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Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter
Washington Post ^ | February 26 at 1:07 pm | ROBERT COSTA

Posted on 02/26/2014 11:21:35 AM PST by SoConPubbie

According to one of the tea party's leading voices, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who is being challenged by conservative Matt Bevin in Kentucky's Senate GOP primary, is not an "Arlen Specter" Republican.

"It's not like we're talking about Arlen Specter here," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Washington Post. "Senator McConnell has a longstanding conservative record and for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."

Specter, the late Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP for the Democratic Party in 2009, was a villain-like figure to many on the right, due to his moderate positions and frequent quarrels with conservatives.

Paul's comments come as several conservative advocacy groups, such as the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Group, are supporting Bevin with a flurry of donations and ads, both online and on radio.

In one recently released spot, Bevin slammed McConnell for his support for a procedural vote on a measure to extend the federal government's borrowing authority. McConnell was spurred to back that vote, in spite of his earlier opposition, after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) demanded a 60-vote threshold for "cloture" on the legislation, which ends debate.

Paul, however, said McConnell's vote doesn't mean conservatives should rally behind Bevin. "Sometimes people don't always agree on tactics or deals, and I haven't always agreed with Senator McConnell," he said. "But I was of mixed feelings whether [Cruz's effort] was worthwhile, if we weren't going to actually add anything to it, if it was just self-inflicted punishment."

Paul and McConnell have seen their alliance grow over the past few years. When Paul ran for Senate in 2010, McConnell backed his Republican primary foe, Trey Grayson, and feelings between their camps were tense. Last week


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1 posted on 02/26/2014 11:21:36 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Paul is right. Specter was a Quisling whereas McConnell is merely a Philippe Petain.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 11:23:04 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Somebody needs to tell Rand Paul the rule about digging a hole.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 11:25:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SoConPubbie

And this is his idea of a compliment?


4 posted on 02/26/2014 11:28:02 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Faint praise, indeed.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 11:30:33 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: SoConPubbie

FURP!!


6 posted on 02/26/2014 11:32:54 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SoConPubbie
Comparing the current gOp Senate Minority Leader favorably to a traitorous turncoat is the very definition of ........

Damning with faint praise .....

And a clear illustration of how truly awful Mitchy really is .....

7 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:22 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SoConPubbie
"McConnell is no Arlen Specter?" Pretty dang close!
8 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:39 AM PST by celmak
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul is right. McConnell is no Arlen Specter, he is worse. Specter is dead and can therefore damage the country no more. McConnell is alive and in the position to do irreparable damage, and he seems hell bent on doing so.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:51 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

‘Laugh for the day’ ping ....


10 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:56 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Vigilanteman

Of course he is not Arlen Specter? Arlen at least had the balls to change parties.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 11:34:12 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Indeed! (and you beat me to it)


12 posted on 02/26/2014 11:34:30 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SoConPubbie
McConnell is no Arlen Specter

He's more of a General George McClellan. He might be good at marching the Senate around, but he's not going to lead it into a fight. He's to afraid to lose what he has to move to take more. We need a General Grant who will advance even after losing a battle.

13 posted on 02/26/2014 11:36:13 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: SoConPubbie

He might not be, but he’s purty darn close!


14 posted on 02/26/2014 11:41:24 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter”

I have to agree. Arlen did us the pleasure of no longer breathing the air that’s better used by real Americans.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 11:44:14 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SoConPubbie

Make me wonder what McConnell promised Paul for his support.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 11:45:38 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: SoConPubbie

why does the MSM continue to pretend that Rand Paul is a TEA Party voice?


17 posted on 02/26/2014 11:46:42 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: PoloSec

Hemp reform... and he’s already delivered.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 11:52:14 AM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: PoloSec

I was thinking the EXACT same thing.

Perhaps Paul is hoping he’ll get some help in 2016..


19 posted on 02/26/2014 11:52:53 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: celmak

Who did McConnell support in the 2010 primary???? Hint... not Pat Toomey...


20 posted on 02/26/2014 11:56:11 AM PST by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: SoConPubbie

rand paul is NO Ted Cruz.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 11:57:25 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I have an itch to rid myself of mitch!


22 posted on 02/26/2014 11:59:12 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Jim Robinson
FURP!

Worth a REPEAT!

FURP!

23 posted on 02/26/2014 12:00:01 PM PST by PGalt
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"I" might add, that Rand Paul is NOT Ted Cruz either!

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24 posted on 02/26/2014 12:02:37 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: South40
Rand Paul is right. McConnell is no Arlen Specter, he is worse. Specter is dead and can therefore damage the country no more. McConnell is alive and in the position to do irreparable damage, and he seems hell bent on doing so.

My thoughts exactly.

What difference does it make how McConnell personally thinks or votes? He's the minority leader and has constantly caved to Reed and the Demonrats. There's something to the phrase, "He's got the courage of his convictions" that simply doesn't apply to McConnell. Well, everything. When the guy musters more ire for the base of his own party than for those wrecking our nation on the other side of the aisle, something is badly FUBARed - and he thus needs to go.

McConnell is doubtless a very nice guy, and a pretty conservative guy. But he's not the right person to lead the Republicans in the Senate, and there's no way to remove him from that position short of removing him from office. OK, so be it. We are in a war for our culture, our country and our freedoms. There is no room for General Caspar Milquetoast - we need a Patton! OFF WITH HIS HEAD (Politically-speaking, that is)!

25 posted on 02/26/2014 12:09:27 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: SoConPubbie

Can’t understand what Rand Paul owes this guy.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 12:11:45 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: Paine in the Neck
Faint praise, indeed.

I see this as the biggest back-handed slap Rand Paul can possibly dish out.

It would incite open warfare in the GOP if he came out and flatly stated "McConnell is a big RINO".

Instead, he picked one of the biggest and craziest RINOs ever (Specter), and backed off a little. And because very few people had actually compared McConnell to Specter before, Paul's statement only draws attention to the comparison.

27 posted on 02/26/2014 12:12:49 PM PST by kidd
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To: kidd

mcconnell is a RINO through and through. The fellow is no “leader”. mcconnell likes going to WDC parties and likes to be friends with the WDC establishment.


28 posted on 02/26/2014 12:17:03 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rick Santorum was totally devoted to Arlen Specter and never paid a price for it, from campaigning with him for president in his 1996 campaign to make the GOP a pro-abortion party, to supporting him against Toomey in 2004 and 2010, Santorum was devoted to Specter until Specter finally switched parties and returned Santorum’s funds for his 2010 race.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 12:20:34 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: SoConPubbie
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not an Arlen. That said, he is ineffectual, dull, lacks presence and lacks anything close to presenting the picture of a dynamic, conservative leader who can present our side convincingly and thoroughly, or who can negotiate effectively with the other side.

One suspects that Mister McConnell knows that he's the personification of the Pillsbury Doughperson, and (with apologies for being catty, but appearance is critical in today's politics) has too many chins to represent us on TV.

One also suspects that he works to keep is job out of sheer vanity.

I would love it if someone can show me where my criticism is wrong; opposing views welcome and invited

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30 posted on 02/26/2014 12:28:11 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Vigilanteman

Mitch is not Arlen Specter, but he is not a leader, and he’s not a fighter, except against conservatives.Go BEVIN!!!!!


31 posted on 02/26/2014 12:36:06 PM PST by alstewartfan (She got caught between the shadows and the booze And she really did know how to have the blues. Al S)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand, I’m not interested in your opinion on anything.

In fact, the sooner you are gone, the better.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 12:37:31 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Vigilanteman; All

I just decided to make this my tagline: If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they’d both have one.


33 posted on 02/26/2014 12:38:58 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: chris37

Rand, I’m not interested in your opinion on anything.

In fact, the sooner you are gone, the better.
_____________________________________________________________
EXACTLY! I can’t stand that curly-haired, little political whore.


34 posted on 02/26/2014 12:40:31 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: Din Maker

Yep.

My country is being taken over by out in the open naked Marxists.

You are either against them, and openly and vocally so, or you are with them.

There is no fence riding.

So, Mr. Paul, do not tell me who someone is not, because that is useless information, you tell me who someone is.

And since you cannot tell me who Mitch McConnell is, I’ll tell you.

Mitch McConnell is a collaborator, and from what I have seen so far, Mr. Paul, so are you.


35 posted on 02/26/2014 1:02:44 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul has become Mitch’s rent boy.


36 posted on 02/26/2014 1:11:28 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: chris37

Rand, I’m not interested in your opinion on anything.

In fact, the sooner you are gone, the better.

**
Ditto and ditto!


37 posted on 02/26/2014 1:31:39 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter”

What a ringing endorsement, kinda like he’s saying Mitch is no better than a Benedict Arnold.


38 posted on 02/26/2014 1:32:58 PM PST by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Raising this nation’s debt towards its financial ruin has the ring of Benedict Arnold to me.....but I guess at the end of the day Arlen was a bit more honest about his liberal Republicanism than Mitch, but not that much since he flipped and flopped all the time.


39 posted on 02/26/2014 2:03:42 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: SoConPubbie

“...for an opponent to beat him, they’ll have to prove somehow that he’s not a conservative.”
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Are you serious, Tea-Party-elected Rand Paul? McConnell never met a debt ceiling he didn’t want to raise. There. Proven. Elect Matt Bevin.


40 posted on 02/26/2014 2:35:06 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: GeronL

Because the media thinks, or wants us to think, that the Tea Party is the Ron Paul movement grown up.


41 posted on 02/26/2014 3:01:38 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SoConPubbie

Flushing out the RINOs. Buh bye Rand.


42 posted on 02/26/2014 3:09:04 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Oh c’mon Rand. You are in the swamp and up to your azz in aligators on this one. You should have done a Ted Cruz and said you would endorse no one in the 2014 primaries. Live and learn.


43 posted on 02/26/2014 4:38:37 PM PST 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: Ancesthntr
McConnell is doubtless a very nice guy, and a pretty conservative guy. But he's not the right person to lead the Republicans in the Senate, and there's no way to remove him from that position short of removing him from office. OK, so be it.

I think this is the biggest problem with the entire republican leadership. They try to say and do the right things, yet are afraid to fight. There are a number of us here who watched Harry Reid controll the agenda of the Senate from the Minority leaders position, why does McConnell raise the white flag so often.

McConnell needs to go because he is unwilling to lead a fight, since just the budget compromise he has lied when he responded to the questions of When and Where will you fight?

44 posted on 02/26/2014 4:45:49 PM PST by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: GeronL
why does the MSM continue to pretend that Rand Paul is a TEA Party voice?

For the same reason that they wanted Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum in 2012 to represent Social Conservatism.

They made them in satirical caricatures that were easy to ridicule, and beat, rather than the authentic thing.

45 posted on 02/26/2014 6:32:06 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d call Mich McConnell a Chuck Schumer in drag. McConnell is a sleazy weasel.


46 posted on 02/26/2014 11:35:34 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: kidd
And because very few people had actually compared McConnell to Specter before, Paul's statement only draws attention to the comparison.

Yes, and now if you lose your job you are really being set free to explore your inner genius.

We are supposed to be a little better than the democrat spinners.

47 posted on 02/27/2014 1:48:58 AM PST by itsahoot (Voting for RINOs is the same as voting for any other Tyrant)
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To: Servant of the Cross

EL BINGO!


48 posted on 02/27/2014 3:45:19 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SoConPubbie
"...for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."

Setting the bar pretty low.

49 posted on 02/27/2014 3:47:55 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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Paul, however, said McConnell's vote doesn't mean conservatives should rally behind Bevin. "Sometimes people don't always agree on tactics or deals, and I haven't always agreed with Senator McConnell," he said. "But I was of mixed feelings whether [Cruz's effort] was worthwhile, if we weren't going to actually add anything to it, if it was just self-inflicted punishment."

And yet he did not vote to end the filibuster, so be must have decided that the effort was worthwhile. Why is he being mealy-mouthed now?

50 posted on 02/27/2014 3:50:10 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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