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Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell brandishes rifle at Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 on March 6, 2014
McConnell understands the First Amendment about as well as he understands guns
Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell barred a Kentucky reporter from covering one of his news conferences which puts him the position of knowing what he's talking about when he says things like this:
Last June, I spoke at the American Enterprise Institute and warned of a grave and growing threat to the First Amendment. That threat has not let up.
Mitch need not search beyond the nearest mirror to come face to face with that threat, but as you might have guessed, he wasn't talking about himself. Instead, this is what has him all hot and bothered:
Our ability to freely engage in civic life and to organize in defense of our beliefs is still under coordinated assault from groups on the Left.
And who are those groups?
Left-wing groups like Media Matters [who] harass and intimidate conservatives.
Makes sense, except the part about how Media Matters isn't a part of the government and the part about how the First Amendment exists to protect groups like Media Matters from power-hungry politicians like Mitch McConnell.

McConnell might not like Media Matters, but it is literally impossible for them to threaten his First Amendment rights even if they wanted to. But when the Senate Minority Leader bans reporters from covering his events—and then threatens to arrest them if they persist—that is a true threat to the First Amendment, not that Mitch is going to do anything about it.

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  •  Mitch is also in trouble over NCAA useage. (12+ / 0-)

    He used NCAA basketball in his recent ad--the Kentucky Wildcats. Except, someone fucked up and showed previews from a game where Duke won and they actually depicted one of the more heartbreaking scenes in KY basketball.

    On top of that, you're not even supposed to be using NCAA basketball for political purposes. So he was wrong on all counts.

  •  Mitch's popularity has slipped since his last run (1+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:05:30 PM PDT

  •  there's a reason that turtle heads (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, sajiocity

    look like, well, you know.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:05:45 PM PDT

  •  First amendment according to Republicans (4+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, HoundDog, sajiocity, BadKitties

    Only applies to plutocrats buying elections or to bigots/fundamentalists seeking to discriminate.

    http://www.gop.com/...

    Crazy as hell. They couldn't care less about the Constitution.

  •  LOL if you carry muskets, you're really outgunned (4+ / 0-)

    and "coordinated assaults"? --- We're Democrats and more likely than not, DFHs!!!

    Our ability to freely engage in civic life and to organize in defense of our beliefs is still under coordinated assault from groups on the Left.....Left-wing groups like Media Matters [who] harass and intimidate conservatives

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:06:09 PM PDT

  •  In another recent commercial.... (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    He gripes about Obama's evil military spending cuts.

    This wouldn't be the sequester cuts he's talking about, would it? You know, the ones HE voted for?

    He doesn't really clarify that in the ad.

    Nevertheless, it pisses me off we spend WAY more than anyone else....But even touching the military is out of the question. But they fucking LOVE to bitch about spending, the debts and how we need cuts. Just not cuts to crap they like.

  •  Black is white. Peace is war. Slavery is (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    Freedom.  

    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:10:42 PM PDT

  •  Free Speech = STFU if you don't like what I say (3+ / 0-)

    1st Amendment according to conservatives.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

    by ecostar on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:12:21 PM PDT

  •  I have trouble reconciling Mitch's concern for (0+ / 0-)

    the First Amendment or, as he states, "...freely engage..."  with his defense of dark money from the Koch's.  

    But I guess that's Citizen's United in a nutshell.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:12:50 PM PDT

  •  Meh. These are the same folks who think (3+ / 0-)
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    BigD145, Rikon Snow, sajiocity

    consumers targeting Rush Limbaugh advertisers is an infringe of Rush's First Amendment rights.

    They wouldn't know the phrase, "Congress shall make no law..." if it hit them in their very own legislative counsel.

    A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law. --John Marshall

    by DoLooper on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:16:53 PM PDT

  •  A person might expect American journalists (5+ / 0-)

    to pester McConnell about his head-up-his-butt views on the First Amendment. But then we are, after all, talking about American journalists, so not likely.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:17:16 PM PDT

  •  He doesn't know what being attracked is. (1+ / 0-)
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    sajiocity

    But he needs to know. Oh, does he need to know. An attack on McConnell would go into the circumstances of his divorce, or of marrying a Scab Monger. It would involve his own role as a county official in fighting for employment discrimination against gays, would delve into his stupid sponsorship of Ernie Fletcher as the GOP candidate for governor in 2003, oh and his effort to carpetga one of his aids in as lieutenant governor.

    It would involve a lot of other stuff that would turn this into a tedious display of bad taste, but I'm willing . . .

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:21:09 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Jingojangles, Mr. Jingojangles, Dance (0+ / 0-)

    You have to be kidding, Mitch. Kentucky, if you fall for that shit, you deserve anything you get, and I expect you will.

  •  McConnell (0+ / 0-)

    Hypocrisy is the credo of the right, it is do as I say, not as I do. They are all hypocritical windbags, whose purpose in life as in government, is to protect their class, their friends, and their corporate financial backers. Why half of the electorate supports these clowns, it can only logically be attributed to ignorance.

  •  Conservatives are incapale of getting irony (0+ / 0-)

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:44:27 PM PDT

  •  Republicans do not like to be challenged on their (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    BS. Thanks Jed.

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:45:35 PM PDT

  •  Conservatives, the forever poor victims... (0+ / 0-)
  •  First Amendment (1+ / 0-)
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    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Fixed, for Mitch and his ilk:
    (Liberals or other non-Americans) shall make no (trouble) respecting the (supremacy) of (my) religion, or prohibiting the (limitless) exercise thereof; or abridging the (dominance) of (my) speech, or of (conservative) press; or the right of people (who look and think like me) peaceably ((optional)) to assemble, and to petition (or threaten) the Government (if led by Democrats) for a redress of grievances (and their immediate capitulation).  (Amen)
  •  to the republicans aka cons (1+ / 0-)
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    the first amendment is only good to preach propaganda but the truth is exempt from that protection.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  "harass and intimidate conservatives" (0+ / 0-)

    Media Matters doesn't harass and intimidate conservatives. It reports the truth, which seems like harassment to conservatives, since they are by now used to a completely compliant press core mindlessly repeating their bullshit.

    "Nationalism, religious bigotry and feudal loyalty are far more powerful forces than…sanity." —George Orwell, “Wells, Hitler and the World State” (1941)

    by Blood on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 04:12:07 PM PDT

  •  I've met Joe Sonka (0+ / 0-)

    The reporter that Mitch McConnell barred from his press conference and threatened to arrest.  Joe is not some bomb thrower.  He is doing his job as a journalist, and, yes, his remarks can be cutting.  But his remarks are reserved for Kentucky's not so best and brightest.  And he has not parsed his remarks when it comes to Democrats, especially Gov. Beshear.

    Here is a link to Joe Sonka's run in with McConnell's campaign:

    http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/...

    Another scoundrel, besides McConnell, that Joe Sonka has reported on is Noah Ark theme park con artist Ken Ham.  If want to know about some of the down and dirty in KY, I would recommend reading his blog at the LEO weekly.

  •  Cut Motch Some Slack (0+ / 0-)

    As a Kentuckian, I come here to ask you guys to get off Mitch's ass, at least until after the May primaries. As a Kentuckian, I and many of my Commonwealth brothers and sisters desperately need a man like Mitch McConnell running against Allison Grimes come November.

    You see, Kentuckians in general hate Mitch. The right hate him, the left hate him, and of course, teabaggers are absolutely hysterical.

    I'm seeing a lot of Bevins signs up but Mitch is almost a dirty word here. That just ain't good.

    If Bevins takes down Mitch then come Nov, the crazies will be fully energized, the funds will be rolling in, and Grimes will have a fight on her hands. If it's a McConnell/Grimes fight, well, the crazies stay home.

    The kicker is that regardless, the more of the crazies we keep home, the better shot we have of maintaining a Democratic controlled lower chamber, which we could lose with an energized flock of crazies. And those lower chamber Republicans are pawing the dirt to pass Right To Work For Less, which by our state constitution, our Governor has no veto power over. And as you obviously know, that's just the beginning for them.

    So while I know you mean well, lay off Mitch, at least until after May. Until then, he really isn't all that bad.

  •  Look at that man's (?) face, (0+ / 0-)

    is there any wonder. He's the sorriest pussy I've ever seen waving a gun. Is he stretching for an older more manly image. And why the gun? Are you saying you and yours are ready to start killing to keep your sorry ass in office. I'm beating a dead horse (face?) here, but look at that man's physical appearance. & this it what the virile GOP has to offer?

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