At last Thursday's Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, Louisville's Democratic congressman from Kentucky's Third District, the ever-statesman-like John Yarmuth, told the crowd: “I can be really brief tonight and just say, Mitch McConnell sucks!”
The Yale University graduate--and former Republican--went on to list all the things he doesn't like about Kentucky's senior senator. The assembled Democrats at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom seemed to enjoy the desultory philippic from the only remaining Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton was later quoted in The Washington Post as responding, “The liberals are coming completely unhinged.” Benton called Yarmuth’s comment “classless.”
Blogger Andrew Breitbart summed up the congressman's tirade thusly: "Yarmuth may think that McConnell sucks, but he himself is emblematic of those in the government who think the federal government has the power to do virtually anything. In August of 2010, Yarmuth was asked where Congress got the authority to require all Americans to buy health insurance. Yarmuth answered the authority came from the commerce clause. When he was then asked what the federal government couldn’t do if it could mandate citizens to buy a product, Yarmuth said, 'It really doesn’t prohibit the government from doing virtually anything – the federal government. So I don’t know the answer to your question, because I am not sure there is anything under current interpretation of the commerce clause that the government couldn’t do.'"
Yarmuth's understanding of the constitution's delegation of limited powers appears to be as extensive as his vocabulary.