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Bridget Johnson


April 9, 2013 - 9:49 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign is up in arms about a Mother Jones piece posted this morning using a surreptitious recording from a meeting in which potential challenger Ashley Judd was reviewed.

“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s,” said one person at the meeting, not McConnell.

At the Feb. 2 meeting, McConnell compared this stage of the campaign to the carnival game Whac-a-Mole. “When anybody sticks their head up, do them out, and we’re even planning to do it with the Courier here shortly,” he said.

The recording was given to Mother Jones, which would not reveal the source.

McConnell’s campaign has demanded an investigation into illegal wiretapping. His campaign website urges visitors to “stand with Senator McConnell against the liberal media’s illegal and underhanded tactics.”

In a statement, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton called the recording “Nixonian tactics.”

“Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings. Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent,” Benton said. “By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

Mother Jones was behind the release of Mitt Romney’s speech to donors, filmed by bartender Scott Prouty, in which he talked about the 47 percent.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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SOP: “Always assume bugging and take steps to neutralize.”

How hard is that?

I guess about as hard as establishing another SOP for American installations worldwide: “Assume every 9/11 is a stimulus to terrorists and initiate red alert protocols without fail.”

Are these people routinely stoned out of their minds or were they just born stupid?
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These things never cease to amaze me. How stupid do you have to be to allow people you don't know and trust into your meetings? And how dumb do you have to be to let anyone - anyone - into the meeting with a recording device? And how triply dumb do you have to be to not have a jammer/white noise generator running the whole time?

Geez, no wonder we can't win. We're dumber than a box of rocks.
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Silly. It's "Watergate" only if the Republicans do it.
Democrats can sell rifles to the narco-cartels, let Ambassadors die while the (alleged) CiC sleeps, jail (alleged) movie-makers to appease the islamic supremacist, assault voters at the polls
and it is never a "gate".

Although it could be said that it is the gate to hell...
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