‘I don’t know what he really cares about, other than holding on to his job…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) Former Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who lost her re-election bid last November, blamed the cold-hearted, partisan strategizing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for costing her the race.
“He sees his job as only to protect Republican senators and to protect a Republican majority,” McCaskill said of McConnell during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday night.
“In the most political of places, no one is more political,” she continued. “I don’t know what he really cares about, other than holding on to his job.”
One might have said the same of McCaskill—when she had a job.
Although she ran as a centrist, touting her eagerness to cross the aisle, more often than not she voted straight down the party line, eager to serve the Obama agenda and to please lobbying interests like labor unions and Planned Parenthood, to whom she was beholden.
After widely viewed videos from Project Veritas exposed McCaskill as an extremist liberal in the otherwise solid-red, Trump-supporting state of Missouri, voters ousted the two-term senator in favor of Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley.
McCaskill’s “no” vote on the polarizing confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh less than two months before the election likely was a deal-breaker for conservatives in the state, but while three of her fellow battleground Democrat colleagues had broken ranks on and earlier vote to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch, McCaskill also opposed him and was criticized on the campaign trail for putting party ahead of voters.
“For a lot of evangelical voters in my state who maybe didn’t see Trump as a role model for their children, they were convinced he’d put people on the Supreme Court that they liked,” McCaskill told Seth Meyers. “And that was really because of Mitch McConnell’s strategy.”
Now, it seems, McCaskill’s years of keeping her true colors bottled up while shoehorned into the role of imposter moderate have finally caused her progressive views to burst.
Her scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners curtain call has targeted everyone from her Senate colleagues and President Donald Trump to fellow Democrats—including socialist freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, whom she called “the new shining object” that the distractable Left was obsessing over.
On the “Seth Meyers” show, McCaskill again went after Trump, calling him a “con” and “very, very weird.”
She regaled the liberal audience with a story about how Trump tried to charm her during White House talks over the president’s tax-cut proposals.
Noticing she was seated right next to him, McCaskill told Meyers, “I’m going, ‘Oh sh**!'”
She said Trump was a gentleman when he entered, offering to pull her chair out for her, but then took it a step too far.
“He leans down and whispers in my ear, ‘I bet no other president has ever done that before,’” McCaskill said.
Some speculate that McCaskill’s savage score-settling may be part of a rebranding effort, perhaps to reclaim a seat in the Senate when Republican Roy Blunt faces re-election in 2022—or in the 2020 Missouri gubernatorial race.
In the governor’s race, she would likely face an un-elected GOP incumbent, Gov. Mike Parson, who replaced scandal-plagued ex-Gov. Eric Greitens last June when he resigned under threat of impeachment.
With her liberal views uncorked, though—not to mention a propensity for pettiness—it could be a true test of the “Show-Me” State‘s values.
Of course, McCaskill would also be in good company if she were to enter the crowded field for the White House amid a bevy of radical leftist former Senate colleagues and a few prominent fellow losers.