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McConnell gets lukewarm CPAC reception
thehill.com ^ | 3/6/14 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 03/06/2014 9:11:34 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat.

The Senate minority leader's address came as he faces a fierce primary challenge from his right flank and frustration from conservatives with his role in a number of contentious policy debates this year, most recently his vote to raise the debt limit.

He arrived on stage accompanied by retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), whom he thanked for his service to the movement with the gift of a rifle — and framed the rest of his speech as an homage to the "truths" Coburn has told during his time in office, and pledged to make the Senate a place Coburn would "be proud of" if he's the GOP leader next year.

But despite frequent attacks on Democrats, his address received only scattered, polite applause.

McConnell jabbed at Obama for “treating our Constitution worse than a placemat at dinner,” a line that received appreciative laughs from the crowd.

He knocked Democrats on the IRS scrutiny of conservative organizations, pledging to “fight this thing with everything we’ve got,” and charged that “president Obama and the Democratic Senate have literally failed working families.”

One of his sharpest jabs, against the media, fell flat.

"They’re too busy trying to fix Benghazi for Hillary, or playing defense for Harry Reid’s latest smear campaign," he said.

And though he pledged that, if given the opportunity to lead the Senate, "I won't let you down," the crowd again responded with hesitant applause.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; elections; mcconnell

1 posted on 03/06/2014 9:11:34 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Retire old man!!!!


2 posted on 03/06/2014 9:12:13 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: cotton1706

Why must CPAC ALWAYS be held in DC? Can’t they have it in other cities from time to time?


3 posted on 03/06/2014 9:15:59 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: cotton1706

Talk is cheap. Didn’t appear to have much to say about his RECORD as Senate Minority Leader. I wonder why?

Yeah, the ‘ol, “I’m a tough Conservative” during election time only to go back to the clubhouse for tea with the Democrats pledging never to rock the boat.

Get lost!


4 posted on 03/06/2014 9:16:06 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: cotton1706

Collaborator, capitulator, RINO. I trust him about as far as I can throw Oprah


5 posted on 03/06/2014 9:16:30 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: cotton1706

I’ve never been enthralled with the man.

But lately all the more so since he’s started sticking his nose into the race for US Senator up here in Minnesota. There’s more than likely gonna be a primary in August and the person he’s backing has deep financial pockets - but is ideologically questionable.


6 posted on 03/06/2014 9:16:47 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: cotton1706

Mitch McQuizzling.


7 posted on 03/06/2014 9:20:37 AM PST by mindburglar (When Superman and Batman fight, the only winner is crime.)
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To: mindburglar

Sorry.

Mitch McQuisling.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 9:21:36 AM PST by mindburglar (When Superman and Batman fight, the only winner is crime.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

“Why must CPAC ALWAYS be held in DC? Can’t they have it in other cities from time to time?”

Why should it EVER be held in the District of Corruption?


9 posted on 03/06/2014 9:21:38 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706
Yes Mr. McConnell, we have your room reserved right next to Mr. MeCain. ...Looking forward to seeing you soon.


10 posted on 03/06/2014 9:21:46 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SharpRightTurn

Agreed. That’s what keeps me away. FAR away.


11 posted on 03/06/2014 9:22:53 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: cotton1706; Paine in the Neck; JRandomFreeper; Jane Long; TADSLOS; Marcella

Here’s some good analysis of how this year is shaking down the GOPe and the position McConnell will soon find himself in, if he survives his primary (from Breitbart TX member):

David • 2 hours ago
Think it through. We un-seat Cornyn and all strut around proud of ourselves for beating the crap out of the bully. Then what………. We get a Freshman Senator with no power, and all he can really do is vote and cause a little trouble.

Only one person can filibuster at a time and we already have someone who is darn good at that. Cruz is one of the smartest strategist and lawyers on Capitol Hill. Ask yourself why did Cruz NOT endorse Stockman or Stovall? Because he needed someone with power that he could manipulate. This worked our perfectly, Cornyn only got 59% of the vote, that makes him very weak in the eyes of those around him. Cruz, if he ran tomorrow would have 100%. Politics is UGLY and Cruz is playing the game brilliantly. I can only imagine the manipulation that goes on in the Senate and if you have nothing but pawns on your chessboard you will lose.

Once again Cruz shows us that (1) he has our best interest in mind and (2) he is
much smarter than all of us. No reason to be angry that Cornyn won, just watch the chess game (and Cornyn’s career) unfold. Cruz will not forget or forgive what Cornyn did to him


12 posted on 03/06/2014 9:25:41 AM PST by txhurl
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To: cotton1706
And though he pledged that, if given the opportunity to lead the Senate, "I won't let you down," the crowd again responded with hesitant applause.

Maybe he could start by being as obstructive as Harry Reid was when he was minority leader.

Harry Reid shouldn't be such a hard standard to meet.

13 posted on 03/06/2014 9:26:48 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: txhurl

This poster was illuminating and responding to the post declaring ‘Cornyn is now Cruz’ &itch’.


14 posted on 03/06/2014 9:27:29 AM PST by txhurl
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To: cotton1706

Should have been cold as ice. Not lukewarm.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 9:27:46 AM PST by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: cotton1706

Did y’all see Drudge? He has fatboy up as getting a standing O at CPAC.

no way


16 posted on 03/06/2014 9:31:23 AM PST by dforest
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To: cotton1706
"And though he pledged that, if given the opportunity to lead the Senate, "I won't let you down," the crowd again responded with hesitant applause."

Hesitant applause?
I think that was the sound of a room full of face palming.


17 posted on 03/06/2014 9:34:07 AM PST by GregoTX (Remember the Alamo)
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To: cotton1706

McConnell’s and Christie’s appearances today at CPAC reminded me how right was Palin’s decision to stay away from CPAC a few times when invited in past years. Wish she wasn’t appearing this year. CPAC still only leans conservative.


18 posted on 03/06/2014 9:41:22 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: txhurl

Agree with David’s comments.


19 posted on 03/06/2014 9:45:05 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706; All

Why was he even invited to speak at a Conservative gathering? Are they going to invite Matt Bevin?


20 posted on 03/06/2014 9:45:25 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: cotton1706

Did he raise his voice? Did it crack?


21 posted on 03/06/2014 9:46:58 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: cotton1706

This POS RINO, like too many others still in DC, has BSd the people for so long that he thinks they are still stupid enough to believe his phony patriotic display. Maybe he just forgot what he said about the establishment republicans; we must get rid of the Tea Party because they are a threat to this establishment. It are those in DC like McConnell who are THE problem.


22 posted on 03/06/2014 9:51:22 AM PST by drypowder
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To: cotton1706

Yeah. McConnell ‘jabbed’ at Obama alright......by PERSONALLY siding with Democrats in a Cloture Vote to bring the Blank Check Debt Bill to a plurality floor vote where he KNEW it would fail.

He should have been pelted off the stage with rotten eggs at the very least. Conniving Bastard.


23 posted on 03/06/2014 10:11:52 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: cotton1706
"I won't let you down." Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Really? Does McConnell agree with Abe? How can he. He's a cog in the ruling class "machinery."

Abe recognized an identical problem 160 years ago. I think he would say this today.

". . . You now have two Americas . . . The question today is either the opponents of statism will arrest the further spread of it and place it on course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become permanent.

Have you no tendency to the latter condition?

Let anyone who doubts carefully contemplate that now almost complete legal combination — piece of machinery, so to speak — compounded of the Republican Party hands-across-the-aisle doctrine and the dreadful actions among statism's chief architects."


24 posted on 03/06/2014 10:14:04 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Damned good question.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 10:15:43 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: cotton1706

The turd-le is a ‘Rat. Not one dimes worth of difference.


26 posted on 03/06/2014 10:22:17 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Gaffer

Mitch THE FRAUD McConnell this dude IS part of the problem!


27 posted on 03/06/2014 10:23:14 AM PST by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: cotton1706

Who does he think he’s fooling? What a liar.


28 posted on 03/06/2014 10:23:21 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706
What was he doing there? I thought CPAC was a meeting for conservatives....
29 posted on 03/06/2014 10:29:17 AM PST by Aqua Buddhist
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To: 12th_Monkey

He is vichy and never to be trusted!


30 posted on 03/06/2014 10:50:35 AM PST by sarge83
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To: cotton1706
Fool us once McConnell, shame on you...

Fool us twice, shame on us..

Once is enough. You won't get a second chance.

31 posted on 03/06/2014 11:48:53 AM PST by Fedupwithit (Your opinion: It's all yours....don't expect me to listen to it, or even acknowledge it..)
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To: txhurl

Excellent. I like David’s analysis, as well.


32 posted on 03/06/2014 11:51:29 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: ZULU

retire?
Whole lot of these old fools need to go meet Saint Pete and make their plea.


33 posted on 03/06/2014 12:35:21 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Jane Long

Been trying to understand this a long time.... Would never have figured it out for myself.


34 posted on 03/06/2014 2:08:49 PM PST by txhurl
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