Monday, June 4, 2007

Lexington Herald Leader Column Examines Mitch McConnell's Hypocrisy In Undermining Governor Fletcher

Larry Dale Keeling penned a very important column in yesterday's Lexington Herald Leader that discussed Mitch McConnell's hypocrisy in praising Governor Fletcher after McConnell promoted his fellow Louisville liberal Anne Northup's primary challenge. Keeling writes that McConnell refused to praise Fletcher's job performance while commending Northup's candidacy, and is not running to Fletcher because of his own 2008 reelection concerns:
Asked at the same time if his lack of endorsement in the governor's race could be interpreted as a slap at Fletcher, McConnell responded, "You can draw whatever conclusion you want to."...

But now that Fletcher has won the primary, McConnell proclaims, "I've never met a finer man than our governor, Ernie Fletcher."

Gee, do you think anyone would be cynical enough to wonder whether McConnell was speaking from the heart?

Surely, the restoration of those two banished words to his public vocabulary -- and in such glowing fashion -- couldn't have anything to do with his own desire for re-election in 2008, a desire that might be more easily fulfilled with a Republican in the Governor's Mansion and a united party behind him.