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  • Don't Ask Rand Paul Why He's Supporting Mitch McConnell

    04/17/2014 9:12:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Sahil Kapur
    Don't ask Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) why he's supporting Mitch McConnell for reelection. He doesn't want to talk about it. At least publicly. While crisscrossing Kentucky during Congress's two-week recess, Paul visited a community forum in Edmonton on Wednesday to speak to constituents, where he was reportedly asked why he endorsed the Senate Republican leader. The Glasgow Daily Times described what happened next: One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the...
  • In SW Florida congressional race, who matters more: Palin or Paul?

    04/15/2014 12:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alex Leary, Washington Bureau Chief
    Endorsments can be overrated but in a conservative primary with a lot of noise and mud, could a high-profile name give a candidate the edge? Congressional District 19 candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto recently got the backing of Sarah Palin, who held a fundraiser and sang the candidate's praises on Fox News. Yesterday, Curt Clawson scored the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, among the first tea party backed candidates to make it big. "Washington is desperate for outside leadership," Paul said. "Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. Today, I proudly stand with Curt...
  • Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan (GOP measure, defeated Tuesday by a vote of 56-42)

    05/13/2008 8:57:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 308 replies · 1,301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Republican energy plan that calls for opening an Alaska wildlife refuge and some offshore waters to oil development. Supporters of the measure couldn't get the needed 60 votes to overcome a Democratic-led filibuster threat. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said more domestic oil production is needed to keep prices in check and to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports. Opponents said areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and coastal waters that have been off limits to drilling for 25 years ought to remain that out of bounds to oil companies....
  • Greenfield: The Paranoid Party

    04/13/2014 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 The Paranoid Party Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The Democrat may no longer believe in God, the Constitution or even motherhood and apple pie, but he devoutly believes with all the faith of a 9/11 Truther in the impermeability of steel and of a Neo-Nazi in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that somewhere out there Republicans are sitting in a sealed room and plotting to bring back the 50s. And if not the 50s, then at least the early 60s. The left accuses the right of being deeply paranoid. Meanwhile...
  • Grimes says women in Arnold case told her Wednesday to keep $250 from disgraced former lawmaker

    04/12/2014 10:33:46 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/09/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that she spoke Wednesday with two of the state House Democratic staffers who raised the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold. According to the campaign, Grimes talked with Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper about issues affecting women in the workplace and asked them what to do with the $250 campaign contribution Arnold gave her campaign last year. And the campaign did confirm that Grimes will keep the contribution from Arnold after the conversation with the two women. The press release reads: Alison Lundergan Grimes also asked their personal...
  • NRA endorses McConnell in Ky.

    04/12/2014 9:10:22 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/12/2014 | Rachel Huggins
    The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced Saturday it has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) for re-election in the May 20 Kentucky primary. "Mitch McConnell is a true champion of our Second Amendment rights, leading the fight against President Obama, Harry Reid and Michael Bloomberg's anti-freedom agenda," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.....
  • Grimes’s ‘War on Women’ Problem-Kentucky Democrat runs from sexual harassment controversy.

    04/11/2014 8:32:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 4-11-2014 | Andrew Johnson
    APRIL 11, 2014 12:06 PM Grimes’s ‘War on Women’ Problem Kentucky Democrat runs from sexual harassment controversy. By Andrew Johnson Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic senate candidate in Kentucky, is in hot water over her refusal to return a campaign contribution from a local politician who resigned last year amid charges of sexual harassment toward female staffers.Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state and a member of a prominent Kentucky Democratic family, is not backing away from her connection to former Democratic state Representative John Arnold or her ties to an attorney who recently cast the deciding vote not to reprimand...
  • Goodbye tea party, hello big tent

    04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants...
  • Sasse outraises Osborn in Nebraska Senate race

    04/03/2014 4:44:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    GOP Senate candidate Ben Sasse announced Thursday he raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, significantly more than his main challenger in the race. Sasse made the announcement on Twitter. Another Republican candidate, Shane Osborn, announced earlier this week he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year. Osborn is a former state Treasurer and Navy pilot and his main rival is Sasse, who serves as president of Midland University. Last week, conservative group FreedomWorks withdrew its endorsement of Osborn and said it would support Sasse instead. They are among four GOP contenders...
  • NRA ENDORSES MCCONNELL IN KENTUCKY GOP PRIMARY

    04/11/2014 3:03:52 PM PDT · by bkopto · 71 replies
    AP/Breitbart | 4/11/2014 | staff
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell now has an endorsement to go with his gun. The National Rifle Association's political action committee announced Friday it has endorsed McConnell in the May 20 Republican primary. McConnell made headlines last month when he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference waving a rifle over his head. The rifle was a lifetime achievement award McConnell presented to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. In a news release, NRA Political Victory Fund chairman Chris Cox called McConnell a true champion of the Second Amendment. Likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes mocked McConnell, saying he was holding...
  • POLL WATCH: PPP (D) Kentucky Senatorial Survey (New McConnell-Grimes poll)

    04/08/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Argo Journal ^ | 4-8-2014
    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Poll Watch: PPP (D) Kentucky 2014 Senatorial Survey PPP (D) Kentucky 2014 Senate Poll Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 45% {44%} [42%] (45%) {45%} [45%] (41%) Mitch McConnell (R) 44% {45%} [43%] (43%) {44%} [45%] (45%) Among Men Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 46% {41%} [42%] (39%) [44%] (38%) Mitch McConnell (R) 45% {49%} [47%] (49%) [49%] (49%) Among Women Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 43% {46%} [41%] (51%) [46%] (44%)Mitch McConnell (R) 43% {41%} [40%] (38%) [41%] (41%) Survey of 663 Kentucky voters was conducted April 1-2, 2014.  Party ID: 54% {52%} [52%] (53%) [50%] (51%) Democrat;...
  • New Yorker Cover Features Dr. Obama Giving Medicine to 'Petulant Children' Cruz, Boehner, McConnell

    04/07/2014 10:00:25 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    True Revolt ^ | 7 Apr 2014
    On Monday, The New Yorker revealed its newest cover: President Obama as a doctor spooning medicine to smiling children – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The cover was designed to push Obamacare’s supposed great success, with artist Barry Blitt stating, “The whole enterprise was just an elaborate excuse. I enjoyed drawing Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Michele Bachmann as petulant children – and I especially wanted to draw an open-mouthed Mitch McConnell being spoon-fed his meds.”
  • VIDEO! Glenn Beck: “Mitch McConnell Is As Big Of A Danger To This Country As Barack Obama Is”

    04/06/2014 7:56:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 20 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/5/14 | Caleb Howe
    In Louisville, Kentucky today, Freedomworks hosted #FreePAC, a gathering of right and center right grassroots activists. The keynote speaker was Glenn Beck, who had strong words for Mitch McConnell and other republican party leaders. [video at link] "I told you at the very beginning what this administration tries to do you and what the progressives on the right, let me tell you something, Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to this country as Barack Obama is. The progressive disease is in both parties. Big government is a philosophy in both parties, period. It is antithetical to the American...
  • McConnell’s Triumph The Court vindicates freedom of speech.

    04/03/2014 5:04:18 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | April 3,2014 | Charles C W Cooke
    Providing another dramatic example of its readiness to protect freedom of speech, the Roberts Court yesterday struck down a campaign-finance regulation that limited the total amount that an individual may donate to political candidates, thereby nixing a rule that had been in effect for more than 40 years. The plaintiff in the case was one Shaun McCutcheon, a conservative businessman from Alabama who argued that limits on his aggregate spending represented a violation of his constitutional right to free expression. The court agreed, 5–4. If the Citizens United case serves as any indication, the word “McCutcheon” will soon be hurled...
  • After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue

    04/02/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 128 replies
    Kentucky.com/Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 4-2-2014 | Sam Youngman
    April 2, 2014 After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue BY SAM YOUNGMAN Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in therace to be the GOP's nominee in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin believes the legality of cockfighting should be decided by states and not the federal government, his spokeswoman said Wednesday following a news report that Bevin attended a pro-cockfighting rally over the weekend."Matt doesn't believe this is a federal issue, and the state government can handle it," said Rachel Semmel, Bevin's spokeswoman.The News Journal in Corbin...
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Two Claims for Reagan’s Mantle (Ted Cruz and Rand Paul)

    03/29/2014 12:43:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 23, 2014 | Albert R. Hunt
    Two newcomers, Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party’s contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan. In a short time, these first-term lawmakers have electrified elements of the party’s base and rattled the Senate establishment. The top two Republican leaders in the chamber, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, have had to defer to the political popularity of their junior colleagues. Both are outside the party mainstream, rock stars...
  • FreedomWorks flips in Neb. Senate race (withdraws Osborn endorsement, now backs Sasse!)

    03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    In a major blow to former Republican state Treasurer Shane Osborn’s candidacy for Nebraska Senate, national conservative group FreedomWorks is withdrawing its endorsement and backing his main primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, instead. At issue, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement, is the unspoken support Osborn is believed to have from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the...
  • Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in today’s Republican Party

    03/26/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Rand Paul is the most intriguing — and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening — figure in today’s Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama’s twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled. Paul’s unlikely pilgrimage to the progressive precincts of the University of California at Berkeley offered the most convincing evidence so far that he is serious about carving out this (sorry, President Clinton) third way space — and a demonstration of his potential...
  • Mitch McConnell Lost March Madness, Miserably

    03/26/2014 1:13:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/26 | Joe Coscarelli
    Just days before local rivals Louisville and Kentucky face off in the Sweet 16, the state's senior senator, Mitch McConnell, released an ad for his reelection that called out "socialist notions" and climaxed with a quick clip of a blue-and-white basketball team celebrating its NCAA championship. It was Duke. "Obviously we were horrified by the error and quickly changed it," said UK alumnus and McConnell spokesperson Allison Moore. But the new edit failed, too. A second version featuring star freshman Julius Randle dunking was quickly swapped in, only to be hit with a cease-and-desist from the University of Kentucky for...
  • Club for Growth Now Working With GOP Establishment (who's surprised??)

    03/26/2014 12:20:30 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Drew Mackenzie
    The conservative group Club for Growth has changed gears and is supporting establishment GOP candidates in primaries. Launched a decade before the tea party made life difficult for moderate Republicans, the club quickly rose to the political forefront while supporting challengers to incumbent Republicans who it felt were not conservative enough, according to the National Journal. In 2012, the fiscally conservative organization backed tea party candidate Richard Mourdock’s challenge to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and vilified veteran Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch for his voting record. The group also targeted 10 moderate House Republicans. But the political action committee has suddenly...
  • Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"

    11/19/2013 9:16:51 AM PST · by Third Person · 59 replies
    RCP ^ | November 18th, 2013 | Fox News Special Report
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Senator, when Obamacare was at issue, a month ago, when it came to a continuing resolution to funding the government you supported a filibuster of other Senators, who demanded that you had to have a change or the abolition of Obamacare as a condition for funding the government. In retrospect do you think that was a good strategy? But even more importantly --looking ahead, the deadlines are coming up, the resolution's going to run out, we're going to hit the debt ceiling soon -- would you be prepared to use same tactic as we approach the new deadlines?...
  • Mitch McConnell and NRSC to Host D.C. Fundraiser for ObamaCare Sympathizer Thom Tillis

    03/26/2014 6:01:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    4-traders.com ^ | 3/26/14
    WASHINGTON, March 24 -- FreedomWorks issued the following news release: Tonight, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters is hosting a fundraiser for North Carolina moderate and Senatorial candidate Thom Tillis. Headlining the fundraiser invite was a "who's who" of beltway establishmentarians, including Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Richard Burr. Attendees must pay a minimum of $1,000 per PAC or $500 per person to rub elbows with the D.C. elite. According to the Washington Post, (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/21/nrsc-chairman-obamacare-has-helped-dramatically-expand-senate-map/) NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) explained today that playing in races like this one are a priority because the "map and...
  • Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign ad mistakes Duke for Kentucky, features Julius Randle (VIDEO)

    03/26/2014 6:43:28 AM PDT · by carson_conservative · 15 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 3/25/2014 | Terrance Payne
    Kentucky is known for its basketball, with the last two national champions residing in the Bluegrass State. Seeing as its March Madness and Kentucky and Louisville are set to play in an epic Sweet 16 matchup on Friday night, it seemed like the ideal time to run a campaign ad incorporating Kentucky’s strength on the hardwood as part of the state’s great success. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made one, tiny mistake during the 100-second commercial. It didn’t feature Kentucky. It showed Duke celebrating its 2010 National Title. Hold on, it gets worse. McConnell’s staff swapped the incorrect championship...
  • FreedomWorks to fete conservative challengers in McConnell's backyard

    03/25/2014 1:55:21 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/25/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A duo of conservative candidates will descend on Kentucky to appear with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) challenger, Matt Bevin, just two months out from his primary. Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) primary challenger, and California Republican House candidate Igor Birman, running for Rep. Ami Bera’s (D) seat, will both appear at FreePAC Kentucky, a conservative event FreedomWorks is hosting in Louisville on April 5. The group has endorsed all three candidates. Glenn Beck and FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe will also appear at the event. According to a release, it will bring together grassroots activists from across...
  • Mark Levin: McConnell just cut the legs right out from under House Republicans…

    03/24/2014 6:28:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/24/2014 | Mark Levin
    Earlier today we wrote about how Cruz, Lee, Paul, Enzi, and Robertson were all standing together to strip the IMF legislation out of the aid package bill for Ukraine. As I said earlier, the IMF legislation would basically double the contribution of the US to the IMF fund while lessening America’s influence over how that money is spent. So what does McConnell do? Does he stand with the filibuster effort? No, pushes Republicans to vote for the bill, thus making sure to get Harry Reid his 60 votes to pass the bill to prevent the filibuster led by Cruz and...
  • McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Assist Kentuckians with Disabilities

    03/24/2014 6:31:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell ^ | Mar 24 2014 | U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored bipartisan legislation today to assist Kentuckians with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities by creating a tax-deferred savings account to be used for education, housing, transportation, employment support, and other qualified disability-related expenses. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013, creates a tax-deferred savings account (529 plan) for individuals and families to help pay disability-related expenses without jeopardizing access to their federal and state disability benefits. Previously, Senator McConnell led a bipartisan effort to enact legislation to offer federal tax relief for college savings plans...
  • Mississippi Senate challenger heading to Kentucky to boost Matt Bevin

    03/24/2014 9:12:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/24/14 | David Drucker
    Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel is heading to Kentucky to lend his support to fellow insurgent GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin -- or so it would appear. McDaniel, a state senator, is hoping to oust Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's June 3 Republican primary. But on April 5, McDaniel plans to take a brief detour from the campaign trail in the Magnolia State and travel to Louisville, Ky., to speak at “FreePAC Kentucky.” The event, sponsored by FreedomWorks, is a political rally being staged to boost Bevin, the wealthy businessman running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's May...
  • Why Mitch McConnell's Opponent Smells Blood in the Water

    03/22/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 14, 2014 | Brett Logiurato
    A top campaign advisor to Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, scoffed at the notion McConnell is "invincible" in a new memo set to be released Friday.... after The New York Times published a lengthy analysis of the unprecedented nature of a potential McConnell loss. The memo delves into the details of why the Grimes campaign believes McConnell is more vulnerable than ever. First, McConnell is devoting precious time and energy to a challenge from the right in Republican Matt Bevin, with the primary on May 20. Hurst also argues Grimes has...
  • It’s time to start taking Rand Paul seriously

    03/18/2014 2:55:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Two things happened over the weekend in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. 1. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul led the field in a national poll conducted by CNN/ORC International. 2. Paul won the straw poll at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. 3. Those two events come just a week after Paul cruised to another 2016 straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Add those things up and it's quite clear that Paul is the candidate of the moment on the Republican side. There's no one -- not even Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush -- who has...
  • Now we know why Rand Paul has endorsed Mitch McConnell (Vanity)

    03/18/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 107 replies
    March 18, 2014 | Din Maker
    I just found out some information today that enlightened me as to why Rand Paul has endorsed Mitch McConnell. McConnell's Campaign Manger, Jesse Benton, is part of the Paul family. He is married to Ron Paul's grand daughter and Rand Paul's niece. I wonder if Mitch hiring Rand's nephew-in-law was part of the deal for Rand's endorsement? This is what Benton told the Huffington Post: "I believe in Senator McConnell and am 100 percent committed to his re-election. Being selected to lead his campaign is one of the great honors of my life and I look forward to victory in...
  • Rick Perry Proves Himself NOT Reliably Conservative by Endorsing Musty Mitch

    03/18/2014 3:07:08 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 47 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Same schmuck who just declared war on the Tea Party...  I was actually considering Perry a second-tier maybe for 2016, hard to argue with his economic record. But when he comes out and endorses Mitch McConnell vs. a viable Tea Party challenger (when there was no reason for him to weigh-in in the first place) it becomes clear enough to me that Rick Perry is not the man to reliably bring this country anything resembling a Reagan Revolution. He plays a good conservative when campaigning, and would most certainly portray himself as one again in 2016- but this time the stink won't...
  • McConnell: Senate Conservatives Fund ‘giving conservatism a bad name’ (Go away, Mitch!)

    03/14/2014 5:10:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2014 | Alexis Levinson
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell smacked at the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), saying that the group that is backing his primary challenger — and primary challengers to several other GOP senators — is “giving conservatism a bad name.”In an interview with The Weekly Standard posted Friday, McConnell attacked SCF as an organization that was more interested in its personal gains than in influencing politics.“I think it’s important to remember a couple things. No. 1, the Senate Conservatives Fund started the fight with me. They picked the fight — I didn’t,” McConnell said.“A group that buys a luxury townhouse on Capitol...
  • Mitch McConnell Gives His Side of the Story

    03/11/2014 8:08:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/11/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    It seems only fair to post Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s response to the foofaraw started by the quote I posted about below [1]. McConnell tells my friends over at Truth Revolt [2] that he is not attacking the Tea Party at all. Rather he feels that the Senate Conservatives Fund is a fake, pretending to support conservatism while undermining it. Here’s the quote: I’ve always been and continue to be a big supporter of the Tea Party and the conservative change it’s bringing to Washington. One of the biggest obstacles to that change, however, is the Senate Conservatives...
  • Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    03/11/2014 7:42:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 7:00 AM | Dianna Wray
    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually naming the guy who may be beloved by the Tea Party conservatives, but has earned some pretty impressive dislike from the elected members of his own party -- for his hijinks that Paul said have encouraged divisions within the party: "I don't claim to be the next...
  • Political foes take aim at McConnell for CPAC rifle moment

    03/10/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/10/2014 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week holding a flintlock musket over his head has seemed to give ammunition to Democrats and McConnell’s Republican primary foe. Both U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, and GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin have sought to declare the moment a gaffe. Calling McConnell’s entrance “pathetic,” Yarmuth tried to add a political and historical interpretation of the moment. “If you had a caption that you would run under that picture it would just say desperation,” Yarmuth said of McConnell. “He understandably feels like...
  • Mitch McConnell: 'We're Going to Crush Tea Party Everywhere' in Primaries

    03/10/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT · by yoe · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2014 | Gretchen Carlson
    Video: The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports. On this new show, Carlson will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.
  • McConnell Backer Ann Coulter Lies About Ted Cruz and Gets Amnesty Push 100% Wrong

    03/10/2014 8:31:19 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 76 replies
    JenKuznicki.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jen Kuznicki
    Last Thursday on the Fox News show Hannity, Ann Coulter appeared in order to respond to Chris Christie’s speech at CPAC. (See video embedded below.) HANNITY: I think Cruz gave a good speech today. COULTER: Um, well I noticed in your, when you were showing all the CPAC speakers, the big famous ones, um, every single one of them is for amnesty. And that’s something you’ll notice about this year’s CPAC, it’s not, no anti-amnesty speakers allowed. I will be giving the rebuttal by the way, at 2pm, HANNITY: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul are against amnesty. COULTER: Rand Paul, I...
  • On notice: Mitch McConnell is ready to “crush” the Tea Party

    03/09/2014 6:41:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    What with all the sweetness and light going on this weekend at CPAC, there really hasn’t been much room set aside for the Hawt Media Topic of the Conservative Civil War. Well, let’s wrap up the weekend with a bit of mudslinging from upper chamber. Doing an interview with the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the issue of three high profile Republican senators who are facing primary challenges from the Right. His conclusion?We’re going to crush you like the worms that you are, peasants. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP establishment will destroy...
  • Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right

    03/09/2014 9:27:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2014 | Carl Hulse
    As conservative activist groups stirred up trouble for establishment Republican Senate candidates in 2010 and 2012, party leaders in Washington first tried to ignore the insurgents, then tried to reason with them, and ultimately left it to primary voters to settle the matter. […] This election season, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are taking a much harder line as they sense the majority within reach. Top congressional Republicans and their allies are challenging the advocacy groups head on in an aggressive effort to undermine their credibility. The goal is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut...
  • Mitch McConnell at CPAC: If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

    03/06/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | AllahPundit
    Spoiler alert: He’ll let us down. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a ballroom full of activists Thursday that he would fight “tooth and nail” for a conservative agenda if he takes the helm of a Republican majority next year…“If I’m given the opportunity to lead the United States Senate next year, I won’t let you down,” McConnell said. “I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reforms that put this country back on track, we will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear, and we will govern with the understanding that the...
  • If we take back the Senate next year, we’ll consider bringing back the filibuster for appointments

    03/03/2014 3:22:23 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | March 3,2014 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    As he looks ahead to the possibility of leading the Senate, Mr. McConnell is promising a more open floor, with senators from both parties able to offer amendments. He says committees would be given more independence and authority to advance legislation. While he would not commit to reversing the limit Democrats put on filibustering White House nominees last November, he said the idea would be on the table if Republicans took charge. “If the American people give us the opportunity to put the Senate under new management, it is an appropriate discussion at that time for the new team that...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • Video: McConnell, Megyn Kelly Rip Harry Reid Over Obamacare Smears

    02/27/2014 3:47:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Guy Benson
    We dealt with Harry Reid's contemptible Obamacare comments yesterday, then followed-up by cataloguing the many ways in which his casual "all of them are untrue" smear was offensively false. On Twitter, I vented exasperation at the mainstream media -- which predictably overlooked the remarks -- and at the Republican Party, which seemed incapable of turning Reid's callous attack into a major political headache for Democrats: How is it possible that the RNC/NRSC/NRCC/RGA haven't yet produced an instant attack ad re: @SenatorReid's flaming #Obamacare lie? — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 26, 2014 Some Senate Republicans did emerge to challenge Reid,...
  • House GOP tax plan runs into Senate GOP resistance

    02/25/2014 1:11:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 3:52 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    House Republicans haven’t even officially unveiled their massive plan to overhaul the tax code and the top Republican in the Senate is already pronouncing it dead. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he sees no hope for enacting tax overhaul legislation this year. He blamed Democrats for trying to use the issue to raise revenue by $1 trillion. McConnell said the object of overhauling the tax code should be making the nation more competitive, not raising more money for the government. McConnell’s remarks came a day before the Republican chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee,...
  • Debt-Ceiling Surrender: Republicans use Senate rules to play a con game on the folks back home.

    02/22/2014 10:44:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ‘It’s a sad day in the history of the Senate,” Mitch McConnell bitterly announced. The minority leader wanted Americans to know, or at least to believe, that Republicans were outraged by what he called the Democratic majority’s “power grab” — detonation of the so-called nuclear option, exploding the minority’s ability to block presidential nominees. In truth, the GOP had not done much of anything to oppose Obama picks. Eric Holder, to take just one example, was confirmed by a whopping 75–21 margin — with 19 Republican yeas — despite the Mark Rich scandal, the FALN terrorist pardons, and a history...
  • Rand Paul works to widen GOP's appeal to minorities

    02/21/2014 10:31:45 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 38 replies
    WHAS 11 Louisville (KY) ^ | Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM | WHAS 11
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- With lots of room for growth, the Jefferson County Republican Party is aiming to widen its appeal to people of different ethnic and economic backgrounds. The GOP's "Party for the Party" event on Friday, Feb. 21, not only brings together five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell with Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, but as WHAS11’s Political Editor Joe Arnold reports highlights Paul's outreach to black voters.
  • Let’s bury Mitch McConnell and put some fear into every Republican in Congress

    02/19/2014 5:50:32 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/19/14 | Yates Walker
    There’s a good chance you’re somewhere between dismayed and disgusted by the guileless, spineless cravens at the helm of our Grand Old Party. And for good reason. They’ve aided and abetted America’s bankruptcy. They’ve spent the tax revenue yet to be collected from your grandchildren. They complained publicly about the Affordable Care Act, but, procedurally, they’ve helped implement Obamacare. Most recently, our Republican leadership abandoned their duty to mind the federal purse strings. Now, President Obama can raise the debt ceiling at will. But as reckless, deficient and madcap as Republican leadership has been up to this point, all of...
  • While stumping for Grimes, U.S. Senate Ag Chair [Stabenow] says she forgot about McConnell

    02/18/2014 8:02:12 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/17/2014 | Nick Storm
    EMINENCE — At the same time U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell toured Eastern Kentucky lauding his work on the passage of the Farm Bill, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee told a crowd in Henry County that she forgot McConnell was even on the committee. “Now, the reason that I had forgotten that is because he has never attended a meeting in the three years I have chaired the committee,” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. Stabenow stumped for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky farm country Monday afternoon and later at a town-hall style meeting in...
  • Bevin offers ... explanations ... on 2008 report; Responds to Paul's credibility comment

    02/18/2014 8:28:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/18/2014 | Nick Storm
    full headline (too long for the title): Bevin offers different explanations of his signature on 2008 report; Responds to Paul's credibility comment FRANKFORT — Dogged for a week about a 2008 report he signed that praised the bank bailout, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin offered reporters at the state capitol Tuesday different explanations about how his signature got on the report. Since the news broke last week Bevin has struggled explaining why he signed off on the company report — and those explanations continued on Tuesday. Bevin told CNHI reporter Ronnie Ellis that his signature was digitally placed on...