who wants to have it both ways.
And what became of campaigning on the issues. Republicans haven’t done that in 12 years. Karl Rove created the “attack ad”, and it has reigned supreme during election years. Remember the “swift boats”, when he took a courageous military career, and lied to make Kerry appear less than patriotic. How about the subtle but obvious attacks on the President first claiming he wasn’t an American citizen, and that he was aligned with black supremacists?
Mr. McConnell, we know you lack some common sense and basic intelligence, but now you’re showing us your ignorance. You and your campaign manager would have been better off to ignore the issue, now it’s a part of the major stories of the day.
Mother Jones representative: Mother Jones said the recording was provided to them last week “by a source who requested anonymity.” In a statement they said they “were not involved in the making of the tape, but we published a story on the tape due to its obvious newsworthiness.”
“It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation,” the statement reads.
In the recording, the following was heard:
“I refer to [Judd] as sort of the oppo research situation where there’s a haystack of needles, just because truly, there’s such a wealth of material.”
They then delve into Judd’s mental health, which she has spoken about openly for years including in her 2011 autobiography.
“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced,” the aide says. “I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.”
If this isn’t a violation of the HIPAA act, there never has been one.
Unethical behavior is not a new thing for right wingers. Rupert Murdock turned FOX news into a venue to spread half-truths and lies about liberals. Republicans, encouraged by the “devil himself”, Karl Rove, personally attacked candidates and their families, while staring America in the face and lying about the issues of our nation.
How does Ashley Judd, who made the decision not to run for McConnell’s seat after this meeting, feel about the Senator’s outrage:
Judd’s office released a statement decrying what it called the “politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell.”
“We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp than to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter,” the statement said.
Well said, no wonder he was so afraid of her campaigning against him.
Columnist-The Guardian Express