Revealed: Senate clerks didn’t announce names during debt-ceiling vote so that Republicans could secretly switch

posted at 3:21 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

If you’ve ever watched a Senate floor vote on C-SPAN, you know how it goes. The senator’s name is called by the clerk, the senator votes, and then the clerk publicly announces how he or she voted. Basic legislative accountability. But not this time.

Because of the midterms, we’re all going to be in unity mode soon. Here’s a little reminder that that unity is an illusion, papered over periodically as necessary for the greater good of keeping liberals out of power. There are two parties within the GOP and some members of one are represented in Congress by members of the other. And on the toughest votes, legislators will go to unusual lengths to try to obscure that fact. Although not always successfully.

Miffed that they have long been asked to take tough votes when the GOP leaders voted ‘no,’ Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski, privately pressured McConnell and Cornyn to vote to break the filibuster, sources said. Murkowski resisted voting for the measure without the support of her leadership team…

A grim-faced McConnell stood next to the white-haired Cornyn, who quietly discussed a way forward with Murkowski, Collins, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and a handful of other senators. Tension filled the room as the vote was kept open for more than an hour. The clerks were informed not to announce the names of the senators who had voted, allowing the leaders to urge senators to switch their votes…

Forty-five minutes into a vote, which typically takes about 15 minutes, Cornyn and McConnell approached the well of the Senate and simultaneously signaled that they would vote “aye.” The press gallery let out an audible gasp. The two men sent their emissaries into the GOP cloakroom to cajole GOP senators to switch their votes to run up the tally and give them political cover…

McConnell urged several Republicans who planned to vote ‘no’ to ultimately switch their votes, including McCain, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona and two members of the GOP leadership — John Thune of South Dakota and John Barrasso of Wyoming. Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Jerry Moran of Kansas were the two GOP members of McConnell’s leadership team to vote against it.

Why did McConnell need other Republicans to switch their vote to yes if he, Cornyn, Collins, Murkowski, and Corker were willing to provide the five votes Reid needed to get to 60? Simple: He didn’t need them. He wanted them to switch so that no one could be accused of having provided the decisive 60th vote for cloture. The bigger the Republican crowd voting yes was, in theory the easier it would be for each of them to hide in it. In practice, Politico not only picked up on the clerks’ conspicuous silence, they found out the names of the Republicans who switched under pressure. Now, instead of being guilty of voting for a measure that’s unpopular with the base, they’re guilty and they look sneaky. Can’t anybody here play this game?

I’m really surprised Collins et al. wouldn’t give McConnell and Cornyn a pass on the vote, either. DrewM is right that this is ultimately Ted Cruz’s victory in having forced a cloture vote in the first place — it ended up being a gift to Matt Bevin, McConnell’s challenger in Kentucky — but credit the RINO caucus with an assist in demanding that McConnell and Cornyn jump off the cliff with them. For all the squawking centrists do about how the caucus has grown more “extreme,” making McConnell bite the bullet on this one improved the odds that he’ll be replaced with a more conservative senator. Oh well.

To illustrate the “two parties” point I made above, here’s the new ad from the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking McConnell. Byron York has a long critique of it that’s worth your time, including a reminder that McConnell never called anyone a “traitor,” but factual problems matter as much here as Matt Bevin signing that SEC document that endorsed TARP did. At this point, McConnell’s reelection bid is only partially about McConnell. If you’ve already concluded Mitch Must Go — or Stay — nothing’s going to change your mind now.


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But most of the votes still came from democrats. focus people, focus.

WryTrvllr on February 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

How many Winter Killstorms doesnt it take for a couple “Doddering Old Fool Slips On Ice, Dies” headlines?

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

We have been fundamentally transformed into a banana republic.

rbj on February 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM

McConnell is 72 years of age. He’s served 4 terms in the Senate, 24 years, and is currently the 4th most senior GOP Senator.

It’s time to retire. 72 years, 4 terms, the longest serving US Senator from Kentucky…. let’s just say, ‘Thank you for your service’, and you retire yourself and your ego. You don’t have the will or the ability to fight the fight that is needed. It’s time to do what is best for the people as opposed to yourself.

Athos on February 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Profiles in courage.

Kataklysmic on February 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Murkowski LOST her GOP primary and won election AS AN INDEPENDENT, not as a Republican. And McConnell goes to the mat for her like this?

He. Must. Lose.

alwaysfiredup on February 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Spineless weasels.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Can’t anybody here play this game?

.
Try to imagine the OUTRAGE felt by people who LOVE this country with ALL of their heart and ALL of their soul when a RINO like you, AP, portrays this as a GAME.

There is no SPORT here.

There is no ENTERTAINMENT

These people are ACTIVELY destroying this country at the orders of the financial MASTERS because they are COWARDS who will cause an economic collapse rather than exhibit the LEAST amount of political courage.

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Because of the midterms, we’re all going to be in unity mode soon.

Ya sure about that? I won’t be voting R for the first time since 2000, i’m voting L and if there’s no L to vote for i won’t vote. R’s and D’s have had a stranglehold on power for over a century now and it shows in their callousness towards the wants of the American people, time for someone else, it’s going to take decades to clean out the permanent bureaucracy these two corrupt parties have built.

clearbluesky on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Gawd forbid politicians should be held accountable for the way they vote….

dentarthurdent on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

i hate this sneakiness. why can’t people just be honest?? i have more respect for a democrat who is honest about their beliefs than a republican who pretends to have certain beliefs but in reality, has others.

Sachiko on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

McConnell is 72 years of age. He’s served 4 terms in the Senate, 24 years, and is currently the 4th most senior GOP Senator.

Athos on February 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Retirement is probably the best alternative but I’m not above suggesting the idea that McConnell be dealt with like a surplus giraffe at a Danish zoo.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Not the most compelling reason to support him. You did see the part in this thread where he led the effort to get Obama’s clean bill through the GOP caucus, right?

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Knowing that confederates endorse McConnell makes me dislike him even more.

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I can’t imagine how wonderful it must be to have fellow members of my club look out for me so well. /s

They’re all feeding at the same trough.

Drained Brain on February 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Looks to me like AllahPundit was calling them out for being so stupid for getting the hands caught in the cookie jar.

They want to play games but aren’t smart enough to pull it off.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I love how brave the Republican “leadership” is. So can anyone tell me what exactly will change when McConnell gets the majority position. He is actively conspiring to vote with the democrats and coerces other Republicans to vote to cover his and Cornyn’s butt.

Yeah. Real leadership there.

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So are you saying that he’s a scumbag, but at least he’s a Republican scumbag and therefore deserves re-election?

Kalifornia Kafir on February 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

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RT @wgdb: Senators’ Debt Limit Votes Kept Off Microphones; Reporters Protest http://roll.cl/Mgjk9z via #WGDB
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jennifer bendery ‏@jbendery 1h

MT @DaviSusan: Good read for congressional press corps and beyond on how Senate kept mics off during debt limit vote:

http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/senators-votes-kept-secret-during-debt-limit-tally-reporters-protest/
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canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

What’s the difference, exactly?

That picture should scare little children.

Send him home, to manage his accumulated wealth and leave the land alone. He and Boehner are more culpable in the destruction of the land than are the marxists, whom they enable.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Burgess Everett ‏@burgessev Feb 12

Republicans are united on one things: They do not want to talk to reporters about their debt ceiling vote

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Besides you, who else? Or are there only three dhimmicRATs in Kentucky?

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So you’re saying Bevin is a Democrat?

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Well considering the current senator practically gives the Democrats everything they want while simultaneously trying to neuter their own side, what is the difference again?

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

What are you basing that on? Can you share your sources? People need to know.
Thanks.

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

But most of the votes still came from democrats. focus people, focus.

WryTrvllr on February 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Don’t worry. We’re focused on replacing them with conservatives. Unfortunately it appears we have to do likewise with more than a few Republicans.

Doughboy on February 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

But most of the votes still came from democrats. focus people, focus.

WryTrvllr on February 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Derp, derp, derp. Just vote straight republicrat ticket minion’s like you’ve always done.
When the Republican’s held the house and the senate during the Bush years, they just voted to continue to grow government. Why should it be any different now? Time for the conservative wing of the Repub’s to strike out on their own. Screw the status quo. They will just continue to run McCain’s, Dole’s and Romney’s types who can’t win.

RAN58 on February 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

If you’ve ever watched a Senate floor vote on C-SPAN, you know how it goes. The senator’s name is called by the clerk, the senator votes, and then the clerk publicly announces how he or she voted. Basic legislative accountability. But not this time.
=====================================

So much, for GOP Transparency Sumpin Sumpins,………………UGHaRoo!!

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

If McConnell looses wins, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Fixed it for you.

Think about it carefully.

TheRightMan on February 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

We are ruled by an iron fisted elite class that puts the Mafia to shame. I have a real bad feeling about how this is going to end.

Exninja on February 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

That cover pic looks as though Cornyn (?) is grabbing McConnell’s posterior.

Anyway, color me shocked that our jelly spined GOp would do this. At least have the courage *snicker* to be honest about what you’re doing.

Mark Boabaca on February 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Byron York’s attempt to defend McConnell from the SCF ad relies on technical arguments, the type of which can generally be made against almost any “sound bite” political advertisement. Acting like this ad is somehow different from just about any negative ad is absurd.

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Not the most compelling reason to support him. You did see the part in this thread where he led the effort to get Obama’s clean bill through the GOP caucus, right?

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

And as a resident of Kentucky, you would vote for who?

The Dems are already switching parties so they can vote in the Republican Primary to get Bevins elected as Kentucky is a closed Primary State. Millions in out of State money is pouring into here.

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“they are COWARDS who will cause an economic collapse rather than exhibit the LEAST amount of political courage.”

I’m not so sure they are all cowards. Some may be, but I think a whole bunch are calculating schemers who know exactly what they are doing and what will come of it, and when the financial collapse comes, they’ve made sure to be in a position to ensure it doesn’t affect them and make out like bandits. Which in essence they are.

hawkeye54 on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

What are you basing that on? Can you share your sources? People need to know.
Thanks.

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The Lexington Herald Newspaper for starters.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

The Dems are already switching parties so they can vote in the Republican Primary to get Bevins elected as Kentucky is a closed Primary State. Millions in out of State money is pouring into here.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

That’s great news! Hopefully they can get him over the top.

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I’ve run two searches trying to find any dhimmicRATs who have endorsed Bevin. Nothing.

What are you, some kind of concern troll?

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

See this also, for the two swine in the picture.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

This is pathetic. I’m joining the Let It Burn caucus.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

including a reminder that McConnell never called anyone a “traitor,”

Who cares? The turtle works for the dems and the Indonesian – i.e. he’s a traitor. I couldn’t care less what the turtle has said about anyone or anything.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I’d vote for Bevin. Who would you vote for?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Fixed it for you.

Think about it carefully.

TheRightMan on February 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I repeat my question to the group. As a resident of Kentucky, who would you vote for?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I also just saw on RCP a new poll on McConnell vs Grimes and guess what? Its a one point race. From a Republican leaning pollster.

Please McConnell pushers, keep telling me how supporting Bevin is supporting the Democrat. Because I see McConnell is going down either way.

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

These people are ACTIVELY destroying this country at the orders of the financial MASTERS because they are COWARDS who will cause an economic collapse rather than exhibit the LEAST amount of political courage.

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Somehow, they seriously believe (?) that they have to go further into debt to avoid bankrupting us. How does that make sense?

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

The Lexington Herald Newspaper for starters.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Thanks. Haven’t read it.
What did they provide for their sources as to their claims that 1/3 of dems support Bevin?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

GOP Hari-Kari, …er,…kamikaze Caucus:

The Minority Maker
Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote.
Feb. 12, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET
**************************

The Senate passed the House debt-limit increase on Wednesday, but not before some needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.

Democrats had enough votes to pass the increase with a simple majority, which means they would have owned the debt increase. But then Senator Ted Cruz —the same fellow who planned the GOP’s shutdown fiasco in October—objected on the floor and insisted on a 60-vote majority. This is exactly what Democratic leader Harry Reid wanted because if the bill failed he would have sent the Senate home on recess and returned later this month to join President Obama in flogging the GOP as the debt-ceiling deadline neared.

Democrats beat the odds and retained their Senate majority in 2010 and 2012 in part because they stuck together.

If Republicans fail again this November,

a big reason will be their rump kamikaze caucus.
(More….)
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http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304434104579379374287357650-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwMzExNDMyWj

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I despise these people, all of them. Does Mitch McConnel have a primary opponent? If so, when is the primary election and what is the status of the race?

Paperclips on February 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

And as a resident of Kentucky, you would vote for who?

The Dems are already switching parties so they can vote in the Republican Primary to get Bevins elected as Kentucky is a closed Primary State. Millions in out of State money is pouring into here.

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Can’t find anything about dhimms switching parties, either.

And it’s too late now for them to do so.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The better question is why should anybody vote blindly for McConnell when there are other alternatives. He hasn’t exactly done a good job as minority leader. He needs to convince the electorate that he deserves another six years in DC.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Frank Thorp V ‏@frankthorpNBC 3m

Reid spox @AJentleson on why the clerk did not call the ayes and nays during debt limit cloture vote: pic.twitter.com/PU02kI7d9e
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https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC/status/434067347096494080/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Please McConnell pushers, keep telling me how supporting Bevin is supporting the Democrat. Because I see McConnell is going down either way.

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Because Bevin’s is a transplant from Connecticut who has been endorsed by some very high profile Democrats?

Matthew Griswold Bevin is a rich Wall Street investor who began running Bevin Bell in 2008. But, in 2008 and 2009, the company was hit with at least eight different state and federal tax liens for failing to pay taxes. In 2011, Bevin was named the biggest tax delinquent in his area and one of the ten worst tax dodgers in the state of Connecticut. In fact, Bevin only addressed these liens after he was shamed in the press. In 2012, Bevin’s company burned to the ground, but he had failed get fire insurance and claimed he could not find a policy with a price that “made sense.” Remember, Bevin is a multi-millionaire. Bevin then called Sen. Richard Blumenthal, rated the single most liberal Senator in Washington, to get help. Bevin ended up with $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts for his business. So, rich Matt Bevin didn’t pay taxes, didn’t insure his business, and then soaked taxpayers for a bailout? So much for accountability and personal responsibility. –

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The Lexington Herald Newspaper for starters.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Need a link.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The better question is why should anybody vote blindly for McConnell when there are other alternatives. He hasn’t exactly done a good job as minority leader. He needs to convince the electorate that he deserves another six years in DC.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I ask again, you would vote for who as a Kentucky Resident?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I ask again, you would vote for who as a Kentucky Resident?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I’d vote for anyone running against Mitch McConnell.

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Because Bevin’s is a transplant from Connecticut who has been endorsed by some very high profile Democrats?

Matthew Griswold Bevin is a rich Wall Street investor who began running Bevin Bell in 2008. But, in 2008 and 2009, the company was hit with at least eight different state and federal tax liens for failing to pay taxes. In 2011, Bevin was named the biggest tax delinquent in his area and one of the ten worst tax dodgers in the state of Connecticut. In fact, Bevin only addressed these liens after he was shamed in the press. In 2012, Bevin’s company burned to the ground, but he had failed get fire insurance and claimed he could not find a policy with a price that “made sense.” Remember, Bevin is a multi-millionaire. Bevin then called Sen. Richard Blumenthal, rated the single most liberal Senator in Washington, to get help. Bevin ended up with $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts for his business. So, rich Matt Bevin didn’t pay taxes, didn’t insure his business, and then soaked taxpayers for a bailout? So much for accountability and personal responsibility. –

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I think you are blowing smoke.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Please McConnell pushers, keep telling me how supporting Bevin is supporting the Democrat. Because I see McConnell is going down either way.

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Because Bevin’s is a transplant from Connecticut who has been endorsed by some very high profile Democrats?

Matthew Griswold Bevin is a rich Wall Street investor who began running Bevin Bell in 2008. But, in 2008 and 2009, the company was hit with at least eight different state and federal tax liens for failing to pay taxes. In 2011, Bevin was named the biggest tax delinquent in his area and one of the ten worst tax dodgers in the state of Connecticut. In fact, Bevin only addressed these liens after he was shamed in the press. In 2012, Bevin’s company burned to the ground, but he had failed get fire insurance and claimed he could not find a policy with a price that “made sense.” Remember, Bevin is a multi-millionaire. Bevin then called Sen. Richard Blumenthal, rated the single most liberal Senator in Washington, to get help. Bevin ended up with $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts for his business. So, rich Matt Bevin didn’t pay taxes, didn’t insure his business, and then soaked taxpayers for a bailout? So much for accountability and personal responsibility. –

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Even assuming all that is true, I would still vote for him over McConnell if I lived in KY.

Paperclips on February 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Burgess Everett ‏@burgessev 57s

Hill reporters condemn silent Senate vote, @AJentleson says GOP requested the clerk to stay mum http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/02/reporters-condemn-senate-for-silent-vote-183316.html

https://twitter.com/burgessev

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Can’t find anything about dhimms switching parties, either.

And it’s too late now for them to do so.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

None of these anti-Bevin claims are true.

Most of it comes down to “we hate him because he was a business owner in a Yankee state.”

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I think you are blowing smoke.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Do a simple Google search and then get back to me. Bevin Bell and Dick “I served in Vietnam” Blumenthal.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

And as a resident of Kentucky, you would vote for who?

The Dems are already switching parties so they can vote in the Republican Primary to get Bevins elected as Kentucky is a closed Primary State. Millions in out of State money is pouring into here.

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

It’s Kentucky. It’s a midterm election. And Obama is incredibly unpopular. Whoever has a R after his name wins this November. If the choice is between Bevin and McConnell, it’s a no-brainer. Bevin may have his own issues, but at least he can prove himself to the base should he be elected. We already know what we’d be getting with 6 more years of McConnell. Plus it’s all about the symbolism. Conservatives and Tea Partiers rising up to knock off the Senate Minority Leader from their own party? Imagine the chills that’ll send through the spine of every elected Republican in DC.

Doughboy on February 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Do a simple Google search and then get back to me. Bevin Bell and Dick “I served in Vietnam” Blumenthal.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Do some research on how your Senator is screwing up the entire country.

Grimes would be a better Senator.

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Yep.

Because, for all your talk about “unity”, the minute McConnell loses the primary, you Obama RINOs are going to stick a knife in him and try to destroy him, just like you did with Mourdock.

The game here is very simple. You Obama RINOs win, we conservatives always lose. You then go to Washington, vote yourself perks and privileges, and clap and cheer for Obamacare and all the other things your Obama Party friends want to force your working constituents to pay for.

Since we’re going to be forced to pay either way, there is ZERO reason for us to protect you. You act like a Democrat, we might as well have a Democrat representing us — and we get the pleasure of watching your rear tossed out on the street instead of sinking it into a comfortable Senate chair.

And then we can focus our efforts on destroying Obama and his supporters rather than constantly having to watch our backs lest you shiv us.

northdallasthirty on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Thanks for the info.
What is the source of it? I just ask because it seems to contain a lot of buzz words.
Who would you vote for in Kentucky? Who’s your choice?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The Lexington Herald Newspaper for starters.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Are you lying, Johnny?

19 results for “democrats endorse bevin”

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McConnell’s GOP rival has praised, attacked TARP

The tea party-backed challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was trying to explain Tuesday why he criticizes McConnell for backing the 2008 federal bank bailout even though he praised the bailout at the time.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

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Bill Clinton to campaign for Grimes in Kentucky

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will get a campaign boost from a family friend — former President Bill Clinton — in her bid to win the seat held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

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Another conservative group endorses Matt Bevin over McConnell in U.S. Senate race

FreedomWorks PAC announced Wednesday morning that it is joining the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project in endorsing Matt Bevin, the Republican challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/search_results?q=democrats+endorse+bevin#storylink=cpy

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

It’s Kentucky. It’s a midterm election. And Obama is incredibly unpopular. Whoever has a R after his name wins this November. If the choice is between Bevin and McConnell, it’s a no-brainer. Bevin may have his own issues, but at least he can prove himself to the base should he be elected. We already know what we’d be getting with 6 more years of McConnell. Plus it’s all about the symbolism. Conservatives and Tea Partiers rising up to knock off the Senate Minority Leader from their own party? Imagine the chills that’ll send through the spine of every elected Republican in DC.

Doughboy on February 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Tea Partiers trying to knock him off? The head of the so called Tea Party here in Kentucky is Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Bevin is getting his story out on Glenn Beck’s program who has the Blaze vetting him. People will find out about his history, however, many of your accusations sound more like opinion than fact. We’ll see, because at some point, the truth does matter.

lea on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Do a simple Google search and then get back to me. Bevin Bell and Dick “I served in Vietnam” Blumenthal.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Put da google on Mitch “The TEA party needs a good punch in the nose” McConnell.

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Thanks for the info.
What is the source of it? I just ask because it seems to contain a lot of buzz words.
Who would you vote for in Kentucky? Who’s your choice?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Why, he’s going to vote for Mitchy-poo, of course.

And then when Mitchy-poo loses, he’s going to vote for Allison Grimes, because at the end of the day, Mitchy-poo isn’t anything other than Allison Grimes sans ladyparts, and they’ll both give him the welfare checks he wants.

northdallasthirty on February 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Are you lying, Johnny?

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Did you look at anything other than their survey? Perhaps some of the articles they printed about the Primary? Are you lying?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I think you are blowing smoke.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Do a simple Google search and then get back to me. Bevin Bell and Dick “I served in Vietnam” Blumenthal.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Look you dim bulb, you are making a lot of claims that you cannot support.

I have searched and found nothing. Now, put up or shut up.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Tea Partiers trying to knock him off? The head of the so called Tea Party here in Kentucky is Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

So you’ve aked more than once..I asked more than once (after I answered your question)..who would you vote for…who is your pick for the “right” choice?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Can’t anybody here play this game?

There is no SPORT here.

There is no ENTERTAINMENT

These people are ACTIVELY destroying this country at the orders of the financial MASTERS because they are COWARDS who will cause an economic collapse rather than exhibit the LEAST amount of political courage.

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Thought it a nice touch, myself. Not to disagree with your assessment of the underlying truth, though.

wolfsDad on February 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Tea Partiers trying to knock him off? The head of the so called Tea Party here in Kentucky is Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The Tea Party doesn’t have a head. There are several organizations that represent Tea Party thought and ideas.

Mitchy-poo must be scared if he’s sending out his beneficiaries to shill for him. People are waking up to the fact that Mitchy-poo walks, talks, and votes like a Democrat, and that they might as well vote for a Democrat then.

northdallasthirty on February 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I repeat my question to the group. As a resident of Kentucky, who would you vote for?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Matt Bevin.

TheRightMan on February 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Look you dim bulb, you are making a lot of claims that you cannot support.

I have searched and found nothing. Now, put up or shut up.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The Dems are already switching parties so they can vote in the Republican Primary to get Bevins elected as Kentucky is a closed Primary State. Millions in out of State money is pouring into here.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Good because Bevin polls better against Grimes than McConnell.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

So you’ve aked more than once..I asked more than once (after I answered your question)..who would you vote for…who is your pick for the “right” choice?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

There is no right choice, that’s the problem. Both McConnell and Bevin are known problems. Picking the lesser of two evils is the only thing I can do here. Got to go with McConnell. Bevin has proven by his actions that he is just another rich Democrat looking for the Government to help him out with his problems like he did in Connecticut.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Standing in front of the blackened ruins of the old Bevin Brothers bell factory Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal promised hope. An American flag swayed in the breeze as the Senator held aloft bells pulled from the wreckage and declared, “We don’t want these bells to be made in China.”

http://articles.courant.com/2012-05-31/community/hc-bells-blumenthal-20120531_1_bevin-brothers-matt-bevin-sleigh-bells

Is this what you got your panties in a bunch? A Senator helps his constituents?

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Here in Kentucky McConnell’s opponent Mat Bevin’s has been endorsed by about 1/3 of Kentucky Democrats.

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Accusations without evidence. Like davidk, searched and could not find anything. Put up or shut up.

Because Bevin’s is a transplant from Connecticut who has been endorsed by some very high profile Democrats?

Matthew Griswold Bevin is a rich Wall Street investor who began running Bevin Bell in 2008. But, in 2008 and 2009, the company was hit with at least eight different state and federal tax liens for failing to pay taxes. In 2011, Bevin was named the biggest tax delinquent in his area and one of the ten worst tax dodgers in the state of Connecticut. In fact, Bevin only addressed these liens after he was shamed in the press. In 2012, Bevin’s company burned to the ground, but he had failed get fire insurance and claimed he could not find a policy with a price that “made sense.” Remember, Bevin is a multi-millionaire. Bevin then called Sen. Richard Blumenthal, rated the single most liberal Senator in Washington, to get help. Bevin ended up with $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts for his business. So, rich Matt Bevin didn’t pay taxes, didn’t insure his business, and then soaked taxpayers for a bailout? So much for accountability and personal responsibility. –

Do at least some basic research

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM


WOW, THIS IS RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM:
http://bailoutbevin.com/bailout/

So basic research includes McConnell embellished talking points? So how much does McConnell pay you?

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Tea Partiers trying to knock him off? The head of the so called Tea Party here in Kentucky is Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Johnnyreb, I guess you must be working on McConnell’s team.

Well, pass along the message that this conservative and many others, I presume, do not pity him one bit. He has fought alongside Democrats against conservatives for so long that he might as well change his party registration.

If he had acted and voted like a real conservative, he would be cruising for re-election. He is in deep doo doo because of his lack of principles.

My advice: he should retire and pick up some job from his K-Street friends.

TheRightMan on February 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Profiles in courage.
Kataklysmic on February 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

More like cowpiles in porridge

(Sorry, I just like to play with words, especially when I can snark at politicians at the same time.)

LegendHasIt on February 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Wednesday 2/12/2014 – The day Susan Collins shows bigger ‘nads than Big Bad John Cornyn. You own this McCornyn. Wear it proudly.

DanMan on February 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Ted Cruz put them on notice and shine a light on these filthy Senate Republicans. In true form, they ran like cockroaches to hide from the light.

WE REMEMBER!

portlandon on February 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Got to go with McConnell. Bevin has proven by his actions that he is just another rich Democrat looking for the Government to help him out with his problems like he did in Connecticut.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

So, how did the government help out the Bevin Bell Company?

You don’t know.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

WOW, THIS IS RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM: http://bailoutbevin.com/bailout/

So basic research includes McConnell embellished talking points? So how much does McConnell pay you?

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Which is funny because how many “bailouts” has McConnell himself authored or voted for?

Funny that he is attacking Bevin for something that he does so frequently.

That slimy bridge “deal” that McConnell slid in is just another example.

These trolls are tiresome.

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Because Bevin’s is a transplant from Connecticut who has been endorsed by some very high profile Democrats?

And this just makes me freaking laugh out loud. Transplant from Connecticut? That screams of “They took ‘er jobs!” Seriously, you have got to get better at this McConnell plant. Please don’t copy and paste things from McConnell websites.

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Is this what you got your panties in a bunch? A Senator helps his constituents?

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Right a multi millionaire who failed to buy insurance on his own private business gets a State bailout from his Democrat Friend. Lets go with that.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

McConnell’s on his TARP vote: “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.”

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Hey, Johnnycornpone, still waiting for proof of 1/3 of Kentucky dhimmicRATs endorsing Bevin.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

McConnell’s on his TARP vote: “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.”

NWConservative on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

That’s different, he also is making other states pay for a needless bridge.

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

If McConnell looses, a Democrat is going to be our next Senator one way or the other. That’s the plan.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So you’re saying McConnell is a Republican?

I ask again, who would you vote for here in Kentucky?

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Were I a KY voter, for his primary opponent, without hesitation.

Whoever endorses him, I don’t give a fig. If he makes it to the Senate, he will be one of the rookies, not the Minority Leader.

Ergo, his malevolence will in no way equal the Minority Leader’s. And we saw how powerful it is.

If you want to get rid of Bevin in 6 years because he didn’t deserve your trust, do it.

But McConnell must go. Now.

BabyGrace on February 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Right a multi millionaire who failed to buy insurance on his own private business gets a State bailout from his Democrat Friend. Lets go with that.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I’m sure you have proof of that. Just like the proof that 1/3 of KY dhimmicRATs have endorsed Bevin.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Right a multi millionaire who failed to buy insurance on his own private business gets a State bailout from his Democrat Friend. Lets go with that.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Even if this were true this doesn’t compare to the damage McConnell has done to the nation as a whole.

The fact that you are covering for this damage is telling.

tetriskid on February 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

This Kentuckian is voting for Bevin. And if McConnell wins the primary I am NOT VOTING for Senator.

The GOP needs to earn my vote by presenting me with something better than “vote for our RINO because he’s the lesser of two evils”, because I’m not voting that way anymore.

ConstantineXI on February 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The head of the so called Tea Party here in Kentucky is Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

One.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Bevin has proven by his actions that he is just another rich Democrat looking for the Government to help him out with his problems like he did in Connecticut.

Johnnyreb on February 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Actually, that’s what McConnell has proven. I’d say it’s time to try something new. Doing the same thing over and over and over and over again (i.e., electing McConnell), and expecting different results, is insane. What are the chances of McConnell doing what he says and being a good representative? Zero. What are Bevin’s chances? Greater than zero. I’ll go with a greater than zero probability over a zero probability.

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The Wendy Caswell claim is interesting..but it’s old news. Are you (Johnnyreb) claiming that the Louisville? Tea Party are easy suckers?
Certainly her claim to work for the democrat platform is know to people by now. Maybe she’s a plant to discredit the TP at just the right time..maybe she’s just taking a chance and wanting someone she thinks cannot possible win over an incumbent. Who knows.
Being in Kentucky, how have the Tea Party members reacted to this somewhat old news about their “leader”?

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

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