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Tue November 20, 2012
Columnist Rips Yarmuth Over McConnell Comments
In a stinging editorial, Louisville Courier-Journal columnist John David Dyche rips Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth for his recent attacks on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Yarmuth made a recent television appearance on MSNBC, saying McConnell will do what's in his best interest in the face of the looming fiscal cliff. Dyche is a Louisville attorney and McConnell biographer, who is considered by man to be the Senator's unofficial spokesman in the city.
From The C-J:
It must also gall Yarmuth that McConnell ignores him. Yarmuth is to McConnell as a yapping toy poodle is to an oblivious Great Dane.
So why doesn’t Yarmuth put his practically infinite money where his practically incessant mouth is and channel his jealousy of McConnell into his own race against him? He might then get the debate with McConnell for which he mewls. Meanwhile, McConnell negotiates directly with the president, not insignificant congressmen.
Yarmuth has been consistent critic of McConnell over the past year with little acknowledgment from the Senator's office, re-election campaign or supporters.
But Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman raised eyebrows on election night when Yarmuth told WFPL he would "spend the next two years doing everything" to help defeat the GOP leader in 2014.
Those comments somewhat echoed McConnell's remarks in 2010 that his chief goal was to make President Obama a one-term president, and were quickly addressed by McConnell's campaign manager who said Yarmuth has an "unhealthy obsession" with the Senator.
Interestingly, the congressman backpedaled on his earlier statements in an interview with The Courier-Journal's James Carroll, saying: “I’m not going to make my life over the next two years about softening him up. I’m not going to be focused on Mitch’s re-election or defeat."