Yertle the Turtle Out of His Shell

From Ezra Klein at The Washington Post (December 22, 2010):

Mitch McConnell says the darndest things

(Thank you, Ezra, for that headline! You made my life so easy today.)

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I’m not surprised that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to spend the next two years kicking President Obama in the shins. [Shins vs. Chins? :lol:] What does surprise me is that he keeps saying he wants to spend the next two years kicking President Obama in the shins. Yesterday, he told Politico that “there’s much for [the Democrats] to be angst-ridden about. If they think it’s bad now, wait β€˜til next year.” A few months ago, when National Journal asked him, “what’s the job?,” he said, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

This is not how prominent politicians tend to talk. Bipartisanship might be mostly illusory in Washington, but it’s very popular in the country. And polls continually show that Americans think President Obama more sincerely interested in bipartisanship than the Republicans are — which theoretically gives him the upper hand if and when he does choose to go to the mat over something. So why does McConnell speak this way? The theories I’ve heard are:

1) The Mr. Smith flicks off Washington theory: McConnell himself is a hardcore partisan who truly dislikes Obama.


2) Jon Chait’s theory: McConnell is worried about the tea parties, both in Kentucky, where they knocked off his favored candidate in a primary, and nationally.


3) The DeMint theory: The common take on McConnell on the Hill is that he’s terrified of Jim DeMint’s growing influence among Republican legislators.


4) The negotiator’s theory: McConnell is a creature of the Senate. He makes deals.


5) He’s communicating with his members and allies: Senate Republicans will remain in the minority next year, and so McConnell’s job in 2011 will be the same as his job in 2010: Keep everyone together on procedural votes so Democrats can’t move their agenda forward. McConnell is giving these quotes to Beltway publications like the National Journal and Politico, which are best understood as message boards where the professional political class talks to itself.

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46 responses to “Yertle the Turtle Out of His Shell

  1. Friend of the court

    dang, he does look like Yertle. i wonder if he has some sort of data indicating that this crap plays well to his peanutheaded gallary or if he is really that dumb.

    • yertle is a bit less slimy looking, and he smiles more. i think it’s all quite calculated, and i agree with the theory that he’s worried about his own reelection. i think he’s scared to death of demint and the teabaggers.

  2. jean-philippe

    Shins vs. Chins πŸ˜†

    Vivid capture of the chins on the picture… magnificent…

    Isn’t there some kind of rule that when you took a huge beating in December, you should wait in January to talk tough?

  3. And the delusional Obama will continue to believe he can work with Republicans. He should have his mental health looked into.

    • nice to see you again, ben. it’s been a while.

      while i get frustrated with obama, i think his appearing to want to work with the rethugs will pay off for him in 2012. however, i think he overlooked that it might work to the disadvantage of a lot of dems who had to run in 2010.

  4. afrankangle

    Simply said – He’s trying to play both sides of the fence within his own party, thus Senator McConnell is a buffoon.

  5. Why does Mitch McConnell hate Christmas? But more importantly…how does Elaine Chao not suffocate in the wattle?

  6. It may just be the Gin & Tonic talking, but I halfway expected the headline to be Yertle the Turtle out of his MIND.
    No doubt the party of NO will be playing the games they play best in the next 2 years. I hope Obama has his veto stamp all fired up & ready to go when he returns refreshed, from Hawaii.
    Since Congress adjourned, the circus is so quiet.

    • yertle mcconnell is evil, not insane. i have no doubt that the next 2 years are going to be tumultuous, especially with bronzo the clown as slurrer of the house. however, it seems that the dems do better when they’re the underdogs, so maybe it will be a blessing in disguise.

  7. Maybe Yertle could imitate the Japanese ministers in the Diet who objected to a UN deployment of military units (I wonder why??) To show the displeasure, they would do the “turtle walk” to the podium to cast ballots and take a real long time to get there. and that’s one at a time! The drift today seems to be testing the water to have the courts change the legal status of states being able to declare bankruptcy, not allowed since the 30s. To the casual observer this would appear to be making up laws from the bench, but they will claim, as usual, to be doing God’s Work. The big win for these gopers will be the disappering act of state employee pensions and the chance to wipe out the labor unions. All this fiscal success could inspire them to reinstate the 12 hour work day and introduce legislation allowing the rounding up any organized labor leaders so they can be shot.

    • sidling up to the podium at a turtle’s pace would be more honest than what they do now. they use some ridiculous rule while hiding in the shadows. they’re a bunch of cowards with no real convictions other than doing what their rich friends want them to do, in hopes that they’ll get rich, too, when the big payoffs happen.

  8. Nice shirt, little Yertle! Don’t dirty it, or Mummy will have to spank.

  9. you know the turtles of the world absolutely hate being associated with the multiple chin man…..

    wanna bet elaine sleeps in a separate bedroom?

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  11. Not only him, too many officials says the darndest things πŸ™‚