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A progressive group attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on gun control is expanding its ad buy through Tuesday after receiving thousands of donations following the initial airing of the ad.

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Diane O (194)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:05 pm
I believe this is a total waste of time. Mitch McConnell is just one man for crying out loud. It's an exercise in futility.

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:26 pm
wow LOVE that commercia im hoping it gets the same response from viewers i love that he's also a gun owner and still wants gun control shared and tweeted it and noted thanks Carrie

Angelika R (143)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:43 pm
thx Carrie !-(dang, you beat me, am making the post and just got the notification-at least C2 FINALLY works on this matter, that is good news as too many doubles have slipped through lately)
Thanks for posting! -We'll see how futile or not this will be.

Jason S (50)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:37 pm
Good Posting, thanks

Carrie B (306)
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:00 pm
Sorry Angie, but at least we are on the same page!

Jim Phillips (3257)
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:46 pm
The more the people in Kentucky are aware of his record and his obstructionistic ways, the sooner Mitch McConnell will be out of his "job". It will be a good riddance to get rid of him. The people in Kentucky must
be educated about Mitch.

Ty, Carrie.

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:25 am
My husband served in the infantry in Vietnam and came home with two purple hearts. Forty-five years have passed since then, and he still wants nothing to do with guns. Is it any coincidence that the people who've had to use them, and therefore have first-hand experience of the carnage they leave in their wake, favor tighter restrictions? Incidentally, in 1967, when my husband's life was in danger 24/7, Mitch was serving in the Army Reserve and never left this country. He never experienced a day of combat. He received an early discharge due to early signs of MS --which apparently never developed.

Kudos to the progressive groups who initiated and financed this campaign! When President Obama took office, McConnell announced publicly that: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." So for four years, that's all he and his like-minded Republican cohorts did. And he even failed at that. Does he deserve another term? Evidently, his constituency doesn't think so. I think the people of Kentucky deserve better, and I'm glad they're starting to do something about it!

Diane O (194)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:00 am
Mitch McConnell is not one of my favorite people in Washington DC but I agree with what he said about Obama being a one term president. We must ALWAYS remember that Obama won by a slight margin in both elections far from a landslide. Mitch McConnell is not alone in feeling the way he does about Obama.

We are a divided country and it showed in both of the elections. So, blaming one man when nearly half of the country feels the same way is an exercise in futility.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:41 am
You can say it a thousand times, Diane - doesn't make it true. Obama won - by the largest margin of victory in 2008 since Clinton and he won again in 2012 despite the money, rigged voting machines, lies and cheating. Obama won. Mitch McConnell is a sour grape who gives all old fogies a bad name and who would rather see the country fall than see Obama succeed. Like most old horses, he needs to be retired.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:21 am
Sorry, but Obama did NOT win by a landslide....yes, he won, but he didn't win by much. This is precisely why we have a very divided country.

Mitch McConnell needs to retire and so does Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid AND Joe Biden.


Gene J (290)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:53 am
Susanne R. "Incidentally, in 1967, when my husband's life was in danger 24/7, Mitch was serving in the Army Reserve and never left this country. He never experienced a day of combat. He received an early discharge due to early signs of MS --which apparently never developed."

Did you know this is THE thing most of what we call "chicken hawks" have in common? They all manage to avoid military service but are more than eager to send other people's kids, not their own, into harm's way. It have ever been thus. '67 was the year I graduated high school, I was in the Army by Mar 68 and in Viet Nam from Nov 69 through October 70. Like your husband I have not owned a gun since, nor have I "hunted". These chicken hawks are the most dangerous of men, think Dick Cheney, multiplied. Never having experience the thrill of the night sound being broken by incoming artillery or the beauty of tracers arcing through the air, they try their best to have the experience they should have had themselves through other people's kids. There a few other words I use to describe them as well but they are not fit for polite company. I think we ought have a new rule in politics, one Robert A. Heinlein championed in Starship Troopers, you may not exercise the franchise if you have not served a term, thus demonstrating your capability of putting the greater good ahead of your own. Since women have had so many fewer opportunities to serve, I'd not include them for the first couple decades, but if you haven't served, if you used multiple deferments to avoid that service, you don't qualify to put other people's childrens lives in danger. Sound severe? Read the book, it is quite amazing and more than a little prescient as is much of Robert's work. :^)

Chris C (152)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:27 pm
Diane O - your comments on this website are the true exercise in futility!

Diane O (194)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:14 pm
Well, thank you very much. I was thinking the same thing about your comments! So, it seems we cancel each other out.

Gene Jacobson

Susanne R. "Incidentally, in 1967, when my husband's life was in danger 24/7, Mitch was serving in the Army Reserve and never left this country. He never experienced a day of combat. He received an early discharge due to early signs of MS --which apparently never developed."

And, may I ask, how many days did Barack Hussein Obama spend in the military? Is there a point here that someone is trying to make?

I'm sure Obama didn't want to be around anyone with a gun pointing it at him. Maybe Mitch felt the same way. Meanwhile, John Kerry was waving his white flag to surrender in there's a wuss.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:18 pm

I never know why liberals make bizarre comments about the republicans in Washington, DC and all over the country. When you make these crazy comments don't you ever consider that for every Mitch McConnell there are probably two in your party just like him?

I wouldn't be concerned about Mitch's military career. At leas he had one. Why didn't Obama serve? Have an answer for that one? It's certainly not because he is an intellectual. He has already shown us that that isn't the case. Can you say the word "elitist?"

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:44 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:22 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. I saw a similar article earlier today, with several specific listings of when and where this will be many donations allowed for this. So, I had a good laugh....McConnell deserves this. He's a real piece of work. I believe his days in the Senate are numbered. If successful, maybe he'll be forced out of office early. If, only!

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 5:03 pm
Diane O., it's all about the money, and the right spreading misinformation all over the place, playing on emotion, and using it to supplant facts. Those who make the most noise, then get to call what it is they are yelling a fact!
If it were not for gerrymandering, Mitch, and the GOP, would be virtually out of Washington!

Jim Phillips (3257)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:12 pm
Do not feed the g o p puke troll.


Edith B (146)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:18 pm
Thanks, Jim Phillips, Mitchell D., Gene Jacobson, and Susanne R. for your comments. They shed light on this subject. I tried to send you a star Gene, but couldn't. I don't understand why Diane O. stays on this site, she obviously has nothing in common with the rest of us. I loved the ad! I am just embarrassed that my state keeps electing him.

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:49 pm
Re: Susanne R. "Incidentally, in 1967, when my husband's life was in danger 24/7, Mitch was serving in the Army Reserve and never left this country. He never experienced a day of combat. He received an early discharge due to early signs of MS --which apparently never developed."

In response to the question you addressed directly to me, Diane: "And, may I ask, how many days did Barack Hussein Obama spend in the military? Is there a point here that someone is trying to make? "And, may I ask, how many days did Barack Hussein Obama spend in the military? Is there a point here that someone is trying to make?"

Well, since YOU asked, Diane, here's my answer: None. Our country was not at war when he was eligible to serve. Mitch McConnell, Dick Cheney, and your heroes George Bush and Mitt Romney WERE, however, and they got away with not seeing any action whatsoever. When you have money and connections, you can do anything you want --even fail your country.

Mitch McConnell joined the reserves and was discharged due a diagnosis of "optical neuropathy" which HIS doctors claimed could have been an indicator of Multiple Sclerosis, but it wasn't. Cheney received five deferments --but years later happily sent other people's children off to their deaths. Bush was in the Reserves and was AWOL for a good part of his service commitment. Mitt Romney may have been the biggest hypocrite of all.

According to

"Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a "minister of religion" in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft [meaning after his many deferments expired], and his lottery number was not called.

President Barack Obama, Romney's opponent in this year's campaign, did not serve in the military either. The Democrat, 50, was a child during the Vietnam conflict and did not enlist when he was older."

Remember, Diane, for every well-heeled son of privilege who managed to get multiple deferments, or free pilot training in the National Guard due to the intervention of his daddy's business or political connections, or several religious deferments that amounted to a long vacation on the French Riviera, another person's son had to go and fight in their place. I don't think you'll understand this, and if you do, I don't think you'll consider it to be important. Can YOU say the word "elitist"?

As far as John Kerry is concerned, you need to do some serious research. It's not fair to repeat nasty and unfounded rumors about people who actually experienced the horror of war.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:32 pm
Given that the highly successful funder of Republican/Teabagger candidates in the last election, Karl Rove, is already airing ads against Ashley Judd, who hasn't even declared her intention to run yet, I think the Republican/Teabaggers and McTurtle himself know that he is on life support politically. He has already mused about being primaried.

Further to Susanne's comment, let's not forget Romneycampaigning in support of the war right before taking a bunch of deferments, and Romney's little romps on the French beaches instead of the beaches of the Mekong Delta!

@ Diane O --- Nobody but you used the word landslide to describe Mr Obama's win. "largest margin of victory" is not a landslide. However, if I recall correctly, there were close to 1 million more votes for the Democrats in the House, but because of gerrymandering by Republican/Teabaggers, that did not translate into as many more seats as it should have.

Mr Obama did not create the divide or exacerbate it. The divide was made worse by Republican/Teabaggers and their wars against women, the poor, the LGBT community, science, the planet, among others.

Is this how you work at helping to bridge the divide that is in the country? You get a failing grade.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:06 am
Thanks Carrie.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:31 am
I'm so sorry I can't send Susanne and Lynn more stars - The main difference between Obama and the GOP who were never in the military is that Obama is not a chicken hawk - he is not anxious to send other people's children off to war. The other difference is that Obama (and Joe Biden) actually care about the people in this country.
McTurtle (love the name - it's so fitting), Rove, Cheney, and all that bunch are only interested in power and more power and will stop at nothing (including swift-boating someone like Kerry and Ashley Judd, for pete's sake) in order to amass yet more power. Thank goodness their days are numbered.

Gene J (290)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:25 am
Diane O.? We don't talk much and that's a good thing I think, but you asked what about President Obama's military record or his not having served. The war I referenced, Viet Nam, didn't have a draft until 1969, when I'd already been in service nearly 18 months. Surely you know, or perhaps you don't and this will be enlightening to you, military service is a young man's game, except for those young men who stay in as career soldiers.

So, here are some facts for you this is the maximum age one can be at enlistment, they've wobbled some in war time but basically are the same. The draft was 18 to 25 year olds.:
•Army - 35 (must ship to basic training prior to 35th birthday. The Army experimented with raising the age limit to age 42 for a brief period of time, but effective April 1st, 2011, the Army has reverted to the lower age limit.
•Air Force - 27
•Navy - 34
•Marines - 28
•Coast Guard - Age 27. Note: up to age 32 for those selected to attend A-school directly upon enlistment (this is mostly for prior service).

Now during the first Gulf War, President Obama was 31 years old and in Law School, following law school, he did civil rights work in Chicago for faith-based organizations. It is questionable whether he would have been allowed to enlist. During the second Gulf war, he was in his 40's and too old. That is not the case with the gentlemen we were discussing earlier, the chicken hawks I referred to from the Viet Nam era, ALL of whom were young when I was and did not serve when I did because they or their daddies sought, bought and got deferments for all manner of dubious reasons. I never sought a deferment - my family served in WW1, WWII my dad and uncles, and I at 18, felt an obligation to this country though I already had some qualms about the war (my real eductation on that did not come until I was in my last year of service and later in college under the GI Bill), I knew other kids around the world could not do the things I took for granted, the freedom I had I owed to the simple good fortune of having been born here. I took that obligation seriously and never considered Canada or a deferment. I am disappointed that former Preident Clinton chose not to serve as did many of the chicken hawks - but then President Clinton started no wars did he? President Obama was too young for Reagan's little flare up in Grenada and too old for the Bush's wars. I don't hold that against him, no one enlists at 30 or older, no one. Your life path is decided by that time, unless there is a draft, and if there had been, he would still have been too old for it. There, those are the facts.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:13 pm
Thanks for posting Carrie.
Hope you are feeling better!!

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 11:47 pm
With one unsurprising exception, LOVE the intelligent, compassionate and heartfelt comments. Thank you, Carrie, for posting this article, and thank you to all the reasonable and caring people who commented.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:16 am
Thank you Susanne. With one exception we are loving and compassionate in our responses.
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