Poll: Mitch McConnell leads Matt Bevin by 32 in Kentucky GOP primary

posted at 1:21 pm on May 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

That’s among likely voters too, although when you’re looking at a lead this big, it doesn’t much matter which slice of adults you’re using.

I thought next Tuesday’s primary night open thread would be rip-roaring food-fight fun between “true conservatives” and RINOs. Instead, we’re destined for a snoozer. Note the tea-party numbers, in particular. Bevin never got traction even among his ostensible core constituency.

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This poll from Marist was the first taken of the race by a major pollster since February and only the third taken in Kentucky this year but McConnell’s been comfortably ahead in all of them, ranging from 26 to 42 points. People who are watching the race closely seemed to know the score even without any recent (public) data, though. The Senate Conservatives Fund, which McConnell had vowed to “crush” because of its spending against Republican incumbents, stopped airing ads in Kentucky last week, a sign that they were giving up on the race.

How come Bevin never caught on? Lots of reasons. McConnell had sky-high name recognition and a huge war chest, of course, but his team also cannily buried Bevin’s messaging under numerous low-grade controversies (including cockfighting), dubbing him “Bailout Bevin” — even though it was McConnell who voted for TARP in 2008. And despite being endorsed by several tea-party commentators and outside groups, Bevin never landed any big names among Republican politicians. No Palin, no Ted Cruz (who said he’d stay out of races involving GOP incumbents but added that that wasn’t set in stone), and of course no Rand Paul, the one guy more than any other who could have gotten Kentucky tea partiers’ attention on Bevin’s behalf. Instead Rand endorsed McConnell. The establishment will be grateful.

Key question now: How much will hard feelings among Bevin fans hurt McConnell in the general election against Alison Lundergan Grimes? If you believe Marist, quite a bit. Check out the percentage she’s pulling among conservatives against Mitch the Knife.

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McConnell leads her by one whereas Bevin trails her by nine — thanks in part to the fact that 28 percent of conservatives say they’d vote for Grimes if he’s the nominee. Those are, presumably, Mitch fans, feeling as hypothetically disgruntled about losing the primary as Bevin fans will feel next Tuesday night. But all of that is evanescent; hard feelings will soften over the next few months, especially as excitement builds on the right for what might be another wave this fall, and McConnell will open up a safe-ish lead — probably. Read this Nate Cohn piece from March to see just how strong McConnell’s position is. Beating him in this state, under these particular political circumstances, would be “all but unprecedented.” The only hitch is the fact that he’s unpopular at home, with both his job approval and favorable rating underwater. To win comfortably he needs to make nice again with independents. Otherwise, it’ll be close.


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Go to hell, Mitch…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

We’re doomed. We can’t even get fighters on our side of the aisle.

Go f yourselves RINOs. I’m sick of trying to get you sh*t or get off the can.

Defenestratus on May 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Too bad KY.

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

WWJD?

rogerb on May 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Wish I were in Kentucky so I could vote for Grimes.

Midas on May 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

You people in Kentucky are poster children for a voter competency test………… What the H is wrong with you?

ultracon on May 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Let’s face it. We’re stuck with these spineless, affable, one-party-rule geezers.

They’re too well financed and too well connected.

Our only consolation is that they will all lose their minds before they lose their seats, thus showing the whole world their buffoonery before checking out in a wallow of their own excrement.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Another great ad for term limits.

Drained Brain on May 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

ut all of that is evanescent; hard feelings will soften over the next few months, especially as excitement builds on the right for what might be another wave this fall…

You keep saying this; frankly, I hope you’re wrong at this point. Because if you’re right, well… conservatives throwing in and continuing to vote GOP simply reinforces for the GOPe that they can do whatever they want, including amnesty, increased spending, increased taxation, rolling over for the Dems, and more – and still get the reliably stupid base to vote for them anyway.

It means that ‘conservatives’ have become the equivalent for the GOP that the black vote is for the Dems. Doesn’t matter how vilely they treat how, how much they destroy you and work against you – you vote for them anyway.

F*ck that.

Midas on May 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

This news gives Rand Paul an “establishment” erection.

Pork-Chop on May 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

OT: AoS is off-line … as is the entire mu.nu domain (there are several sites in the right sidebar at hot-air that are probably affected).

Out of Service Announcment Here … where you can join the morons complaining.

gh on May 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

McConnell leads her by one whereas Bevin trails her by nine — thanks in part to the fact that 28 percent of conservatives say they’d vote for Grimes if he’s the nominee. Those are, presumably, Mitch fans, feeling as hypothetically disgruntled about losing the primary as Bevin fans will feel next Tuesday night.

I wonder what joana would have to say about that little tidbit.

steebo77 on May 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

What a disgrace!

Those corrupt cretins in Kentucky are addicted to their pork, the rest of the nation be damned.

Jayrae on May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Good News for the 2020 implosion.

Oil Can on May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The purpose of the Bevin campaign is not to get Bevin elected, it is to make sure the Democrat gets elected. If you look at the campaign spending so far by Bevin supporters, it is almost entirely anti-McConnell and relatively little pro-Bevin.

This is about being able to bash McConnell before the primary without the Democrats having to spend any money to do it.

McConnell has a 90+ lifetime rating from Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, National Right to Life, National Rifle Association, and American Conservative Union. He is the most conservative Republican Senate leader we have had since WWII and is a major threat to the Democrats. Even if the Democrats lose the Senate, they DO NOT want McConnell as majority leader.

The Bevin campaign is about making sure the Democrat wins in Kentucky.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Population control technologies are being improved daily. It takes an ENORMOUS amount of star power – Ted Cruz barely made the cut – to unseat an incumbent of either party in a primary. So if I lived in Kentucky, I’d sure like hell vote for Whatshername Grimes. What’s the purpose of having control of the Senate if it fellates Obama at every conceivable opportunity – to let the R’s grab a bigger share of my tax money to line their bottomless pockets? Screw them all.

Rix on May 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You might try Mark Levin on McConnell.

gh on May 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Bevin never landed any big names among Republican politicians. No Palin, no Ted Cruz (who said he’d stay out of races involving GOP incumbents but added that that wasn’t set in stone), and of course no Rand Paul, the one guy more than any other who could have gotten Kentucky tea partiers’ attention on Bevin’s behalf. Instead Rand endorsed McConnell

Interesting.

butch on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Yes McConnell has blasted the airwaves with mudslinging on Bevin. The Bailout Bevin and whatever they say about lying where he went to school are particular ads I hear especially during Rush’s show. However, where I live and travel in the state, Owensboro-Bowling Green-Louisville triangle, there are 0 yard signs and bumper stickers for McConnell and I’ve seen hundreds for Bevin. The polls may be right and w/ the SCF stopping ads it seems like the internal polls may look bad. But there is no enthusiasm for McConnell and there is enthusiasm for Bevin. I think it will be an extremely low turnout and the enthusiasm gap may come into play. I’ve already submitted my absentee ballot because I’ll be out of state next week, but I and my family will be pulling the lever for Bevin. I hope Bevin wins but if he doesn’t I will not be voting for McConnell in the general. I don’t know that I can vote for the Dem but I can no longer vote for McConnell. A senate majority doesn’t do a whole lot of good if the leader has no spine to fight on two of the most important issues facing the country ObamaCare and Amnesty.

LtBarnwell02 on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

In other news, Tea Party candidate Sasse in Nebraska is doing great. Look, if you wanted McConnell’s scalp on your wall, you needed to do better than Bevin. Republican primary voters do NOT want to go along with the crack strategy of throwing a seat away in the name of giving the Establishment the bird. The better strategy is to actively recruit Tea Party candidates who are both ideologically sound *and* strong candidates.

Sekhmet on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

KY is a purple state. They have a Democrat governor and the lower house of the state legislature is controlled by the Democrats. Democrats outnumber Republicans by a wide margin in KY in voter registration as of end of April numbers.

(women, by the way, greatly outnumber men in voter registration, too)

McConnell won in 2008 by 5 points. Right now he is polling 1 to 2 points ahead of the Democrat. I don’t see any possible path to victory for Bevin even if he were to win the nomination. In fact, I don’t believe Bevin wants to win. His job is to collect money from Democrats and disaffected “conservatives” in order to get the Democrat elected.

Pretty much the same job Broun has in Georgia.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Those corrupt cretins in Kentucky are addicted to their pork, the rest of the nation be damned.

Jayrae on May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Smell the coffee, the rest of the nation is addicted too.

rhombus on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I have been happy to make contributions to Bevin and I will be happy to contribute to McConnell’s Democratic opponent after the primaries. McConnell is a dinosaur that needs to go away.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

“In other news, Tea Party candidate Sasse in Nebraska is doing great.”

There is no danger of a Democrat being elected in that race. Tea Party candidates can do well in “red” states. They just fail miserably in blue and purple states, for the most part.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

…in Kentucky…the horses are smarter!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Cruz won his primary race by 14 points against a huge favorite sitting Lt Gov with millions to spend. He dispatched his dem opponent by 17 points in a three way race. Kentucky, pay attention. It can be done.

I used to like McConnell. After his attacks on the Tea Party f’ him. And his Lt. McCornyn.

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

And RCP has KY as a toss-up.

McCon looks like the devil, here.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I will be happy to contribute to McConnell’s Democratic opponent after the primaries.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

That is because you are not a conservative. You are a “ConservaCrat”. That is someone who pretends to be a conservative, hangs out in conservative social media circles, and does nothing but damage Republicans in order to move things to the left.

How does electing a candidate to McConnell’s left advance the “conservative” cause? It doesn’t. But it DOES advance the cause of “progressive” socialism.

I estimate that about 1/4 of the active commenters here are actually Democrats attempting to stir up hate and discontent among Republicans in order to get Democrats elected and move things left.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“Cruz won his primary race by 14 points against a huge favorite”

KY is not TX

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Anybody else having trouble getting to Ace’s today? I’ve tried since this morning, and keep getting a “problem loading page” error.

graywaiter on May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

You people in Kentucky are poster children for a voter competency test………… What the H is wrong with you?

ultracon on May 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Uh let me check out Bevin and see some of the reasons he is not winning…..

#1 Someone decides to run a failed businessman from Connecticut who literally destroyed his family business and got a bailout from his Democrat close friend Blumenthal. Democrat Friends in the US Senate. Check

#2 Bevin was endorsed by the Tea Party of Louisville who’s President is a registered Democrat. Endorsed by Democrats here in Kentucky. Check

#3 Bevin loves big government, hence his ringing endorsement of TARP when he was running a hedge fund company. He loves government bailouts. Check.

#4 He claimed to be affiliated with MIT until they called him on it. He changed his linkedin page after they disavowed any association with him. He got called out on that in a TV interview. Liar, check.

#5 He cant run a campaign. He has money, but is running a pathetic campaign. The entirety of his strategy for TV and radio ads here in Kentucky is that he isn’t McConnell. Lately he has pulled his kids into TV ads for some bizarre reason. Weak lame campaign. Check

#6 He is a tax cheat. He was listed two years straight as owing the largest amount of unpaid taxes in Connecticut. His name appeared quite regularly for years in the Hartford Courant for failure to pay taxes.

About that competency test, want to take one yourself? I live in Kentucky and did my research on Bevin long ago. Fraud, tax cheat and Liar.

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

That doesn’t explain Cotton struggling in Arkansas, crosspatch.

Establishment candidates have lost winnable Senate seats in Colorado, South Dakota and Montana.

Corporate candidates from K Street are lousier.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

#OMG #HORRIBLE

underpants on May 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I’m not surprised but I still donated to Mr. Bevin. Being out of state gives you a limited number of ways to protest.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

graywaiter on May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yes, it has been mentioned on several threads.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I do not like Mitch McConnell, but McConnell is certainly a lot better than John Boehner.

sohumm on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

So glad to hear that the Senate is in such wonderful hands. /s

Is there a single, solitary U.S. Senator besides Cruz who’s worth a tinker’s damn?

MisterElephant on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

You might try Mark Levin on McConnell.

gh on May 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

F*** Mark Levin… The f*** is making tons of money about agitating fools like you against 90% of the Republican elected officials… 90% of Republicans are RINOS… Why doesn’t this f*** run in New York and let us see how he will fare… In fact let him run in the most conservative state in the Union and let us see how will he fare… I am certain if he does, but he is too cowardly to do it, he will lose very badly…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Smell the coffee, the rest of the nation is addicted too.

rhombus on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Which is why it won’t end, until the credit plug is pulled.

Oil Can on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

…and does nothing but damage Republicans in order to move things to the left.

The Republicans are doing just fine all by themselves.

How does electing a candidate to McConnell’s left advance the “conservative” cause?

It instills some fear into establishment corruptocrats, who value their seats much more than some abstract “cause” or “patriotism”.

I estimate that about 1/4 of the active commenters here are actually Democrats attempting to stir up hate and discontent among Republicans in order to get Democrats elected and move things left.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

And you would bet my farm that you would be wrong. I, for one, am a right-leaning Independent.

Rix on May 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Mr. Levin lives in Virginia and the only people turning me against Republicans are Republicans. Elected ones, not pundits.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

He is the most conservative Republican Senate leader we have had since WWII and is a major threat to the Democrats.

crosspatch

Yeah, they’re deathly afraid of him. That amnesty for 20 million new democrat voters that he supports will be the death of the democrat party for sure, lol.

xblade on May 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

That’s OK.

I’m sure there are more articles about how powerful the tea party is, coming any minute now.

Moesart on May 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I’ve always heard polls using REGISTERED voters were more accurate.

Looking for a friend here…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/12/Boehner-Press-Secretary-Hired-by-Health-Insurance-Lobby

wow! Boehner and Ryan’s spokesman. The GOP is done if we can’t clean this mess out.

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Go OR!!!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Is there a single, solitary U.S. Senator besides Cruz who’s worth a tinker’s damn?

MisterElephant on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, James Inhofe, Tom Coburn. There are a few fairly reliable backbenchers. Rand Paul used to be good but seems to have switched to the Dark Side lately.

Rix on May 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

LMAO

rockmom on May 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I’ve always heard polls using REGISTERED voters were more accurate.

Looking for a friend here…

likely is the best indicator unless there a lot of new registered.

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

The Bevin campaign is about making sure the Democrat wins in Kentucky.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You are 100% correct and everyone here in Kentucky knows that. They picked one of their own to run against McConnell in the belief that people would fall for it giving the election by default to Grimes. It also runs McConnell’s campaign lower on cash as a bonus.

Right now everyone has a Grimes and McConnell match as a toss up in polls, but that will swing in the “R” favor after the primary is over and Bevin is no longer an option. Some people on here talk big and say they will vote for Grimes but that is mostly Dem trolls who don’t live in Kentucky. The Dems tried a strategy that might have worked if they had picked a decent believable candidate to run against McConnell.

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

hard feelings will soften over the next few months, especially as excitement builds on the right for what might be another wave this fall, and McConnell will open up a safe-ish lead — probably

In KY, maybe. But do not count on this phenomenon taking place everywhere.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

In fact let him run in the most conservative state in the Union and let us see how will he fare… I am certain if he does, but he is too cowardly to do it, he will lose very badly…

mnjg

And? I guess Obama’s ideas are the right ones then since he was elected president twice, lol.

xblade on May 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Mr. Levin lives in Virginia and the only people turning me against Republicans are Republicans. Elected ones, not pundits.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

So let him run in Virginia then… Let us see how great he will fare in the battlefield and not just opining on the radio… Words are cheap…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

About that competency test, want to take one yourself? I live in Kentucky and did my research on Bevin long ago. Fraud, tax cheat and Liar.

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Pretty picky, aren’t you? So, he has a few rough spots.

butch on May 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

And? I guess Obama’s ideas are the right ones then since he was elected president twice, lol.

xblade on May 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

You idiots always advocate that an all red meat conservative will win every time and McCain and Romney lost because they were not conservatives enough and they are RINOS… So let us see the all red meat conservative like Levin runs and wins…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Levin is a better conservative who’s principles align with many of us here than are the squishy elected RINOs…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Going after McConnell was a waste of time and energy. He’s not even close to the worst republican in the senate. That title belongs to that traitor Lindsay Graham. Tea partiers wasted their capital on other fights instead of going full out in SC where we could have removed that treasonous fool.

Xanatos90 on May 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Levin is a better conservative who’s principles align with many of us here than are the squishy elected RINOs…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 2:05 PMLevin is a better conservative who’s principles align with many of us here than are the squishy elected RINOs…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Blah blah blah RINO… Blah blah blah no balls… Blah blah blah squishy Republican… You idiots, the purists, talk too much and lose a lot… You know why? because you are a f***ing tiny minority on the internet… No one is putting a gun in the heads of the Republican primary voters to elect the RINOS… They are doing it on their own will may because they believe that indeed they are not RINOS or at least 95% of them are not RINOS… Unless of you course idiots lile you believe that the Republican base is stupid and low information voters and therefore voting for the “RINOS” over the “Pure Conservatives”…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I will be happy to contribute to McConnell’s Democratic opponent after the primaries.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM
That is because you are not a conservative. You are a “ConservaCrat”. That is someone who pretends to be a conservative, hangs out in conservative social media circles, and does nothing but damage Republicans in order to move things to the left.

How does electing a candidate to McConnell’s left advance the “conservative” cause? It doesn’t. But it DOES advance the cause of “progressive” socialism.

I estimate that about 1/4 of the active commenters here are actually Democrats attempting to stir up hate and discontent among Republicans in order to get Democrats elected and move things left.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

^^^POST OF THE WEEK!!!^^^

Great post! I couldn’t have said it any better myself!

Bob Davis on May 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Romney the RINO won KY by 23 points in a bad year for the GOP. McConnell is not going to lose to Grimes in 2014. (The primary is so much of a done deal that it isn’t even worth discussion.)

Love or hate McConnell, this race is not a contest and has never been a contest. I don’t care what the media would like you to believe.

Missy on May 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

mnjg, I honestly think you need to take a stress pill, lie down & think things thru… or just chill out dodo/doodette…

And send me some photo’s from the McCain/Romney Inaugural Ball woodya? I remember that they were “electable” Conservatives. How’d that work out for you?

Or is my fault that they didn’t win?

Tell me when the Edsel didn’t sell who’s fault was it, the consumer or the manufacturer?

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Also, F*CK YU mnjg! Wipe the spittle from your screen…& stop bad mouthing the Base of your Party! Again, tell me about the glories of the Romney Campaign & his First 100 Days….

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

This is what scares me with McCain…. he’ll win due to huge war chest and name recognition

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I’ll be voting for Bevin.

Norky on May 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

McConnell leads her by one whereas Bevin trails her by nine — thanks in part to the fact that 28 percent of conservatives say they’d vote for Grimes if he’s the nominee. Those are, presumably, Mitch fans, feeling as hypothetically disgruntled about losing the primary as Bevin fans will feel next Tuesday night.

I wonder what joana would have to say about that little tidbit.

steebo77 on May 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Thanks for worrying!

I’d say that:

1 – If they do vote for the more liberal candidate in every single issue – immigration, guns, healthcare, spending and taxes, abortion, states rights, etc. – over the more conservative one, it shows that they’re mistakenly identifying themselves as conservatives in this poll. If they keep Reid as the Senate majority leader, with full control of the agenda, they’d surely have no right to complain about “establishment Republicans not doing anything in Washington” and they shouldn’t be surprised if the next Republican Majority leader compromises more with the Democrats than McConnell – who’s done a great job keeping the caucus unified against the Democrat majority and barring pretty much every relevant piece of legislation they’ve tried to pass.

If you’re stupid enough to believe that by voting the more liberal candidates into office you’re somehow moving the country to the right, you’re just as bad as liberals who believe their stupid and ever failed policies work, if not worse.

2 – That said, I don’t believe they will, surely not to an extent close to those margins.

joana on May 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

That is because you are not a conservative. You are a “ConservaCrat”. That is someone who pretends to be a conservative, hangs out in conservative social media circles, and does nothing but damage Republicans in order to move things to the left.

How does electing a candidate to McConnell’s left advance the “conservative” cause? It doesn’t. But it DOES advance the cause of “progressive” socialism.

I estimate that about 1/4 of the active commenters here are actually Democrats attempting to stir up hate and discontent among Republicans in order to get Democrats elected and move things left.

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Of course.

Obviously, that doesn’t excuse conservatives for the fact some of us fall for that crap.

joana on May 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Looks like I’m voting democrat in November. I will not vote McConnell.

I have escalated from “let it burn” to “set it on fire”.

ConstantineXI on May 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

No red wave incoming this year.

Status Quo infinity.

nobar on May 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

“The HotAir Staff welcomes this news”

reddevil on May 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

McCain/Romney did not win because a majority of the country 52-53% is more liberal than conservative… That is the unfortunate fact… The Republicans are going to have a very difficult task winning national elections when it comes to the Presidency and the US Senate because the democrats have more voters in 27 to 28 states than Republicans do… It is that simple… In the US House the Congressional districts favor Republicans because the vast majority of the districts are made of white majority and 60% of whites vote Republican… The only way, there is no other way, for Republicans to win the Presidency and the US senate is to have at least 65% of whites vote for them…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

To all you McConnell haters, a legitimate question: do you support Bevin because you like him, or because you hate McConnell?

Ted the Average on May 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Unless of you course idiots lile you believe that the Republican base is stupid and low information voters and therefore voting for the “RINOS” over the “Pure Conservatives”…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

There is indeed a huge segemnt of the GOP base that is infact liv. Don’t live in denial, most of the country lives and breathes partisan hackery.

nobar on May 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Also, F*CK YU mnjg! Wipe the spittle from your screen…& stop bad mouthing the Base of your Party! Again, tell me about the glories of the Romney Campaign & his First 100 Days….

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Hey idiot, the base is voting for the “RINOS” as you call them in the primaries… You idiots, the purists, are the ones degenerating the Republican base when in reality you are a tiny minority…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

*segment.

nobar on May 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM

The concept of Incrementalism died during the Bush presidency when the party controlled all branches of government and we went leftward.

The decrepid leadership, and part of the base, needs to go before the party can rebrand and attract voters from all walks of life who are concerned about the declining standard of living of the middle class.

McConnell is on the same side that has seen the GOP decline. He needs to go no matter how it is done.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

And what about the purity tests for socialist Democrats? How’s that work out for ya?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

crosspatch on May 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Electing a Republican who support left-leaning positions does nothing to support Conservatism. It just move this nation further to the left and makes things easier for progressives.

That’s a trademark of McConnell’s leadership, and his actions definitely speak louder than your words.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Will he get through the general..?

d1carter on May 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

There is indeed a huge segemnt of the GOP base that is infact liv. Don’t live in denial, most of the country lives and breathes partisan hackery.

nobar on May 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

You idiots are no different than the arrogant left wing nuts… Anyone who disagree with you is a RINO or and low information voters… I like this “LIV”, you idiots think you are so cool and hip that you are abbreviating low information voters… Oh my God, you so f***ing hip, cool, and smart… Listen idiot, the super vast majority of Republican voters are well educated about who is who in politics and are not bunch of stupid purists thinking that they are smarter than anyone else… The vast majority of them are voting for the “RINOS” because they know that in fact they are not RINOS…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

joana on May 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I read all your stuff, not necessarily for content, but, for the walk off insult every one of your posts always contains. It must just be a gift.

butch on May 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

So mnjg what am I supposed to do? Vote for Liberals, because they’re more numerous? Also, IIRC Romney missed out on 3-4 million white voters who stayed home… again tell me about the glories of Severely Conservative Romney & his Electability.

I probably will vote Bevan in May & McConnell in November, but give the Base Hate a rest…I don’t see Obama hating’ on the base of his party…

McConnell IS a dinosaur… right now he’s the dinosaur we have… doesn’t mean I have to like the big Brontosaurus wandering about the swamp, just means I don’t have a Velocoraptor (sp.) to take his place….. nor does it mean I think amnesty is a good idea & I am tired of no hill to die on… on, as Ace put it so well, a lot of strategery & tactics, BUT NO VISION….& McConnell & Boehner & Co. Are heavy on strategy & tactics, but seem to lack any vision of what they really ought to be doing…. Pelosi, Obama, Reid they don’t lack that vision.

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The game is rigged, duh. We are now an oligarchy.

SirGawain on May 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Well, there goes 2014 and 2016. Nice knowing ya GOP.

Mr. Arrogant on May 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Well, mnjg has me convinced.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

mnjg, you are a nasty bit of GOP(e) work let me tell you… I’d love to see YOU run for something with your superior know-it-all attitude, I’d love how you blame the Base, oh the tiny minority, for our problems…. The TEA Party HAS by-&-Large supported the GOP candidate in the Fall, wish we could say the same for your candidates..Lugar…Inglis….Castle….

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

JFKY on May 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You are only a part of the base… The vast majority of the base is voting for what you call the RINOS because in fact 95% of what you call RINOS are not RINOS and the vast majority of the base know this.. Do not think that the “base” is made up with a majority of purists like you, it is not, not even close…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Lamar Alexander loves Mitch…

d1carter on May 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The vast majority of them are voting for the “RINOS” because they know that in fact they are not RINOS..
mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

So the people that they vote for are upholding the platform in word and deed? Want to point them out for us?

nobar on May 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Anybody else having trouble getting to Ace’s today? I’ve tried since this morning, and keep getting a “problem loading page” error.

graywaiter on May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Answer in my post at 1:34 PM above yours.

gh on May 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

McConnell is on the same side that has seen the GOP decline. He needs to go no matter how it is done.

FrankT on May 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Then move here to Kentucky and vote against him if you are from out of State. It is pretty simple actually. All of the Ditch Mitch commandos and Dem lite people on here who dont live in Kentucky need to vote with their wallets and move here and vote against him if they hate him so much.

Nothing simpler than that. Move to Kentucky to influence Kentucky elections. Plus there are tons of jobs here so that isn’t an excuse. I live here and I don’t complain ho, ho, Boehner has to go every day like some do about McConnell even though I don’t like what he does 90% of the time. Man up and move here people if you want to change the Senator(s) of Kentucky.

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

butch on May 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Nah, that’s part of the Political Marketing Strategies 101 course for paid Establishment Republican operatives, “How To Insult Conservatives” edition.

Looks like we might have a couple of them here today who have taken that course.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Looks like I’m voting democrat in November. I will not vote McConnell.

I have escalated from “let it burn” to “set it on fire”.

ConstantineXI on May 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Or you could just stay home? I never understood voting for a Democrat because the Republican is too much like a Democrat…

Ted the Average on May 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

In other news, Tea Party candidate Sasse in Nebraska is doing great. Look, if you wanted McConnell’s scalp on your wall, you needed to do better than Bevin. Republican primary voters do NOT want to go along with the crack strategy of throwing a seat away in the name of giving the Establishment the bird. The better strategy is to actively recruit Tea Party candidates who are both ideologically sound *and* strong candidates.

Sekhmet on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

The problem is that some opportunists have realized that as long as there isn’t a candidate as strong as Sasse running, they might as well jump in it themselves and give it a try.

They know they’ll get the endorsements of the Tea Party consultant class who needs to ride this to fool people into giving them money, they know they’ll get the support of Levin et all who need this to go on as a mean to keep their audiences perpetually outraged and hooked, they know they’ll get the indirect support of Democrats who want a shot in the GE and keep people like them in the headlines as representative of the GOP.

The “establishment vs Tea Party” industrial complex is an easy money maker for a multitude of charlatans and they’ll milk it as long as they’re allowed to.

joana on May 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Looks like I’m voting democrat in November. I will not vote McConnell.

I have escalated from “let it burn” to “set it on fire”.

ConstantineXI on May 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Nice touch, genius. You’d rather sit there on your ideological high horse and vote for the Marxist/socialists/atheists and watch innocent people suffer. You’re playing right into the Democrat’s hands with your little warped “strategy.” Go ahead and burn yourself–just make sure no one else is around you when you light the match.

Bob Davis on May 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I’m looking forward to the immigration betrayal coming your way

The GOP will betray you

True_King on May 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

If I’m an “open minded” Kentucky voter, why should I vote for McConnell..?

d1carter on May 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Well, mnjg has me convinced.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I am not here to convince anyone and I know that I will not convince anyone… For certain no one can convincing as well of changing my opinion unless I decide to do so… The sad comedy is that many internet political junkies think that they have the f***ing power of persuasion when in fact they cannot convince a 5 years to eat his fruits… Stop overrating yourselves people…

mnjg on May 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I’m looking forward to the immigration betrayal coming your way

The GOP will betray you

True_King on May 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Let’s vote Democrats to stop amnesty. Surely Grimes will oppose it! Perhaps we can even give them another super majority, just to make sure immigration reform won’t pass.

joana on May 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Nice touch, genius. You’d rather sit there on your ideological high horse and vote for the Marxist/socialists/atheists and watch innocent people suffer. You’re playing right into the Democrat’s hands with your little warped “strategy.” Go ahead and burn yourself–just make sure no one else is around you when you light the match.

Bob Davis on May 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Can you give me an example of anything good the Republicans have done since taking the house in 2010? Just one example?

I can list a lot of bad things they have done. But I can’t name anything good.

Just want to know why the GOP deservse my vote.

tcufrog on May 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

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