McConnell Mocks “Political Genius” Steve Bannon For Losing A Senate Seat In America’s “Reddest State”

The Associated Press reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser’s “political genius” for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat.

McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving Democrats their first victory in an Alabama Senate race in a quarter century. Moore faced multiple allegations of improper conduct with teenagers decades ago and touted extremist views that repelled many women and minorities.

“The political genius on display, throwing away a seat in the reddest state in America, is hard to ignore,” McConnell told reporters.

  • Todd20036

    Infighting is funny, but I hope Trump drags down this moldy turtle.

    • Xaca

      Would prefer to see him prosecuted and hanged for treason. Conviction optional.

      • mark99k

        Hanging would be acceptable but only if the noose is secured around his balls.

  • shellback

    Please die. Thank you.

    • Todd20036

      Are we sure that hasn’t happened yet?

      • Turtles can live for hundreds of years, alas.

        • OdieDenCO

          not if you put them on a post or pike.

          • witch

            Or make soup

          • Robincho

            Are you trying to mock him?…

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        • Jefe5084

          And McTurtle is a fine example of a critter what done lived too f’ing long

    • Frostbite

      Both of them.

  • bkmn

    Bitch fight.

  • HZ81

    This fight is going to somehow get uglier than its participants.

    • Todd20036

      That, I find hard to believe.

    • Steverino

      The turtle versus the bottle.

    • olandp

      Absolute impossibility.

  • greenmanTN
  • Judas Peckerwood

    Douchebags all the way down.

  • netxtown

    geeees…I didn’t know Bannon molested them little girls, too!

    That said….I wonder if he likes ..’turtle soup’ ?

  • William

    Lock Mitch and Steve in a room together and throw away the key.

    • bkmn
    • Treant

      Lord, no. It’ll lead to twenty minutes of fighting followed by two hours of sloppy sex noises and grunting.

      • William

        You’re disgusting. Come sit over here.

      • cleos_mom

        That’s what the “throw away the key” part is for.

      • Mundusvultdecipi

        Too much detail, thank you – when we said sharing was good, we lied!

    • lymis

      Shove them all together and build a wall around all of them.

      • BockMcMillan

        I would willingly pay for that wall, even in pesos if must be! 😉

    • Steel cage match!

      • William

        Mitch could probably win.

        • It would be the most epic battle since Pee-Wee Herman took on Francis.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist
  • PickyPecker
  • bkmn
    • Robincho

      The love-child of Hartsfild and O’Hare…

  • PickyPecker
  • It’s as if McTurtle doesn’t realize there were three top reasons why Jones won, and Bannon wasn’t one of them:

    1. Trump
    2. Moore’s a pedophile & deplorable man all around
    3. The entire Republican party

    • greenmanTN

      True, but Bannon supported Moore from the get-go.

      • I don’t believe Bannon’s support made any real difference.

        • Dramphooey

          I don’t think so either. Politics is local and Moore didn’t need that idiot to swamp Strange. But the race doesn’t even matter here. McConnell is just attacking his enemy Bannon.

    • Reality.Bites

      Oh he’s well aware of the reasons – but Bannon was behind him and we know that literally any other Republican would have won.

      • Yes, but y’all are missing my point, I think. It’s like saying Trump won because Bannon was behind him.

        Once Moore announced and no other GOPers did, there was no way Luther Strange was going to hang onto that Senate Seat. Sure, Alabama as a whole elected a decent Democrat, but since only GOPers can vote in their primary and Alabama GOPers are especially Trumpish and deplorable, there was no way Moore wasn’t going to be their nominee.

        • Reality.Bites

          This is about a personal feud between Bannon and Turtle. Bannon went against the party establishment candidate, not with Roy Moore, but with Mo Brooks.

          And McConnell is justly pointing out it was a moronic move for BANNON. It has absolutely nothing to do with his influence on the election. It’s about his utter LACK of influence.

          • This is about a party base who has only two reasons for doing anything. 1) It pisses off “libtards” and 2) it pisses off the establishment of their own party. They aren’t for anything. It’s just a giant temper tantrum. This has been about 25 years in the making. (Yes the right wing thing has been building for 40 years but Reagan Republicans had a legislative agenda. This crowd now just knows what they don’t want…which is anything anyone in power who isn’t Trump is for.) There is no reasoning with or appeasing that mob. The GOP created this monster and know can’t control it. It’s like no one ever read Mary Shelley or even saw even the shabbiest adaptation of Frankenstein. This is what happens.

    • Mundusvultdecipi

      True, but Bannon’s involvement may have been the icing on the proverbial cake / straw that broke the camel’s back…

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    The party of personal responsibility…heh.

    • The party of [someone else’s] personal responsibility, that is.

  • Treant

    Yes, McTurtle, let’s present a fractured and unstable front to voters in time for 2018. Sounds like a plan.

  • greenmanTN
  • GanymedeRenard

    You know, I’m super aware of the fact that this is Joe’s blog and he decides what to post according to his own criteria.

    That being said, I really miss the times when JoeMyGod prioritized the first half of this motto when you googled (and still do) the name of the blog. It reads, “LGBT and political news and opinion.” I’ve noticed it’s been increasingly and factually switching into first ‘political’ and then ‘LGBT’ news and opinion.

    I blame this on the despicable Orange One and all he represents.

    So there.

    • clay

      (I also blame it on our success in the last 10 years.)

      • GanymedeRenard

        A success that’s very much relative these days.

        • William

          There will be many steps backward in the next how ever many years. We will need this blog, until it is shut down by the Erik Prince Loyalty Squad.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Agreed. It’s just that I miss the specific and original LGBT component of this blog. But then again, it’s Joe’s priorities.

          • PickyPecker

            Agreed on the LGBT component. However, I do feel that what’s going on in politics affects us….possibly more so than other groups of citizens.
            JMG = Sortof like….it’s nice to see the train leaving the station so you can get the hell off the tracks where you have been standing. 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            I completely concur. But at the same time it’s puzzling to see that the story about the train wreck in Washington was covered when the death penalty to the murderer of a (perceived) gay child was not, for example.

            Don’t get me wrong, but if this blog were essentially political, it would be posting stories about the Castros not governing Cuba or the outcome of Catalonia’s Parliament elections yesterday. And if it were exclusively LGBT, it would be covering the defeat of the bigot fireman in court.

            It would seem, however, that the political component has outdone the balance between it and the LGBT one. Of course, this is just my opinion – based on the amount of posts dedicated to each component on a daily basis.

    • thatotherjean

      No doubt you’re right. I can’t remember another president who did something newsworthy (or, in Trump’s case, unbelievably stupid) EVERY SINGLE DAY; but here we are. I’m glad Joe posts about the worst of Trump’s events/decisions, though, because I can’t stand to watch or listen to him on TV.

    • Lars Littlefield

      There’s still Pink News, LGBTQ Nation News, and the skin blog Towelroad. But Joe’s too cute to not to check out. He adds just the right amount of snark.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Equally, there’s still Politico, Mother Jones, HuffPost, Salon, Right Wing Watch, etc. for political information.

        I keep coming here just because of the wonderful commenters – such as yourself ; ). I found I community here back when we were both LGBT and Political, not the other way around.

        Still, this is my go-to website whenever I want to be informed about what’s (mostly) trendy in this world – outside of the Kardashians’ latest escapade or such.

        • Reality.Bites

          I certainly don’t keep stats, but I’d wager the volume of LGBTQ content is exactly the same as always, but the political content has expended exponentially.

          Joe can’t make LGBTQ news expand at the same rate.

        • Lars Littlefield

          (blushing) I understand.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        He adds just the right amount of snark.

        Exhibit 1: “Alabama Officials To Certify That Roy Moore is a loser.”


        • Lars Littlefield

          It’s a dry wit, much like a dry heat.

  • Lazycrockett
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      • Robincho

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      • cleos_mom

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    • PickyPecker

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    • Jefe5084

      I like information on wildlife stuff, especially from handsome scientists.

  • JWC

    I doubt Trump or Bannon had much to do with it as it was an Alabame electorate that had their fill

    • Jefe5084

      the black women voters in particular, along with the black men.

      Whites? Meh–they love them some whacked out, ignorant, white pedos representing their interests. .

      • KnownDonorDad

        Two things had to happen: the black voters, especially black women, had to be a bulwark of support for Jones. Then, disaffected white voters had to drift away from Moore. I never dreamed it would come together so nicely.

  • clay

    GOP Senate leader doesn’t know which state is most GOP.
    Wyoming is the “reddest state in America”.
    They’re also the state that favored Trump the most.

    • PickyPecker

      WY is also ‘over represented’ based on their population. There just ain’t nothing out there.

      • Jefe5084
        • PickyPecker

          LOL. My grandpa had a taxidermy head of one hanging on his office wall. As kids, we were fascinated by it.

          • Jefe5084

            IF you go to Douglas, WY they have a bigger than life statue of one right smack dab in the middle of a little traffic circle thingy. Looks like its made of paper mache but probably fiberglass–just like the real ones! Yee-haw!

      • Tor

        I’m a Wyoming native. Glad I’m not there. The pictures from Mars Rover reminded me of the Wyoming landscape.

        And to think their two senators have the same amount of influence as our two California senators.

    • Looks like our Commander-in-Tweet won WV by a slightly larger percentage than WY. he got 68.50% there versus 67.40% in WY. Was that because of his “coal” promise?

      ( from here:,_2016#Results_by_state )

      • clay

        Yeah, but that was more about Trump than the GOP. Wy is the only state with over 1/2 the voters registered as Republicans.

        • Ah, I see what you’re saying.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Think that Republicans are trying to distance themselves from the influence of Breitbart as well? “Quick, let’s appear less radical as 2018 elections approach!”

    • Tomcat

      Yeah and next they will be complaining about that tax bill the Democrats passed in the night.

  • DisqusD37

    The Republicans know exactly what behavior they engaged in over the last year. And, they knew the price. But, it was too tempting not to stuff their pockets with everything that wasn’t nailed down. That’s why in months ahead, they will make a concerted effort to rewrite the last year to convince the idiots that backed Trump last year to let it ride.

  • RobynWatts

    McConnell Vs. Bannon, in a nutshell.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Oops, that’s my outside voice. Scabrous, Gin-soaked, Leprous liar and hate-mongering fascist bastard.

  • Richard B

    I don’t think we have to worry about Steve Bannon. Between Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and what he has done to his body, I don’t think people are buying what he is selling….

    • leastyebejudged

      You’re stupid then.

      Turn your back on him at your own risk.

  • I had agreeing with McConnell so I’ll quibble just a little bit. This wasn’t just Bannon’s doing. Luther Strange would have won this election. In fact Moore would have won if it hadn’t been for over a dozen of brave women coming out to expose him for the creek that he is. Being an anti-lbgt bigot would not have lost either of them the election. That’s not ALL on Bannon. Moore had quite the following in Alabama what with being a far right religious loon and all. They wanted to thumb their nose at the GOP establishment and Moore was the “perfect” way to do that. It blew up in their faces. I expect at least a dozen versions of this election next year in the House and Senate in which a Bannon/TeaParty/NeoNazi candidate wins a primary (perhaps against an incumbent) throwing the race to a Democrat who might not otherwise win. In fact, I plan to vote for anyone who runs against my Congressman or Senator in the primary next year. Anyone. No one could be worse so what the fuck?

    • BeaverTales

      That is what prompted Lisa Murkowski (R)’s write-in candidacy. She was primaried by a RWNJ and the Democrat was not seen as a serious contender. Rather than vote for Joe Miller, A mix of Democrats and Repugs wrote in “Lisa Murkowski” for the general election.

      So it has already happened. The only difference with Roy Moore is that Bannon wasn’t a factor in the Miller-Murkowski contest.

  • JAKvirginia

    Lessee… Bitch Mitch doesn’t like Bannon because he couldn’t sell a child molester as a winner. Mitch? That says WAY more about you than it does Bannon.

    • Reality.Bites

      No, he’s always hated him. He’s not blaming him, he’s MOCKING him.

      • JAKvirginia

        Semantics. He’s still laying fault with Bannon. Moore was an impossible sell for anybody. Personally, I don’t give a damn. Just fun to watch them eat each other alive.

  • leastyebejudged

    Says the party that’s removed charitable contributions deductions from the tax code.

    I wonder why I’m not seeing charities upset about this ?

  • gothambear

    Bitch fight! Maybe in a cage…?

  • coram nobis

    Wanna see how to lose more red states? Steal the waitresses’ and bartenders’ tip money! See how that plays out at Cracker Barrel.

    Most Americans assume that when they leave a tip for waiters and bartenders, those workers pocket the money. That could become wishful thinking under a Trump administration proposal that would give restaurants and other businesses complete control over the tips earned by their employees.
    — lede

    • They can wave bye-bye to their workforce. Eve the place I know where they tip-pool the legit way offer their employees well over min wage plus decent benefits.

  • HappyDance904

    All I can say is how funny it is calling the turtle pink!!

  • Uh, YOU LET HIM you gormless yertle-faced creep.

    Let;s hope it’s the start of a tsunami.

  • Gianni

    That constant munching sound we hear is Washington eating its own. That new crunching sound is McConnell cracking Bannon’s shell.

  • hey who wants to work hard for two dollars an hour? Mexicans you say? Sorry, they are no longer an option, white oppressors.