It’s not like they’re doing anything in Washington right now.

Mitch McConnell, September 23, 2011:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he doesn’t foresee involvement from congressional leaders in current issues facing college athletics.

“I don’t think the universities need any advice from Congress about how to run their business,” McConnell, a Louisville alumnus, told’s Pat Forde. “I have concerns about it, but I’m not an expert on why the universities are doing what they’re doing. I assume it is in their own best interests. From a fan perspective, it is a little perplexing. I don’t know what’s going to happen to traditional rivalries when they’re traveling thousands of miles to play.”

You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that the great statesman’s sensibilities are no longer affronted.

After being informed by Big 12 officials that it would be admitted to the conference, West Virginia now finds itself in a holding pattern.

A Big 12 conference call Tuesday night was expected to be a formality on West Virginia’s road to admittance. Instead, objections were raised.

A late push by Louisville has put political pressure on the Big 12 and opened the possibility of Louisville’s being the university that is admitted instead of West Virginia. Two people with direct knowledge of the situation said that lobbying by the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, including to David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma and a former senator, helped slow West Virginia’s admittance to the Big 12.

It’s every traditional rivalry for itself!  There’s no time to worry about hypocrisy.  (Not that many politicians worry about that, anyway.)


UPDATE:  Ah, fer chrissakes.



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35 responses to “It’s not like they’re doing anything in Washington right now.

  1. Faulkner

    What, no comment from Ken Starr on the rape and pillage of the Big East for the gratification of the Big 12? I thought stopping this type of conference musical chairs was a matter of national importance that must be addressed or stopped.


    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Rape and pillage? The Big 12 got sloppy seconds if you ask me. What shame. Aced out by the ACC.


      • W Cobb Dawg

        Agree. Like to see Boren explain to alumni the Nebraska rivalry is being replaced with Louisville!? I suggest they play at a neutral site, maybe Branson.


  2. Given McConnell’s recent record when he tries to throw his political weight into a competition, I think this is actually good for WVU.

    /Rand Paul’d


  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Louisville and/or UWV to the Big 12? Talk about desperation from both the conference and the schools!


  4. Dog in Fla

    Serial obstructionist*Mitch’s communications with Boren have opened the door for the Mountaineers to release the sextape.

    This is nothing new for the Hatfield- McCoy feud part of Appalachia. At least Country Joe Barton had sense enough to move along to his other money-making projects



  5. Billy Mumphrey

    As a citizen of the Commonwealth I can tell you this is the most Mitch has ever done for the people of Kentucky.


  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Blutarsky I sleep better at nights when they’re not doing anything in Washington. It doesn’t matter who ‘they’ is.


  7. Mike

    We are in the best of hands. We get the government we deserve.


  8. 81Dog

    Just for the record, the Democrat knucklehead Senators in West Virginia (“the pork capital of America!”) are up to the same time wasting stupidity as McConnell. It’s apparently a bipartisan problem. Both Manchin and Jay Rockefeller are Democrats. Just sayin’… 🙂


  9. Chadwick

    Welcome to Third World status, brought to you by the people that we elected to lead us. This nation is in deep, deep trouble.


  10. Cojones

    I’m starting a new political party that will comingle well with college football; the Fing Dynas….ooops, I mean Party. We are going to introduce college football in China as the basic plank. Several of us have already gotten rights to TV. Don’t now whether Manchuria is on board since their first reaction was WTF?.


  11. Nate

    Anyone who thinks the problems in this country are the exclusive results of one party or the other is either fooling themselves, or intellectually dishonest. I, for one, blame the Amish.


    • 81Dog

      Nate, do you know what goes “Clip, clop, clip, clop….bang! bang! bang!…clip, clop, clip, clop.”?

      A: an Amish drive-by shooting.

      I’ll be here all week! Try the veal!


      • Nate

        Q: What do yo call an Amish guy with his hand up a horse’s ass?

        A: A mechanic.

        (rim shot)

        Don’t forget to tip your waitress.


  12. Cojones

    Q. What do you call an Amish with one of his hands up a mare’s crotch and the other hands on his privates?

    A. Don’t know, but he better not try that in Florida.

    Let’s keep on point here, folks. All nasties head toward FU.


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