Ooh Ooh That Smell

We’ve gone almost a whole day without pointing and laughing at Mitch McConnell’s campaign, which is about 23 hours too long, so let’s look at the next turd that’s dropped at that shitshow:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation amid questions about his alleged role in 2012 Iowa bribery scandal.
Benton’s resignation is effective Saturday.

The major staff change comes amidst a bribery scandal from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during the 2012 presidential campaign that could spill over into McConnell’s re-election fight. Benton has stressed that he is innocent and blamed “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

I think the notion that Paul’s 2012 political director would have been involved in the Paul campaign’s $73,000 bribe to an Iowa State Senator is a little more than a “rumor”, but my therapist tells me I’m the cynical kind.

Also, too: this is the same asshole who said he was holding his nose for two years to work for McConnell. I can’t improve on John’s original title, so I’m re-using it for this moron’s swan song.

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30 replies
  1. 1
    gbear says:

    But Obama wore a tan jacket.

  2. 2
    tybee says:

    this will be amusing. :)

  3. 3
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Let’s hope that the rest of the lyric holds..

    “…the smell of death around you.”

    Hasta la vista, Yertle.

  4. 4
    MattF says:

    This is a pre-scandal Politico link to a Benton profile, so you have been warned. In fact, it’s worth reading:


  5. 5
    ShadeTail says:

    “We’ve gone almost a whole…” What? A whole note? Whole milk? Whole hog?

  6. 6
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    mistermix’ second link about the IA state senator who pled guilty to charges concerning his receiving payments from the Paulistas includes a gem of a comment:

    Um, it is my inmagination or does this guy look like a combination of a prison guard fired for excessive brutality and Ming the Merciless?

    fargo116, get your ass over here, we can always use more quality observations like this one, without regard to the typo!

  7. 7
    JPL says:


  8. 8
    pamelabrown53 says:

    Two birds with one stone would be the just outcome in this unjust world.

  9. 9
    Baud says:

    I wonder what cabinet position Benton will be appointed to in the Rand Paul administration.

  10. 10
    Cluttered Mind says:

    @Baud: Secretary of Labor.

  11. 11
    Cacti says:

    I used to doubt the idea that rich people hid away in smoky rooms, talking about how much they hated the poor, and laughing about the ways they planned to screw them over.

    After Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, I owe some people an apology.

  12. 12
    Baud says:


    I don’t think they smoke as much as they used to.

  13. 13
    muddy says:

    @Cacti: I was a waitress in a high end country club when I was 19. They never seemed to think that you could actually hear them. I guess you just don’t count, so who cares? I figured they got their country club fees by saving up tip money. Their shitty kids would hit on you in the grossest ways, like you are part of the recreation package. Expected it from gross old men, but they’d have 13 year olds doing it with such entitlement, so creepy. They’d all want you to act really servile, but they’d give you less than 10%. I could play servile really well if I’d a mind to, but ffs it’ll cost! It was 1980, not 1850.

  14. 14
    shelley says:

    As always, bring on the world’s teeniest violin.

  15. 15
    srv says:

    I guess bob’s work is done since the tan suit man has abandoned Ukraine.

    Merkel will have to save the world from the new Hitler

  16. 16
    raven says:

    Rut ro, rainin like hell 2 hrs before kickoff!

  17. 17
    James E. Powell says:

    I’m guessing this will have no impact on the election. People aren’t voting for McConnell because they like him, or because they think he’s clean, good government guy, or for any reason other than the need to prevent Obama’s third term.

  18. 18
    JPL says:

    @raven: I wish it would rain here. Have fun!

  19. 19
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: Ah, wuts rain?

    Breathing again after my Bruins near collapse in Charlottesville.

  20. 20
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @James E. Powell: Mitch McConnell is the last bastion against Obastalin’s War on Coal, Guns and Jeebus.

  21. 21
    raven says:

    Ram’s cut Sams.

  22. 22
    raven says:

    @JPL: It is stone ass ugly out there, it poured for 5 minutes and the sun just came out.

  23. 23
    J R in WV says:

    With all the Turtle, McConnell and his handlers, have had go wrong, already, I can’t believe Grimes isn’t ahead by a ton. KY isn’t that red a state, and Grimes already won a state-wide race.

    Look at the optics, Grimes is young, dynamic, attractive.

    McConnell is a zombie who hates 83% of the people in the state, and it shows so well.

    So I’m hoping the Blue Team pulls this one out for the good guys.

  24. 24
    Hill Dweller says:

    Why can’t Saban recruit effective pass rushers? It’s been a few years since they’ve consistently put pressure on opposing QB’s.

  25. 25
    Jay C says:

    @James E. Powell: @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    While Alison Lundergan Grimes has certainly made the KY Senate race more of a contest than might have been expected, there are still 9 weeks or so before the election: and that can be an eternity in politics. As much as we can (righteously) sneer at Mitch McConnell for his blatant sucking-up to the Koch Brothers, said upsucking can generate a huge amount of money, with which the incumbent can blanket the state with a barrage of campaign ads in every medium imaginable: and absolutely none of which are likely to be very pretty. And yes, Jim, their theme probably WILL be “Coal, Guns and Jesus“: as long as it gets McConnell voters to polls, why should they care?

  26. 26
    Anoniminous says:

    Romney won Kentucky 60.5% to 38%. Rand Paul won in 2010 55.7% to 44.3% by a margin of 155,559 votes with a voter turnout of 40.7%.

    Unseat McConnell? As my grandpappy used to say, “The votes. They aren’t there.”

  27. 27
    James E. Powell says:


    Unseat McConnell? As my grandpappy used to say, “The votes. They aren’t there.”

    That’s what it seems like to me. Things may change someday, but not when the president is near.

  28. 28
    Botsplainer says:

    @J R in WV:

    With all the Turtle, McConnell and his handlers, have had go wrong, already, I can’t believe Grimes isn’t ahead by a ton. KY isn’t that red a state, and Grimes already won a state-wide race.

    Don’t kid yourself. Outside the People’s Sharia Law Republic of Louisville and the old cities immediately south of Cincinnati (their burbs being OMG scary), this place votes like a Klavern in too many places.

  29. 29
    Fred says:

    For the folks who vote Republican, corruption isn’t a bad thing. It just shows how serious their guy is. It’s a bit like people with connections to the Mafia. They get a warm feeling thinking they could make a call and get some SOB’s legs broke. Not that that could really happen ’cause they aren’t THAT connected but just the thought brings a smile.

    Now that I think about it, I’ve known some people with Mafia ties and they are all rabid Republicans too.

  30. 30
    RaflW says:

    Hey, at least this misstep by Yurtle the Turtle’s campaign got me to hit the donate button for Allison L-G yesterday. So it did have at least a tiny anti-McConnell effect.

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