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McConnell readying for tough re-election fight (let's toss McConnell!)
Townhall.com ^

Posted on 03/04/2013 7:45:11 AM PST by cotton1706

Edited on 03/04/2013 9:14:20 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is gearing up for a tough re-election fight next year in Kentucky.

He wants to prevent one, too.

McConnell is trying to head off a GOP primary challenge by cozying up to the tea party. He's also trying to scare off potential Democratic contenders actress Ashley Judd is one by providing a glimpse of his no-holds-barred political tactics.


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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: amnesty; mitch4amnesty; noamnesty; nomorerinos; primarymcconnell; primarymitch; primaryrinomitch; sayno2amnesty; sayno2rinos; tosstherino
McConnell has been a piss-poor leader that has continually undermined and undercut conservatives in both the House and the Senate. The only way for the republicans to have new leadership in the senate is by defeating both McConnell and Cornyn. Because no republican will challenge them within the caucus. So they must be removed from office.
1 posted on 03/04/2013 7:45:19 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Yeah, right, so-called Conservatives.

Let's cut off our noses to spite our faces.

A$$holes!

2 posted on 03/04/2013 7:49:27 AM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: cotton1706
"let's toss McConnell!"

Let's be careful what we wish for.

3 posted on 03/04/2013 7:50:34 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: cotton1706

Who did you have in mind idiot? You need someone who can win AND someone who will take him on. We have no s—t disturbers within our party. Ted Cruz ran for an OPEN seat. If Ms. Judd is the only one and I do believe she’s a Democrat. McConnel is old and ugly. She just needs to show some of her skin and he’s in for a fight.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 7:53:12 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: billorites

I want the leadership in the republian caucus in the senate changed. If McConnell would step down as leader and let someone else take over, then I would have no problem with him being re-elected. But since he won’t step down and no republican will stand up and challenge him, then he must be removed from office. I’m tired of him undermining conservatives at every turn.


5 posted on 03/04/2013 7:55:56 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Who is going up against him in the GOP Primary? Anyone? I would REALLY not like to see Ashley Judd get this seat. She is bats**t crazy.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 7:57:05 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

There’s a guy named Bevin who’s thinking of challenging McConnell. Kentucky is a republican state that two years ago elected Rand Paul. McConnell is not the only republican in the state that can win. He’s been there since 1984, he’s 71 and a terrible leader. We don’t just have to keep these people around because it’s an easy win when they intentionally undermine our cause.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 7:59:23 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

McConnel has one of the best lifetime conservative voting records in the Senate — over 90%, as rated by the american Conservative Union.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 8:00:36 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: Eagle of Liberty
Here's an advance preview of McConnell's campaign slogan:

"Vote for Mitch, not the bitch!"

9 posted on 03/04/2013 8:03:05 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Rockingham

http://www.redstate.com/davidadamsinky/2013/02/27/mitch-mcconnells-voting-record-chickens-come-home/

http://www.redstate.com/2013/02/22/the-problem-with-the-afp-scorecard/

http://www.redstate.com/2013/02/22/the-american-conservative-unions-embarrassing-scorecard/

http://www.redstate.com/2012/04/20/mitch-mcconnell-does-it-again/

http://www.redstate.com/2012/02/29/the-senate-gops-strategy-to-lose/

http://www.redstate.com/2011/12/20/the-strategic-incompetence-of-mitch-mcconnell/

http://www.redstate.com/2011/12/14/we-need-more-fighters-in-congress/


10 posted on 03/04/2013 8:12:19 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Go back on your meds. Or back to DUh.
McConnell had a perfect 100 rating with the ACU in 2012, and has a lifetime rating of over 90.

Personally, I am more concerned with tossing rats than I am with tossing Republicans.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 8:14:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Rockingham

McConnell is a miserable failure as Senate minority leader. That is all we should care about. No credible opposition to the Democrats. None. No budget in 1,400 days and what has he done about it? Go along and get along. Regular insults from the kenyan and Reid. What has he done about it? Go along and get along.

All while the country burns. No thanks. Time for new leadership.


12 posted on 03/04/2013 8:16:34 AM PST by lodi90
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To: cotton1706
the DC insiders and the MSM all say the Tea Party movement is on its last breath if not already dead. If that is the case why would an insider DC elite RINO like McConnell cozy up to a dying movement? His last minute attempt to sound like he is ALL for the Tea Party is just typical insider DC RINO elite lying POS politician bull sh!t. McConnell has been in DC too long and it's time to dump the trash.
13 posted on 03/04/2013 8:19:29 AM PST by drypowder
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To: Lancey Howard

Nice try but I am not a DU troll. The leadership in the senate needs to be changed. McConnell’s ACU rating is a sham. Also keep in mind that senators hide behind the unanimous consents in the senate. They just let legislation pass that way and can never be held accountable. And McConnell never, ever stops Harry Reid’s unanimous consents. And when other senators like Johnson have done that, they’re taken to the woodshed. McConnell is a terrible leader and need to be removed. And since no other republican senator will do it, the people must. He’s not the only republican in Kentucky.

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/projects/scorecard/?year=2012&chamber=1&state=Any&party=Any&memberName=

http://www.redstate.com/davidadamsinky/2013/02/27/mitch-mcconnells-voting-record-chickens-come-home/

http://www.redstate.com/2013/02/22/the-american-conservative-unions-embarrassing-scorecard/


14 posted on 03/04/2013 8:25:36 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Is there a good conservative who could knock him off in the primary? Is he/she willing to run?


15 posted on 03/04/2013 8:39:22 AM PST by 0.E.O
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To: 0.E.O

I’ve seen that a guy named Bevin is thinking of running. I don’t live in Kentucky so I don’t know much more than that. But Kentucky is a solid repulican state that just elected Rand Paul. I would think any competent republican could win the general election.


16 posted on 03/04/2013 8:45:43 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
"Lets toss McConnell"

I am no fan of McConnell, but I am even less of a fan of Ashley Judd. I don't think any other Republican has indicated a desire to run for the seat.

Right now Planned Parenthood is running negative ads against McConnell. I thought if you received taxpayer funds you couldn't do that.

17 posted on 03/04/2013 8:53:48 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: anoldafvet

“Right now Planned Parenthood is running negative ads against McConnell. I thought if you received taxpayer funds you couldn’t do that.”

Well, whether they can legally or not, McConnell has done absolutely nothing to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds, so he’s feeling the heat of his own inaction.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 9:00:21 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
He's also trying to scare off potential Democratic contenders — actress Ashley Judd is one — by providing a glimpse of his no-holds-barred political tactics.

Oh, yeah, THAT'LL go over well! I can already hear the daily butt whooping he'll be taking from the media about "picking on the girl".


19 posted on 03/04/2013 9:00:53 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

no-holds-barred political tactics
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Does he only use them against Republicans, like Mitt Romney did?

Where are these no holds barred tactics when he and the midget Senate Majority speak.

I havent seen any no holds barred tactics in the Senate. Mostly hail hearty fellow lets go have a drink in the Senate bar.


20 posted on 03/04/2013 9:11:07 AM PST by Venturer
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To: cotton1706

I’m a Kentucky voter and I would say Kentucky isn’t as Republican as some folks might think. This state elected and re-elected a Democrat govenor and a Democrat attorney general. In spite of turning out by a 63% margin for Romney, Obamacare will now get rolled out anyway to KY thanks to Kentuckian’s foolish vote for govenor and particularly attorney general. Statistically, many who voted for Romney also had to have voted for Bashear(gov) and Conway(AG).


21 posted on 03/04/2013 9:28:01 AM PST by MachIV
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To: MachIV

Do you think McConnell can be defeated in a primary? Do you think some other republican could win the general election?


22 posted on 03/04/2013 9:32:42 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
by providing a glimpse of his no-holds-barred political tactics.

Fixed it.

23 posted on 03/04/2013 9:43:24 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: cotton1706

Unfortunately, no I do not believe he could be defeated. He would barely win a primary, then maybe loose by a small margin or win by a small margin in the general. I’m no more a fan of McConnell than you are but it’s risky right now. I’ll just say that much. At the heighth of Tea Party fervor, a tea party candidate got beat in a primary election for gov. in 2011. A very unpopular Republican insider won the primary then went on to get defeated by a huge margin the general election for gov. in 2011. It’s disheartening to say the least.


24 posted on 03/04/2013 9:43:58 AM PST by MachIV
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To: cotton1706

At Obama’s suggestion, McConnell and his buddy Reid were the ones who foisted sequestration onto the Congress in order to help Boehner undercut the TEA Party freshmen in the House.


25 posted on 03/04/2013 9:44:45 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: lodi90

Just what do you expect a Minority Leader to do? Without the votes to run the joint, all he can do is delay and sometimes frustrate the Senate majority — and McConnell has done a good job at that.


26 posted on 03/04/2013 9:46:55 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: cotton1706

To add to my previous comment, I have posted on this topic not long ago elsewhere that the voters in Kentucky seem to almost be schitzofrinic(spelling). It’s as if they want both guns and foodstamps at the same time.


27 posted on 03/04/2013 9:50:52 AM PST by MachIV
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To: MachIV
"--Kentucky isn’t as Republican as some folks might think."

Pretty much like West Virginia. Both states will vote GOP for President, but the Dems hold sway in most state and local elections. In my opinion, McConnell faces an uphill battle be it the primary or general election because Tea Party types will no longer support him. Standing on purity of principle is the right thing for conservatives to do, but too often is the wrong thing to do politically in trying to win elections. Kentucky may be a pick up in the Senate for the Rats come 2014.

28 posted on 03/04/2013 9:54:29 AM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: cotton1706

mitch is a little man who appears to have been neutered along with Juan Boehner


29 posted on 03/04/2013 10:02:02 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: buckalfa

Exactly. You nailed it.


30 posted on 03/04/2013 10:23:20 AM PST by MachIV
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To: buckalfa

“Kentucky may be a pick up in the Senate for the Rats come 2014.”

If this is in fact the case, then we’ll have to make up the loss elswhere, in AR, AK, SD, NJ, WV, NH, MT, LA, IA, VA, NC or MN.

And even if this is the case, at least the senate repulicans will have a new, better leader (unless Cornyn is reelected and moves up, which will essentially be the same old thing).


31 posted on 03/04/2013 11:04:58 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

What you see here is the GOP version of Done While Democrat. People just don’t want to hear how bad McConnell is because he is the Senate GOP “leader”.


32 posted on 03/04/2013 11:43:16 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

“People just don’t want to hear how bad McConnell is because he is the Senate GOP “leader”.”

That and they don’t like to see conservatives or republicans going after their own. It’s a safe seat, it’s a safe “R”, don’t rock the boat they’ll say.

I’m just sick of this this type of thinking, the idea that we just keep the same worthless people term after term because they’re supposedly on “our side.” We saw this with Specter, safe seat, safe “R”, then we reelected him and had a liberal republican in charge of the judiciary committee, blocking conservative judges and pushing immigration reform from a far left standpoing. And we saw it with Ted Stevens, istead of telling him to retire, they supported his reelection then he was indicted just before the election and that seat is now democrat. And on, and on.

McConnell has been in the senate since 1984. He’s minority leader on the verge of being majority leader. He doesn’t give a damn about conservatism. He wants more power. I wish somebody within the repulican caucus would stand to run against him, but they won’t because they know the rest will rally around McConnell. So I’m advocating that McConnell needs to be removed by the people, since that’s our only hope of getting new leadership.


33 posted on 03/04/2013 11:55:52 AM PST by cotton1706
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