What’s the Story About McConnell’s Discharge?

By now we all know that Mitch McConnell was discharged from the military shortly after being called up over an eye condition. With McConnell’s recent decision to use veterans in commercials that further his political career and his obvious lack of service, we thought it’d be a good idea to examine Mitch’s past.

If Mitch McConnell’s medical condition was bad enough for him to be discharged, why did he need Senator Cooper’s help?

Let’s take a look at the telegram Senator John Sherman Cooper sent on McConnell’s behalf demanding that he be discharged:

Army (hold)

McConnell,Mitchell
COPY

AUGUST 10, 1967

MAJOR GENERAL A. D. SURLES
COMMANDING GENERAL
FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY

PVT MITCHELL MCCONNELL, ER 15 767 802, BEING MEDICALLY DISCHARGED YOUR STATION OPTIC NEURITIS. PAPERS IN OFFICE

SPECIALIST HUMMER, COLONEL FLETCHER BATTALION CO. MITCHELL ANXIOUS TO CLEAR POST IN ORDER TO ENROLL NYU. PLEASE ADVISE WHEN FINAL ACTION CAN BE EXPECTED.

JOHN SHERMAN COOPER, USS

OFFICIAL

DAY LETTER

KSF

Optic Neuritis, medical condition, yadda yadda, fine and dandy. Right?

Senator Cooper said Mitch needed to be let go ASAP because he would be enrolling at New York University. Why didn’t McConnell go to NYU? Was it all a farce?

McConnell’s got some ‘splainin to do. Senator McConnell needs to clear this matter up once and for all.

Call Mitch’s office. Ask him why he dodged the war. Ask him why he bailed on Vietnam while thousands of young men and women were dying.

P.S. Someone needs to check out the John Sherman Cooper Papers, Senatorial Series II 1956-72, Office Copy File from 1967, Box 792, at the University of Kentucky. Margaret I. King Library, Special Collections.

Thursday Update Dept of The Olympics Are UGH

The middle class is progressive. Maybe Democrats and stop pretending they’re center of left now? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford went for Mitch McConnell’s jugular last night at the homophobic, law-breaking Kentucky Farm Bureau debate. “The last 24 years, you’ve had an opportunity to do some great things for this state and this country. And in my opinion, you’ve failed,” Lunsford said. [PolWatchers]

Older than dirt Grandpa John McCain says he doesn’t disagree with re-instituting a military draft in the United States of America. “I don’t disagree with anything you said.” [Think Progress]

Presidential weener alert. ALERTA! ALERTA! [Wonkette]

Phillip Butler, a man with whom John McCain was a prisoner of war, wrote an op-ed for the Military Times about how he refuses to vote for Walnuts. That’s kind of, um, bad, right? [Military Times]

Bruce Lunsford will unveil his plan for a Kentucky Women’s Bill of Rights on September 25 in Lexington. Carrick House, 312 N. Limestone, 7:00 P.M. [Kentucky Women]

The grand jury subpoenaed 13 road contracts in the Leonard Lawson-Bill Nighbert snafu. What a hot mess. [H-L]

In other news, the latest Bigfoot hoax has Kentucky’s newsosphere in quite a tizzy. The latest gossip is all about the amazing movie Harry and the Hendersons. Our sources say a number of Louisville reporters, including former WHAS11 journalist Sean Bartel, thought the movie was better than The Godfather, which is a huge effing travesty. [Terrible First-Hand Accounts]

Why can’t Elaine Chao do something about the Red Chinese winning all of our damn medals?!?! UGH! MITCH: Send a memo to your wife, damnit. Tell her THOSE ARE OUR MEDALS. Got it? [Ugh. Make it stop.]

It’s a Slow News Day, Right?

So we’re gonna waste some time with another update. We’re also stuck in meetings, preventing us from paying attention to what’s going on.

The Felner story? Yeah, the C-J’s put a new guy on it. And, despite what we saw as promising last week, are wholly disappointed. Come on, C-J. Get it together. Stop printing crap just because UofL freaks its shiz out over a story. [C-J]

It’s not about John McCain being old. It’s about him being senile. [Politico]

Bruce Lunsford appeared on Leland Conway’s show in Lexington today. [Leland Conway]

That dern librul media is lyin’ to you again! The libruls will lie to you about Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy! Don’t believe it! [EITB]

75% of Americans say known homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the military, up from 62% in 2001 and 44% in 1993. Somebody should ask Anne Northup how she feels about it. Basically, it’s the end of the world and the institution of marriage will crumble. Also, we lost Eye-rack because of the gays. I saw it on HBO. I know. [WaPo]

It’s Thursday. Rain Ruins Everything Edition.

Beshear creating a new task force to help deal with the Fort Knox realignment. The Governor’s Task Force on Military Base Realignment will consist of only 11 members, down from Ernie Fletcher’s group of 30. [News-Enterprise]

Mitch McConnell is still serving as the chief obstructionist in the senate. And he’s still refusing individual up or down votes on nominees to fill the Federal Election Commission. Like it makes any sense to vote once for four people. You’d think a man as old as McConnell would know how to avoid childish games. [WaPo]

Greg Fischer wins an endorsement from a blogger, picks up one or two votes. We’re not sure how/why anyone thinks Greg Fischer can win a primary election, let alone the general, so we can only assume this “endorsement” is out of principle. [Swing State Project]

Another pee pee contest? Louisville Mayor Cheerleader Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear are begging Senate President David Williams to form a conference committee from both the House and Senate to help get all kinds of cash to build some fancy bridges in Louisville. [PolWatchers]

Harry Moberly and David Williams are STILL fighting like two little girls at a Barbie birthday party. Here’s some advice to the both of them: get your lacy panties out of the twist they’re in and DO SOMETHING for a change. Get the g-d budget figured out and get it figured out NOW. If you can’t get your respective acts together long enough to resolve this budget mess, then the least you could do is act like adults. Using language like “smart ass” during the session shows just how low-class you really are. [The Arena]

The abortion bill is going nowhere. Maybe women really can make their own decisions? We’re not sure. But we still think C.J. Parrish knows what she’s talking about. [Hebert, C.J.’s Letter]

General David Patraeus for President in 2012?

From Ben at What’s Required:

Let me spell it out very directly for everybody here: David Petraeus will run for President in 2012. Whichever non-white man the Democrats put forth this year will win, and then “King David” will challenge them in four years.

This is bad. Petraeus isn’t Wes Clark. He’s Eisenhower. He’s driven, he’s brilliant, and he wins. Clark was smart, and nice, but not special enough to stand out. Petraeus is a hero.

The war in Iraq was going so terribly that even the most hawkish minds knew that simply “staying the course” wouldn’t do after the disaster that was 2006, and when Dr. David Petraeus (from Princeton, no less!) took the reins, he immediately changed the approach. The author of the Army Counterinsurgency Manual insisted that the Army begin using it in Iraq, and casualties, both Iraqi and American, fell precipitously. He’s setting himself up for the Vietnam narrative all over again: I did my job, it was the politicians who failed. And that’s exactly what’s happening– the surge is creating the military breathing room it intended to. The Iraqis simply are refusing to accomplish their political goals in concert with it, and so the strategy has been doomed (I know, who didn’t see that coming…).

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Five Years in Iraq

This Wednesday (tomorrow), March 19, Louisville Peace Action Community will mark the fifth anniversary of the debacle in Iraq with an all-day event.

Details:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
  • Jefferson County Courthouse Steps
  • 6th & Jefferson Streets, Louisville, 40202

Tomorrow’s event is part of a nationwide commemoration of U.S. and Iraqi lives lost since 2003 and will include two programs with speakers and music: 11:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

According to an email from LPAC, the group will display hundreds of boots to represent fallen soldiers and will do the same with shoes to represent Iraqi civilians killed– all to be given to charity after the event.

Will you be there? Let us know. We’ll make an effort to stop by at some point.