March 7th, 2014
03:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Political Circus: McConnell comes strapped to CPAC...sort of

Mitch McConnell came strapped to the Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

The Senate minority leader, 72, held his rifle mightily overhead before presenting it to his pal, Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, as part of the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award.

The fighting Irish
Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, isn’t fazed by the family drama between tea party leaning and establishment members of the GOP. He says his Irish roots prepped him for Congress.

Bi-ignant.
Sure Republican Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina said he wasn't exactly a stellar high school student and coined a new word for those like him who failed both Spanish and English: Bi-ignant.

No disr-spect
Speaking of new words, President Barack Obama had a little trouble both spelling and showing Aretha Franklin a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T while trying to honor the singer at the Women of Soul event at the White House. Good thing he stopped before he got to the part where Franklin rapidly sings “sock it to me.”

Trouble seeing the point?
Rep. Chris Van Hollen had just said that Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's dis of his Democratic colleague, Rep. Elijah Cummings, this week was "a sad day in the House." Maybe he was trying to bring Rep. Louise Slaughter to tears when he poked her in the eye before she took the podium.

CNN Digital Producer Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts walk the plank toward another November. They are delusional.

    March 7, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. CB FL

    I would bet money he does not know how to load a black powder rifle.

    March 7, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What is wrong with these people?
    Subliminal message anyone?
    Why not just have an altar to th NRA on stage as well?
    He looks like a yokel.

    March 7, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award"

    Newsflash: If you feel you need to walk around strapped all the time, you are a fraidy-cat coward paranoid delusional with maladaptive coping mechanisms.

    "He says his Irish roots prepped him for Congress."

    He also quite literally said that poor people do not love and care for their children and raise them soulless. But CNN doesn't want you to know about that.

    "those like him who failed both Spanish and English: Bi-ignant."

    Nothing qualifies you for GOP/Teatroll hero-worship like celebrating ignorance.

    March 7, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Chipster

    McConnell and the GOP are just protesting all the attempts by Obama and the DNC to repeal the 2nd Amendment and ban guns - oh, oops, there have been zero attempts to repeal the 2nd Amendment or ban guns. I guess they're just tilting at windmills again. Hey McConnell, you may be interested and shocked to know that we Democrats have guns too! We also hunt, shoot for sport, and protect our families. We just don't need missile launchers to do those things.

    March 7, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Courage under fire Lifetime Achievement Award? The NRA actually gave this to someone who has spent his public career dodging responsibility for the lousy policies he supported? Oh, I forgot, repsonsibility is something entirely different for the Right: its whatever makes them feel good about themselves, even when 20 1st graders die.

    March 7, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Courage under fire Lifetime Achievement Award

    from my cold dead hands !

    Give me guns lots of guns lots of guns and let me ride
    Give me guns give me guns lots a guns keep me strong
    Give me guns lots a guns lots a guns and feel the freedom

    If Jesus had an assault rifle he wouldn't have gone on the cross !

    March 7, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    McConnell personifies Klansman every time i look at him.

    March 7, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. carlos

    I saw the video. Coryn was standing on stage with the barrel of a rifle pointed at an audience of thousands receiving an award from the NRA. Does the NRA still advocate basic gun safety?

    March 7, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Pat

    Does he look stupid or what?

    March 7, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't know. The whole brandish the rifle thingy? Immature and petty.

    March 7, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Any GOP moron that even shows up at this GOP FREAK SHOW willNEVER be ELECTED president!!!!!!

    March 7, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair
    People died in Benghazi, but as Hillary so elegantly lectured us, let's just get over it.
    -––
    You must've heard that lecture in your dreams because she never said that.
    Furthermore she never even implied that.
    Sometimes, Fair, it is almost as if you just can't help yourself.
    ---–
    You know something? You've stooped to a pretty low low. Not only did you pick out fake Fair's comment, you conciously changed the lowecase 'f' in the second "fair" to an uppercase 'F' to make it look like it came from me. So here's the post you took the quote from:
    -------------------------------------------------
    Whoa!
    My mistake. Did not notice the little "f".
    No psychology. No hidden agenda.
    Just an honest mistake.
    And I think you should know that somebody, little "f" or big "F", had already responded to my mistake.
    You should look into that....lol!

    March 7, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    "the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award"

    Newsflash: If you feel you need to walk around strapped all the time, you are a fraidy-cat coward paranoid delusional with maladaptive coping mechanisms.
    ------------
    And according to all stats I have seen, much more likely to shoot someone by accident or cause a shooting accident.
    Gun-Tottin' is not like the movies.

    March 7, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    Whoa...we're getting some real crybabies here today. LMFAO

    March 7, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Gail me

    Regardless of one's politics or party affiliattion ... It's time to retire Mitch. 72. The senate term is for 6 years. This is what's wrong with Washington. Well connected with cronies and out of touch with modern times.

    March 7, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit
    "the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award"

    Newsflash: If you feel you need to walk around strapped all the time, you are a fraidy-cat coward paranoid delusional with maladaptive coping mechanisms.
    ----
    And according to all stats I have seen, much more likely to shoot someone by accident or cause a shooting accident.
    Gun-Tottin' is not like the movies."

    Indeed. Studies have shown that the 10 states with the highest incidence rate of gunshot incidents per capita are the 10 with the loosest gun regulations, starting with Louisiana. That means violence and accidents and all the negligence and recklessness in between. What that means is that you're more likely to suffer a gunshot wound in LA than you are in Chicago.

    March 7, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Bill

    I would like to tell this soon-to-be out of work Senator what to do with that rifle. Where is his tri-corner hat? This CPAC conference is better than any comedy on television.

    March 7, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I would bet money he does not know how to load a black powder rifle.

    In fact, he's even holding it wrong and Grimes, his opponent (who is a woman, btw), pointed it out. She challenged him to the shooting range too and he's so far pussed out.

    March 7, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Expat American

    McConnell is going to need that rifle. For when he and Graham take on Putin's forces by themselves. Time to put their tough talk into action.

    March 7, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Chris-E...al

    @ Sniffit both partys voted for the wars bud that you dims blame bush for bud ! Go get you a bump you'll fill better! dont stand up to fast o.

    March 7, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Sniffit "the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award"

    Newsflash: If you feel you need to walk around strapped all the time, you are a fraidy-cat coward paranoid delusional with maladaptive coping mechanisms.

    --
    I think the gop/tea bags should just drop trow and settle this once and for all. My money's on Mitch and his cronies all coming up .... short.

    March 7, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. NOVA703

    Keep it up CPAC. You are the Democrats best friend.

    March 7, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @CryBabies: "Whoa...we're getting some real crybabies here today. LMFAO"

    Yes, I agree, anytime you criticize a righties, the tears start flowing (accompanied by a huge helping of blame-the-librul-media).

    March 7, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Expat American

    Actual recording of Ted Nugent's call to the police:

    "What is your emergency?"
    "A drunk old lady broke into my house and stole one of my guns!"

    March 7, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |