Skip to comments.Itís time to start thinking about who will be the next Senate Majority Leader.
Posted on 02/04/2014 9:07:30 AM PST by cotton1706
(Big hint: it aint John Cornyn)
On the front page this morning, Erick explains why Mitch McConnells USE BY day is about to come due. If he doesnt lose the GOP primary to Matt Bevin, hes more than likely to lose the general election. Either way, hes a goner, which is great thing for both the GOP and the nation.
As politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, one must assume that the wheels are already starting to turn inside a great many heads; wondering, pondering, weighing the possibilities, asking what if..
If we are to truly change Washington, we wont do so by evicting McConnell just to replace him with John Cornyn. Its important that conservatives start making plans for the post-McConnell era, coalesce around a candidate, and begin to exert pressure on GOP senators not to choose Cornyn as the default option.
So lets do some projections, shall we?
If the GOP has a 51 seat conference next year, then it takes 26 votes to elect the majority leader.
Assume that all Republicans, except McConnell, are re-elected. In three states, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, the GOP will hold the seat of a retiring Republican.
So where might we find the 26 votes needed? Who would be open to electing a true conservative as majority leader?
The new senators from Georgia and Nebraska, likely elected with strong Tea Party support, top the list. Among the newly won, formerly Democrat seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia, and Montana, none are that beholden to Cornyn, and most could well vote for someone else.
(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...
Either Belvin will take out McConnell or Grimes will.
McConnell will then be free to join Trent Lott’s DC lobbying firm.
I support Mike Lee.
Sadly, it’s highly likely going to be Reid. However, if I am surprised, I’d love to see Mike Lee.
conservatives that want to give away a senate seat to the dems should have their freaking heads examined -- and don't give me your line of crap about a "rino" being no better than a dem. you're full of crap.
if you don't know the difference between mitch mcconnel and harry reid, then you are too stupid to vote.
Take your “lessor than two evils” nonsense and shove it.
My advice, make sure Bevins wins the primary.
McConnell is a goner.
people like you gave us odonnell, akin, mourdock, and angle. I can’t believe anyone is still still listening.
so, why don’t you take your sure senate losses, and shove it? you’re the reason we need six wins to flip the senate, not two.
I'll send the authorities to confiscate your voter registration.
Writer is whistling past the graveyard. Mc Connell will defeat Bevin handily and win the General going away.
re: “Its time to start thinking about who will be the next Senate Majority Leader.”
Wow! This sounds a lot like the Denver media a week or so ago.
Mama always said, “Don’t count your chickens before they have hatched.”
Thune is right now third in line behind McConnell and Cornyn.
John, like you I've challenged that way of thinking for a long time ... but now I'm not so confident that it's "full of crap". I'm beginning to think it's not completely "full of crap" to want to vote for only strong conservatives to defeat the formidable combined force of RINOS and Democrat-Socialists aligned against us.
Yes we do, and they both suffer from Dingellism, a disease of the mind that makes you think you are all powerful, entitled to the seat, and are doing it all for the little people with their nose up in the air as they say it.
I take no joy in watching Boenher, McConnell loose their way from what they were in 94-95' or were they flawed back then too, they were are our hero's ditto that Newt, Graham and Lott.
Now I wouldn't give ya $5 to see them all on stage doing a comedy routine.
Levin is right, 12 years and out and get back to the plow....
It is time for Mitch to metaphorically get what Bugs it about get in the picture below, off the stage already, we are tired of you...
Ted Cruz or Mike Lee.
Cruz will be the nominee for President in 2016 but he can lead the Senate for 2 years in the meantime. His campaign will not detract from his Senate duties because as majority leader he sets the agenda in the Senate and that can be done well ahead of the time when the campaign starts.
I’m with CRUZ!
It will be Cornyn, and if he loses his primary, then Thune.
So forget about Cruz, Lee or any other. And McCain will pull the chains of Cornyn or Thune.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. But McConnells GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by six points.
People like you gave us McConnell, Crist, Fliona, Meg Whitman
Take your “ lessor of two evils” and shove it.
We’ve tried it your way. It does not work.
Exactly. The GOPe never supported tea party candidates, so they can ESAD.
the tea party doesn’t exist any more. certainly not the legitimate political movement that existed four years ago. THOSE tea partiers knew who stole their health care. THOSE tea partiers knew the difference between defeating the extremist agenda of the obamites, and committing suicide.
THIS tea party, the phoney one, has been abducted by purist thugs that are more concerned with destroying the republican party than defeating the liberals.
if the rest of us don’t wake up, they will bring us speaker pelosi, the sequel.
ted cruz. just go for the guy who wants to fight. all the rest can take cover under him.
and if cruz goes off the reservation, we find someone else.
If you want McConnell to get support of conservatives, explain how his deal making advances conservative causes. We vote in people who tell they support our causes, then when they take office instead of advancing our causes, they undermine them. Untill we get leadership who are will to tell Democrats that the advancement of the conservative agenda is the price of a deal we will support the removal of these place holders.
Exhibit A of the bad faith of our leaders is the decay of the budget process. Where were the speeches decrying the senates abdication of normal order?
I am one of those purists. So ESAD, LOSER. Bwahahahaha.
No, just unwilling to sell our principles. You on the other hand appear to be for sale.
Sincerity is everything,
if you can fake that, you got it made.
No Karl "Tokyo" Rove is the reason we need any seats at all. Thankfully his fund raising is down 97%, this year, but he is quietly aligning himself with other fundraising groups, hoping that no one will notice.
Remember when Mitch announced that they must work to marginalize the TEA Party people before they took office in 2010? I do.
Do you live in KY Retired Army Guy?
Given the way the republicrats have been acting lately they’ll probably choose Juan McLame.
Cruz will be the nominee for President in 2016.
If that’s the case, HE WILL WIN..... I don’t care if the Hispanic vote did go for Obama in ‘08 and ‘12.... The Latino Community is ready for a Hispanic President. Cruz or Rubio.....either could be elected; guaranteed.
If your talking Republicans, why? Anyone expect the senate to flip with the herd of RINO’s out their?
Voting for a GOP Liberal is still voting Liberal
You are part of the problem with the GOP. And, fewer folks are not going for GOP Liberal
Don't forget Senator Tommy Thompson.
Thune’s a RINO. Might as well keep Mitch or Cornyn. Mike Lee would be great.
JohnnieB the only difference between you, McConnell and your Republican party and the democrats is the price tag.
So what you are saying is if your vote and principles are not for sell you are nothing more than a purist, then call me a purist. Right now the Chamber of Commerce is actively buying your purist Republicans in the Congress off for their amnesty votes.
I have lived with McConnell since 1984, I voted for the slug in every election, I have met the man and he has the personality of a mashed cat. If he is the GOP nominee he will lose to that idiot Grimes because he is not well liked in general and he is loathed by most of the states conservatives and that loathing-—McConnell generated it when HE went to war against the tea party and conservatives. I know Goldwater conservatives who have voted straight tickets since 64 who and I quote, “neither party is worth a damn right now, they stand for nothing...” who will be sitting this election out should Bevin lose the primary and as for “the democrats win vote for us or it’s Armageddon!”, that bogey man won’t hunt in more. With the current GOPe you just a cheaper version of the original.
Who do you think the tea party is liberal democrats and little old ladies? They are conservatives who have been repeatedly lied to by the likes of you and McConnell, told we are one of you but since I am elected shut the hell up and go away you are bothering me I have deals to make and money to make with the democrats.
No thanks! And if the GOP doesn’t take the senate the Republican party has only themselves to blame. Right now they are offering nothing but me too, but just a little cheaper than my opponent BS. Maybe they could move farther left and garner the cheap ass liberal votes if that is possible.
Exactly right. The GOP needs to look at which president in our lifetimes garnered the most electoral votes and won by the biggest landslide margins, then find someone who best fits that mold. It was Reagan and we need a true conservative to motivate the base and get them excited to go vote and to bring some neighbors to the polling places as well.
Milquetoast moderates are losers. Conservatives can win.
I’d like to see Jeff Sessions as majority leader.