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Political foes take aim at McConnell for CPAC rifle moment
cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/10/2014 | Nick Storm

Posted on 03/10/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week holding a flintlock musket over his head has seemed to give ammunition to Democrats and McConnell’s Republican primary foe.

Both U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, and GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin have sought to declare the moment a gaffe.

Calling McConnell’s entrance “pathetic,” Yarmuth tried to add a political and historical interpretation of the moment.

“If you had a caption that you would run under that picture it would just say desperation,” Yarmuth said of McConnell. “He understandably feels like he’s Custer at Little Big Horn these days.”

McConnell brought the gun on stage as a gift for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and the awkward exchange was called “perhaps the oddest moment of the convention” from Washington Post blog ‘The Fix.’

Watch the Post’s video of McConnell’s entrance:

Bevin’s campaign, borrowed a line from Courier-Journal columnist Joe Gerth’s March 9 column comparing McConnell’s entrance to “Michael Dukakis riding in a tank.”

The Hill ran a story based on a Facebook post from Bevin’s campaign comparing Dukakis and McConnell in a meme captioned “sometimes career politicians try too hard.”

Meanwhile, Kentucky’s other U.S. Sen. Rand Paul ran away with top honors winning the presidential straw poll with a huge margin.

Back in Kentucky, McConnell’s campaign literature reflects the support of Paul with a prominently placed “Rand Paul endorsed” seal on direct mailing sent out this month.

(Excerpt) Read more at mycn2.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: bevin; grimes; johnyarmuth; kentucky; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; randsconcerntrolls; yarmuth

1 posted on 03/10/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Mitch, you might have brought a gun, but you are NO Charlton Heston. How pathetic.


2 posted on 03/10/2014 4:36:26 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Republican Wildcat

Dear Mr. McTurtle:

NRA Gun Safety Rules

http://training.nra.org/nra-gun-safety-rules.aspx


3 posted on 03/10/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Republican Wildcat

Sounds like he was trying to channel Charlton Heston.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 4:38:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

5 posted on 03/10/2014 4:39:16 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Republican Wildcat

“...Back in Kentucky, McConnell’s campaign literature reflects the support of Paul with a prominently placed “Rand Paul endorsed” seal on direct mailing sent out this month....”
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Which is ANOTHER reason why I’d never back Rand Paul-—he doesn’t have the integrity or guts of a Ted Cruz.


6 posted on 03/10/2014 4:40:57 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Republican Wildcat

Just look at that turkey neck clown. Holding it in the middle makes me wonder if he even knows which is the business end.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 4:43:13 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Republican Wildcat

I thought CPAC was a conservative conference. What was Mitch McConnell doing there?


8 posted on 03/10/2014 4:49:41 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

“U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference...”

This was no conservative group.


9 posted on 03/10/2014 4:50:11 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Republican Wildcat

I thought CPAC was a conservative conference. What was Mitch McConnell doing there?


10 posted on 03/10/2014 4:50:24 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Freestate316

Sorry for the double post!


11 posted on 03/10/2014 4:51:20 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Freestate316

right


12 posted on 03/10/2014 4:52:18 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: jimbo123

remember the pic of Kerry in that white hooded jumpsuit? ha!


13 posted on 03/10/2014 4:53:16 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: jimbo123
I'd wondered where I had seen that gesture before...


...then I remembered, my daughter's marching band!

Probably used the same wooden rifle, too.

14 posted on 03/10/2014 4:58:17 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: House Atreides

Amen! I rest my case. Rand is a slippery eel just like his old man!


15 posted on 03/10/2014 5:00:35 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: latina4dubya
Ha! The baby blue wanna-be astronaut suit.


16 posted on 03/10/2014 5:04:25 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Republican Wildcat

You know when McConnell and the rifle was mentioned on FR the first time I ridiculed McConnell’s pseudo macho effort (and passed the information on to others). At the time I had not seen the c-span coverage. I had only read the report of it on the FR posting.

I was watching my recording of a panel at c-span that had Coburn as a member. Lo and behold at the end of the panel McConnell came out waving the rifle and then presented it to Coburn for his years of service. I was shocked and felt fooled. I had had no idea it was a present to Coburn.

We Freepers don’t need to give someone a black eye by omission of pertinent facts. It makes us as bad of our opponents.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 5:16:53 PM PDT by WHATNEXT?
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To: Republican Wildcat

Everything about his appearance at CPAC was painful to watch. His speech was a horrible mix of whining and begging. He had to read the entire thing from the teleprompters which really makes you doubt what he said. The gun part looked silly because there wasn’t any apparent reason for him to be carrying it. Is this really what the majority of voters in Kentucky want leading the Senate, or even representing their state?


18 posted on 03/10/2014 5:18:37 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Two Kids' Dad

ha! that’s the one! dweeb is the word...


19 posted on 03/10/2014 5:18:38 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Both U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, and GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin have sought to declare the moment a gaffe.

No surprise there, birds of a feather.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 5:19:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

It worked for Heston. It was ridiculous now. He should have let the masses know that carries concealed.

Maybe a Blunderbuss?


21 posted on 03/10/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Freestate316

It’s become the Conservatives & Progressives Action Conference. Big tent and all that.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 2:20:20 AM PDT by Nickname
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