HuffPo Catches Paul and McConnell Saying Nothing on a Hot Mic


mitch+mcconnell+rand+paul+side+by+side Photo of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

Huff Po outdid themselves with their latest expose on two Republicans, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. What hard-hitting ace reporters they are! They heard two Republicans strategizing on a hot mic. Wow!

To them, they caught a scandalous exchange – a plot – by Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and have since blasted it around the Internet as if they actually had something to report.

HuffPo said it was an inside look at messaging strategy ‘Republicans hope to force Democrats to agree to a government funding bill that would also dismantle or delay parts of Obamacare, the health care reform law passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, months before President Barack Obama cruised to victory in a presidential election in which the measure was a key issue.’

Republicans are only asking for a one-year delay at this point but mustn’t let facts get in the way.

This was the exchange:

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think… I don’t think they poll tested we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again,” Paul said.

“Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly,” McConnell agreed.

Paul added, “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well, I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think.”

What I hear is this: Paul and McConnell are willing to compromise, the Democrats aren’t, they are trying to convey this to the public, and it’s terrible that the Democrats keep saying they won’t negotiate.

They basically said nothing on the hot mic they haven’t already said in public.

This is a non-scandal scandal.

After Benghazi, Republicans would have to go a long way to compete in Talking Point scandals.