Mitch McConnell Hearts The Violence Against Women Act, Can We Get a “Wait, What?!?”

Silly Republicans.  We’re not all as gullible as your average Fox News viewer.

Senate Minority leader Mitch “I love filibusters so much, I filibustered my own bill” McConnell, famous for performing, in the words of Lawrence O’Donnell, “the most idiotic thing any minority leader has ever done on the Senate floor,”and the man I would most like to see sitting across a poker table from me, is up for re-election, and like all Republicans Senator Mitch has a women problem.  Funny how waging a war against the 50.8% of the nation with vaginas leads to a little backlash against your party, isn’t it?  Senator Mitch is dealing with the problem with the time tested method of gathering a few token members of the population together into a group in your favor.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “Women For Team Mitch”, an event held on Friday where press packets featuring testimonials from Kentucky women.  I know, I guess some women want government inside their vaginas.  Weird, isn’t it?  And a bit kinky.  Maybe it is a side effect of the whole “Fifty Shades….” craze.  Think again, ladies.  From what I hear, the GOP ignores the safe word.

One of these testimonials caught the eye of an alert reporter for the Louisville-based LEO Weekly, Joe Sonka, who posted it on Twitter.  Let’s turn to TPM for the rest of the story:

The quote, attributed to a woman named Angela Leet in Jefferson County, read, “Mitch was the co-sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act- and continues to advocate for stronger policies to protect women. I am proud to call him my senator.”

Wow.  I didn’t know Mitch was such a crusader for women’s rights.  What a stand up guy.  See, not all Republi…wait a second here.  This is Mitch McConnell, right?

McConnell did cosponsor a version of the Violence Against Woman Act in 1991, which never received a Senate vote. But by the time the measure came up again in 1993, McConnell was no longer a cosponsor, and in fact voted against final passage of the bill. In 2005, it was renewed by an unrecorded voice vote. In 2012, McConnell voted against the Senate-passed VAWA, which died in the House. Then early in 2013, he again voted against VAWA re-authorization, which passed the Senate by a vote of 78-22, and eventually passed the House and was signed into law.

Wait, What?!?  A member of the Republican party, a member in a leadership position, engaging in deception?  Say it isn’t so!  I wonder what Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes would say about this if she found out?   Would she ovary up and call him a lying liar who lies?

“The women of Kentucky will not be fooled by Senator McConnell’s failed leadership and deception when it comes to issues important to women and their families,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton told TPM. “His actions read loud and clear: McConnell repeatedly voted against equal pay for equal work, the Violence Against Women Act and now turns to lies to cover his shameful record.”

Hmmm.  Not as pithy as “lying liar who lies,” but close enough.


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