Last Fall, George W. Bush’s memoir revealed the stunning revelation that Mitch McConnell, in September of 2006 — while he was calling people al-Qaeda-appeasing cut-and-runners for wanting to start withdrawing troops from Iraq — was privately telling Bush to start withdrawing troops from Iraq. Not because it was the right thing to do for the country, but because he felt it would help the Republicans in the election that Fall.
Stunning cynical hypocrisy, from the D.C. King of Cynical Hypocrisy.
McConnell initially refused to comment on Bush calling out his hypocrisy, but later told Ryan Alessi “I don’t recall that.” Convenient.
No one’s really asked Mitch McConnell about this since then. But look at what James Carroll found in Dick Cheney’s new book. As you can see, Dick Cheney also shares the news that Mitch McConnell is a Grade-A hypocrite. Here’s a story he recounts from the following summer:
As dinner broke up, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walked over to me. Mitch had been one of the most concerned of the Republicans. He was up for reelection and had suggested to the president that he needed to begin a withdrawal in order to avoid massive defection of Republican senators. “Dick,” McConnell said, “I may have been wrong. Tell the president that I think we may well be able to win these votes and hold the Senate Republicans for the month of July.” That would get us through to the August recess and into September, when Dave Petraeus and Ryan Crocker were scheduled to testify. That was all we needed.
So there you have it. Both Dick Cheney and George Bush say that Mitch McConnell, for almost a year, had privately been advocating (for his own political gain) for withdrawal from Iraq, all while publicly demonizing those advocating the same thing.
Granted, Bush and Cheney aren’t exactly poster boys for telling the truth, but why would both of them decide to make up a story to make him look really, really bad?
How bout it, Mitch? Can you “recall” your year of hypocrisy yet?