On notice: Mitch McConnell is ready to “crush” the Tea Party

posted at 6:31 pm on March 9, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

What with all the sweetness and light going on this weekend at CPAC, there really hasn’t been much room set aside for the Hawt Media Topic of the Conservative Civil War. Well, let’s wrap up the weekend with a bit of mudslinging from upper chamber. Doing an interview with the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the issue of three high profile Republican senators who are facing primary challenges from the Right. His conclusion?

We’re going to crush you like the worms that you are, peasants.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP establishment will destroy conservative insurgents attempting to unseat a trio incumbents in an interview with the New York Times published on Sunday.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

McConnell is one of three establishment Republicans who are facing primary challengers backed by Tea Party conservative groups. The Senate Conservatives Fund, The Madison Project, and FreedomWorks are supporting Matt Bevin, McConnell’s rival in Kentucky. All three groups as well as the anti-tax Club For Growth are also throwing their fundraising weight behind Chris McDaniel’s run against Republican Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. The Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund are also spending to support Milton Wolf, who is challenging Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

It’s always hard to tell whether statements like this are just hubris for show in an attempt to buy some media traction or true confidence. But in this case, it just may turn out that McConnell is finding some room to relax. Chris McDaniel has made some gains in Mississippi, but it looks like Thad Cochran is still holding enough of a lead to feel comfortable. Of course, that primary isn’t until June and a lot can change between now and then. Milton Wolf has definitely eroded Pat Roberts’ favorability numbers in recent months, but the last polling we’ve seen still shows Roberts with a two to one advantage.

As for the long game of McConnell and Matt Bevin, well… what can you say? That 55 to 29 spread doesn’t seem to be budging. But you have to wonder what McConnell was thinking in doing this interview. Even if you’re feeling your oats in the primaries, is the close of CPAC and the dawn of the primary season really the time to be taking a victory lap and doing a bit of an in your face dance for opponents in your own party? November will be all about turnout – as the off years always are – and leaving a sour taste in the mouths of supporters of any of these “upstart whacko-birds” probably isn’t going to do much for the grassroots enthusiasm in the final weeks.

But hey… the guy looks really good doing a Cold Dead Hands impression, eh?


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November will be all about turnout – as the off years always are – and leaving a sour taste in the mouths of supporters of any of these “upstart whacko-birds” probably isn’t going to do much for the grassroots enthusiasm in the final weeks.

That’s the part I can’t figure out. Confidence in reelection by no particular constituency.

Axe on March 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Polling has shown that Matt Bevin does better than McConnell against Alison-Hyphenated-DASH-Name.

ConstantineXI on March 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

“upstart whacko-birds”

Need. Logo.

Axe on March 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

But what about the facts? A lot of these “insurgents” don’t have any campaign experience, or experience running government things. In MA right now, there are several candidates who are Great Guys, conservatives, anti tax, good men really, wasting time running for an office that is higher than an entry level political office. There is a “great guy” making a little fuss running for governor whose good ideas would be more realistic if he ran for Congress. It is easier to spread the word and win elections when you are a new comer if you only have to win the majority of votes in one congressional district. It is automatically a strike against you, if you tried and lost your congressional district and now you want to try for Senate.

It would be better for tea party candidates to enter the food chain just a little lower and all win, than to try to knock out one candidate and lose everything. Make sure you nominate candidates that can win at the level they enter at. And be wary of anyone who thinks something like School Board or town office is below them, or has never volunteered fifteen minutes to work on someone else’s campaign. They want something handed to them.

Fleuries on March 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Gee – now we see why Rand Paul endorsed McConnell.

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

And the GOP RINOs forget how the Republican Party was founded. It’s time for the base to abandon the party of elites and Democrat-lite and form and support a third party. Leave these Whigs to their dead party. It’s time for action.

dominigan on March 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

A lot of these “insurgents” don’t have any campaign experience, or experience running government things.

Fleuries on March 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Based on the last 40 years, I don’t think ‘experience in office’ is really all that great of a resume enhancer. Oh, there might be folks ‘expecting’ to be handed something, but most of these ‘insurgents’ seem to be wanting to move the GOP from Demo-lite back into the conservative realm.

GWB on March 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This is not how a leader talks. This is not how you rally your base to your side. I think I’m going to send Mr. Bevin a bit of money. I can’t afford a lot but if he starts getting donations maybe some entitled old jackass could buy a clue.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Guys, I dropped an email on Ole’ Mitch yesterday. They don’t usually take emails from outside their district so I used his office address in Louisville.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

‘Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul forge alliance that crosses establishment, tea party lines’

http://www.teammitch.com/mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-forge-alliance-that-crosses-establishment-tea-party-lines/

New Ad From “Team Mitch” Featuring Rand Paul

http://www.dailypaul.com/309603/new-ad-from-team-mitch-featuring-rand-paul

Mitch McConnell Touts Relationship With Rand Paul …

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/07/mitch-mcconnell-tries-to-align-with-tea-party-to-save-his-re-election-bid-touts-relationship-with-rand-paul/

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

MJBrutus on March 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

The problem with you and Mitch is that you think that my denigrating people that they will come on board and agree with you. It’s an interesting theory. Even Obama doesn’t do that. The Tea Party should be the natural constituency of Mitch McConnell, a man who said just the day before that if given the Senate he wouldn’t let conservatives down. Then the very next day, he promises their destruction. Sounds like the run of the mill would be tyrant to me. He might have pointed out where the he and the group agree, which I imagine would be considerable. But no, that’s not his strategy. Interesting that you would see it his way.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

He should try that with the people. The votes he needs.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Local Kentucky activists should take a page from Arizona playbook;

Whereas… McCain [McConnell] has abandoned our core values and has been eerily silent against liberals, yet publicly reprimands conservatives in his own party, therefore;

Be it hereby resolved that the Maricopa County [Kentucky] Republican leadership censures Sen. McCain [Mitch McConnell] for his continued disservice to our state and nation…

Terp Mole on March 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

The more the Turtle opens his mouth, the more appealing Alison Grimes and Matt Bevin become

Brock Robamney on March 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I’m not saying I won’t vote in 2014, but there will be an undercount factor that I will be a part of.

DanMan on March 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

“What a maroon” ~ Daffy Duck

Hening on March 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Perhaps Mitch should read Mr. Codevilla’s “America’s Ruling Class” and in particular, contemplate the conclusion:

How the country class and ruling class might clash on each item of their contrasting agendas is beyond my scope. Suffice it to say that the ruling class’s greatest difficulty — aside from being outnumbered — will be to argue, against the grain of reality, that the revolution it continues to press upon America is sustainable. For its part, the country class’s greatest difficulty will be to enable a revolution to take place without imposing it. America has been imposed on enough. ( http://spectator.org/articles/39326/americas-ruling-class-and-perils-revolution )

Atlas Shrugged was supposed to be a warning, Not A Newspaper!

mcsandberg on March 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

i’m hoping sarah doesn’t engage until the kentucky primary is over or, if mitch loses it to bevin, it’ll be her fault. paul’s alliance with mitch is gonna hurt him with the tea party folks who will roll to cruz for the presidential run.

mitch can only blame himself if he loses this one

gracie on March 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Odd, isn’t it, that Mitch didn’t include that kind of tone and commentary in his CPAC address… wonder why? /

Midas on March 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The new way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The tea parties gave us a majority in the house, and will give us a majority in the senate. Maybe.

applebutter on March 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Midas on March 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I don’t understand all the love for the Turtle. Here is a guy who wants to go to war against the Tea Party. The Tea Party’s sin? They are against Tax Increases, Obamacare, and big bloated Government. Seeing how the Turtle and the rest of the GOPe hates the Tea Party, one can rightly assume that the Geriatric Old Progressives support all these policies, otherwise, why would they hate somebody of a kindred spirit?

Brock Robamney on March 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Why was this clown even invited to CPAC?
There is nothing conservative about this lying traitor.

Buttercup on March 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Bully for Sen. Mitch McConnell – there is nothing new here: George Will said it all yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

Chris Wallace: Chris Christie and Ted Cruz were the taste of the differing visions for the GOP on display at this year’s CPAC conference. … Well, the two wings of the Republican Party were on full display at CPAC. On the one hand, you had Chris Christie saying we can’t govern if we can’t — if we don’t win. On the other hand, you had Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum, Senator, talking about sticking to conservative principles on the size and scope of government, as well as conservative principles on social issues. George, is the GOP getting any closer to a clarifying moment here?
George Will: I certainly hope not. It’s much more interesting when they are brawling with one another. Look, the Republicans have been fighting with one another since 1912, when a former Republican ran against an incumbent Republican, Teddy Roosevelt against William Howard Taft. And the conservative movement can’t win in this argument because if they are harmonious, the media says stultifying, monochrome, oppressive, no diversity. And then when they argue with each other, they say cry havoc and slip the dogs of civil war in the Republican Party. It’s perfect nonsense.

Dave Turson on March 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I am voting for Milton Wolf in the primary. If he doesn’t win, I won’t vote in the Senate race.

cptacek on March 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Dave Turson spat: Bully for Sen. Mitch McConnell

George Will: … the conservative movement can’t win in this argument

Bully is the correct term. RINO Will bullied conservativs with the same stuffy nonsense when he tried to “cleanse” Ronald Reagan from the GOP.

Try harder to avoid defending the indefensible.

Terp Mole on March 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

You have to wonder how McConnell got elected in the first place. He permits a New York Times interview (what Al Jazeera wasn’t available) to bash the Tea Party. His general election opponent is 50/50 in the polls. How in the name of God does McConnell think he can afford to demean Tea Party supporters?

Non brain dead politicians, who have primary opponents, want the loser’s (presumably Bevin) supporters to kiss and makeup with the nominee, with hopes of becoming the margin of victory in a close election. By making tea party bashing as his default position, Mitch is incentivizing tea party folks to stay home.

Doofus.

TheStatistQuo on March 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I don’t understand all the love for the Turtle. Here is a guy who wants to go to war against the Tea Party. The Tea Party’s sin? They are against Tax Increases, Obamacare, and big bloated Government. Seeing how the Turtle and the rest of the GOPe hates the Tea Party, one can rightly assume that the Geriatric Old Progressives support all these policies, otherwise, why would they hate somebody of a kindred spirit?

Brock Robamney on March 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

This ^^ exactly. The only logical reason for them to have more hostility toward the Tea Party than they do even toward the DimocRats is that they know the Dims are MORE in line with their politics and are LESS of a threat to them.

The GOPe progressives just can’t understand why Conservatives get so mad when time after time after time after time we’re stabbed in the back by people like Turtle.

Eventually, we get to a point where we stop giving them our money and our vote in return for nothing but hostility. We can get the same treatment from the Dims.

Meople on March 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I don’t consider Reagan a conservative god. Reagan won office against a horrid one-termer and he was reelected on an uptick. And Mark Levin, more often than not, acts in a demagogic manner: There will be no radio screaming meemies generated my way by a man in a suburban bunker.

Dave Turson on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Really. Was that photo meant to make us scared of Senator Mitch McSchmoo?

RebeccaH on March 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

TheStatistQuo on March 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Worse than that even. People like Turtle may just drive me, an unaffiliated Conservative to vote (D) on election day instead of just staying home.

Yep, it would hurt me to do that, but tell me, what else can I do with my vote to fight against these people? I’m already NOT sending the GOP any money, and AM sending money to individual Conservative candidates.

Meople on March 10, 2014 at 2:37 PM

HEY MITCH,
Without the TeaParty YOU WONT be in charge of the Senate, YOU knucklehead.

mmcnamer1 on March 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I’m telling you, in that picture, Ol’ Mitch really looks like a sissy on a troop train.

Mr. Grump on March 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I’m telling you, in that picture, Mitch really looks like a sissy on a troop train.

Mr. Grump on March 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I don’t know what more it will take for conservatives to leave the GOP for their own party. He basically said publicly what we know the GOP establishment has been saying amongst themselves since the Tea Party began. THEY WILL NEVER BE FOR US, EVER. What more do the clingers amongst us need to convince them that we need our own party? This willful blindness and inability to get past our fear of real change will be what crushes the conservatives. I don’t know whether to curse or cry in frustration.

blackgriffin on March 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

blackgriffin on March 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Yep, not sure why some linger on. Maybe they think they can eventually take over the GOP. Not sure really.

I already ditched the GOP, as they already burned that bridge with me.

I’m actually very close to voting (D) in November, that’s how pissed off I am with the GOPe.

Meople on March 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

McConnell is acting like an idiot whistling past the grave yard. The more he opens his mouth the deeper he inserts his foot.

Paul’s association with him is not the resume enhancer he thinks it is.

Quartermaster on March 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I’m voting for Tea Party candidate Joe Carr for U.S. Senate here in Tennessee. Carr is attempting to unseat RINO Sen. Lamar Alexander. Carr is desperately behind in funding (Alexander has already been running TV and radio ads), but I’m still going to vote for Carr.

Bob Davis on March 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Guys, I dropped an email on Ole’ Mitch yesterday. They don’t usually take emails from outside their district so I used his office address in Louisville.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Heh! I did, too. Just now.

avagreen on March 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

November will be all about turnout – as the off years always are

what most people forget is that turnout is even lower for primaries of off-year elections. this is why 2010 was such a surprise to the establishment. A small turnout favors the tea party in primary season. If polling is showing the establishment winning the primaries how many establishment people will be going to vote? Not many. The tea party will get their people out regardless of polling. I can’t wait for the upsets to come rolling in. race after race.

unseen on March 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Guys, I dropped an email on Ole’ Mitch yesterday. They don’t usually take emails from outside their district so I used his office address in Louisville.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I shared some thoughts with the Turtle, as well.

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

If this gutless invertebrate exhibited half this much courage while doing what he was elected to do I would be able to muster an iota of respect for him.

Klem Kadiddlehopper on March 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Just another example of how in all practicality, we currently have one party running the show.

We need a 3rd party.

KMC1 on March 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Could post this on most threads and be on topic. (And correct.)

S. D. on March 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Milton Wolf is exceptionally far from inexperienced. He’s Kansas’ Thomas Sowell. He will make a fine senator and I hope to do whatever I can to get him there.

Screw you McConnell. You just threw a middle finger to your own voters. I hope you go down in flames.

alwaysfiredup on March 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Senator McConnell is out of his league and is ripe for retirement so he can enjoy shooting Turkeys with his long rifle.

His recent antics at CPAC show that is our of touch with reality.

MSGTAS on March 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Mitch McConnell was quoted (by someone present at the time) saying to Sharron Angle during her 2010 campaign against Harry Reid, “I can work with Harry Reid!”

Indeed. He has been working with Reid quite nicely — to spend this nation into oblivion.

fred5678 on March 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

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