How long is too long in Washington?

“I've lived on a government salary for 30 years.”

- Senator Mitch McConnell

McConnell Called Himself A "Proud Guardian Of Gridlock." According to a transcript of a McConnell press conference obtained via Political Transcript Wire, McConnell said, "Look, I'm a defender of the filibuster. I've been a proud guardian of gridlock myself on several occasions in the past. But usually it's for a purpose. In other words, at the end of the day, you're going to defeat something." [Political Transcript Wire, 2/2/06]

Louisville Courier-Journal Editorial: McConnell's Blockage Of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Was "Another Shameful Example Of Mr. McConnell's Supporting Corporations Instead Of People." The Courier-Journal's editorial board wrote, "Only the obstructionist tactics of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, another shameful example of Mr. McConnell's supporting corporations instead of people." [Editorial - Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/29/08]

E.J. Dionne: "A Very Large Group Of Republicans Undercut McConnell." Appearing on The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post said, "Well, I think it is a new day, because a very large group of Republicans undercut Mitch McConnell, their leader, that McConnell had been aligned with them. He fought fiercely over campaign finance reform. But I think the outside pressure overtime had a real impact." [MSNBC, 7/16/13]

Louisville Courier-Journal Editorial: McConnell Was Pushed Aside. The Courier-Journal's editorial board wrote, "But that is exactly what Kentucky's senior Sen. Mitch McConnell did this week after some of his more rational Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate pushed him aside to broker an agreement with Democrats to finally begin approving stalled executive branch appointees of President Barack Obama." [Editorial - Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/18/13]

Louisville Courier-Journal Editorial: McConnell Had A "Stunning Fall From Power." The Courier-Journal's editorial board wrote, "It is a stunning fall from power for Mr. McConnell, famous for marching his members in lock-step party discipline, and could leave him considerably weakened as he seeks a sixth Senate term, touting his power and influence." [Editorial - Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/18/13]

Courier-Journal Editorial: McConnell "Has Long Ceased To Serve The State." In an editorial, the Courier-Journal wrote, "Mr. McConnell, 71, and leader of the Senate Republicans, is seeking his sixth term in Congress in 2014. He has long ceased to serve the state, instead serving the corporate interests he counts on for contributions and leading obstruction that continues to plague Congress. He needs a credible opponent and a serious effort by people ready to advance the interests of Kentucky and its citizens." [Editorial - Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/4/13]

McConnell: "I've Lived On A Government Salary For 30 Years." At a 2008 debate against opponent Bruce Lunsford, McConnell stated "I've lived on a government salary for 30 years." [Lunsford-McConnell Debate, 2008]