Thursday, July 16, 2015


This led to a lot of raised eyebrows yesterday:
Sen. Mark Kirk On Iran Deal: Obama “Wants To Get Nukes To Iran,” Predicts Nuclear War In Middle East

... Kirk said he believed the only reason the president supported legislation from Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, that allowed Congress to review the deal was because he “ get nukes to Iran.”

“Under the Bob Corker legislation that recently passed Congress can do a resolution of disapproval and the president can veto it. The only reason that the president supported Corker legislation is because it allows him to get what he wants on Iran which is to get nukes to Iran.”
I see that BooMan is now wondering whether Kirk's intemperate words have anything to do with the stroke he suffered in 2012. I speculated about that myself last month after a series of odd Kirk moments:
Sen. Mark Kirk said in an interview that he regrets referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham as a “bro with no ho” but declined to clarify or further explain his controversial remark....

“I’ve been joking with Lindsey,” Kirk said, according to audio from the Huffington Post. “Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.”

... It’s one of several hot-button comments that Kirk has made this year, including suggesting that the GOP should put coffins outside Democratic offices if there was a terrorist attack during a Homeland Security shutdown and saying people “drive faster” through black neighborhoods.
On the other hand, in most of these incidents, wasn't Kirk just expressing the beliefs of a lot of Republicans -- quite possibly a majority? Please, Public Policy Polling (or some other firm), survey some Republicans and ask them point-blank whether they think President Obama actively seeks to help Iran get the bomb. Would a majority say yes?

And, of course, what Kirk is saying isn't very different from what's been said by a guy who's threatened to run a primary challenge against him, radio host and former congressman Joe Walsh, who hasn't had a stroke:

Poll the Obama-as-nuclear-traitor question, someone. I know the smart people never believe that Republican poll respondents are serious when they express absurd beliefs -- for instance, that they don't believe Obama was born in America. But do the poll anyway. Get it on the record.


Victor said...

Well, if you start to sound like Walsh, then maybe there is some brain damage!

Grung_e_Gene said...

Senator Kirk used his campaign to funnel money to his then girlfriend, Dodie McCracken:

The girlfriend, Dodie McCracken, who works in public relations, has acknowledged receiving more than $143,000 in fees and expenses for her campaign work. A former live-in girlfriend, she is no longer romantically involved with Kirk, according to a campaign aide.

At the heart of the matter is Vertolli's assertion that the Kirk campaign may have improperly hidden money to McCracken by paying her through another company working for the campaign. Because the money was not paid directly to McCracken, her name does not appear in Kirk's federal disclosures.

mcfrank said...

Sounds like Senator Kirk's thinking hasn't changed -- just his filter.

mlbxxxxxx said...


Maybe that's the secret to the conservative mindset.

Professor Chaos said...

So what's the rest of them's excuse?

Professor Chaos said...

Sorry, that grammar was atrocious.

Feud Turgidson said...

Actually, giving Iran some nukes and some mid-range delivery systems right now could be smart: they'd stop Bibi and that ultra-nutella consortium of extremist westbank wingnuts in the Likud from having Israeli nukes bomb the shift out of Iran.