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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oh no a Mith mcconnell tread. let the hate begins in 3 2 1

coolrepublica on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Because Jennifer Rubin is still/always a scumhag.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

To be a leader you must pull all your factions together, that is not McConnell’s strategy. Too bad.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

oh no a Mith mcconnell tread. let the hate begins in 3 2 1

coolrepublica on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yup – tread on him, all you want.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

If Grimes won by the R’s won the majority, who would you see becoming Majority leader? Cornyn?

uatu1878 on March 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

McConnell, the aristocrat froggish man, hates his base. He can go to Hell.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Biden/Cruz — 2016

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

With the end of the month bringing to a close the latest political fundraising quarter, Vice President Joe Biden is warning that without a ton of new money, the Democrats could lose the Senate to Sen. Ted Cruz.

“We could lose,” is the headline on his fundraising email for the Democratic Party.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I’ve been in this business a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of deadlines come and go.

But let me tell you why the deadline tomorrow is among the most important: If we wake up on Tuesday and find out we came up short, we’re in bad shape for November — that is not hyperbole.

That’s why we’re asking 522 Democrats like you from Washington to chip in to keep your region’s support strong.

Losing will mean more senators like Ted Cruz, and more Tea Party Republicans in the House.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Dump this dangerous RINO.

nobama1267 on March 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Thanks for everything you’re doing to support Barack and me.

Joe

Actually, the Democrats have been doing a good job fundraising in advance of the fall midterms. However, new polls suggest that voters aren’t jazzed to show up and vote for the party’s candidates.

There’s NO obama’care’, none

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

McConnell is someone who makes the founding fathers turn in their graves, in pain.

Yellow/white pages, at random, would please them more today.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Our country needs the senate and HOR under control of the GOP. Eight years of gReid has just about finished our country off.

jukin3 on March 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Jennifer Rubin is fine with reinstating people like McConnell because she doesnt mind a replay of the Bush era and its big government policies, as long as we keep bombing foreigners. This woman isnt even a Republican – a low bar to fail indeed – she is a Democrat with a bomb-fetish.

Valkyriepundit on March 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

At least he would be better than Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader… think about that…

Khun Joe on March 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

jukin3 on March 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Really? What has gotten through the Senate and the House? Right now we have more to worry about with the guy with the pen and phone who makes stuff up as he goes.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

So, Kentucky can elect both Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. They need some meds for schizophrenia or is that a bipolar disorder?

Kaffa on March 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

This is why a GOP senate takeover means absolutely nothing to me.

rrpjr on March 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

OT:

Speaking of GOP politicians,

The best nugget from Mike Rogers interview on Fox was that Russia is moving forces into South Ossetia in former Georgian territory. He felt they were likely to attach Georgia and move on to take Armenia to create a land route to Iran. I think it would be to cut the planned natural gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe that would bypass Russia. This action would both preserve Russia’s natural gas revenue and its stranglehold over Europe’s energy supply. Smart move by Putin once again thinking about 8 moves ahead of the West.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/03/30/Intelligence-Chair-Fears-Putin-Has-New-Target-Armenia

KW64 on March 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

KW64 on March 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

oh no a Mith mcconnell tread. let the hate begins in 3 2 1

coolrepublica on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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Seriously … is that you, Jennifer ?

listens2glenn on March 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

At least he would be better than Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader… think about that…

Reid is in his early 70s. He looks funny and talks funny. He managed to make a fortune while spending the vast majority of his adult life as a politician.

As to McConnell, see all of the above. They’re both feeding from the same trough and I’d be holding my nose as I give the edge to McConnell.

Drained Brain on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

In Lexington last week or week before? Folks there mentioned feeling strangle hold trapped. Only alternative is the Dim. Not sure what happen to Bevin. Not much mention to him up there. Just anecdotal on my part. Hearsay so far as my experience.

Bmore on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Rubin is wrong in her assumption that the only possible replacement for Harry Reid is McConnell.
He may be the likely replacement but the Senate tilting back to Rs does not rest upon the reelection of McConnell.

NeoKong on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

To be a leader you must pull all your factions together, that is not McConnell’s strategy. Too bad.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Bingo. This puts the lie to defenders of B1tch McConnell as some sort of cult conservative. If he was, why do almost all conservatives despise him? And why does he so clearly despise us?

That’s not the way politics works. Occam’s Razor suggests that he is what he seems to be.

Jaibones on March 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

obama sucked less than Romney

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Jennifer Rubin? It’s amazing the pol of the week wasn’t Mitt Romney.

MTF on March 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Rubin is wrong in her assumption that the only possible replacement for Harry Reid is McConnell.

NeoKong on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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Yes, she is.
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He may be the likely replacement but the Senate tilting back to Rs does not rest upon the reelection of McConnell.

NeoKong on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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It sure doesn’t.

listens2glenn on March 30, 2014 at 2:37 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

McConnell is about 2 years less along the road to the nursing home.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It’s shocking that J.Rubin didn’t suffocate in Romney’s azz.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

If McConnell isn’t majority leader who would be? Legitimate question.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

oh no a Mith mcconnell tread. let the hate begins in 3 2 1

coolrepublica on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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You got so much wrong in that sentence that it’s hard to take you seriously… you might want to woman the phone banks for your boy Mitch come October, though.

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Wouldn’t pull the lever for McConnell. Just saying.

Midas on March 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

If that means he loses to a democrat, so be it.

tcufrog on March 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

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That makes you a toad…

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Any R > Any D… seriously, even including Juan and/or Miss Lindsey

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

oh no a Mith mcconnell tread. let the hate begins in 3 2 1

coolrepublica on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Did you have a thtroke thith morning?

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Jennifer Rubin is not a conservative by any means. She is at best a supporter of the Institutional Republicans over Conservatives, and in any case ends up supporting Democrats over Institutional Republicans.

It is important to defeat Democrats. They are the enemies of our country and Constitution. But it is just as important to prove to the Institutional Republicans that allying with the Democrats against Conservatives has costs.

We are not going to lose the House by any measure. Therefore it makes sense for the TEA Party and other Conservatives to contribute to Boehner’s opponent and refuse to vote for Boehner.

Similarly, achieving a Republican majority in the Senate is literally meaningless if the Majority Leader will collaborate in all things with the Democrats against the Conservatives. As with Boehner, contributions to Grimes make sense, as does a refusal to vote for McConnell.

Reality check. A Republican Senate, with the current leadership, will not mean that they will fight the Democrats for anything. Best case, the majority will be 2-3. There are at least 5 Republican Senators who will vote with the Democrats in any dispute, in addition to McConnell:

Graham, Murkowski, McCain, Ayotte, Collins

So in defeating McConnell, we are no worse off than we were before. Except that the Institutional Republicans will know that suddenly being the best buds of their friends across the aisle can actually have costs. McConnell and Boehner are meeting with a George Soros-sponsored, Democrat supporting group right now to plan how to purge the TEA Party and Conservatives from office and the Republican Party. [ http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/28/boehner-to-attend-ritz-carlton-event-for-anti-tea-party-group/ UPDATE: due to publicity, Boehner cancelled attendance. But Cantor and the rest of the House Institutional Republican leadership will still be there.] Deliberately defeating Boehner and McConnell is vital to Conservatives remaining in the Republican Party. Or finally deciding to leave them.

Subotai Bahadur on March 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Rubin is wrong in her assumption that the only possible replacement for Harry Reid is McConnell.
He may be the likely replacement but the Senate tilting back to Rs does not rest upon the reelection of McConnell.

NeoKong on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

We should spend our efforts on denying him the leadership of the newly Republican Senate, not denying him his Senate seat. Ditto Boehner.

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2014 at 3:09 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

Obviously, you are free to do that.

But consider this for a moment. The good “conservative” folks of MN (yes, there are a few) delivered Franken to the Senate because they felt this way about Coleman – Franken’s opponent and also the incumbent. No, they didn’t vote FOR Franken, they “protest voted” for Barkley who was running as an independent with absolutely no chance of winning.

So yeah, 312 conservatives in MN who couldn’t vote for a “Republican” like Coleman who wasn’t conservative enough – gave us ObamaCare.

312.

(Yes, there were some shenanigans that put diaper man over the top, but those shenanigans were only possible due to the shortsightedness of some conservatives.

climbnjump on March 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

A RINOplasty would make me smile.

Flange on March 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

He may be the likely replacement but the Senate tilting back to Rs does not rest upon the reelection of McConnell.

NeoKong on March 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

That’s why McConnell’s ‘smile’ is really little more than a smirk of hubris.

McConnell, seeking his 5th term, has been Minority Leader since January 2007. He believes that he’s entitled to become Majority Leader if the GOP regains the majority in the Senate simply because of his tenure as Minority Leader. That is what’s motivating him to run for this 5th term. (He’s already Kentucky’s longest serving Senator in history.)

Unfortunately, he’s not demonstrated the skill really needed to be a leader of a GOP Senate Majority (or even to continue, IMHO, as Minority Leader in the next Congress). If the GOP takes the Senate, McConnell can best serve as the Senate Parliamentarian where his knowledge can still offer some benefits – but a leader needs to be able to message / counter-message Dingy Harry and the rest of the reprobates in the Democrat caucus – not go along to get along.

Athos on March 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Oh, the list grows tiring. How can we win anything? Kind of even if the Senate flips (R) we still lose.

McConnell, Rubio, Flake, Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski, Kirk, Graham, McCain, Alexander, Blunt, Barrasso, Burr, Chambliss (retiring), Chiesa, Coats, Cochran, Corker, Fischer, Hatch, Hoeven, Isakson, Johanns, Moran (retiring), Thune, Wicker, Shelby.

Midas: “Wouldn’t pull the lever for McConnell”.

tcufrog: “If McConnell wins his primary I WILL DONATE TO GRIMES”.

I’m definitely not pulling the lever for Graham. That rino trial lawyer must have a hug lobbyist filled war chest with all the commercials he’s doing, convincing himself he’s such a great conservative.

Belle on March 30, 2014 at 3:24 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

This is what he GOP liberal donor class does when a conservative wins a primary so I have no problem returning the favor.

Wigglesworth on March 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

climbnjump on March 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

You’re right. I won’t be protest voting for Grimes come November. I’m really disappointed with McConnell on some things but Grimes is a left-wing nut who campaigned around KY with Debbie Stabenow of Michigan! No way I’m voting for Grimes.

I still remember when we had two liberal Democrat senators here. It was solid liberal votes across the board on every issue. Don’t want to go back to those days. So if, after the primary, its a choice between Mitch and Grimes… I’ll vote for Mitch.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Go Grimes?

thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

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.

Doo wa diddy diddy dun diddy doo!

Chalk up a victory up for sanity.

MJBrutus on March 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Myth McConnell is despised by dims in KY and isn’t well liked by republicans. Therefore his approval rating hovering in the 40′s.

I can’t figure why Bevin hasn’t caught on with the base. Nobody should be surprised if Grimes bumps him off come November. She is a empty bra, but has long political ties within the State.

Grimes has out raised Myth in some of his own backyards. Fortunately for him he has deep pockets, a war chest and the Senatorial Campaign Committee sitting in his back pocket.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 3:44 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

Obviously, you are free to do that.

But consider this for a moment. The good “conservative” folks of MN (yes, there are a few) delivered Franken to the Senate because they felt this way about Coleman – Franken’s opponent and also the incumbent. No, they didn’t vote FOR Franken, they “protest voted” for Barkley who was running as an independent with absolutely no chance of winning.

So yeah, 312 conservatives in MN who couldn’t vote for a “Republican” like Coleman who wasn’t conservative enough – gave us ObamaCare.

312.

(Yes, there were some shenanigans that put diaper man over the top, but those shenanigans were only possible due to the shortsightedness of some conservatives.

climbnjump on March 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Excellent point climbnjump. Tyranny is here and the continuation of Dingy Harry as Senate leader will make it permanent. No senate seat should be given to these Marxists. Our resident horned toad can choose to contribute financially to obamas cause by donating to Grimes, an amazingly self defeating and churlish statement, and possibly concede the senate to Reid’s monstrous grip instead of fighting to remove McConnell from senate leadership intra party as is being done in the House. Amazing what spite does to the brain. No thinking conservative can be so blinded as to fail to understand the coumtry’s desperate condition and the consequences facing all of us by yielding any amount of power, any senate seat, any state or local race to the Marxist. We are in a fight. Our ideological and real enemies are the Marxists, the democratic party. Mc Connell Is not our hope and deliverer, but then freedom is the constituency of no politician….only of those citizens who love her enough to protect her. Grow up horned toad and those who express the similar commitment of financially supporting Grimes.

cthemfly on March 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Because Jennifer Rubin is still/always a scumhag.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Why do you NEVER talk about substance when a column by someone you deem to be a “scumhag”–a misogynistic putdown that you use constantly–is involved?

You are intellectually MIA. It was fitting that you were banned, and have no idea why you were allowed to post again. Hopefully Ed will come to his sense and give you the boot permanently. Calling women “scumhags” contributes nothing to this blog.

Rubin has more smarts in her pinky finger than you do in your entire body.

She’s a well-known political observer, as are Noonan, Parker, etc.–the other “scumhags”–and you are not.

Jealous?

I will be laughing at you and the other hateful, clueless cons if McConnell heads back to the Senate, as I susepect he will. Especially if it is as majority leader.

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I can’t figure why Bevin hasn’t caught on with the base. Nobody should be surprised if Grimes bumps him off come November. She is a empty bra, but has long political ties within the State.

Grimes has out raised Myth in some of his own backyards. Fortunately for him he has deep pockets, a war chest and the Senatorial Campaign Committee sitting in his back pocket.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The reason Bevin hasn’t caught on with the base is that Senator Paul is backing(and campaigning for) McConnell. Its hard to gain traction with the tea party when you have the favorite of the tea party here supporting the other guy.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Prime example of hateful, clueless con: the frog.

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Doo wa diddy diddy dun diddy doo!

Chalk up a victory up for sanity.

MJBrutus on March 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

It was only a matter of time before the remnants of His Royal Highness King Willard the Eminently Electable’s Romneybot regiments arrived on the scene.

How’s life, Unit 5724?

Dunedainn on March 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Ah, Unit 3226. Welcome to the party.

Dunedainn on March 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The reason Bevin hasn’t caught on with the base is that Senator Paul is backing(and campaigning for) McConnell. Its hard to gain traction with the tea party when you have the favorite of the tea party here supporting the other guy.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Rand Paul is playing both sides of the fence on this. The Tea Party, Freedom Works or any of the others should be able to read through that act. Myth hasn’t gotten any of their endorsements, Bevin has. Anyone should be able to see through that.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Any R > Any D… seriously, even including Juan and/or Miss Lindsey

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

If John McCain had won in ’08 WWIII would already be over, we’d all be long dead, and John McCain would probably be sitting down for tea with Islimic-fascists, Ukrainian-fascists and other fascists in faraway lands plotting and scheming.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Rand Paul is playing both sides of the fence on this. The Tea Party, Freedom Works or any of the others should be able to read through that act. Myth hasn’t gotten any of their endorsements, Bevin has. Anyone should be able to see through that.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Is Rand Paul selling out the Tea Party by neglecting to side with Bevin?

thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Any R > Any D… seriously, even including Juan and/or Miss Lindsey

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

If McCain had won in ’08 the first thing he would have done is imposed amnesty, by fiat if necessary, and opened the borders wide open to unlimited immigration. Within a few years we’d be overrun by tens of millions of amnestied illegals, their extended families and tens of millions of new legal immigrants, the vast majority of which are idealistic socialists who would have voted for Obama in ’12, and about this time right now, as opposed to 4 or 5 years ago, Obama would be passing Obamacare, which would be even more fascist than the one they passed without tens of millions of new socialist voters. That is, assuming that McCain, probably with Romney’s assistance, didn’t pass National-Romneycare in first and beat Obama and the Democrats to the punch.

As bad as Obama is, among the worst presidents in the history of America, McCain would have been even worse.

McCain and Lindsey probably would have passed Cap and Trade already, too.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Rand Paul is playing both sides of the fence on this. The Tea Party, Freedom Works or any of the others should be able to read through that act. Myth hasn’t gotten any of their endorsements, Bevin has. Anyone should be able to see through that.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I don’t understand your post. See through what? Elaborate on this.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

At least he would be better than Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader… think about that…
Khun Joe on March 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

In what way? He goes along with Harry Reid 99% of the time on issues that matter

Brock Robamney on March 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Is Rand Paul selling out the Tea Party by neglecting to side with Bevin?
thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

In short, yes. Somebody who supports a small government would not support a Neocon

Brock Robamney on March 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I will be laughing at you and the other hateful, clueless cons if McConnell heads back to the Senate, as I susepect he will. Especially if it is as majority leader.
Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

McConnell is done. He is in a dead heat with an unknown candidate in an off year election. He doesn’t inspire anyone

Brock Robamney on March 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Washington DC is a two-headed hydra. The so-called “two parties” are like two pens at the same slaughter-house. When the sheep are frightened they run from one slaughtering yard to the other for safety not realizing that both pens belong to the same slaughter-house. The owners beguile the sheep with competing propaganda outlets to satisfy the sheep’s tribal instincts, all of which distort and cover up the truth of the dire circumstances the sheep are facing.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

In the case of McWattles, 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. That’s how I’ll vote when Grassleys turn comes up next time.

AH_C on March 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I don’t understand your post. See through what? Elaborate on this.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

He’s saying that Rand Paul is not a conservative and that he is being two-faced by supporting both the Tea Party and McConnell. And that conservatives should be able to see through his act of pretending to be one.

thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I have to respect his effort to appoint conservatives to the bureaucracy. The guy who blew the whistle on the FCC’s plan to question news organizations about their bias was revealed by one of his appointees. We never would have heard about it had it not been for him.

It’s not very glamorous, but taking back the fourth and unofficial branch of government is a good plan.

PattyJ on March 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM

McConnell is done. He is in a dead heat with an unknown candidate in an off year election. He doesn’t inspire anyone

Brock Robamney on March 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The candidate he’s in a dead heat with is not unknown. Allison Grimes is the Secretary of State in KY. What this means is she won a statewide contest. That’s hardly an unknown candidate. She has name recognition and democratic machine behind her. She is campaigning with liberals at a time when Obama’s approval numbers are at all-time low in the state. Its still early. McConnell done? Don’t hold your breath.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I will be laughing at you and the other hateful, clueless cons.
Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

McConnell is the most objectively ineffectual party leader in my lifetime, and we’re the clueless ones? McConnell has been witness to and largely silent over the greatest and most seditious power grab in American history. That’s why he’s in trouble. No one “hates” him for any other reason than his stunning nonfeasance. He must go, resign, lose, get fired — we need to be done with him. America needs to be done with him. These powdered wig losers are complicit in the collapse of America. Our times demand vigilance, partisan virility, patriotic activism — simply better and stronger people.

rrpjr on March 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM

If John McCain had won in ’08 …

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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… passed Cap and Trade already, too.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

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It takes you so long to think up something stupid to write. I’ve gone on to other battles, you should, too. You are so ignorant, though, that you’ll be squawking about this thread until about 10:00 PM, when you have to go to bed after your diaper change.
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Fool.

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It takes you so long to think up something stupid to write. I’ve gone on to other battles, you should, too. You are so ignorant, though, that you’ll be squawking about this thread until about 10:00 PM, when you have to go to bed after your diaper change.
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Fool.

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Sticks and stones may brake my bones but names will never hurt me, little child.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:47 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

Don’t bother. If he doesn’t get reelected, the leadership goes to Cornyn, another RINO. Six of one, half dozen of the other. Better to at least have the majority.

Grammar Nazi on March 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

may brake my bones but names will never hurt me, little child.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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Break, Stupid, break… Fool.

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

If all else fails, a TP vote for McConnell’s Democratic opponent would probably get him out of the Senate. Even if it didn’t, it would surely get the GOPe’s attention.

PersonFromPorlock on March 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Grow up, this isn’t grade-school. You can call me names all you want but it doesn’t change that I’m right about McCain and Graham and you’re wrong.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I don’t understand your post. See through what? Elaborate on this.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

He’s hedging his bet. In other words he isn’t going to risk going against the leadership and Myth.

What do you think would happen to him, if he did with his ’16 plans? His “safe” position is stick with the leadership and Myth. You don’t really believe he is more ideology aligned with Myth than he is with Bevin, are you?

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

but it doesn’t change that I’m right about McCain and Graham and you’re wrong.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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I’m rubber, you’re glue,
Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you!
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Fool.

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Go ahead and call me names, I don’t care, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m right about McCain and Graham and most of the people who read this thread know it. That’s why you have no other recourse but to call me names like some school-yard bully or a progressive neocon alinskyite. As long as I’m right and you’re wrong I’m totally comfortable with you calling me names because I won the debate, you sore loser.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

you calling me names because I won the debate, you sore loser.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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Wah wah wah !!!!!! Only five more hours until your diaper change, baby…

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

You have a gift.

Bmore on March 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Wah wah wah !!!!!! Only five more hours until your diaper change, baby…

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Do you work for McCain or something? Maybe one of the RNC’s new paid astro-turfers?

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Do you work for McCain or something? Maybe one of the RNC’s new paid astro-turfers?

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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Wah wah wah !!!!!!!
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Fool… got a pantload already? Keep smelling it!

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I wasn’t talking about ideology. I just didn’t understand what you were driving at. My comment was about the reason Bevin has not caught on with the base. Thanks for explaining your post.

Gotta go. Time for church. We’ll talk another time.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Mitch has to go. Teachable moment for all of the elitist. And as soon as somebody asks why people didn’t vote for him, cue up the video of him attacking his base. End of story.

smitty41 on March 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Barry’s approval rating is about 35% in Kentucky. Does anyone seriously think voters are going to send a D to the senate to vote lock step with his agenda?

He’s becoming political poison even in purple and blue states. Mitch might not be very popular in his home state, but Barry is even less popular.

Too bad Bevin flamed out.

cat_owner on March 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Yes, all sorts of people say Grimes has a chance, it’s a dead heat.

How many want to put money on it? Seriously, any bettors?

That’s what I thought. This woman’s ONLY “qualification” is Daddy’s name. The Democrats cleared the field for her, so not a negative word was heard by the people passing by, ’twas a sunny day.

Plus, you know there are a certain number of conservatives in that poll saying they will vote for Grimes when you know they won’t. Some may not turn out for McConnell but if they vote, they won’t vote for her.

Give her a few weeks of negative ads, the air will come out of her sails. McConnell by 12% in the general.

Adjoran on March 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Wah wah wah !!!!!!!

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Aw, poor baby. I’m sowwy I hurt your feewings.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

The candidate he’s in a dead heat with is not unknown. Allison Grimes is the Secretary of State in KY. What this means is she won a statewide contest. That’s hardly an unknown candidate. She has name recognition and democratic machine behind her. She is campaigning with liberals at a time when Obama’s approval numbers are at all-time low in the state. Its still early. McConnell done? Don’t hold your breath.

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Exactly. As I recall, he had a very tight race in 2008, and only won by a percentage or so. And 2008 was a horrible year for Rs.

cat_owner on March 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Give her a few weeks of negative ads, the air will come out of her sails. McConnell by 12% in the general.

Adjoran on March 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I think it will be closer, but agree he will win. However, I’m more than happy to watch Ds spend millions on this race, as well as Georgia. It will mean less money for them elsewhere.

I’m optimistic about Georgia too, particularly now that Palin has endorsed Handel.

cat_owner on March 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

ExpressoBold

FloatingRock

Um, guys?

thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Jennifer Rubin is not a conservative by any means. She is at best a supporter of the Institutional Republicans over Conservatives

Spot on! I stopped reading Jennifer Rubin because she seemed to spend more time attacking conservatives and libertarians than she did Democrats/progressives.

It seems to me that she is a spokesperson of the “Republican establishment” and attacks those who challenge it. To me, Rubin is as credible as Jay Carney.

pilsener on March 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

McConnell better start kissing some serious conservative you know what.Even if a small percentage of Bevin voters stay home the RINO piglet goes down in flames!

redware on March 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM

shubalstearns on March 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I just don’t think Paul’s endorsement played all that much with the base, especially the TP crowd to effect Bevin that much. It was the safest thing {politically} Paul could do and I think members of the TP realize it and saw it for what it was. . . . party politics.

Nice chatting with you.

De Oppresso Liber on March 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

No one has been more vilified by the D.C.-based far-right machine than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

I don’t consider many of McConnell’s most vocal critics to be far-right radicals. His lack of support of meaningful political strategy is what left Ted Cruz to swing in the wind to the point that John McCain gave the DNC rebuttal to the filibuster.

That being said, I’d rather topple real Democrats like Landrieu, Pryor, and Warner than I would in getting riled up over Kentucky political rifts.

Happy Nomad on March 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

2 words: Jennifer Rubin

SouthernGent on March 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

McConnell will win in the primary and beat Grimes. That much is true.

However those facts do not indicate McConnell is more popular than those who oppose him within the party. It is simply the result of bad choices boiling down to the best of the worst.

I have no particular love for Redstate or some of those groups opposing McConnell. But I have zero love for McConnell. He is a symbol of everything wrong with Washington. And when we finally win the senate- he will lose it in one election, Guaranteed.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

the D.C.-based far-right machine

This seems laughable on its face. There’s a ‘far-right machine’… and it’s based in… ‘D.C.’??

Really…

Midas on March 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Jazz -

Jennifer Rubin is probably the only bigger hack than you. But, I bet you’re prettier than her.

bw222 on March 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

People hate Congress, except for their own guy, so chances are Sen. McConnell will indeed return to the Senate and we will continue with the stupid policies in place today. That that makes you happy is very sad.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

You have a gift.

Bmore on March 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Like Sybil.

Murphy9 on March 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Subotai Bahadur on March 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Excellent post, great link

On McConnell:

Unfortunately, he’s not demonstrated the skill really needed to be a leader of a GOP Senate Majority (or even to continue, IMHO, as Minority Leader in the next Congress)
Athos on March 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

But he does what they want. That beats skill

Because Jennifer Rubin is still/always a scumhag.
Schadenfreude on March 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Rubin has more smarts in her pinky finger than you do in your entire body.Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Sheesh, that is too much information

Is Rand Paul selling out the Tea Party by neglecting to side with Bevin? thebrokenrattle on March 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

He definitely has a treaty with McConnell. Paul does not get his recent high poll numbers (released and publicized by the MSM) just because of the Paulbots, he gets the good polls because he is not getting the MSM drubbing afforded to Cruz. He seems to be copping a ride on the establishment bus;

We can wonder how McConnell’s opponent would fare if Paul had decided to not go gung ho for McConnell. Yes indeed

entagor on March 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Calling women “scumhags” contributes nothing to this blog.

Meredith on March 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

So you’re dandy with scumbag as long as it isn’t directed at a woman?

DFCtomm on March 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

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