This from Mitch McConnell at an American Cross Roads gathering on Oct 31st sponsored by none other than Karl Rove. So, according to Mitch, we are the bullies not Harry Reid, not Nancy Pelosi, not David Axelrod, etc. And also according to Mitch McConnell, we need to be punched in the nose. I think I am inside Mitch's head on this one.
Like I have stated before, libs are cool people. Mitch has a few friends that are libs no doubt and I can assume Harry Reid is one of them. He and Reid hang out, swap jokes and probably focus on the things they have in common and rail against them. Both hate the Tea party.
Reid doesn't like the Tea Party because in his mind they are bullies and he does not think he is one. Everything he does is for the good of the cause and the Tea Party are a bunch of mean spirited rednecks. He also knows that they are a serious threat to what he holds dear which is his power backed up by the cause of liberalism. Nobody challenges Reid's authority, his core beliefs and threatens his base of power which is the Democrat Party!
Mitch doesn't like the Tea Party because he also thinks they are bullies. The Tea Party also thinks he is a weakling. Nobody challenges Mitch's cause(RNC) and calls Mitch a weakling!
So, the central thread here is nobody challenges either of them. Not no one, not no how!
Mitch values his friendships with those on the other side of the aisle. In his head, these friendships strengthen his negotiating power. He also kids himself into thinking that he is making deals with the Democrats for the good of the Republican party, to avoid confronting his real self serving goals.
As a result, what Mitch is trying to do here by saying that "The Tea Party is the real bully and you deal with bullies by punching them in the nose..." is establishing his street cred with the libs and Democrats. Deep down he is afraid of Harry Reid and is even more afraid of him and other Dems thinking he is weak. So he is targetting the Tea Party in an attempt to impress these people instead of taking them on.
This to me is Mitch's version of "twerking" at the MTV video awards.