Skip to comments.McConnell Wins Ky. Primary, Senate Conservatives Fund Immediately Endorses
Posted on 05/20/2014 8:59:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
MAY 20, 2014 7:36 PM
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell had been pulling away from primary challenger Matt Bevin for the last couple months of the Kentucky GOP Senate primary, and he triumphed easily tonight, with news organizations calling the win for him soon after polls closed. Hes leading 60 percent to 35 with 27 percent of precincts reporting.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, a Jim DeMintlinked outside group thats backed a number of tea-party candidates, had made Bevin one of their key candidates this year, hoping to unseat the minority leader. (SCF-endorsed Ben Sasse triumphed in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary two weeks ago.) But after McConnell triumphed tonight, SCF was quick to endorse his general-election effort, releasing the following statement from executive director Matt Hoskins:
We congratulate Senator McConnell on his victory and urge Republicans in Kentucky to come together to defeat Alison Lundergan Grimes. We thank Matt Bevin for standing up for conservative principles and giving voters a choice in this race. Now its time for Republicans to unite for victory in November.
Bevin, a successful businessman, never saw his fundraising take off, and didnt put as much of his personal money into the race as some had expected him to.
McConnell will face Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentuckys secretary of state. The most recent polling has them more or less tied, both below 50 percent, though most expect McConnell will strengthen when he can direct his attention undivided toward the general election.
Does it really matter if they vote for the Dip#@%# or the Pub-E in the fall?
Look at the fact that this turd couldn’t win more than 60% of the Republican vote AND HE IS THE LEADER IN THE SENATE>
This does not bode well for his reelection. Lots of angry Republicans may not vote for this punch bowl turd.
Conservatives in this country have no representation in Government thay are no ones constituents and everybody’s enemy. The GOP does not deserve conservative support anymore than the DNC..
I want him to win the election in November. However, why does he have to be Senate Majority Leader? He was already and did a terrible job. Why can’t somebody else be the Leader? The reason i want him is because I want the Senate. I don’t want it 50-50. I want it 58-42....so if we have a few RINOs we still have the committees and room for the RINOs to not vote correctly. 2016 we may lose the Senate again so why not win for two years.
Yes, it really matters.
There is a word that describes people/groups that spend months/years and millions of dollars telling us all who unconservative/unfit for the job someone is, only to throw their full conservative support behind that unconservative/unfit for the job person.
The word is “FRAUD”. That word also describes those who back and support them.
“Why cant somebody else be the Leader?”
Because people “Want him to win in November” and will keep electing their problems.
I hope your coal tastes good for dinner.
The Senate Conservatives Fund is showing some “class” here. They’re trying to help McConnell recover from his and his campaign’s self-inflicted wounds by their warring on the Tea Party.
I suspect it will NOT be enough to enable McConnell to prevail in November—his viciousness toward the Tea Party will still be felt in the November election (less than six months from now).
I believe fraud refers to people who hold your pro-Dem rule views while claiming to be for conservatism, or, more so, claiming to care about anything when nihilism is actually all you are pushing.
Once in leadership, it’s almost impossible to blast them out. They never go voluntarily. The only way to take McConnell out of leadership is to elect his rodent opponent.
Don’t bitch when Mitch gives you amnesty. Just don’t. Sit in your basement and complain to yourself all you like. But don’t come online complaining to the world what your philosophy causes.
I wonder if Grimes would win a poll of freepers, she’d at least be competitive, which is sickening. A recent poll alleged that a clueless 25% of Bevin supporters would back her in November.
To anyone upset that Bevin lost, that’s like being upset you didn’t win the lottery, he had no chance, weak challengers like him don’t win.
I want him to win as well. The point is that he couldn’t muster more than 60% of the Republicans to vote for him.
Don’t blame Kentuckians. I don’t even know anyone who wanted him back. Must a been a lot of bring home the bacon types out voting using the democommie technique of vote early and vote often. Even the dems had Ditch Mitch on their bumpers.
Coal does not taste good and has a very gritty texture. When your lights go out and you are freezing to death in the dark, don’t think badly of Kentuckians, we warned folks what was coming over 30 years ago. Maybe now as those electric bills climb and the black and brown outs start people will realize what we meant when we told them, if they can do it to us, they can do it to you. Invest in firewood and longjohns.
Looks like Mitch has won the battle but he has certainly lost the war. The overall headcount of voters voting Grimes is more than what Mitch can pull in. I doubt he will pull off any more than 60% of the Bevin voters and its just not going to be enough.
Mitch is toast. If by somehow he wins in November than the jig is up on cheating in both parties.
I have a video business and a big part of my services are tape to DVD transfer and so I see lots of old commercials from peoples tapes. I was doing a dub the other day and damn if there wasnt a McConnell TV ad from the early 90s.
Term limits are the only thing that can save the country. Eff the elites. Heck, I am in Ohio and have Portman to deal with. Will he get my vote next election? No. Screw Vets once, just once, and you lose my vote. Forever.
Good point. I don't know why so many are treating the results in KY tonight as a shocking blow to the Tea Party. McConnell winning easily isn't news. If I lived there, I would have cast a protest vote for Bevin, but he was a long shot from the start, and completely DOA after he gave that speech to the "cockfighting" group. It's like getting upset that Nancy Pelosi was re-elected in San Francisco.
Another one where the outcome is a foregone conclusion is that "Obama's conservative cousin" will lose in Kansas. But in that case, I'm looking forward to the primary because there's nothing wrong with the incumbent and we need that race to go away so we can focus on defeating actual RINOs instead of eating our own.
BTW, has anyone heard from the “Rand Paul is our heroic tea party savior and should be the GOP nominee for President in 2016” crowd tonight? ;-)
Lot's of stupid Republicans may not vote for him. Any Republican who fails to vote or fails to vote in such as way as to enhance the Republican candidate's chances has voted for the 'Rat. That's how two-party systems work.
Alison "Half-his-age" Grimes
Hittable, but not votable!
I have a $2 bill on my desk that moron sent me trying to hustle more cash. All he did with my donation was beg for more.
That's my opinion. You're entitled to yours.
Conservatives need to stay home in the general. Let him win with votes from the people he serves, Democrats, or lose to the Democrat.
Mcconnell like Tennessee’s Alexander & Corker do their all to undermine Conservatives attempt to advance the Republican party platform in the Senate. I see no point in voting for Democrat lite in the general election. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
I don't think the same could be said for the Republican establishment in 1980, seeing how they got John Anderson to run as a third-party spoiler.
Perhaps now is the time to indulge in apostasy.
For some time now I have been suggesting that at least in a few races conservatives ought to vote for a third-party candidate to ( in the euphemism of the French in World War I on executing mutineers), encourage the others. I was interested to hear that Mark Levin on his radio show two days ago has sent up a trial balloon to the same effect. Levin does not suggest that this should be done in all races against all Rino incumbents who prevail in primaries and win the nomination, but it should be done selectively to make a point.
It occurs to me that the worst of all possible worlds is for conservatives sit home and watch a Republican incumbent go down to defeat and instead of being credited with holding the balance of power, conservatives will get the blame for being sore heads. We will then go into another election cycle in which the Republican establishment will blame conservatives for yet another loss and insist that a Rino offers the only hope of victory in the general election.
In other words the one thing we conservatives ought not to do is to passively defeat a Rino like Mitch McConnell. We should either openly oppose him with a third-party candidate or we should vote for him to a man, even if every man who pulls the lever with one hand is holding his nose with the other.
The problem is we do not yet have a vehicle within which we can organize so that we can show the world that we are in fact acting in concert and we will act in concert again and again until the establishment has its epiphany. Otherwise we live in the worst of both possible worlds, a Rino victory in spite of conservative opposition or a Rino defeat because conservatives are sore heads. That is not the point we want to make. We want to be a force to be feared and we want to affect and ultimately control policy.
I honestly hope McConnell loses. It really won’t matter who wins now because both candidates are cut from the same cloth, and it will teach conservatives in these states to vote for a true conservative when they have a chance to.
Not to belabor the point, but I think he was hinting at not voting for said establishment candidate. My tag line says it all, I have been so done with the establishment for way too long. It has been a divorce, I am just waiting for our side to move out... Sarah and Mark Levin are you lurking?...
So is Jim DeMint a sell out too? There is no difference between having Harry Reid as speaker over Mitch McConnell? Jeez what a crybaby thread.
Levin leaves it in the air saying, " I dont know why we shouldnt educate these people and punch them back in the nose pick one race and say youre going to lose this race here. " Levin himself would be the first to ask, who is "we?" Does he mean his own microphone, does he mean conservatives in general?
This is why I think you need the vehicle of a third-party candidate. Policy and the person become one in politics, especially American politics and one needs a paladin to advance the argument against that Rino and make it clear that there is a coherent coordinated movement bringing him down for good and sound policy reasons.
I'd never vote for Grimes but I don't care about what is out of my influence.
I voted for Bevin, even though his chances were slim. Come November, I’ll write his name in. No way will I hold my nose and vote for McConnell. The difference between McConnell and the Rat is the difference between driving over a cliff at 60mph vs. 90mph.
Voting for the ‘lesser of two evils’ is still voting for evil. I won’t partake in that.
I’m not sure that winning the Senate is a good thing if it appears that the House will remain in opposing hands.
I think that will enable the 2016 campaign to be all about how the right wingers have screwed up the country.
Better to allow the country to be able to lay the blame completely on the party in power in the White House.
Here is what you need to understand, when the Feds passed the Mine Safety and Health Act we knew its purpose was to put small operators out of business, we knew that by shutting down a mine it was theft by unlawful taking, we knew that when we could not get our day in court and be judged by a jury of our peers that it was totally unlawful, we knew that when the Feds began to inspect coal mines that did not sell their coal out of state it was a power grab and a stealing of state rights, we knew that when the Feds came in one day and declared all our equipment to be illegal and shut us down, that it was an unlawful act and theft. We knew when the Feds declared all mines to be gassy, meaning contained methane in explosive amounts that for large number of mines it was a lie to put us under the Feds thumb. We knew that the noose had been placed around our necks and would be tightened slowly till we expired. We knew when the power of press got behind the Feds to pass these unlawful laws that the free press was a lie.
This was well over thirty years ago and we fought the Feds on our own with no help. We knew that if they could do this to us they would find others like Cliven Bundy to destroy and we raised the alarm and warned you and all others we could by fighting every step of the way.
Unless you owned a small coal company you do not know or like many in the general population you bought into the children working in coal mines, the evil owners who didn’t care about the men who worked for them, we tried to tell you, you would not listen because it didn’t effect you, not then. Now when we have been driven out of business and you are seeing direct effects on you, Ky is suddenly important.
We are ignorant hillbillies that created our own problems by electing a$$holes, you see, your ox is being gored now as ours was.
Every day a new regulation is passed by some SOB in Washington that impacts your life, now all you folks are starting to wake up after we were fighting the takeover, over 30 years ago, us ignorant hillbillies. We knew you would never wake up after the firat couple of years when we told you what was happening to us and it would come to your doorstep one day if you did not help us fight. You didn’t, you watched hockey or football while your rights were stolen away because it was just a bunch of ignorant hillbillies being screwed, you never saw the big picture.
It is just peachy that you grew up in coal country but unless you felt the point of the Federal spear in your side, you do not have any more clue than the loons in Cali or New York of what went on that led to what is happening now. We knew that until it caused your tv to go off you would not start to squeal, till your comfy life was directly impacted you would not stand up. We thought you would have stood up years ago, but you did not. We were mistaken, we thought that you were Americans, like us and actually had a set, you aren’t and you don’t.
So when you call us F****** hillbillies, you need to take a close look and ask yourself what did I do during the war. You see it started long ago and the cavalry did not show up. We know that it makes no difference now what corrupt politician is elected, it is just too late. To quote one of the Founders,’may your chains sit lightly on your shoulders.....’, I am sure you know the rest of it.
If I sound bitter and angry it is because I am. I will admit that watching folks suddenly wake up and realize they have been royally screwed is not viewed without a certain amount of glee on my and others parts that were there and fought both inside and out of court. Now we are forced to fight once more, this time to the death, us ignorant F****** hillbillies will not go gently into that good night, no we won’t.
Coal? They will be eating dirt once Bammy finishes all his executive orders with full dim and RINO support.
Hopefully it's just frustration and freepers blowing off steam.
The winning strategy is simple, remember the Buckley Rule, plus never vote for the Democrat, and always go vote.
If we could not muster the votes for Bevin in the primary, how can we expect to muster them for a TP candidate in the general? ~Devil’s Advocate
It would please me immensely to see Levin & Rush coordinate such a movement. I participated in Operation Chaos in 2008 in Texas, as did many, many others. We won the nomination for Hillary. Then Obama stole it from her via caucus fraud. (Witnessed that myself.) Which is to say that a coordinated movement can succeed. Maybe I need to share my Operation Chaos experience with Levin.
OC 2008 was so successful in Texas that I was elected as a Clinton delegate for the district. Never voted D before in my life.
You totally missed my POV, but, whatever. Good luck.
“But after McConnell triumphed tonight, SCF was quick to endorse his general-election effort,”
McConnell needs SCF endorsement like he needs a hole in the head.
DeMint and SCF got embarassed and are now trying to cover up.
“McConnell is no more a conservative than Harry Reid is.”
“The Senate Conservatives Fund is showing some class here.”
No they are not. They got embarassed and are in “cover your rear mode”.
“I honestly hope McConnell loses.”
Okay. But pardon me if I disagree and believe that McConnell will win.
I see it as a unity move by SCF. It’s also consistent with the Buckley rule.
Buckley’s rule only applied when there were two parties in opposition. Provably that is no longer the case. All the GOP support for amnesty, screwing vets, investigations that go nowhere and a thousand other daily examples posted on FR show that to be unarguably the case.
How do you vote for the more conservative of two when both are fully on board with opposing conservatism? I want someone still clinging to the GOP to explain why their guys are closeted democrats acting in Obama, not America’s interest. Then explain why we should assist them by empowering them with our vote.
Your premise is incorrect. Buckley's rule was never about two opposing parties.
It was first articulated by Bill Buckley to inform employees of National Review who the magazine would officially endorse and support in the 1964 Republican primary race between Nelson Rockefeller and Barry Goldwater.
Buckley announced that National Review will support the rightwardmost viable candidate. Everyone knew he meant Goldwater, and the Buckley Rule was born.
Born to guide conservatives in Republican primaries.
Those honest conservatives who voted in the Republican primary in Kentucky voted for Matt Bevin, it's as simple as that.