Skip to comments.An Empty GOP Campaign vs. A Winning Conservative Campaign: Tillis in N Carolina and McConnell in KY
Posted on 10/01/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT by xzins
This may be one of the few times you see the Senates Republican Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, praised on the pages of CHQ but right now he is running a tough and professional campaign against a strong challenger.
And it appears McConnell is beginning to open a lead against this strong challenge not because he is outspending Alison Lundergan Grimes, but because he is campaigning on the issues that matter to conservatives.
We contrast that with North Carolina Republican challenger Thom Tillis, who by rights should be running away with the race in his campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Kay Hagan.
Tillis has struggled to keep up with Hagan in spending and in the polls largely because he is stuck in the DC consultant prevent defense campaign of the Republican establishment.
You can really see why Thom Tillis is losing and Mitch McConnell is winning just by comparing their websites.
For most of the campaign there's not been been much on the Tillis website. It's amateur.
And theres nothing in opposition to the Democrats plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Indeed, theres nothing at all about immigration or border security on Tillis website.
McConnell's website is packed with videos of all the great ads he's running against Grimes.
McConnell's ads are excellent.
McConnell is running a tough professional campaign.
From looking at his website I can't tell what Thom Tillis is doing, but whatever it is it isnt working because the polls show him behind in a race he should be winning.
Tillis might end up being the only Republican who loses who should win.
And if he loses, it will be because instead of campaigning on the issues that really move voters, national security, opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens and ending Obamas culture of lies, lawlessness and corruption, Tillis has been stuck campaigning to Hagans strengths on such things as increasing education spending and other issues far afield from what is at the top of mind for voters going into the November 4 election.
I wanted Bevins to do better in KY and he didn’t. McConnell unloaded both barrels on him early and often and he never recovered.
He did not back down with Grimes.
He is blasting her. I live across the river, and we get his ads here in Ohio. They are to the point, brutal, on the right issues, and they make you wonder how any republican is not stealing these and using them in their own races. That goes especially for North Carolina, a place where the same themes would really resonate.
If Tillis hit her on immigration, he would destroy her. But the GOPe donors would abandon him, so he won’t.
It’s even worse, if that’s possible. He had Jeb Bush come up and talk, and Jeb spent his minutes praising amnesty.
Is it possible Tillis doesn’t want to win?
we threw this race away... ousting Kay Hagan seemed inevitable a year ago...
Multiple choice quiz: What is/are the reason/s for Thom Tillis’ impending loss to Kay Hagan on election day?*
A) Mean, nasty Tea Partiers who supported Brannon in the primary
B) Spoiler Libertarians
C) A combination of A and B
* - Note: “Thom Tillis running a terrible campaign and avoiding winning issues because he’s a GOP-E slouch who doesn’t want to make K-street donors mad” was excluded as an option.
I’ll take Asterisk for a 1000, Alex.
What the author means is Mitch is lying through his teeth, just like a Democrat, and some conservatives are suckers.
Rinse and repeat
we threw this race away... ousting __Obama_______ seemed inevitable a year ago...
we threw this race away... ousting __Bill Nelson_______ seemed inevitable a year ago...
we threw this race away... ousting __Harry Reid_______ seemed inevitable a year ago...
Our national party and the NRSC is unbelievably incompetent.
Despite anything else anyone might think, McConnell is running a conservative campaign. We keep saying that conservative campaigns win.
His conservative campaign is winning.
This is the fundamental problem with McConnell - no desire to extend coattails or craft a national Senate campaign where the winners help the strugglers.
In other words, no vision of what leadership really is.
Conservatives who buy what McConnell is peddling are morons.
He did craft a national campaign... against the TEA Party and any GOP candidate supported by the Senate Conservatives Fund and stuff.
Tillis is making really dumb, obvious mistakes.
I don’t know whether McConnell is giving Tillis advice or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was and Tillis was ignoring it.
And the reason why you hire campaign consultants is to bring an outside perspective and insight from other races. Tillis should have people actively looking at what other successful campaigns are doing (and what McConnell is doing is well known) and figuring out how to adapt and apply it to the NC race.
Lucky for Mitch that a majority of emoting yellow-dog Democrats and GOP party hacks do not look his fruits of double-dealing sabotage outside of how much money he robs from the rest of our countrymen to bring home and grease pockets.
Most locals vote based on what they like to hear, and how much bacon they get a hand on.
McConnell is nothing but a Ruling Class Oligarch, having declared war on Conservatives, and vowed to 'crush them' wherever they are found, threatened to 'punch them in the nose' and asserted Conservatives will never be able to field a Conservative candidate in the GOP ever again.
We are writing in a Conservative in November. McConnell and his party can pound sand. I hope to God he loses, and I do not care if he loses to Grimes.
Except for his style of campaigning.
Agreed. There was talk here during the primaries that McConnell was going to destroy Bevins then go soft against Grimes and ultimately lose.
For all his ideological failings, McConnell didn’t do that and is turning out to be an even more brutal campaigner against Grimes than he was against Bevins. From what I’ve seen Grimes might be damaged enough to preclude any sort of candadacy for higher state office (Lt Gov or Gov) down the road.
McConnell may be a GOPe RINO, but he’s done good when it comes to taking down Grimes.
I have no idea if he has or he hasn’t.
It’s good to take down Grimes. She is so pro-abortion, that she’ll vote in favor of abortion if your kid gets bad grades in elementary school.
From what I’ve seen of her in her ads and speeches she seems just ... Dumb.
Really, there doesn’t seem to be any spark of intelligence in her eyes. My wife, who’s from KY, thinks she spent her younger years partaking of KY’s real #1 export (which is neither tobacco or bourbon). Partaking a lot.
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