Mark Shields Gets Mitch Slapped
Unseen by almost everyone, mild-mannered Mitch McConnell stepped out of the phone booth the other evening as SuperMitch and delivered the most succulent and exquisite thrashing of a media hack yet delivered this election season.
Leader McConnell usually drones on monochromatically and indecipherably in a soporific monotone reminiscent of an adult in a Peanuts video: Only with a studied, and worthwhile, effort can the considerable substance of what he is saying be extracted.
However, in a recent appearance on a normally unwatched-many-viewers-program with four undistinguished talking heads, another facet of Mr. McConnell's personality suddenly and delightfully emerged.
Following a bland exchange with the admirer of creased pants, Leader McConnell was asked by the moderator, Mrs. Al Hunt, to respond to a question from the fellow Rush refers to as "Mark 'Maxi' Shields."
Did he ever! "Maxi" may well be the the most insufferable and pedantic south-end-of-a-north-bound equine on television. He is dumber than Norah O'Donnell (but even more partisan than she), and he proved so by immediately asking about the leader's long-ago remark about working to make Preezy Obama a one-term Preezy of The Untied Steezy.
SuperMitch stopped him, thanked him for the opportunity to again explain his position, and got the mule's attention with a 2-by-four blow right between the eyes. The exchange was then mercifully ended when the recently-upset African-American panelist stepped in with another question.
The exchange may well have showed why Mitch is Leader McConnell rather than back-bencher, Senator McConnell. The steely glint in his eye, so like that of GWB at the moment he emerged at the convention in 2000, is one that many of his caucus members must frequently see. That firm, uncompromising voice also helps. Again, watch it and savor the moment!