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  • 26-07-2023 9:51pm
    Registered Users Posts: 82,827 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    At a presser, Senator Mitch McConnell (of known infamy) appeared to come to the dais in a normal routine of Congress (he's the Senate Minority Leader) to talk about the state of upcoming legislation (the NDAA, military annual spending and earmarking) ... a few seconds in, he completely trailed off, and for a full 20 seconds or so, just seemed to be completely still, GOP next to him started to intervene and ask him 'do you have anything else you want to say to the press or should we go back to your office' etc.

    "Well, good afternoon everyone, we're on a path to finishing the NDAA uh this week, there's been good bipartisan [I hear slurring] cooperation, and a string of uhhhhh...."

    I don't know what happened, Mitch is typically sharpwitted, even if he fumbled on a thought or something he planned to say, second-guessed what he wanted to tell the press, etc., I've never seen him freeze up like this ever. He started to seem really perturbed though, I saw his eyebrows furrow. He looked genuinely scared and worried.

    I'd be very concerned that he just had a health episode like a stroke, it appears very frightening. Despite his political beliefs or his machinations, I hope he's alright.



  • Registered Users Posts: 60,619 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

    It doesn’t matter what side of the divide you stand on in America one thing seems very clear they have to many old white geriatric men in power with too much influence in running a country in 2023.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,420 ✭✭✭✭Akrasia

    The man has had a massive role to play in the delays and obfuscation on action to prevent climate change. He won't live long enough to see the harm he has caused. But he will go down in history as one of the bad ones

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,754 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    A few minutes later, McConnell walked back to the news conference by himself. When asked about his health, he said he was fine. Asked whether he is fully able to do his job, McConnell said, "Yeah." 

    Asked about the episode, a McConnell aide pointed to the GOP leader saying, “I’m fine,” but the aide added that McConnell “felt lightheaded and stepped away for a moment.”

    "He came back to handle Q&A, which as everyone observed was sharp," the aide said.

    Seems he just needed a reboot 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,428 ✭✭✭One Who Waits...

    Looks like a shart to me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40,291 ✭✭✭✭Gatling

    Maybe the Taylor Green one paid him a visit and scrambled his noodles for a minute or two

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,708 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox

    Probably stuck in a k-hole

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,594 ✭✭✭✭Donald Trump

    He was never even the President.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,744 ✭✭✭✭banie01

    He walked back in, in a different pair of trousers. He placed a bit too much faith in a fart I reckon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,121 ✭✭✭10-10-20

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,428 ✭✭✭One Who Waits...

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  • Site Banned Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭Faugheen


    I’m barely in my 30s and I’ve had too many close calls.

  • Registered Users Posts: 82,827 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    "The president called to check on me. I told him I got sandbagged." - Mitch

    Sanjay Gupta, a CNN chief medical correspondent, a practicing, teaching and licensed neurosurgeon, suggests Mitch had some kind of neurological episode at the podium.

    (the Goldwater Rule is held by psychiatrists/the APA)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,403 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    81 years of age…. Looks in recent press photos and the video of him becoming unwell, to have lost weight compared with a couple of years ago. Not a well looking man. Gaunt looking…

    seriously, at 81, why would you want to be working in such a stressful frontline position…he was elected to the Senate in ‘85… 38 years ago… give it up and go enjoy your retirement with friends and family….you are a multimillionaire….. whatever satisfaction you get from your work, draw a line under it, go sit on your porch with your dog and a cold beer, drive a nice car collection…, spend time with the family, enjoy life.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,051 ✭✭✭Shoog

    Hes a fanatic and genuinely thinks he's saving the world from those reds on the other side of the isle. That belief prevents him from retiring.

  • Registered Users Posts: 54,296 ✭✭✭✭Headshot

    I really find it hard to have sympathy for him

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,222 ✭✭✭HalloweenJack

    My 92-year-old grandfather recently had a stroke and that video matches the description my mother gave me of seeing it in the flesh.

    It makes you wonder why these people keep pushing themselves to do such a job when their bodies are clearly winding down.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    Few people willingly relinquish power and the status it brings. It's a recurring theme throughout history and there are several rebellions, coups and revolutions that could have been prevented were it not for this.

    I consider McConnell to be a horrible person. He's advanced corporate interests against those of the American people, acted solely to fortify his party's hold on power and done his part in undermining freedom.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,667 ✭✭✭✭Penn

    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit under"

    Unfortunately McConnell and others of his ilk want to profit from selling the seeds, hire cheap labour to plant the trees, and make sure people are charged for access to the shade. Because FREEDOM! CAPITALISM! MONEY!

    So while what happened to him yesterday is horrible, he's also able to afford the health care that he helps to stop the majority of his country from being able to afford. So f*ck him.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,980 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    The obvious Republican posters who were oh so concerned about Biden's age and word mix-ups gone v quiet...

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,841 ✭✭✭TomTomTim

    The first thread about this on Twitter that I saw was from "Republicans". You're simply showing your ignorance, as very few on the American right like the man. He's more often loathed than loved.

    This is a greater showing of your own hypocrisy, and the OP of course, as there's about 40 or 50 Biden incidents at this stage, which weren't considered thread worthy by yourselves.

    “The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone else. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offense, isn't it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill--he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offense, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it.”- ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,980 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    Is this Twitter? Nope.

    Do a cross check on the count of how many obvious pro-Republican posters expressing 'concern' here about Biden stuff that didn't even make headlines express the same concern about this incident which is all over the news.

    There's an actual thread for discussing Biden's "moments". The reason why they wouldn't be considered threadworthy is (a) because there's already a thread for it, and (b) they were just gaffes nothing to compare to this.

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,744 ✭✭✭✭banie01

    The face a turtle makes when it's poking out of both ends of the shell🤔

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,667 ✭✭✭✭Penn

    Biden is unquestionably, without a doubt, old as balls. He mumbles up his words, goes off on tangents, shuffles slowly, has fallen off his bike and stuff. Some of those things can be explained by how he was born with a stutter, how much he used to jog (which has obviously had huge impact on his knees). We all get muddled up (in a conversation recently, I said FBI instead of VHI). But really, he's just old as sh*t. And all those things are regularly discussed in both the Biden thread and usually the Trump thread too when they happen.

    We haven't seen Biden have a real medical emergency like McConnell had yesterday though. And given reports of recent falls he's had it signals that he may be suffering from genuine medical conditions which haven't been disclosed or revealed. And since there was no existing thread about Mitch McConnell, one was made to discuss it.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    And there's the inevitable whataboutery. Biden's a functioning president who's made various gaffes while acting boldly on key issues like supply chains, subsidies, climate change and student debt.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34

  • Registered Users Posts: 82,827 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    You mean on X, a right wing antisemitic echo chamber full of Nick Adamses and Alpha males?

    Everything on that site is Kevin Sorbo and friends first, everything else second, so that hardly tells us a damn thing. Thanks anyway.

    There was a similar Joe thread, now there's a Mitch thread, seems fair, don't let it upset you greatly. Feel free to contribute your 50 examples to the other.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,859 ✭✭✭growleaves

    Year of birth:

    McConnell 1942

    Biden 1942

    Sanders 1941

    Pelosi 1940

    Clyburn 1940

    Hoyer 1939

    Waters 1938

    Grassley 1933

    Feinstein 1933

    Donald Trump was born on Steny Hoyer’s seventh birthday.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,859 ✭✭✭growleaves

    Does anyone remember when the advanced age of Comrade Brezhnev, Comrade Chernenko, Comrade Andropov and various other Soviet senior figures was a running joke in the 80s? It was even a gag on Spitting Image iirc.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,096 ✭✭✭✭Rjd2

    All to old, I think Feinstein is the worst near 90 in the bluest of the states and could have easily stepped down earlier but the people around her are making so much money they will wheel her out until she passes. To be fair Grassley is little better near 90 and ran for re-election in a relatively red state.

    Term limits desperately needed.