Skip to comments.McCaskill: Work together... or else!
Posted on 11/09/2006 6:34:52 PM PST by Graybeard58
Senator-elect says she might need to knock some heads if respect and bipartisanship arent watchwords in capital.
ST. LOUIS | Senator-elect Claire McCaskill had a message for Democratic leaders Wednesday.
I just want to make sure no one out there takes this election as a mandate, she said in an interview with The Kansas City Star. There is no mandate in our country right now. Our country is very divided. We need to be respectful of the other party and try to work together. If Ive got to raise a ruckus about that (with fellow senators), I will.
Fueled by just an hours sleep and equal parts adrenaline and caffeine, McCaskill was candid about her concerns that Democrats might start to swagger after their stunning victories Tuesday and that she might need to knock some heads.
She emphasized she would work across party lines, even at the risk of offending Democratic leaders.
My mandate is to be independent, she said at a press conference the morning after her victory over Republican Sen. Jim Talent. Thats what I campaigned on, that I would stand up to anyone and anything, including my own party, to try to accomplish something. I have always been independent. It has cost me at times. Other times it has helped me.
McCaskills 42,000-vote victory over Talent could have been a key in helping Democrats claim control of the Senate. They picked up five new seats and await the outcome in Virginia, where Democrat James Webb narrowly leads Republican Sen. George Allen. At worst, Democrats will hold 50 seats.
But McCaskills success came at some personal cost, and she hopes her race serves as a cautionary tale.
They spent millions of dollars attacking my character and my family, she told The Star. I hope it is a lesson learned to all candidates in the future. People dont want that kind of campaigning in Missouri. If it was ever going to work, it would have worked this year.
She was in demand Wednesday up with the sun and shepherded from one interview to another by a bedraggled crew of aides for a round of local and network interviews. You guys havent slept either, she said at one point.
McCaskill is a media attraction and the toast of her party because she showed that a Democrat could win in conservative Middle America with views on issues such as abortion and stem-cell research that defy conventional political wisdom.
It was a strategy born of losing the race for governor in 2004, largely because she neglected rural voters. This time she plunged headlong into campaigning in politically conservative strongholds like Springfield. There was really no other way for her to defeat Talent and it paid off.
I knew I wasnt going to win out there, said McCaskill, who grew up in rural Missouri, but I knew I had to make sure that more people understood what my values were.
And she said Democrats should take note that kitchen table issues such as health care and college costs were every bit as important, if not more so, to rural voters as the social wedge issues that have thwarted so many Democrats in the past.
Everyone should realize theres more to talk about in rural America than just the issues the Republicans have been talking about, she said. We made a mistake ceding that ground to them.
McCaskill said her victory was a boon to Missouri Democrats, who have been in the desert and this is a long drink of water, and it restored the states unique role on the national political chessboard. She predicted Missouri would once again be a pivotal player in presidential politics.
We were on the precipice of being a red state and losing our vaunted status as a bellwether state, she said. I think were now firmly back in the swing state category.
A former Jackson County prosecutor and currently the state auditor, McCaskill said she is interested in serving on both the Senate Judiciary and Government Reform committees.
Ive been able to arm-wrestle some bureaucracies in Missouri, she said. I know a lot about federal programs. I know how badly they behave. Its not very sexy, but the GAO (Government Accountability Office) is going to love me as a senator. My office is actually going to read their audits.
She said she sees potential philosophical allies in Democratic senators from the Midwest and in Republicans like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, often a political maverick, and moderate Susan Collins of Maine.
Those encounters will come soon enough. Until then, she has a long-planned vacation with her husband in a few days to an undisclosed location. As for the rest of Wednesday, Missouris newest, but extremely weary-looking senator said, Ive got a serious appointment with a bed.
I hope she means it and sticks by it.
As time goes on, the chance of those things both happening becomes vanishingly small.
I hope she gets on the Judiciary Committee. That way if she wants to vote against conservative nominees, she will have to think twice about affecting her race for reelection.
Senator-elect says she might need to knock some heads if respect and bipartisanship arent watchwords in capital.
And it didn't hurt that you had the dead vote, the felon vote and all the ACORN bogus registrations to get you into office, you cheating liar. If it weren't for the welfare underclass, you wouldn't be going to D.C. to "knock heads." When Nancy Pelosi tell you to jump, you'll say, "How high?" just like the rest of the socialist sheep.
yes , her campaign was sweet and light . yep ,the second dirtiest player in the senate races wants to reach out. don't bet on it . but the local media will carry her phony message.get used to these lies all the way to cheney impeachment hearings .
She sounds big and brave right now, but as soon as Hillary, and Kennedy, Carry, and a few others take her to the wood shed a few times, she will be right on the band wagon with them....
She'll be too busy curing parkinson's disease to be any trouble to the republicans...
Webb made a similar statement today. Poleski is going to have to appease the Zell-democrats and the Hell-domocrats. IMO she'll end up offending both sides: splitting the party. Get your popcorn ready.
She was talking about her fellow Democrats. I'd pay $50 to see her knock Hillary and Pelosi's heads.
"Fueled by just an hours sleep and equal parts adrenaline and caffeine, McCaskill was candid about her concerns that Democrats might start to swagger after their stunning victories Tuesday and that she might need to knock some heads.
Did she take even one dollar from any of them for her campaign? If so they own her. Just ask Baron Hill.
Hitlery will have her in line in short order.
She will fall in line fast enough when she gets a look at that basement office she will get if she doesnt fall in line. She wont even last until she gets into office.
Republicans do the same thing.
Orientation for new members is being introduced to the leadership and being told "If you would like to be on any committees, you will vote the way we tell you. If not, we have many many toilets and most of your superiors miss intentionally!"
I like the ladies guts but I bet she will have her spirit broken for her in the Senate. Hang in there, and don't change, please.
She'll fall in line with the rest of the Rat sheep.
Doubtful - this is nothing but PR. They're already starting to smirk and swagger a little too much, and letting their true faces show as a result, and now they're getting some pushback. That's why McCaskill's saying this, and that's also why they ordered AP to print that story about how Pelosi's going to stop Conyers' impeachment crusade, and why Rangel's ducking and weaving on his tax hikes.
They'll pretend to pull back for now, wait for the media to figure out a way to give them some more cover, and then they'll be back in all their obnoxious lack of glory.
Thanks, I needed a good laugh
Okay Claire, didn't someone tell you the election's over and you won?
I can just see Dingy Harry reading this: "Oh yeah? Listen when I get thru with that Claire; that little pipsqeak Freshwoman, I'll straighten her out fast. If she wants a future here, when I say jump, she'll be saying, yes sir, 'how high'.
In your dreams Claire Baby. Have another glass of Kool Aid.
Christopher Reeve may yet walk again!
On the other hand, Dingy Harry is no LBJ.
I'll be shocked if the dems put anyone from a borderline state on Judiciary. That will be the preserve of hard-core liberals in safe seats.
That's why he voted Democrat in this election.
After her comments today, she will probably end up as a junior member on the sub-committees of Senate janitorial duties and floor polishing.
LOL. So he DID walk again!
I agree. Lets give her the benefit of the doubt, once. Then if she fails, bombs away!
> she plunged headlong into campaigning in politically conservative strongholds like Springfield.
She really wanted it. Can we say that about Talent and the other Pubbies who really did not want to risk anything?
This from a woman whose campaign basically accused her opponent of wanting ill people to die. Pathetic. You reap what you sow babe.
winning an election based upon lies and distortions is not much of a victory.
Talent's campaign told the truth about McCaskills situations and problems.
The anti war bunch came out. But the losses of the GOP were a referendum on their inability to lead when in control. The GOP couldn't attack illegal immigration etc. of course the DemoRats were constantly obstructing the GOP initiatives, so some failures are directly the DemoRats fault.
I think when the DemoRats unleash their commie liberal agenda people will wake up and rise to the resistance.
As for the weak leadership in the GOP, they have been purged. time to find fresh new leaders.
"Christopher Reeve may yet walk again!"
Do you think he voted for Dems this year? XD
Aww, you beat me. I knew I should've read all the posts first. -_-
Whoa, she got more balls than Talent ever had.
OMG Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins
Gotta be quick. ;-)
I'll be interesed in watching Linsey, Lieberman, Collins, Snow & the Blue Dog Dems. Will they unite and force "compromise"? Or will the new "conservative" democrats fall in line behind their leader, Pulosi-galour.
Collins and Snowe are far to the left of any of the blue dogs. As for Graham, I have no way to characterize him. He's outside my realm of understanding.
She ain't met the Beast face to face yet and had a talkin' too. She'll come in line with the Beast and friends or pay a heavy price.
Nope, we can't let that happen no matter how much we want to. If suddenly things get peaceful and everyone is getting along, the American people will think "AH HA! All we have to do is keep the dems in power and everything will be peachy keen"
Note to Ms. Macaskill, I would stay away from small, single engine planes I were you. Unless, of course, you've always wanted a nice memorial service.
Its nice that she admits us rural folk weren't and aren't all that important to her anymore. I warned my rural friends and peers. But noooooo they were going to give her a chance.
I've got wood for a fire just waiting to put her feet to.
One log labeled NAIS, one labeled NO CLONING, one labled...
On this thing, we agree.
IMO it is all about power....What alliance gives them the most power. If it weren't Lieberman would have told the "D" who betrayed him to take a leap.....He may get the chance eventually.
Heard him talk about his vote 30+ from Independants, 30+ from republicans and 20ish from democrats.....Just hope he remembers who put him in office and acts accordingly.
He replaced Collins as head of the Homeland Security Committee. Felt a little bad for feeling good about that one.
I agree, she fooled the rural voters who are 'old party' dems. Maybe after 2 years of this fool they will realize the Dems have nothing to offer them anymore.
It just floors me that the values in rural Missouri are more conservative then many here, yet they still vote Dem.
"It just floors me that the values in rural Missouri are more conservative then many here, yet they still vote Dem."
Same thing happens in Arkansas and other Southern states.
Some of those VERY conservative people are Southern Democrats from way back and would never vote outside their party. Never!