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Noonan: 'I'm Gonna Be the Republican Nominee' [McConnell]
WSJ.com ^ | 11/07/2013 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 11/08/2013 6:35:23 AM PST by GIdget2004

The tea party, he says, consists of "people who are angry and upset at government—and I agree with them." But "I think, honestly, many of them have been misled. . . . They've been told the reason we can't get to better outcomes than we've gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that's just not true, and I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit. . . . They raise money . . . take their cut and spend it" on political action that hurts Republicans.

He refers to the Senate Conservatives Fund. "That's the one I'm prepared to be specific about." The fund "has elected more Democrats than the Democratic Senatorial Committee over the last three cycles." The group is targeting Mr. McConnell with ads slamming his leadership during the shutdown. "Right now they're on the air in obvious coordination with Harry Reid's super PAC—Harry Reid's!—in the same markets, at roughly the same amount, at the same time."

But says he isn't worried about his own race: "I don't wanna be overly cocky, but I'm gonna be the Republican nominee next year."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; flyingpig; gopprimary; ky2014; kybribedchicken; mcconnell
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1 posted on 11/08/2013 6:35:23 AM PST by GIdget2004
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To: GIdget2004

“They’ve been told the reason we can’t get to better outcomes than we’ve gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that’s just not true, and I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit. . . . They raise money . . . take their cut and spend it” on political action that hurts Republicans.”

“Insufficiently feisty”, eh? if he is referring the the average Repub. caving in to each and every Dem demand, then yes - we do find them “insufficiently feisty”.

And he makes a cute little joke there about the Tea Party groups “taking their cut”. Really? Trying to sow distrust there. It’s certainly not as if the established Repub groups do anything of the sort, eh? No no no no no.

This guy isn’t a Rhino - he is a pig.


2 posted on 11/08/2013 6:43:12 AM PST by Ladysforest
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To: GIdget2004
Sorry Mitch. You had your chance to lead by lending just token support to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in September.

Instead, you chose to pull the rug out from under them and kiss up to Harry Reid and ObaMao.

Your chance for leadership permanently died then. Even John Boehner proved himself to be more of a leader than you. And that's a pretty low bar to clear.

3 posted on 11/08/2013 6:46:07 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Ladysforest

Didn’t McConnell get his cut of a couple billion from his last surrender to Obama and Reid?


4 posted on 11/08/2013 6:48:06 AM PST by Yogafist
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To: Ladysforest

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid thank Allah everyday that the GOP Senate leader is this impotent turkey necked moron.

FUMMc.


5 posted on 11/08/2013 6:48:31 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: GIdget2004

“I don’t wanna be overly cocky, but I’m gonna be the Republican nominee next year.”


No problem Mitch. If that is the case, conservatives will vote for the Democrat. You don’t support our candidates and we won’t support you. How ya like those apples, Mitch?


6 posted on 11/08/2013 6:50:19 AM PST by lodi90
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To: GIdget2004
"I'm gonna be the Republican nominee next year."

If so then the Republicans will lose again.

7 posted on 11/08/2013 6:51:29 AM PST by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: GIdget2004
I'm Gonna Be the Republican Nominee': Mitch McConnell

Actually, he might be right. Being as the role of Republicans is to submit candidates that will never win, in cooperation with Democrats -- so that Democrats can continue to implement the Globalist agenda -- I could see this happening.

8 posted on 11/08/2013 6:53:36 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: GIdget2004; Revolting cat!

9 posted on 11/08/2013 6:54:19 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: GIdget2004

Um... No.


10 posted on 11/08/2013 6:54:22 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Even John Boehner proved himself to be more of a leader than you.”

Can’t agree with that. Boehner committed the ultimate act of betrayal when he put the “clean” senate bill to a vote and reopened the government.

I’m no fan of McConnell but he is only the minority leader in the senate and has about as much power as the queen of england. His voting record is very conservative though.


11 posted on 11/08/2013 6:56:27 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I’m no fan of McConnell but he is only the minority leader in the senate and has about as much power as the queen of england. His voting record is very conservative though.


Boehner at least faked a conservative position for a bit during the shutdown. OTOH, McConnell preemptively surrendered on the cloture vote and put ZERO pressure on vulnerable Dems during the entire kenyancare debate. Basically he dumped everything on the House as quick as he could rather than engage the Dems in a debate they did not want to have. Additionally, the NRSC did NOTHING before or during the shutdown.

McConnell may be minority leader but his has plenty of power. He just does not choose to use it to defend our Constitutional rights or advance a conservative agenda.


12 posted on 11/08/2013 7:10:09 AM PST by lodi90
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To: GIdget2004

Really mitch, you look like an old woman, are you psychic! Piece of shitte.


13 posted on 11/08/2013 7:13:19 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: Yogafist

“take their cut and spend it”?

You got a lot of damn gall, Mitch. F.U.


14 posted on 11/08/2013 7:14:48 AM PST by privatedrive
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To: GIdget2004

Mitch thinks that we’re mad at the Republicans because they are “feisty”. He not just needs to be thrown from office, but launched from office. He has no idea about the tea party or his own party, for that fact.


15 posted on 11/08/2013 7:20:04 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Ladysforest

“I don’t wanna be overly cocky, but I’m gonna be the Republican nominee next year.”

I do not know much about his opponent but there is a pretty good history of the polls meaning nothing this early, especially when the entrenched moderate dominates in comparative name recognition.

In any event, I am tired of the Rockefeller Republicans demanding our allegiance to all of their candidates while rarely / never supporting any of ours. If he does get the nomination, that is one election I would sit out.


16 posted on 11/08/2013 7:22:36 AM PST by Stingray51
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To: GIdget2004

“because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that’s just not true...”

Your honor, I submit into evidence:

The Cuccinelli campaign.

Where’s the support and money?

Case closed.

Clearly, we’ll have to work with the GOPe. Revolutions usually fail. Why? They don’t compromise and incorporate the ruling classes values. How can we do both? We are going to create losers. They don’t want to lose.


17 posted on 11/08/2013 7:25:00 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Lazamataz
I'm Gonna Be the Republican Nominee': Mitch McConnell

Actually, he might be right. Being as the role of Republicans is to submit candidates that will never win, in cooperation with Democrats -- so that Democrats can continue to implement the Globalist agenda -- I could see this happening.

McConnell's comment is inappropriate. Most candidates ask for a vote -- they don't brag that they will get the vote. But that's what Mitch is doing.

Yes, it's like Mitch knows that the fix is in, that he will get elected and that he's taunting his opposition with what will happen.

18 posted on 11/08/2013 7:25:17 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Ladysforest
“Insufficiently feisty”, eh? if he is referring the the average Repub. caving in to each and every Dem demand, then yes - we do find them “insufficiently feisty”.

Feisty??? Feisty???? I'm feisty, or so I've been told, and I'm not looking for feisty from McConnell or the rest of the GOP leaders. I'm looking for combative. I'm looking for determined. I'm looking for driven. If the best he can whip up is 'feisty' then get him the heck out of his leadership position.

19 posted on 11/08/2013 7:25:39 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: GIdget2004
I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit. . . . They raise money . . . take their cut and spend it" on political action that hurts Republicans.

Mitch, the actions of your NRSC hurt Republicans glaringly and most recently in VA.

20 posted on 11/08/2013 7:28:15 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: GIdget2004

The reason the Republican lost in Virginia was because an Obama bundler financed the Liberetarian candidate who took votes from the Republican. I wonder how much Democrat money will be behind McConnell’s opponent in the primary?


21 posted on 11/08/2013 7:34:58 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: GIdget2004

McConnell is guilty of TREASON. And I think the appropriate penalties should apply.


22 posted on 11/08/2013 7:36:54 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“I’m no fan of McConnell but he is only the minority leader in the senate and has about as much power as the queen of england. His voting record is very conservative though.”

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At the very least, I don’t mind McConnell in the Senate as far as his voting record is concerned. Its his leadership that is the problem. He has proven completely incompetent dealing with the dems and the pres. He should not be in any form of leadership with the reublicans in the Senate.

The GOP establishment and the ‘traditions’ of the Senate promote the additude of “its my turn to lead or be the nominee”. What we have seen on both sides of the isle, is that senority has absolutely nothing to do with good leadership.

Having written the above, I still think it is time to primary McConnell out next spring.


23 posted on 11/08/2013 7:46:10 AM PST by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Vigilanteman
I think Noonan (who asked good questions, btw) got the perfect quotes to sum up the problem:

But [McConnell said] "a lot of Democrats would have to start to defect [on Obamacare], in a big way, to force onto a reluctant president massive changes." And "I wouldn't hold my breath on that. I think what [Democrats] will do is sort of pick around the edges and try to put some distance between themselves and the implementation."

Is Mr. MConnell going to them and saying, "Guys, it would be very helpful to the country if you would begin to defect"?

No. "I'm waiting for them to come to us, because that's when you know you'll have real leverage."

In other words, McConnell plans on doing nothing but fantasizing that somehow his leadership work will all be done for him, magically.

24 posted on 11/08/2013 7:48:46 AM PST by livius
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To: FreeReign
McConnell's comment is inappropriate. Most candidates ask for a vote -- they don't brag that they will get the vote. But that's what Mitch is doing. Yes, it's like Mitch knows that the fix is in, that he will get elected and that he's taunting his opposition with what will happen.

Excellent point. If this happens, then it will be clear that the primary system is so rigged in favor of Liberal Democrats that we can officially cross 'the ballot box' off the list of remedies.

25 posted on 11/08/2013 7:49:56 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: GIdget2004

Seeing as how a sitting Senator has a 95% chance of re-election, I don’t doubt what he says.


26 posted on 11/08/2013 8:01:54 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Sorry Mitch there are too many of these type photo's available to believe you will fight for the people.


27 posted on 11/08/2013 8:05:23 AM PST by rocksblues (The Obama administration the most unlawful, corrupt administration in US history.)
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To: rocksblues
photo's

Death to all misplaced apostrophes!!

28 posted on 11/08/2013 8:15:49 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

You mean “apostrophe’s”. ;-)


29 posted on 11/08/2013 8:16:52 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: rocksblues

The only thing missing from that pix is holding hands.


30 posted on 11/08/2013 8:19:05 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lodi90; BarnacleCenturion

Thanks, you said it better than I could have.


31 posted on 11/08/2013 8:22:19 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: GIdget2004

No dice. The GOP had the house, senate, White house and a working majority in the Supreme Court. And they gave us the NSA, Patriot act, TSA, Prescription Drug, a pussified approach to war, 4 dollar gasoline in the spring of ‘08. and an explosion of government spending.

So he cannot claim that all our problems now are that the same GOP leaders do not currently control the levers of power.


32 posted on 11/08/2013 8:28:07 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GIdget2004

McConnell has a point. The tea party cannot run birthers or we will lose every single time and destroy any chances at taking back the party.

Before the shutdown the Senate Conservatives Funds did put out some false information. I don’t know much about that group, but I will certainly check into it.

We have a lot of people ranting and raving about the fact that the GOP-e hasn’t tried to impeach Obama. Well, that just ain’t gonna work. The trial takes place in the Senate. Obama would never be convicted by a Democrat-controlled Senate.

What good has it done for Boehner & the House to vote 40+ times to repeal Obamacare? None, zip, zero, nada.

I can’t stand the GOP-e either. They’re clueless when it comes to playing hardball, but I also can’t stand the blind ignorance of mobs. I will not be a party to group-think.

I will choose the candidates I support. I will support them financially. I will not be led around by the nose banging the primary drums against any candidate who has a solid, conservative voting record.


33 posted on 11/08/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Shutting down the go government was a stupid idea in the first place.


34 posted on 11/08/2013 8:37:56 AM PST by Blackirish
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To: Vigilanteman

They may be toe tapping though.


35 posted on 11/08/2013 8:38:36 AM PST by rocksblues (The Obama administration the most unlawful, corrupt administration in US history.)
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To: GIdget2004

If this guy gets the warm wet kiss of the RNC, it will be crystal clear the party has become nothing but a cruel joke to anyone who ever supported it.


36 posted on 11/08/2013 8:47:11 AM PST by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: DesertRhino

Yep, that’s the hard cold truth isn’t it.

What did they do with the power we gave them?

Diddly squat!


37 posted on 11/08/2013 8:48:57 AM PST by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: GIdget2004
They've been told the reason we can't get to better outcomes than we've gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty

I don't give a crap how feisty republicans are! What pisses me off is that they are NOT committed to smaller governemnt, states rights and balanced budgeting.

38 posted on 11/08/2013 8:53:51 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Yogafist

“Didn’t McConnell get his cut of a couple billion from his last surrender to Obama and Reid?”

Precisely. Projection on Mcconnell’s part. A longstanding Democrat trick. Accuse the other guy of precisely that which you yourself are doing to divert the attention from yourself.


39 posted on 11/08/2013 9:05:38 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: GIdget2004

The Turtle will be retired one way or another. It is easier to replace a bad DemoncRAT than an incumbent Repuglickin. If he wins the primary don’t. vote or vote for the *gasp* DemoncRAT. One way he must be retired for his cowardly behavior and sell out results. He is a DemoncRAT at heart, hates conservatives and is therefore the enemy.


40 posted on 11/08/2013 9:13:55 AM PST by WilliamRobert (Rafael Cruz is an American hero, and he makes me proud to be Texan.)
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To: 1010RD

Cucci didn’t speak out to support the children slain in the womb, didn’t get money? Hummm wonder why.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 9:16:14 AM PST by TomasUSMC
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To: submarinerswife

From the view from Washington, the “Tea Party” has cost them at least 4 Senate seats, Indiana, Missouri, Delaware,and Nevada.

To some extent, they are right. But the Tea Party is maturing, and so are the candidates they are putting up.


42 posted on 11/08/2013 9:20:03 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: All

If you don’t want to get Primary’d...

Govern as a conservative.

Lead as a conservative.

Legislate as a conservative.


43 posted on 11/08/2013 9:22:52 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Ted Cruz...2016-24 ...A New Conservative Era)
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To: Billthedrill
You mean “apostrophe’s” ;-)

You know I do :-)

44 posted on 11/08/2013 9:26:34 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: GIdget2004

Establishment GOP’s take on politics is “WE GO SLOWER”. That’s ‘slower’ to the destination Democrats have chosen... Somehow that’s not much of a rallying cry.


45 posted on 11/08/2013 9:27:51 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: GIdget2004

BRING IT.
mattbevin.com


46 posted on 11/08/2013 9:37:30 AM PST by Bluegrass Nana
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To: GIdget2004
Hmm, I didn't realize that it was "his turn."

I guess now we do.

47 posted on 11/08/2013 9:38:29 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: GIdget2004

See tagline.


48 posted on 11/08/2013 10:09:42 AM PST by Moose4 (Sufficiently feisty.)
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To: tcrlaf

How many RINO candidates have run and lost in the Senate during the same time frame? A lot more than 4. Let’s see since 2008, I can recall (1) Linda McMahon, (2) Chris Shays, (3) Carly Fiorina, (4) Elizabeth Dole, (5) Norm Coleman, (6) Scott Brown, and (7) Tommy Thompson. I’m certain that I am missing a few.


49 posted on 11/08/2013 10:21:48 AM PST by stratboy
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To: GIdget2004

Wow, if true the Democrats could theoretically take every state.


50 posted on 11/08/2013 10:24:42 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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