Sen. McConnell Asked Bush to Pull Iraq Troops
... while denouncing the Democrats for doing the same
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 3:30 AM CST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky takes a question at a news conference on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The controversy keeps on flowing from the pages of George Bush's memoir. The top Republican in the Senate urged the president to "bring some troops home from Iraq" to help prevent the party from taking a beating in the 2006 mid-term elections, Bush writes in Decision Points. At the same time, Mitch McConnell was publicly slamming the Democrats for calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Salon notes.

The Democratic leadership "finally agrees on something—unfortunately it's retreat," McConnell said in September 2006. The Republican, who has declined to deny the story, is taking heat from his hometown paper in Kentucky over it. The incident "shines brightly on the contemptible hypocrisy and obsessive partisanship that have come to mark the senator's time in office," writes the Louisville Courier-Journal.