Why is Mitch McConnell smiling?

posted at 2:01 pm on March 30, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Jennifer Rubin awards the Distinguished Pol of the Week trophy to… Mitch McConnell.

No one has been more vilified by the D.C.-based far-right machine than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If you didn’t know better, you’d think outfits like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Madison Project, Senate Conservatives Fund and these groups’ top cheerleader in the blogosphere, Red State, were working for the “Keep Harry Reid Majority Leader” fund. McConnell has been attacked for opposition to the shutdown, for agreement on a budget deal and for supporting items like the farm bill. Yet he now is running away with his primary race against the hapless Matt Bevin. His off-beat video went viral, making his geekiness seem cool.

And is she wrong to think that there’s a bit of a new strut in Mitch’s stride? I suppose that depends which race you’re talking about. Barring some sort of parting of the Heavens, the Bevin insurgency seems to have gone down to a case of crib death, so he looks to be in the clear there. But Rubin’s assertion that he’s a happy warrior and potential majority leader relies on two other things. First, it will require six more seats in the upper chamber. (Certainly possible and quickly approaching the point of calling it likely.) But the second assumption is that McConnell still holds the seat he currently occupies.

Rubin refers to his Democrat opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, as being all sizzle and no substance, and the linked article certainly makes solid points in defense of that argument. But is a weak opponent a sure fire ticket to the winner’s circle? Real Clear Politics “poll of polls” still shows the race to be a dead heat, with Grimes actually holding a one half point lead within the margins.

Personally, I find it difficult to believe that Kentucky has swung far enough that the Grimes lead will hold till November and actually take the seat away. But mid-term years are always full of surprises. I can see why Rubin would feel that the party faithful would celebrate a clear field for McConnell and encourage maintaining the status quo in a previously safe seat because no matter how you may feel about Mitch, he’s got to be a safer vote over the long haul than Grimes. But the outlook may still be a bit optimistic. Be careful that the smile in question doesn’t start turning into a grimace around August.


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Why is Mitch McConnell smiling?

He is ??

Really, it’s hard to tell when a turtle is smiling !

cableguy615 on March 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Rubin refers to his Democrat opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, as being all sizzle and no substance,

Jennifer Rubin doing a touchdown dance for the defeat of the “far right machine” while downplaying looming problems for her contemptible RINO squish in the general election?

No, that doesn’t sound familiar at all.

HitNRun on March 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

We have people here openly hoping for Democrats to win in multiple races. Does the Democrat Party have another group in their vast coalition of fruits and nuts?

cimbri on March 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I guess Kentucky is full of idiots.

ultracon on March 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

If McConnell wins his primary I WILL DONATE TO GRIMES and will not think twice

Anything to get rid of McConnell from the leadership position. If that means he loses to a democrat, so be it.

tcufrog on March 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Save your tantrum. Not think twice? Try thinking once. Only a complete fool supports a socialist out of conservative principles.

it would be worth sending a 1st term donkey to DC and send him into retirement. Then have thechance to send a conservative in 2020. After sending conservatives to DC as the first priority, breaking the incumbency of establishment rinos comes second. But never, ever send one of them back. That’s my take.
AH_C on March 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Right on cue, here’s another Moby to plead the case for losing an election to the democrats. YOU DON”T GAIN INFLUENCE BY LOSING ELECTIONS. There is no intelligent conservative argument to be made for keeping Harry Reid as Senate majority leader. None.
But you knew that. It’s not what you are after. You have never seen a GOP election that you didn’t want to throw.

V7_Sport on March 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

V7_Sport on March 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Wonderful, another RomneyBot. This time it’s Unit 853. Welcome!

Dunedainn on March 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Wonderful, another RomneyBot. This time it’s Unit 853. Welcome!

Dunedainn on March 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Welcome to you!… I would have brought a fruit basket or a bundt cake as a part of the welcome wagon, but since your introduction left a bit to be desired…
If you have arrived to persuade me that the best way to pursue conservative principles is to help elect socialists I’m afraid I’m going to have to remind you to get the heIl off my lawn.

V7_Sport on March 31, 2014 at 2:48 AM

“because no matter how you may feel about (insert GOP squish here), he’s got to be a safer vote over the long haul than (insert Dem candidate here).”

And therein lies the problem, and why conservatives will never gain a majority.

HornHiAceDeuce on March 31, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Right on cue, here’s another Moby to plead the case for losing an election to the democrats. YOU DON”T GAIN INFLUENCE BY LOSING ELECTIONS. There is no intelligent conservative argument to be made for keeping Harry Reid as Senate majority leader. None.
But you knew that. It’s not what you are after. You have never seen a GOP election that you didn’t want to throw.

V7_Sport on March 31, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Have you not yet considered that defeating an entrenched co-ruling RINO is not really “losing an election” but the first necessary step in rebuilding the team from the bottom up?

Don L on March 31, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Have you not yet considered that defeating an entrenched co-ruling RINO is not really “losing an election” but the first necessary step in rebuilding the team from the bottom up?

Don L on March 31, 2014 at 8:13 AM

I’ve considered it, sure. Firstly, it isn’t going to work if we are hanging our hopes on people like Matt Bevin, Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, et al. It’s probably worth primarying them anyway, to make them earn it and remind them that we can make their life miserable, however in some cases (ie. Lisa Murkowski who has done nothing less than seek to get revenge on conservatives and the GOP in general) it’s lose/lose.
If it doesn’t work it’s not worth staying home, it’s definitely not worth giving money to the socialists or actually voting for them. It’s amazing that after the incredible amount of damage they have been allowed to cause this still isn’t glaringly obvious. We aren’t rebuilding anything by empowering Harry Reid for another election cycle. Indeed, I’ve been promised since 2008 that once we went through Carter (Obama) we would get to Reagan (???) again. Where’s Reagan? What’s been “rebuilt”? What has happened is that this country has taken a preventable gut punch that will take decades to pay for.
I have no doubt that the idea that you gain influence over the political landscape by losing elections or staying at home originated at some DC PR agency. I also have no doubt that it was sold here and on other conservative sites to help elect democrats. (They were laughing about it at the democratic underground site) The thing I find personally infuriating is that it’s been needless and that mostly good people have been persuaded or rationalized that it was right or good to do the wrong thing for the country for what they saw as the right reasons. It was very effective at tapping into the anger and frustration that comes with being who we are as people who produce and preserve. However: Once you join those who are willing to just tear down to gain influence over the rubble, even if you think it’s for the right reason, you are doing the wrong thing for the legacy that’s been given to you and for yourself in purely practical terms. The last 2 presidential elections and the events that have come about because of them have proven that, conclusively, beyond any reasonable doubt.
That’s broad strokes, systemically, American politics isn’t like a chess game where you can sacrifice a pawn and a knight to capture their queen and win the game. American politics is more like football. You are either gaining yards or you are losing yards and someone shaky on the line is better than no one at all. We would all love to have a team of gigantic, merciless gorillas who live to stomp the quivering guts out of the socialists and moonwalk in the end zone while spiking their skulls: But you have to get them elected. As it stands now you have a few capable players on the team being driven into the dirt by a legion of pajama boys.
Electing someone like Alison Lundergan-Grimes just ensures that you will have someone in office who will write your concerns off as racist, bitter gun clinging and given the advantages of incumbency, she might be there for decades. It’s a bad move, more unnecessary failure, another unforced error.
So yes, I’ve considered it.

V7_Sport on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Second story on Hot Air based on Jen Rubin. Site has lost quite of bit of its conservatism.

McConnell is smiling because he is part of a corrupt political establishment that favors incumbents. End.

JQA on March 31, 2014 at 3:34 PM

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