Benton & McConnell: A Drama Worthy of ShakespeareSubmitted by RandWatcher on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 14:09
James R. Carroll | Kentucky Courier Journal
You know the scene. The title character in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is in the Capitol when he is stabbed by conspirators, including his friend, Brutus.
“Et tu, Brute?” a stunned Caesar says as he collapses.
“Just kidding!” Brutus replies.
At least that’s the way Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his campaign manager, Jesse Benton, staged the scene last week.
Benton was recorded in a telephone conversation saying: “I’m sort of holding my nose for two years, ’cause what we’re doing here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand (Paul) in ’16, so that’s my long vision.”
After at first denouncing the embarrassing secret audio as “sick,” the McConnell campaign released a picture on Facebook, showing Benton holding his nose and a smiling senator pointing at his campaign manager.
Well, few political observers believed the “humorous” nose-holding picture was all there was to the story, although, for the moment, those observers also wouldn’t say Benton’s Brutus-like move was as fatal to McConnell as it was to Caesar.
But it was a wound nonetheless — and a sensational political story, for a number of reasons.