Besides crying the blues to Hugh Spew It about that dirty nickname of Moscow Mitch, it appears that the nickname is driving Moscow Mitch to pick a fight with Kentucky’s only Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth.
Louisville's famous politician was first called “Moscow Mitch” in July by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on his “Morning Joe” show for blocking two measures aimed at preventing foreign interference in U.S. elections a day after former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared before two House committees and reiterated how his 448-page report found the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Now, Moscow Mitch has dug in like an Alabama tick on the issue of beefing up American election security.
McConnell has stood his ground on not passing the measures from the beginning. He said Tuesday that his opponents will “say anything and do anything.”
And McConnell goes on to spout the usual lies that this election is about protecting America from the Democrat’s socialist agenda. This is a confirmation of what Moscow Mitch will run on in 2020. Now, it appears that Congressman John Yarmuth stated the following:
In a video shared by WHAS 11 Monday, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth of Louisville said he had no desire to run against McConnell, but would do so if the senator agreed to debate him in public five times.
Tuesday afternoon, McConnell's campaign Twitter account shared the link and wrote, “Accepted. When is the announcement? – MM.” Three hours after that post, the account tagged Yarmuth in a GIF scene from the 1992 film “Reservoir Dogs” with the quote, “Are you gonna bark all day, Little Doggy, or are you gonna bite?”
Yarmuth has not responded to Moscow Mitch’s “acceptance” of Yarmuth’s challenge to five debates. And to be honest, I don’t think that Yarmuth was serious in his challenge, or he didn’t think that Moscow Mitch would ever accept it. I’ve met Yarmuth, and I think he is happy representing the KY-3rd. Therefore, I cannot see Yarmuth wanting to step up and run against Moscow Mitch.
Having said that, I do think that Yarmuth should say, “You are on Moscow Mitch!” I’m reasonably sure there would not be FIVE debates with Yarmuth. In fact, I can see where Moscow MItch’s shoulder would be acting up and prevent him from even one debate with Yarmuth. Yarmuth is way too smart and tough to let Moscow Mitch get the better of him. His “Little Doggy” insult sounds very Trumpian.
Frankly, I would be thrilled if Yarmuth actually did run for the Kentucky U.S. Senate seat. Yarmuth took on and defeated Ann Northup back in 2006 (she held the seat for 10 years). And most of the money was on a more moderate Democrat being needed to win that seat back. But Yarmuth kept his progressive positions, and he won.
But Yarmuth’s challenge to Moscow Mitch and his “acceptance” looks and feels like professional wrestling, especially on Moscow Mitch’s part. This sounds like a big distraction by Moscow Mitch. Gin up a fight that will never ever happen.
But we know now that calling him Moscow MItch is driving McConell to try distraction.