Skip to main content

From The Ledger:

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., delivered a blistering, 20-minute speech that included the revelation of a political talking points memo from a Republican strategist that was virtually verbatim to the criticism voiced Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

McConnell had accused Dodd of drafting partisan legislation, even though the Banking Committee chairman has worked for roughly half a year with key Senate Republicans and incorporated many of their ideas into his bill. McConnell also said the bill continues controversial bank bailouts, but it doesn't.

It was refreshing watching Anderson Cooper last night - and God Bless Paul Begala.

In discussion of the Finance Bill, they weighed the back and forth between McConnell and Dodd to decipher who's correct and who isn't.

Cutting through the bullshit and the politeness, Paul Begala did what you don't see many media or political operatives do these days. He called Mitch McConnell's framing of the Finance bill an outright LIE.

It was. McConnell, in following a leaked sheet of talking points from the right, has shown his hand. It's the same one every republican has. Complete and total allegiance to Wall Street at your detriment. What's worse is he wasn't even trying to be vague.

He was lying. Begala called it like it is. Most people don't. They try desperately to find some word that is kinder than "lie." I've never understood this. Why is it un-polite to call a liar a liar?

Good for you, Paul. It's too bad the actual politicians are lacking the balls to do just the same. The conversation might get interesting.


NOTE: The cascade of criticism (hopefully) begins. It looks like McConnell's homestate paper is just as angry at his position and courting of the Banks:

McConnell's statements are perfectly calibrated to inflame the public. He insists the bill would "allow endless taxpayer-funded bailouts for big Wall Street banks."

Their resemblance to the truth is another matter.

McConnell, it should be remembered, voted for the bailout of the big investment banks in the fall of 2008, when it was the only alternative to global economic meltdown.

We have read that the Republicans have a plan for financial reform, but McConnell isn't talking up any solutions, just trashing the other side's ideas with no respect for the truth.

While the intricacies of financial regulation are complicated, McConnell's calculus is pretty obvious.

Originally posted to VerbalPaintball on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 03:47 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

grytpype, wozzle, JWC, Joe Bob, Sylv, boydog, TXdem, From the choir, ryeland, MrHinkyDink, Better Days, Thom K in LA, mickT, Hlinko, newjeffct, Emerson, lobbygow, Wintermute, billlaurelMD, genethefiend, norabb, eeff, TX Unmuzzled, polecat, frisco, bumblebums, jancw, expatjourno, bostonjay, Gareth, redtravelmaster, JLFinch, chipoliwog, dpc, Scott in NAZ, concernedamerican, Justina, missLotus, cyberKosFan, wonkydonkey, understandinglife, MD patriot, PBnJ, Glic, Porfiry, mkfarkus, vmibran, barath, farmerhunt, Frederick Clarkson, jbeach, ornerydad, jalbert, Nate Roberts, Jesterfox, Iberian, splashy, bustacap, Braindead, Nag, Lynwaz, danthrax, TexDem, Dallasdoc, pat bunny, Chicago Lulu, mad ramblings of a sane woman, ebor, jaywillie, moltar, Bulldawg, laughingriver, GN1927, defluxion10, Catte Nappe, lecsmith, RenaRF, Pirate Smile, Democratic Hawk, Mark Warner is God, Noisy Democrat, peterj911, jj32, WV Democrat, side pocket, Curt Matlock, mungley, Lefty Mama, Vicky, tomjones, lyvwyr101, bablhous, snowbird42, llellet, Limelite, environmentalist, Frank Vyan Walton, My Philosophy, sawgrass727, Julie Gulden, rapala, ExStr8, maybeeso in michigan, radarlady, Tinfoil Hat, DianeNYS, LarisaW, Heiuan, OpherGopher, PBen, PsychoSavannah, Luetta, ccasas, kefauver, basquebob, RequestedUsername, TN yellow dog, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, Gary Norton, Jules Beaujolais, bleeding blue, Viceroy, Frank Palmer, lcbo, jcitybone, stevemb, Phil S 33, jane123, Isara, SBandini, neroden, Rogneid, Ekaterin, jct, Alan Arizona, bently, begone, martini, Showman, BachFan, danmac, tarheelblue, Keone Michaels, myboo, Kingsmeg, cybersaur, Clytemnestra, edwardssl, Ky DEM, tonyahky, kestrel9000, KenBee, arlene, fou, srvaughn, TalkieToaster, birdbrain64, global citizen, need pr, Glorfindel, Dissentinator, gatorcog, Libby Shaw, Bush Bites, imabluemerkin, real world chick, Terminus, happy camper, bleeding heart, Preston S, el cid, MarciaJ720, ER Doc, RussTC3, Pilgrim X, blue in NC, llbear, weidheimer, Cenobyte, rsie, commonsenseseeker, Timothy J, Blue in VA, Madam Deb, bstotts, Temmoku, blueintheface, AllanTBG, Aaa T Tudeattack, ccyd, Cronesense, Haningchadus14, Wanda517, Loudoun County Dem, possum, LV Pol Girl, gloriana, Positronicus, VA02 femocrat, edsbrooklyn, yowsta, chigh, noofsh, DWG, bnasley, malharden, Kyle the Mainer, vbdietz, Uberbah, SeaTurtle, millwood, Moderation, jhop7, owl06, ValleyForger, Rumarhazzit, madgranny, Aynsley, JML9999, lorac18nc, cacamp, Empower Ink, JDWolverton, GANJA, RickMassimo, Phil N DeBlanc, MikePhoenix, scooter in brooklyn, ScottyUrb, OleHippieChick, NewDealer, elwior, CDH in Brooklyn, lineatus, monkeybrainpolitics, royce, hwmnbn, Wek, Jake Williams, pademocrat, MsWings, Ladyhawk, mnguy66, mofembot, Seamus D, KttG, the new, jalenth, meldroc, o the umanity, allie123, Zikar, Quilldriver, Guadalupe59, dmhlt 66, Simply Agrestic, GrannyOPhilly, shortgirl, papicek, Stroszek, squarewheel, JBL55, GrouchoKossak, oldliberal, legendmn, clent, cameoanne, SciMathGuy, 1BQ, Bule Betawi, multilee, Rhysling, cybrestrike, weaponsofmassdeception, denisegreenbay, litoralis, Scott Wooledge, Magick Maven, juca, NM Ward Chair, CanyonWren, Mislead, Norm in Chicago, DFutureIsNow, Partisan Progressive, velvet blasphemy, tr GW, mrchumchum, BlueInRedCincy, mkor7, CamillesDad1, Daily Activist, delillo2000, followyourbliss, manucpa, marzook, MKSinSA, TheOpinionGuy, soms, Corneliusmingus, obscuresportsquarterly, kevinpdx, Keith Pickering, Petey2, CityLightsLover, 57andFemale, maxzj05, Muzikal203, sherijr, jfromga, sgrAstar, MizKit, davespicer, math4barack, deviant24x, Larsstephens, lompe, smileycreek, niaman, confitesprit, awcomeon, rb137, Canuckoo, p gorden lippy, flitedocnm, roadbear, veracityus, The Jester, Observerinvancouver, amk for obama, aquarius2001, fidellio, stunzeed, Crabby Abbey, JupiterIslandGirl, trixied13, BonnieSchlitz, lanae, ctlrick, marden08, elginblt, ItsSimpleSimon, SlackwareGrrl, juturna, ClearBuzz, ulookarmless, sharonsz, addisnana, abrauer, Dalarna, dclarke, roystah, MsGrin, ericlewis0, Floande, quityurkidding, Aviate, dwayne, alexa100, HylasBrook, toftme39, jl4851, slice, dot farmer, theKgirls, BrowniesAreGood, CornSyrupAwareness, I love OCD, yankeedevil, Captain Pants, StateofEuphoria, vinny67, sfcouple, ems97007, Fletcher Christensen, slowbutsure, mateohussein, nicethugbert, ultraviolet uk, Cintimcmomma, the national gadfly, looknostamp, BlackQueen40, fishboots, Eclectablog, Mistral Wind, PAJ in Ohio, FarWestGirl, near mrs, kevin k, Civil Writes Activist, Paula68154, thethinveil, lovespaper, marleycat, majii, grannysally, Escamillo, thomask, theone718, dle2GA, evilgalblues, Vtdblue, IL JimP, chira2, MinistryOfTruth, Strange New World, curtisgrahamduff, blue aardvark, Jromeo, zenox, stlsophos, thejoshuablog, Proleft, ParkRanger, Dakit, Rejoinder, Monsieur Georges, sciphile, ready for change, bluebottles, Nena20409, jacey, Patric Juillet, mod2lib, gnostradamus, RhodaA, CuriousBoston, StonyB, FireBird1, Hookah, OHknighty, Siri, docrocktex, im a plugger, James Renruojos, PeakRaider, J Brunner Fan, Paradeigma, AreDeutz

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site