After sitting in the lobby for about 10 minutes talking with Joe Gerth and reporters from Time and Rolling Stone, the event was about to begin, and we all got up and started to walk into the room. Once I got near the door, I was stopped by a gentleman identifying himself as a Louisville police officer, who told me I would be arrested if I tried to enter the room. The officer told me that McConnell’s staff had told hotel staff to tell him to give me that order. He didn’t look especially pleased about having to do this, but he said he was just doing what he was told. I decided, probably wisely, that I wouldn’t fair very well in jail, and went back over to the lobby couch to tweet out what just happened.They'll praise Putin for his tough, manly stance on things, but heaven forfend the Senate minority leader be occasionally asked questions that offend his delicate reptilian sensibilities. (Oh, and the staffer informing Sonka he was banned? This guy!)
After sitting there for a few minutes, a person walked up to the officer and whispered something to him, after which the officer told me that I couldn’t even sit alone in the empty lobby — with the door to the conference room closed — or else I would be arrested. I laughed and went 20 yards down the hall to another seat that they said was acceptable.
As you might expect, it didn't end there. McConnell is rightly getting new bad press from the ban, and now he's been getting uncomfortable press questions about the ban, which I suppose will only end after his campaign bans all those other reporters too. And the Republican primarying him for his spot in the Senate, Matt Bevin, isn't missing the opportunity either: