Mitch McConnell: It’s not “particularly enlightening” talking to constituents, especially “factory workers”

Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t find it “particularly enlightening” meeting with constituents.

And McConnell has a particular beef about meeting with factory workers.


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  • mononucleosis

    In this case, the age of the video is irrelevant. Mitch failed to see that his inconvenience was to have to be outside the factory gate at 4:30 one morning to ask these “not particlarly enlightening” workers to vote for him, while the workers had to be there at 4:30 EVERY morning just to keep their jobs. What a craven,heartless cretin this man is.

  • HelenRainier

    I think it demonstrates that his disdain for every day people goes back a long ways and has has only grown more inclusive with time.

  • BillFromDover

    Ack Ack Ack!

  • Yeah, but if anything, he’s only grown more detached from his constituents and the people of Kentucky. He’s definitely a creature of Washington now, not representing much of his state, except the corporate interests that are looting it.

  • I hate to have to be fair to McConnell who I think is a pathetic excuse for a human being, but that video is from 1988 which was 26 years ago.

  • Indigo

    By “enlightening” he means ca$h.

  • Demosthenes

    A fellow Jon Stewart fan, I see!

  • Ay-yup.

  • HereinDC

    WOW!

  • Bill_Perdue

    Workers are getting more and more disgusted with both right wing parties, the Democrats and Republicans, and that’s beginning to take the form of organized political independence from them.

    From LaborNotes, a key publication of the growing and organized left wing of the trade union movement: “Lean meanness stalked workplaces. …But the year was marked by workers trying new things and setting higher standards, for their employers, their unions, and—in the case of low-wage workers—their pay. Unemployment ticked down slightly, but the jobs created paid worse than ever. Mainstream media reported with amazement that jobs that once paid the bills, from bank teller to university instructor, now require food stamps and Medicaid to supplement the wages of those who work every day.

    California Walmart worker Anthony Goytia spoke for many when he said it’s no longer paycheck to paycheck for him and his co-workers, but payday loan to payday loan.

    When long-awaited provisions of Obamacare kicked in, the promise of covering the uninsured was blighted by perverse incentives for employers to cut hours. Businesses that didn’t want to give insurance cried crocodile tears, so Obama delayed their fines by a year. But when unions objected that the new law unfairly undermined their multi-employer funds, the administration stonewalled. … Transportation and hospitality workers at Seattle-Tacoma airport and the surrounding town voted in a $15 minimum, paid sick leave, and the ability to sue if hotels steal tips from banquet workers. In Seattle, socialist Kshama Sawant won a city council seat and shamed the two mayoral candidates into supporting a $15 city minimum. Minimum wage ballot questions are expected in 2014 in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Massachusetts, where nurses are also running an initiative for safe staffing ratios. Ohio unions ran independent candidates—after municipal officials tore up an agreement on city contracts and personally scabbed on a Teamster sanitation strike. The labor independents won two dozen city council seats in Lorain and three nearby towns.

    After years of ‘labor peace’ workers and unions are finally beginning to fight back against the twin boss parties – the Democrats and Republicans – and their class warfare against workers which has been used to steadily bust unions and cut wages since the Carter regime.

  • Demosthenes

    As much as I find Sen. McConnell to be a major part of the problem with the Senate’s dysfunction, particularly his advocacy of legalized bribery (unlimited secret “contributions”), this clip is from 1988. I barely recognized him, since this predates his transformation into “Yertle the Turtle” as he aged.

  • iamlegion

    Well, of course not! Those proles aren’t Mitch’s “constituents” – they don’t give him millions of dollars in campaign money, free trips, nice presents, etc, etc. They just, you know, _vote_ for the dufus.

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