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Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's win continues GOP establishment surge
Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/20/2014 | MICHAEL A. MEMOLI, LISA MASCARO

Posted on 05/20/2014 7:20:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Incumbent Republicans appeared poised to cruise to victory in key primary elections Tuesday, offering fresh evidence that the party’s establishment wing has successfully neutralized outside conservative groups that have vexed congressional leaders since the rise of the tea party.

In Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party’s leader in the Senate, easily won renomination for a sixth term against a tea-party-backed challenger who hoped to tap into tea party activists’ distrust of GOP leaders in Washington. Shortly after polls closed, the Associated Press declared McConnell the winner.

McConnell now faces what will probably be a more significant challenge in the general election from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who glided to the Democratic nomination Tuesday.

As in Kentucky, an effort by conservative groups to unseat an ally of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared to fizzle in Idaho. Rep. Mike Simpson was on track to defeat his tea-party-funded challenger, Bryan Smith, with help from a late infusion of outside spending from establishment groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: kentucky; mitchmcconnell; senate; teaparty
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1 posted on 05/20/2014 7:20:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It is just the beginning.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 7:22:08 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOPe has a pyrrhic victory tonight.


3 posted on 05/20/2014 7:22:23 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ditch Mitch in the General, as an example for the others.


4 posted on 05/20/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitch can only survive if he spends the next 6 months voting conservative.


5 posted on 05/20/2014 7:23:40 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: hal ogen

Regardless of the Tea Party’s efforts, we won’t win every fight. However, as long as we try as hard as we can, we will eventually win enough battles to eventually change the party.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 7:24:35 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

the fact that they had to fight this hard and STILL lose over 40% of the vote is a clear message.


7 posted on 05/20/2014 7:26:49 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

They so desperately want that to be true!


8 posted on 05/20/2014 7:27:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Jonty30

I do not believe anymore that the Tea Party can work within the GOP.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, yippee! I will have to have a drink and celebrate another win by the establishment I guess...what a great victory.

I’m sure things will change now!!


10 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:16 PM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: SeekAndFind

They must have missed all the wins last week.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Jonty30

Yup and not all tea partiers will hold the line but they can be removed as well.


12 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: headstamp 2

> The GOPe has a pyrrhic victory tonight.

Everywhere they’re getting rid of the paper votes. With Soros having an ownership interest in the electronic voting machine manufacturer do you think the DemoRats or RINOs will ever lose again?


13 posted on 05/20/2014 7:30:17 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Majority, minority leaders, speakers and important committee chairmen almost always win elections. Their constituents know the benefits of such a position.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: dfwgator

Don’t go wobbly on us.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:53 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

$$$$s and a weak opponent assured mitch the win.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 7:33:17 PM PDT by boycott
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To: stanne

I think we need a US equivalent of the UKIP.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 7:33:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
If that Rino bastard had directed his attention to crushing the Democrats Socialists instead of the Conservative base of his own Party, I could have supported him.

But he didn't and that's one of the many reasons I cut my ties to the Republican Party.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 05/20/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SeekAndFind

You know we Americans are losing when the commie libs start cheering on the GOPe.


19 posted on 05/20/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The KY Dems got the despised DC elite they wanted against Grimes and Vile Mitchy trashed the zgop base to win.

Good bye Mitchy .
Good riddance


20 posted on 05/20/2014 7:36:11 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was coming out tying his D competitor to 0 tonight on local news . Sounded like someone put a burr under his tail

Would be nice if he acted the same in DC!


21 posted on 05/20/2014 7:36:43 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Jonty30

This is a moral victory. If anything, McConnell will be forced to stay to the right, at least till November. He knows now that there is a sizable vote ready to go against him. We don’t have to defeat every establishment Republican to get the point across. Bevin was not a great candidate and heavily underfunded, but he still got almost 36% of the vote. McConnell has been given his warning and he knows now there are enough Republicans who could stay home and doom his reelection chances.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:37:31 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Paladin2

That is INSANITY!

How did OBAMA help our cause when you refused to vote for McCain or Romney?


23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:43:02 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: dfwgator

Well, do the math.

Show is NOW how you can get the Democrats and the Independents to vote “Conservative” when you can not even win in a Republican Primary where there are very few Commies?


24 posted on 05/20/2014 7:45:10 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: dowcaet
"We don’t have to defeat every establishment Republican to get the point across. Bevin was not a great candidate and heavily underfunded, but he still got almost 36% of the vote. McConnell has been given his warning and he knows now there are enough Republicans who could stay home and doom his reelection chances."

You only need a small portion of that 36% to vote for the Democrat to kick McConnell out forever.

25 posted on 05/20/2014 7:47:41 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: Paladin2; All
Ditch Mitch in the General, as an example for the others. _____________________________________________________________ YES! YES! YES! Screw Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and all the GOP Establishment s.o.b. I'm to the point that I don't give a sh** about the GOP winning control of the Senate. A lying, scheming, underhanded, demonic Republican is just as bad as a lying, scheming, underhanded, demonic DemocRAT. I hope McConnell loses in November and the same goes for Graham and Cochran should they win their Primaries. And I don't need any sermons on what B. Hussein Obama will do his last two years in Office with a Democrat Senate. The Republicans have never done much of anything to stop him. I remember, in the not too distant past when the GOP had the White House, Senate and The House and we still kill babies in the womb, increased the National Debt, and spent money like a crack whore's pimp. So, I don't want to hear any "Unity Sermons".
Ditch Mitch and Spank Lindsey in November 2014
26 posted on 05/20/2014 7:48:22 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: ObamahatesPACoal; All

” - - - evidence that the party’s establishment wing has successfully neutralized outside conservative groups that have vexed congressional leaders since the rise of the tea party. - - - “

“Both” political parties have to much to lose if the GOP-E started to vote for ideas that would actually CONSERVE America.

Boehner, as Speaker, will not appoint a House Special Committee to investigate the IRS targeted harassment of Conservative Groups, because the GOP-E and the Democrats want to keep on making the Federal Government a larger tax burden every year.

How else can they keep us from open rebellion? Well, other than the armed Obamadrones, and yeah, the Post Office SWAT Teams.

Son-of-a-Mitch McConnell will continue to increase our tax burden, just as he has proudly done for the last 24 years.

FORWARD, TO THE BOTTOM!


27 posted on 05/20/2014 7:50:47 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kansas58

Oh, Romney would have done everything Obama has done, doncha know? /s


28 posted on 05/20/2014 7:54:06 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Mitch can only survive if he spends the next 6 months voting conservative.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Yep;and that is exactly what he’ll do because he knows a lot of dumb a** Republicans will say: “Oh, sweet. Little Mitch really is a Conservative. All those ignorant, Redneck, flag-waving, Patriotic TEA Partiers were wrong. Oh how I love Mitch. I just can’t wait to vote for him in November so he can bend me over again in January and screw me for six more years.”


29 posted on 05/20/2014 7:56:10 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: SeekAndFind

Did the Dems vote early and often for Mitch or is it a closed primary?


30 posted on 05/20/2014 7:56:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Kansas58
Your problem is that quite a few of us still won't vote for your liberal republican candidates.

I voted against Cornyn in the primary. He won anyway.

I won't be voting for the liberal bastard in the general election.

/johnny

31 posted on 05/20/2014 7:56:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kansas58
Insanity?

Not really. Mitch is NOT on your side. For dissing and attacking the TEA Party (and not attacking Rustler Reid and trying to enforce the Constitution ) he needs to go down.

We are still working on fixing the problem of unelecting a Senate RINO 18 years ago.

So it goes.

32 posted on 05/20/2014 7:57:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Din Maker
I just can’t wait to vote for him in November so he can bend me over again in January and screw me for six more years.”

See--that is why the abbreviation for Kentucky is "KY".

33 posted on 05/20/2014 7:57:51 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Din Maker
Saving Private Ryan flamethrower photo: Saving private ryan saving-private-ryan-3.jpg Let `em burn!
34 posted on 05/20/2014 7:58:05 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly right.


35 posted on 05/20/2014 7:59:26 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Paladin2
Wrong!
Do the math and grow up.
Having the majority in the Senate matters.
THE NRA ENDORSEMENT MATTERS
THE NRLC ENDORSEMENT MATTERS

if you allow a pro-abort gun grabber to win, out of spite, you are NOT a “conservative” at all.

36 posted on 05/20/2014 8:00:01 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think Mitch’s health will hold up ,falling down on stage and all


37 posted on 05/20/2014 8:00:16 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Majority, minority leaders, speakers and important committee chairmen almost always win elections. Their constituents know the benefits of such a position.

Yeah; the "bend over and let me screw you for six more years" position.
38 posted on 05/20/2014 8:01:16 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Kansas58

Mitch needs to go down. He is NOT a Leader. His time in office has been ineffective.


39 posted on 05/20/2014 8:02:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

These socialist mush mouthed republicrats are going to get slaughtered because 10 million of us are not going to their party. It couldn’t get worse. Obama is a total failure. We are going to stay home and let brain damaged hillary run this damned country but there is no damned way these girly man POC like bush or cristie are going anywhere without us so just sit back and watch again!!


40 posted on 05/20/2014 8:03:52 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: JRandomFreeper

Pain will be the ultimate teacher.


41 posted on 05/20/2014 8:06:26 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Kansas58
Having the majority in the Senate matters.

You liberal republicans keep screaming that, but history shows that the last time the pubs had a majority in the senate, they legislated like liberals and spent like drunken sailors.

Your majority argument would be ok, if the leadership wasn't liberal.

Remember the gang of 14 that blocked conservative governance?

/johnny

42 posted on 05/20/2014 8:06:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SADMILLIE

And the press spins it...not that 40 percent of your own voters don’t want you. It’s a “surge.” When Buchanan got 40 percent against Bush in the 1992 NH Primary, it was reported as proof of the incumbent’s deep unpopularity.

Screw the media pigs. Their favorites are the Dems, followed by the GOP fifth column.


43 posted on 05/20/2014 8:07:23 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: boycott
$$$$s and a weak opponent assured mitch the win.

Let's see; how many "weak" candidates have cost us elections? Matt Bevin, Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Richard Mourdock, Tod Akin..... And those are just losses in Senate Seats. Why in the hell can we not find a candidate like Chris McDaniel more often. Or at least a candidate with the IQ higher than a freakin' can of Spam?
44 posted on 05/20/2014 8:07:55 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: ConorMacNessa

If I lived in Kentucky, I’d vote for Alison L. Grimes in November. Screw Mitch.


45 posted on 05/20/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Kansas58
if you allow a pro-abort gun grabber to win

I'm glad I didn't help Romney win, then. Because he certainly had a history of being pro-abortion, and outlawing guns.

/johnny

46 posted on 05/20/2014 8:10:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SADMILLIE

That’s the most brilliant plan that I have seen in many, many years. You’ll show ‘em, that’s for sure.


47 posted on 05/20/2014 8:10:30 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: SADMILLIE

1. Rand Paul would not be in the Senate without running as a Tea Party candidate. Rand Paul sold the Tea Party out making a deal for Mitch’s support for Rand’s presidential run.

2. If Rand endorsed Bevin how close would that race have been with the Paul ground game, and Rand raising Bevin’s name recognition?

3. Bevin lost but 36% of GOP/Tea voters dislike Mitch.

4. Mitch ran a scorched earth campaign against the Tea Party
saying they were all crooks (some are, so are GOPe) yet dollar for dollar Tea Party so far has elected more people per dollar raised than Karl Rove lost a Billion dollars last election.

5. Tea Party is a grass roots organization no one person is in charge. 36% of GOP must first forgive Mitch for going after Tea Party people as kooks, Hobbits, extremists before he can get them to show up to vote for him in November.

6. I am betting a lot of those 36% will vote for the Democrat because Mitch violated the Reagan 11th commandment
he went after the conservative base Reagan said “thou shalt not speak ill(on a personal level) of a fellow Republican”


48 posted on 05/20/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: dowcaet; All
McConnell....knows now there are enough Republicans who could stay home and doom his reelection chances. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why stay home? The Anti-Mitch folks should vote in all the down-ballot races and skip the Senate Race.... or.... they could grow a pair and vote for Grimes in the General Electiion, to teach that RINO bastard a lesson like a man, with balls, would treat his wife who is whoring around on him. If a man's wife is cheating on him with a half-dozen other men, when hubby is out of town, and he knows it, but as long as she makes out like she loves him when he's home, and he's content to stay in that situation well, let the stupid s.o.b. suffer the pain of betrayal. Anyone who votes for Mitch McConnell deserves what they get.... SCREWED!!!
49 posted on 05/20/2014 8:19:09 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: headstamp 2

Who will win in the fall? The Dip#### or the Pub-E?


50 posted on 05/20/2014 8:19:16 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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