Skip to comments.McConnell, Paul forge mutually beneficial alliance
Posted on 07/07/2013 12:56:33 PM PDT by jimbo123
To cover his political flank, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has forged an alliance with tea party darling Rand Paul, picked up support from other national tea party leaders and brought in a campaign manager from the upper echelons of the tea party movement.
The GOP's fiscally conservative wing has proven particularly powerful in Kentucky, and elsewhere it has felled incumbents including McConnell's longtime Republican colleague U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana. But McConnell's efforts to make inroads with the tea party movement have clearly paid off, virtually ensuring that no would-be challenger can get the kind of infusion of cash from tea party channels that allowed Paul to win here in 2010.
Paul, who has presidential aspirations and is looking to run in 2016, needs McConnell's connections to the wealthy donor base of the Republican establishment. Meanwhile, McConnell needs Paul's tea party influence to keep potential primary challengers at bay and to energize his general election campaign against the likely Democratic nominee, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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Certainly not beneficial to any citizen of this country.
Well, it’s a sure bet tea party conservatives won’t gain anything with this unholy alliance. RINO McConnell should retire before he goes totally senile in office.
Is it time to toss out my Tea Party t-shirt? I hope not.
You would think that Paul would have a good talk with Jim DeMint about Mitch McConnell’s deep-seeded duplicity before selling out to Mitch.
Seems pretty straight forward. Mitch is buying off Rand with Wall Street and K Street money. Main Street is SOL.
McConnell should go, not stay.
“Tea Party” was a label applied to Rubio and if McConnell gets “Tea Party” support then we see the deceit again.
McConnell is likely to turn on the Tea Party like a rabid dog.
I wouldn’t trust this friend of Harry Reid any farther than I could toss an elephant.
Maybe Mitch is coming over from the darkside. :-)
I think Mitch Lets-make-a-deal, really needed a strong primary challenger to explain to the voters the "lets make a deal with the liberals" culture in the senate, that helps the liberals get through a lot of their agenda.
Unfortunately, even if the republicans get a majority in the senate, the liberals will get a lot of what they want, because Mitch and his RINO friends will team up with the democrats. Rand Paul may then make a show of standing up for conservatism, because he knows that the RINOs will get what they want. We are seeing this in the Republican majority House and Boehner.
Not surprising McConnell would do this. Very disappointing that Rand Paul would do something like this. Rand Paul risks doing to himself what Rubio did to himself.
Also , I am waiting anxiously to see the position Ted Cruz takes on fellow Texas Senator RINO John Cornyn, especially if Cornyn gets a primary challenge for 2014. Cornyn cowardly hid behind a No vote on the immigration bill, but behind the scenes was a major supporter in getting it passed. I am hoping Ted Cruz helps us get rid of Cornyn, or that he at least won’t get in the way of kicking Cornyn’s butt out. In other words I hope Ted Cruz does not do for Cornyn what Rand Paul just did for McConnell. That is no way to add to our conservative base in the Senate.
Never heard of TheTeaParty.net. Glad to see that Tea Party Patriots is not mentioned in the article.
The election primaries are the only truly effective opportunity for conservatives to get the RINOs to explain themselves and face the music. Once we forfeit this opportunity and give them a free pass, we don’t have a strong position anymore.
Yeah, like Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum. Once the moderate is safely reelected with the help of the conservative, he will work to undermine and remove the conservative.
Yep. Sounds like Ron Paul gave Mitch McConnell his free pass, and pulled the rug out from under those of us who wanted to primary McConnell. Thanks Ron Paul.
It is pretty clear that the Repub party is completely controlled by liberals and left of center pols, and those benefiting from crony capitalism.
A primary candidate should attack Rand Paul on hispandering as well and not representing Kentucky.
Rand Paul spends more time working on his 2016 campaign.
There is only one party in Washington: The Re-Election Party, dedicated to the material enrichment of its members at taxpayer expense.
Rand better realize McCornhole is no friend to the Tea Party and Conservatives. The turd-le needs Paul more than Paul needs the turd. McCornhole is a block to reform the Senate.
On one of Cornyn’s campaign sites it said that Demint was rated 95.5 and Cornyn was rated 96.0 by some Conservative rating system. Im trying to find the exact quote that Cornyn is trying to sell.
Can’t remember where I saw it but I saw a conservative ranking list too about a week ago, and it was shocking who was in the top 10%, I don’t know how they get those lists. I do know Cornyn’s coward No vote on immigration probably counted in his favor though when he didn’t deserve it.
The Kentucky GOP is woefully incompetent. The only reason Rand Paul was successful was because of the campaign structure his father had in place and his ability to tap into the tea party movement....including securing Governor Palin's endorsement.
But Senator McConnell may be the most ruthless campaigner in the Republican party. He is literally a bulldog on the campaign trail. There is no way a novice will stand a chance against him.
Senator Paul is simply acknowledging reality, IMO.
The ratings system is done mostly by inside the DC beltway groups that may have the name “conservative” “Tea Party” “Pro-Life” etc. etc. etc. attached to them but what these groups and their scorecards are really attached to is the political machine of the GOP-E.