Skip to comments.Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's win continues GOP establishment surge
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 partys 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 partys 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.
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It is just the beginning.
The GOPe has a pyrrhic victory tonight.
Ditch Mitch in the General, as an example for the others.
Mitch can only survive if he spends the next 6 months voting conservative.
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.
the fact that they had to fight this hard and STILL lose over 40% of the vote is a clear message.
They so desperately want that to be true!
I do not believe anymore that the Tea Party can work within the GOP.
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!!
They must have missed all the wins last week.
Yup and not all tea partiers will hold the line but they can be removed as well.
> 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?
Majority, minority leaders, speakers and important committee chairmen almost always win elections. Their constituents know the benefits of such a position.
Don’t go wobbly on us.
$$$$s and a weak opponent assured mitch the win.
I think we need a US equivalent of the UKIP.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
You know we Americans are losing when the commie libs start cheering on the GOPe.
The KY Dems got the despised DC elite they wanted against Grimes and Vile Mitchy trashed the zgop base to win.
Good bye Mitchy .
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!
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.
That is INSANITY!
How did OBAMA help our cause when you refused to vote for McCain or Romney?
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?
” - - - evidence that the partys 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!
Oh, Romney would have done everything Obama has done, doncha know? /s
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.”
Did the Dems vote early and often for Mitch or is it a closed primary?
I voted against Cornyn in the primary. He won anyway.
I won't be voting for the liberal bastard in the general election.
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.
See--that is why the abbreviation for Kentucky is "KY".
if you allow a pro-abort gun grabber to win, out of spite, you are NOT a “conservative” at all.
I don’t think Mitch’s health will hold up ,falling down on stage and all
Mitch needs to go down. He is NOT a Leader. His time in office has been ineffective.
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!!
Pain will be the ultimate teacher.
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?
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.
If I lived in Kentucky, I’d vote for Alison L. Grimes in November. Screw Mitch.
I'm glad I didn't help Romney win, then. Because he certainly had a history of being pro-abortion, and outlawing guns.
That’s the most brilliant plan that I have seen in many, many years. You’ll show ‘em, that’s for sure.
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”
Who will win in the fall? The Dip#### or the Pub-E?