Rand Paul defends Mitch McConnell: C’mon, it’s not like we’re talking about Arlen Specter here

posted at 7:21 pm on February 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

Man oh man. I used to think Paul had traded his endorsement of McConnell for Senate for McConnell’s promise that he’d endorse Paul for president. But after watching this very solid defense of a guy who’s very unpopular with Paul’s target audience, I’ve gotta believe that Mitch the Knife’s “Rand for president!” ad has already been recorded, cut, and is just waiting to be rolled out at the appropriate moment. He’s gone beyond the call of establishment-ingratiating duty on this one.

His point about McConnell not being Specter isn’t wrong, either.

“McConnell has offended conservatives by stabbing Ted Cruz in the back and cutting deals that ran contrary to every principle he says he stands for. The Conservative Establishment is backing unknown Matt Bevin. Bevin has no track record. McConnell has a Heritage Action rating of 80. When the average Republican score is 67 that is not something to ignore,” [Tea Party Nation founder Judson] Phillips said.

McConnell scored even better with the Club for Growth, nabbing an 87 percent rating on the free market group’s issues. This cycle, the club has endorsed Republicans who are challenging incumbents in Senate primaries, but Bevin is not among them. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a strong supporter of McConnell who has criticized Bevin, was at 96 percent on the Heritage Action for America scorecard. Bevin has never served in elected office…

The Senate Conservatives Fund, said a Republican operative backing McConnell, is making the same mistake with Bevin that the National Republican Senatorial Committee made in 2009 with Charlie Crist.

McConnell’s ACU rating, referenced by Paul in the clip, was 96, 85, and a perfect 100 from 2010-12, respectively. However you feel about Rand riding to his defense (at a moment, do note, when Ted Cruz is wading into other races to help tea partiers), explain to me how it came to be that defeating McConnell is a bigger cause among conservatives than defeating Lindsey Graham. Grahamnesty is perilously close to not only winning his primary in the redder-than-red state of South Carolina — Jim DeMint’s home state, I hasten to remind you — but he might do it with a clear majority, avoiding any chance of the sort of run-off upset that David Dewhurst suffered at the hands of Cruz. It’s as if John McCain was running for election in, say, Texas and righties simply couldn’t muster the interest to give him a competitive primary. It’s unthinkable — and yet, somehow, here we are. How did that happen?


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he’s just not as vocal as Spec…that’s all!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

He’s worse than Arlen Specter because he is the Senate Minority Leader and actively works against conservatives.

portlandon on February 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Go git ‘em Rand!!

JohnGalt23 on February 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

How many terms does Mitch get..?

d1carter on February 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

OT….Janet Brewer, AZ will be making an announcement soon.

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Can he win the general election..?

d1carter on February 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You can’t rank leadership positions on just their votes. For example, McConnell and Cornyn worked behind the scenes to shepherd the comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate then when passage was a foregone conclusion they voted no at the very end.

Wigglesworth on February 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

… explain to me how it came to be that defeating McConnell is a bigger cause among conservatives than defeating Lindsey Graham.

Cute, AP, but then — you already know the answer to that, don’t you …

ShainS on February 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I can easily not vote for rand so…he can say whatever he wants.

dmacleo on February 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The day after Congress voted to end the government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared there would be no repeat of the shutdown that he didn’t want in the first place. “A government shutdown is off the table,” McConnell told The National Review. “We’re not going to do it.”

Leadership …

ShainS on February 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Isn’t Mitch Daniels the ‘knife’?

roger wilco on February 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

McConnell not Specter

Talk about damming by faint praise.

VorDaj on February 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Give him time… Rand. Give him time.

Turtle has only been in DC for how many dozen years?

Specter waited until about his last term to fully sell out.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

OT….Janet Brewer, AZ will be making an announcement soon.

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Will it be accompanied by a prostrate bow to the east to the DC Meca?

VorDaj on February 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

OT === RUSSIAN WARSHIP DOCKS IN HAVANA ….Drudge Headline

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

VorDaj on February 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

probably

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Let me jump on my hobby horse here for a minute. Sen. McConnell is not a bad guy and has a good voting record. But until he realizes that it is his responsibility to secure the votes of people who should be his natural base, he is not a leader. These little leaks about taking Tea Party members to the wood shed and talking about punching Tea Party folks in the nose is just about as stupid as one person can be. And that stunt the other day of stopping the roll call vote on the debt ceiling cloture was as sleazy a thing as any Democrat would pull. Until he and others of his ilk buy a clue, I will be talking ugly about them and not give a flying flip whether they retain their office.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

McConnell has a Heritage Action rating of 80. When the average Republican score is 67 that is not something to ignore…

McConnell scored even better with the Club for Growth, nabbing an 87 percent rating on the free market group’s issues.

I agree with Rand. We should not be trying to throw McConnell out of office, all we need to do is ensure that he is not in a position of leadership in the Senate. He is not a leader, but we’ll take his votes.

slickwillie2001 on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

McConnell for Dogcatcher!

vnvet on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

VorDaj on February 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Or wherever the NFL offices are located.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Gross.

Pork-Chop on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

well said Cindy

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If the plan is to defeat McConnell, someone needs to tell Bevin. He was 42 points behind in last weeks poll.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

explain to me how it came to be that defeating McConnell is a bigger cause among conservatives than defeating Lindsey Graham. Grahamnesty is perilously close to not only winning his primary in the redder-than-red state of South Carolina — Jim DeMint’s home state, I hasten to remind you — but he might do it with a clear majority, avoiding any chance of the sort of run-off upset that David Dewhurst suffered at the hands of Cruz.

This is what I don’t understand. Thad Cochran and Mitch McConnell have semi-competent primary challengers, how the heck is Lindsey Graham (likely) getting a free ticket to the general election? Graham should have been an easy target for conservatives this year, heck even McCain faced a tough primary in 2010.

midgeorgian on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

( s i g h . . . )
.
Rand Paul finally disappoints me . . . : (

listens2glenn on February 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I’ll say.

McConnell, Boehner and Brewer are only like Snarlin’ Arlen when the vote is important.

/S

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

.
well said Cindy

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

.
Grudging dittos.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Nailed it.

He is worse than Spec because we are at a tipping point. There is no room left for the spineless “We’ll get ‘em next time” strategy.

Mimzey on February 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

veto

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

SB 1062 has been vetoed

CoffeeLover on February 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

McConnell is the puppet master. He doesn’t get his hands dirty. He has others doing his dirty work for him. Paul is only hurting himself by supporting somebody who wants to punch his base in the nose. I guess Paul wants to join the Rubio team. I always thought Rand was a fraud

Brock Robamney on February 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

It is a many-headed snake which needs to be decapitated.

Ukiah on February 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Well then you are happy and we are happy that you are happy. Thanks for playing.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

He’s gone beyond the call of establishment-ingratiating duty on this one.

Nice, not beating it to death or anything AP. Keep trolling for that sweet, sweet outrage.

Anger is not an agenda. And outrage, as a habit, is not even conservative. Outrage, resentment, and intolerance are gargoyles of the Left. For us, optimism is not just a message – it’s a principle. American conservatism, at its core, is about gratitude, and cooperation, and trust, and above all hope.
It is also about inclusion. Successful political movements are about identifying converts, not heretics. This, too, is part of the challenge before us.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) Via Ace

V7_Sport on February 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I agree. Graham is the guy righties ought to be aiming at, but instead many who have the scent of McConnells blood in the water and are trying to finish him off are doing so not reading they are about to hand over his seat to a Democrat.

Simply put, defeating McConnell is making Hairy Read more powerful.

MTF on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

“not reading” should have been “not realizing”

MTF on February 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Very well said.

The issue is McConnell’s leadership of the GOP caucus in the Senate. He’s been the Senate Minority Leader since January 2007 – including the end of this current term, that’s 8 years as the leader of the GOP caucus.

He has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to combat the Tea Party far harder than he’s fought Harry Reid. I personally feel, that at his age (72) and wrapping up 30 years in the Senate – it’s time to retire.

If he declines to retire, and wins re-election, my strongest objection would be for him to have ANY role in the GOP Senate leadership – because he has demonstrated since the spring of 2010 (when he last led – leading the unanimous GOP opposition to Obamacare) that he is incapable of leading, messaging, or articulating a cogent and compelling alternative vision to that of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.

If the GOP can take the Senate, this is one of the last people that we need at the helm as Senate Majority Leader. The GOP leadership has to start coming from those who can lead, who can message and articulate our principles, and doesn’t believe in going along to get along – and not just one of the more senior members.

Athos on February 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I agree with Rand. We should not be trying to throw McConnell out of office, all we need to do is ensure that he is not in a position of leadership in the Senate. He is not a leader, but we’ll take his votes.

slickwillie2001 on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I’m starting to lean toward that view, McConnell’s a poor leader but I think he’s a fairly solid senator. I don’t buy the idea that either McConnell or Bevin would lose this seat. With that said, I do think McConnell should have retired.

I take endorsements from fellow politicians with a gain of salt. I don’t agree with every endorsement made by politicians I like and respect. (see Palin endorsing McCain and Hatch)

midgeorgian on February 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Rand: “Hey. McConnel has better hair than Spectre.”

BigAlSouth on February 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

explain to me how it came to be that defeating McConnell is a bigger cause among conservatives than defeating Lindsey Graham.

I don’t get it either. Only thing I can think of is there are multiple people running, and maybe conservative groups couldn’t find the right person to coalesce behind.

Graham also has a huge, huge money advantage, as all incumbents do. However, I don’t know of any tea party challengers who are really scaring incumbents right now. Cornyn and Cochrane are being primaried by credible challengers, yet no one seems to be getting any traction.

cat_owner on February 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Athos on February 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

It would be funny (and great) if Rand became the Majority Leader. He seems to have a clue on how to keep all sides of the caucus happy.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

If the GOP can take the Senate, this is one of the last people that we need at the helm as Senate Majority Leader. The GOP leadership has to start coming from those who can lead, who can message and articulate our principles, and doesn’t believe in going along to get along – and not just one of the more senior members.

Athos on February 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Unfortunately that is how it works in DC. Seniority is the brass ring. And with Seniority comes more lucrative committee assignments with access to more and more Lobbyists and more money.

The vast majority of people elected to both Houses of Congress who have served more than one or two terms have left significantly richer than when they went to DC. No amount of complaining or electing candidates who promise to “change the way business is done in DC” is going to change that.

The Beast has reached critical mass and has become self sustaining now and it will continue to grow. Even now, Obama and Reid are planning on where to spend the money they are taking from Defense. There aren’t going to be any real savings, everything they take from Defense will be spent elsewhere or used to paper over another decades worth of Social Security Deficit.

It is going to take some sort of substantial crisis to make any real changes. Something like what is happening in Venezuela, Egypt or the Ukraine before we will ever see any real change in DC.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The problem with accepting McConnell and Boehner’s treachery is the “better the devil you know instead of the devil you don’t” is their increasingly becoming “the devil you don’t.”

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Problem with McConnell is he has no strategy for shaping public opinion. He is unwilling/unable to put up a fight in the arena of ideas. This is unacceptable for a leader of a party in the minority.

commodore on February 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

commodore on February 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Someone I was listening to said that McConnell had been on defense for so long that he has forgotten how to play offense. I think there is something to that.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ron Paul did get elected to the Senate after all.

It is a total Paul fail now.

Next will be support for Climate Change taxes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM

China will not loan the U.S.A. their hard earned money to pay of the fraud of Obama Care.

China will loan the U.S.A. their hard earned money to weaken the U.S.A. to the point that Rand /Ron Paul types will sign a no condition slave deal to pay for libertairan dream machines for the dumb masses to watch on TV.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Problem with McConnell is he has no strategy for shaping public opinion. He is unwilling/unable to put up a fight in the arena of ideas. This is unacceptable for a leader of a party in the minority.

commodore on February 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Uh, the GOP has no way of shaping public opinion. If it did we wouldn’t be moving further to the left every day.

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Uh, the GOP has no way of shaping public opinion. If it did we wouldn’t be moving further to the left every day.

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Ronaldus Magnus disagrees.

Knowing that he would face similar presstitutes of his day like Sam Donaldson and Dan Rather in his day Reagan took his message to the people. From city to city direct and in person.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

China will not loan the U.S.A. their hard earned money to pay of the fraud of Obama Care.

China will loan the U.S.A. their hard earned money to weaken the U.S.A. to the point that Rand /Ron Paul types will sign a no condition slave deal to pay for libertairan dream machines for the dumb masses to watch on TV.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I think China is more interested in U.S. consumers consuming Chinese-made products. It keeps Chinese happy, busy, and not thinking about replacing their government.

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Voting records don’t really reflect either the drift McConnell ash allowed, nor his cowardice when the chips were down. He has played the collegiality game while Reid has played for keeps. As a result McConnell has betrayed the party and the country. His voting score in that regard is utterly meaningless.

Graham need to go as well. McConnell going, however, will send a far larger message to the GOPe. If Graham is forced into a run off, he may well lose. We’ll see what happens in Kentucky, but I’m giving to Bevin.

McConnell needs to be sent home to stay. He’ll probably become a lobbyist instead.

Quartermaster on February 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

After Paul defeated his hand-picked candidate in the primary, McConnell put his entire machine at Paul’s disposal in the general, helping to get him elected.

This is noble of Paul, as is Palin’s support of McCain, who put her in the limelight. Paul has no qualms about opposing McConnell on issues; this does mean he has to help destroy the guy.

It’s good that McConnell is being primaried. It has pushed him to the right. It has made him uncomfortable, which is necessary. But Bevin is nine kinds of suck, and there is no need for Paul to pile on.

Joseph K on February 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM

No Mitch. No Rand. No thanks.

ncjetsfan on February 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Rand Paul doesn’t give two f*cks about Mitch McConnell winning.

In fact – I’m sure he’d love to see Mitch go.

Rand is steering the path between Cruz and McConnell – he doesn’t want to burn bridges and realizes that the GOP Ayatollahs will throw every dime they have at Kentucky to save Mitchy. So why should Rand go out on a limb and denounce him and burn a bridge?

Thus Rand Paul is smart cookies. He may be too smart – I haven’t decided.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

( s i g h . . . )
.
Rand Paul finally disappoints me . . . : (

listens2glenn on February 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Moral of the story: Don’t put your faith in a politician.

That said, you do know that Rand works with the guy on Kentucky
business. The two of them get a lot done. I suspect that
McConnell knows where the bodies are buried in Washington and has let Rand Paul in on some of the secrets. Some how I have the opinion that McConnell has helped Rand Paul behind the scenes.

I trust Rand Paul more than McConnell. I feel that McConnell is not a leader and Rand Paul is. Rand Paul is a budget hawk; that by itself is good enough for me. He lives it; returns money not
spent from his office budget back to the government. He has run a
small business (eye surgeon) and knows the effects all the excessive regulations and taxes have on small business; along with
Obamacare. He lives it with his business.

He articulates his conservative viewpoints and offers solutions.
His speeches have been received well at black colleges; has been asked back to speak; the NAACP recently asked him to speak about his enterprise zones; like the one he proposed for Detroit.

Be disappointed in him for only a moment or two. I think Rand Paul
is the real deal. And I love him when he goes on CNN and the alphabet stations. He is a joy to listen to when the a$$hat teleprompter journalists try to “gotcha” him.

Amjean on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Ronaldus Magnus disagrees.

Knowing that he would face similar presstitutes of his day like Sam Donaldson and Dan Rather in his day Reagan took his message to the people. From city to city direct and in person.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Ronaldus Magnus was powerless and did nothing to roll back FDR’s administrative state.

Reagan was what the leftist bureaucrats — the real power — call a “transient”. He’s here today, gone tomorrow.

But the Ruling Left is here today, here tomorrow, and will be entrenched in their federal sinecures, making policy, in the distant future. And the revolving door between left-wing think tanks, media, academia, and even corporate America continues to spin.

Why?

Because the GOP is a powerless Token Opposition Party right down to Ronald Reagan’s day.

And as much as I boosted Newt Gingrich in ’12, or Romney, or Rand Paul now; I still think it is futile in stopping the Ruling Left when they control the board.

Hell, Dubya had the Congress and the White House. What did he accomplish? Oh, that’s right — he made the central government even more powerful.

I’m not that optimistic these days, sadly. What’s important to us is not important to the real power running the country.

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Let me jump on my hobby horse here for a minute. Sen. McConnell is not a bad guy and has a good voting record. But until he realizes that it is his responsibility to secure the votes of people who should be his natural base, he is not a leader.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

So you basically want the ‘establishment’ to be more establishment? You must have moved to Colorado because you’re f*kin high as a kite. I want MY Senator voting how WE want him to vote, not how anyone in leadership, regardless of their level of ‘true conservatism’, wants them to vote.

NoStoppingUs on February 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Rand Paul doesn’t give two f*cks about Mitch McConnell winning.

In fact – I’m sure he’d love to see Mitch go.

Rand is steering the path between Cruz and McConnell – he doesn’t want to burn bridges and realizes that the GOP Ayatollahs will throw every dime they have at Kentucky to save Mitchy. So why should Rand go out on a limb and denounce him and burn a bridge?

Thus Rand Paul is smart cookies. He may be too smart – I haven’t decided.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

It is pretty smart. Rand Paul is a smart guy which is rather refreshing. I’m skeptical if a President Rand Paul can change the disastrous course the country is on.

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Punchenko on February 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I certainly agree that the Nation is in deep excrement and our “leaders” simply want the spoils.

But Reagan reversed the destruction of Peanut Carter and won the Cold War. To see him in person one immediately realized why Democrats feared him as much as their Soviet brethren did.

I was less in favor of Gingrich for 2012 though appreciated his smackdown of DNC whores Scott Pelley and the CNBC ditz. I was in favor of 1990s Gingrich calling BS on Clintoon time after time until the GOP usual suspects pretty much betrayed him. Sure, Connie Chung pulled a “Candy Crowley” on his mother and himself but a lot of the elitist fossils did so too.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

If we can’t get rid of the bad actors in Washington DC then all hope is lost. Rand Paul has been a real disappointment, he seems to have turned to the dark side just like most of the “tea party freshmen” elected in ’10 did shortly after they took office. We keep sending people to DC to save us from DC and within the first year they betray their promises, join the establishment and become part of the problem. If we can’t stop that cycle by throwing out incumbents and replacing leaders, if there is no peaceful recourse through a civil process left to us to save our selves, then what is left?

FloatingRock on February 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

DeMint should run in SC and then resign again after he throttles Graham.

besser tot als rot on February 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Years ago I predicted here at HotAir that the GOP establishment would ultimately refuse to reform their profligate ways in DC and would eventually circle their wagons together with the Democrat establishment to protect DC’s crony racket from fed-up American voters. That is exactly what has been happening, and increasingly so at an accelerating rate. Rand Paul appears to be positioning himself by McConnell’s side within DC’s circled wagons fending off the very people who sent Rand Paul to DC in the first place. I am increasingly unhappy with Rand Paul, I think Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have more promise. I’m more impressed with Justin Amash than Rand Paul. I’m sure I don’t agree with Justin on every issue but at least he seems to be standing up for his voters rather than with the corrupt DC political establishment.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

While I think that Rand is playing it smart here helping his longer term prospects, I still don’t buy those ratings as having much, if any value. Other than to illustrate that politicians know how to game a scorecard while sticking their fingers in the eyes of their voters.

besser tot als rot on February 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Someone remind me … Isnt it McConnell’s fault we have Obamacare? Didn’t he allow a vote on Obamacare because he wanted to go home for Christmas, expecting to have to go to conference after Christmas anyway? But then Brown won and conference wasn’t possible, so the House simply passed the Senate bill that McConnell had allowed to come to a vote? Did I get that wrong? If not, I’d say, yeah, he’s just about as much at fault for Obamacare as Specter.

besser tot als rot on February 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

HondaV65 on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I think everything you said is spot on.

besser tot als rot on February 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Simply put, defeating McConnell is making Hairy Read more powerful.

MTF on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

How so? Mitch & Johnny give Obama and the Democrats everything they want almost without question.

RJL on February 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You Beck and Levin acolytes are officially shark jumpers.

Ann Coulter and RAND here are right, it’s absurd to lump McConnell in as RINO of any kind.

He’s the freaking Poster Boy for Opposition to Obama and Obamacare. Granted he’s boring in his delivery but have you actually listened to his blistering screeds in the Senate well against Obama and Democrats and progressives????

Beck calls Cornyn a RINO wants him gone too. Now that’s just nuts. Even Glenn knows that but he’s feeding you sycophants the red meat your starving for.

AYNBLAND on February 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Rand Paul has such good instincts on so many things. I hope he runs for president. He cuts into their libertarian wing, hispanic vote, young vote, etc. and hopefully retains our mercurial base.

cimbri on February 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM

You’ve got a point, Senator Paul: McConnell is not Arlene Specter.

He’s far worse

BabyGrace on February 26, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Look at McConnell’s lifetime voting record. Over 90% from National Right to Life, NRA, Club for Growth, American Conservative Institute.

What the problem is here is that McConnell has been playing a strategic game here that most of the low information voters on the right (yes, both right and left have their populations of low information voters — or maybe mis-informed in some cases, too). For example, the debt ceiling bill. Blocking that or trying to link it to anything would have been a political disaster. Same with the appropriations bill back in October. Cutting off funding for Obamacare causing the bill to stall and government to run out of money cause an 8 point shift in public opinion to the Democrats.

All Harry Reid has to do is just block any Republican initiative and then blame the Republicans for any fallout. They then have the issue they need to get their voters to the polls in November. McConnell didn’t allow that to happen. The Democrats now have to face the voters this fall without a huge issue to demonize the Republicans for and it isn’t going to be pretty.

crosspatch on February 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Madison Project has backed a candidate who slipped a little something something into a bill to line pockets of some monied folk (who support Mary Landrieu) and cause already producing offshore oil and gas wells to have to be shutdown permaturely. That’s really conservative for you.

Daniel Horowitz is a half-truth teller.

Kermit on February 27, 2014 at 12:39 AM

McConnell and Rand make good bed-buddies. Only a spineless RINO like Rand Paul would throw an unapologetic conservative like Ted Nugent under the bus.

eh on February 27, 2014 at 12:58 AM

explain to me how it came to be that defeating McConnell is a bigger cause among conservatives than defeating Lindsey Graham.

Thank. You.

I’ve been saying the same for the last six months. DeMint will spend to the death to get McConnell but nary a peep about the serial sellout, Lady Lindsey?

Toocon on February 27, 2014 at 1:28 AM

I agree. Graham is the guy righties ought to be aiming at, but instead many who have the scent of McConnells blood in the water and are trying to finish him off are doing so not reading they are about to hand over his seat to a Democrat.
Simply put, defeating McConnell is making Hairy Read more powerful.
MTF on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Name one thing that McConnell stands on? He was against Obamacare before he was for it. He voted to raise taxes and the debt ceiling. He voted to confirm ALL of Obama’s appointees, even the ones that Obama appointed unconstitutionally. When Harry Reid ended the filibuster, McConnell did nothing. Face it, Allison Grimes would be an improvement.

Brock Robamney on February 27, 2014 at 6:19 AM

This is what I don’t understand. Thad Cochran and Mitch McConnell have semi-competent primary challengers, how the heck is Lindsey Graham (likely) getting a free ticket to the general election? Graham should have been an easy target for conservatives this year, heck even McCain faced a tough primary in 2010.

midgeorgian on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

You need to remember that for conservatives to win a primary, they need a candidate who has enough money and grassroots backing to win, is willing to put up with both the media and the Republicans trying to destroy his/her candidacy and life, who can run a decent campaign, and then can actually win at the end of the day.

And on top of that there’s also the qualifier of “Willing to represent one’s constituents when in Washington.”

Given all this, it’s not a surprise a challenger to Graham couldn’t be found. What’s surprising is that we’ve been able to find any challengers in any state at all. Men like Cruz and Lee are rare, unfortunately.

What the problem is here is that McConnell has been playing a strategic game here that most of the low information voters on the right (yes, both right and left have their populations of low information voters — or maybe mis-informed in some cases, too). For example, the debt ceiling bill. Blocking that or trying to link it to anything would have been a political disaster. Same with the appropriations bill back in October. Cutting off funding for Obamacare causing the bill to stall and government to run out of money cause an 8 point shift in public opinion to the Democrats.

crosspatch on February 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

I’m sorry, but this is pure delusion. Point me to actual tangible gains McConnell has made for us. This “prevent an even BIGGER disaster, just you wait for that next election!” baloney has been going on for almost a full decade. At this point, the only dopes being roped by this stuff are conservatives that can still be duped and tricked by con artists like McConnell.

Doomberg on February 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

This says as much about Paul as it does McConnell.McConnell has done nothing to advance a conservative agenda,nothing.He has attacked the one man in the Senate who has,and the Tea party that supports that effort.So why should a self-identified Tea Partyite and conservative like Rand Paul endorse Mitch McConnell?One,to ingratiate himself to the establishment,and two, to undermine the efforts of Ted Cruz.For all his bluster,Rand Paul is as establishment as Mitch McConnell, and just as unprincipled.I don’t give a crap if McConnell is as bad as Arlen Specter,anymore than I care that the GOP is less an evil than the Socialist /Progressives.Less evil is still evil you fools!

redware on February 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

You can’t rank leadership positions on just their votes. For example, McConnell and Cornyn worked behind the scenes to shepherd the comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate then when passage was a foregone conclusion they voted no at the very end.

Wigglesworth on February 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You are correct.

McConnell is the puppet master. He doesn’t get his hands dirty. He has others doing his dirty work for him. Paul is only hurting himself by supporting somebody who wants to punch his base in the nose. I guess Paul wants to join the Rubio team. I always thought Rand was a fraud

Brock Robamney on February 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

McConnell doesn’t get his hands dirty. Like making sure something gets to the floor, and then voting against it. People hear about the vote, not the game. A type of game that Rubio played when he was in Florida state government

If anyone was wondering why Rand has been bringing up old Clinton scandals, it is to help McConnell

Paul’s mutually beneficial alliance with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who faces reelection this year, is a prime example of his political foresight. McConnell has helped him build chits with the establishment, including donors skeptical of his national viability. McConnell, meanwhile, has gotten tea-party validation to get him through a contested primary against businessman Matt Bevin. He’s also benefited from Paul’s swipes at former President Clinton, who is emerging as an important surrogate for McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell, if he survives the general election, could become the next majority leader. But Paul, in taming the establishment skepticism toward him, could end up with the bigger prize.

Worth Repeating:

McConnell, if he survives the general election, could become the next majority leader.

Worth repeating twice:

McConnell, if he survives the general election, could become the next majority leader.

I wont try a mind meld of Rand Paul on this one. Politics is nasty and McConnell ain’t my granpappy

entagor on February 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

McConnell is worried about Mitch McConnell’s reelection. He could care less about the people he represents or the promises he made while running. And he takes every opportunity he can to knife Tea Party conservatives in the back. Paul’s faint praise of Mitch is just another reason that I don’t trust Paul.

fight like a girl on February 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Thus Rand Paul is smart cookies. He may be too smart – I haven’t decided.

HondaV65 on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Bingo.

As for quivering Mitch, I don’t need him out of the Senate; there are much worse Republicans, McCain, Grahamnesty, One-Term Kirk, Ayotte, Burr, Cornhole, and Flake. But we need better leadership.

Jaibones on February 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

McConnell is worried about Mitch McConnell’s reelection. He could care less about the people he represents or the promises he made while running.

Fight like a girl on February 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

You just described all 100 Senators. Do you seriously not understand that?

Jaibones on February 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

NoStoppingUs on February 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Yep, that is exactly what I said. Read much? /

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Arlen Specter? Wow, that’s one heck of a standard you got there Mitch (rhymes with)

Dollayo on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM