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Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:35 PM

McCaskill warns Dems about 'cheap' rhetoric; says GOP senators privately believe Trump is 'nuts'

(CNN)Sen. Claire McCaskill has some advice for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the incoming freshman who has rapidly risen from obscurity to one of the most well-known figures in the Democratic Party: Talk is cheap.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who's in her final days in office after losing her bid for a third Senate term, told CNN in a wide-ranging interview that her party must begin to focus and deliver on real issues to attract independent and white working class voters -- not pie-in-the-sky policy ideas, such as tuition-free college, that have little chance of becoming law. Her concern: Voters grow cynical after hearing campaign promises that never go anywhere, empowering forces like President Donald Trump to rail against Washington for failed promises, as he did in 2016.

Democrats, she suggested, should be cautious about the rise of politicians like the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, who vanquished a Democratic leader, Joe Crowley, in her primary, and have vowed sweeping changes in policy.

"I don't know her," McCaskill said when asked if she'd consider Ocasio-Cortez a "crazy Democrat" like the ones she decried on the campaign trail. "I'm a little confused why she's the thing. But it's a good example of what I'm talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman."

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Not helpful, Claire. I dig you're hurt by your loss, but don't trash Dems on the way out, please?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:39 PM

1. Disagree. McCaskill has much more savvy, etc., etc., than . . .

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:40 PM

2. No, not especially helpful, but likewise not without a hint of truth... n/t

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:44 PM

3. She didn't trash anyone, just issued a word of caution based in 12 years in office

"Voters grow cynical after hearing campaign promises that never go anywhere"

Indeed they do. Just ask Donald Trump.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:45 PM

4. Wasn't that long ago

Gay Marriage was a "pie in the sky" idea. But thank you for your years of service Senator.

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Response to Soxfan58 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:56 PM

9. Did gay marriage suddenly happen or did it take time?

That's the point.

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Response to Soxfan58 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:56 PM

10. The court had to give us that victory. As is usual.

Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 I'm not sure the Congress has done much to help with things like civil rights or income inequality. Most every politician is afraid to vote for the things that would really help. Like a higher minimum wage and single-payer health care. The ACA should have been single-payer. That the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act finally made it through was only because we held Congress and the White House and we know how to deal and compromise. In short - how to govern. This is not a skill the GOP possesses.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:46 PM

5. She has a point. I like new ideas, but don't want to wreck the place.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:52 PM

6. STFU Sen McCaskill! Your comment about "crazy" Dems

 

Heckling republicans at dinner made my Democratic daughter so mad that she REFUSED to vote for you!

But she didn't vote for Hawley either, thank goodness!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:55 PM

7. Yet republicans remain shamefully submissive to the KGOpee draft-dodger

and his russian handlers.

So the freaking republicans can go jump in a lake, pretending they care about the nutsoid condition of the scumbag they support. They have not shown it. At all. They have betrayed America. Americans will not forget.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:55 PM

8. I dont anything wrong or inaccurate about what she said.

Will it ruffle the feathers of some on the left, sure. Truth sometimes doesnt provide warm fuzzies.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 02:59 PM

11. Saw her on Rachel last week. Really upset me n/t

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 03:10 PM

12. Thank you for the words of wisdom

from an experienced person.

I don't see any trashing. I see advice.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 03:20 PM

13. Calling another Democrat a "thing" and an "object" is disgusting.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 03:48 PM

14. If I need my head spun I'll just stick it in a clothes dryer

CNN spreading RWTPs...corporate media can f*ck off and take their spin with them.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 04:03 PM

15. I'm with her on one thing

We have a number of new members of Congress, all with interesting stories. Some are minority women. And yet the only one anyone talks about is this particular member.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 04:30 PM

16. Any words of wisdom from Claire on the #1 issue facing everyone? Climate change.

AOC has been talking about it, a lot. I believe Claire is the past, not the future.

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