Dec 21st, 2010
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as was revealed in George W. Bush's recent memoir, went to then President Bush behind closed doors prior to the 2006 elections and requested that he make a major strategic military change for electoral gain.
From Yahoo News:
"Your unpopularity is going to cost us control of the Congress," McConnell said, according to Bush. Asked what he could do, the senator told Bush, "Mr. President, bring some troops home from Iraq."
He wanted a withdrawal of "some troops" not because the war was a disaster, not in the interests of national security and not to get some of our men and women out of harm's way. He only cared about holding onto congressional power. That's it.
At the same time he was making this patently unethical calculation, he was publicly slamming Democrats for suggesting troops be brought home for reasons of moral conviction. Portraying them as cowards, he hammered at them and made famous the phrase "cut and run."
This is the kind of thing a journalist, having the opportunity to question McConnell, really ought to be asking about. On Friday evening, The Murdoch Device's Bret Baier started the interview acting like a professional. It was almost like real news. For about 15 seconds. McConnell was visibly shaken by having been asked a non-softball question in what is essentially Republican Party Propaganda Headquarters. Baier had him. Then, he just let it go. Baier ends the interview with an apology.