This week, The Nation obtained audio revealing Mitch McConnell’s plans to further hinder any impact that Obama could have in the remaining years of his term. During a secret strategy conference, McConnell said of the upcoming spending bill, “We will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board [inaudible]. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it.” CNN featured this audio yesterday, as well as McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes’s response: “I think Mitch McConnell got caught in his 47 percent Mitt Romney moment. I think it shows the extent and the lengths he will go to to pander to his party millionaires and billionaires at the expense of hurting Kentuckians.”
—Hannah Harris Green