Marvelous Mitch’s Miracles

That Mitch McConnell is a real miracle worker.  He's been Senate Majority Leader only four days and he's already taking credit for the economic recovery that he tried to block during the previous six years with his record number of filibusters and obstructionist tactics in the Senate. 

The economy added 252,000 jobs in December while unemployment dropped to 5.6 percent, the Labor Department reported on Friday, on top of 321,000 the previous month.  November is the month in which Republicans won control of the Senate, which is what McConnell credits with fueling the boom that also saw the GDP grow by 5 percent.

All that was accomplished by Merlin McConnell without passing a single piece of legislation.

He conveniently overlooks the fact that Obama inherited the Bush Recession, the worst since the Great Depression, from a Republican administration and its disastrous mismanagement of the economy.  The stats released this week are the best showing since the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton. 

McConnell spent the past six years deriding and trying to block Obama administration's economic policies as part of his avowed goal of making sure Barack Obama was a one term president; when that failed he set his goal at two terms and declared another victory.

 “That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy," said Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, in Huffington Post. "He likes to remind people all the time that he’s not a scientist. Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either."

What's next? 

Look for Marvelous Mitch to hang a "Mission Accomplished" banner across the Senate chamber.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.