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McConnell, Paul forge mutually beneficial alliance
Associated Press ^ | 7/7/13 | ROGER ALFORD

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: kentucky; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mitchmcconnell; paul; randpaul; randsconcerntrolls

1 posted on 07/07/2013 12:56:33 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Certainly not beneficial to any citizen of this country.


2 posted on 07/07/2013 12:58:38 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: jimbo123

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.


3 posted on 07/07/2013 1:00:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: jimbo123

Is it time to toss out my Tea Party t-shirt? I hope not.


4 posted on 07/07/2013 1:06:29 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


5 posted on 07/07/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Seems pretty straight forward. Mitch is buying off Rand with Wall Street and K Street money. Main Street is SOL.


6 posted on 07/07/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: jimbo123

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.


7 posted on 07/07/2013 1:19:40 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: jimbo123

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.


8 posted on 07/07/2013 1:29:03 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: jimbo123

Maybe Mitch is coming over from the darkside. :-)


9 posted on 07/07/2013 1:29:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jimbo123
Frequently we see RINOs in red states make a deal with a popular conservative pol to get support and endorsement in the elections. Once they get that support and win the election, they run back to the left, making deals with the liberals, and betraying their constituents. I am not sure yet what the conservative pol gets out of these deals.

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.

10 posted on 07/07/2013 1:40:04 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: jimbo123

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.


11 posted on 07/07/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: jimbo123

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.


12 posted on 07/07/2013 1:54:10 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: moovova

Never heard of TheTeaParty.net. Glad to see that Tea Party Patriots is not mentioned in the article.


13 posted on 07/07/2013 2:17:02 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Moorings
This duplicity shows the failure of the rigid two party system. Conservatives will be ostracized by Republicans if elected, opposed by Republicans running as independents if nominated, challenged in primarys if they are incumbents and excluded from any Republican Party office or committee.
The only way to gain any real success in to form a third party. One not led by McConnell, McCain, Graham, Romney...et al,ad nauseum.
TWB
14 posted on 07/07/2013 2:28:49 PM PDT by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Reddon

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.


15 posted on 07/07/2013 2:41:32 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: jimbo123

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.


16 posted on 07/07/2013 2:42:32 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Moorings

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.


17 posted on 07/07/2013 2:46:54 PM PDT by Reddon
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18 posted on 07/07/2013 2:51:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: TWhiteBear

It is pretty clear that the Repub party is completely controlled by liberals and left of center pols, and those benefiting from crony capitalism.


19 posted on 07/07/2013 3:05:19 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: jimbo123

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.


20 posted on 07/07/2013 3:30:57 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: jimbo123; mickie
Sounds like Rand hasn't learned a blasted thing from Rubio's unholy "alliance" with RINOs.......and with the 'Rats "across the aisle".

Leni

21 posted on 07/07/2013 3:35:28 PM PDT by MinuteGal (')
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To: jimbo123

There is only one party in Washington: The Re-Election Party, dedicated to the material enrichment of its members at taxpayer expense.


22 posted on 07/07/2013 4:23:01 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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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.


23 posted on 07/07/2013 4:44:08 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Reddon

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.


24 posted on 07/07/2013 6:19:47 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

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.


25 posted on 07/07/2013 6:27:29 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: jimbo123
McConnell is not going to get primaried.

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.

26 posted on 07/07/2013 6:44:24 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Reddon

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.


27 posted on 07/07/2013 8:35:39 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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