From The Courier-Journal in good ol’ Kentucky:
Cash Over Conscience
In bringing George W. Bush to Kentucky for a fund-raiser, Sen. Mitch McConnell sets the terms for his own re-election campaign in 2008.
He says to Kentucky voters, “I am who I am, whether you like it or not.”
And who is that? Not just a Republican leader dutifully standing with his party’s president, but an embracing partisan ally of Mr. Bush, willing to accept, excuse or deny all of this administration’s substantial failings in order to trade on its fealty to the moneyed interests and swell his own re-election campaign stash.
Since Mr. McConnell’s political career has been based on the primacy of money, and the desires of those who give it, this makes a certain kind of sense.
He long ago became one of the legendary money grubbers in modern American politics, in order to buy TV time for commercials that demean, disgrace and ultimately defeat his opponents.
So raising campaign cash this year, arm-in-arm with a discredited president who has, in Sen. John McCain’s words, wasted American lives in a bungled Iraq war, is no problem for our senior senator. He spells it P-O-L-I-T-I-C-$.
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