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Thaw Continues as Sasse, McConnell Have ‘Warm’ Meeting
NRO The Corner ^ | 5/24/14 | Eliana Johnson

Posted on 05/24/2014 12:07:39 PM PDT by shuck and yall

Walking toward his Capitol office on Thursday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell ran into Wyoming senator John Barrasso, who had a friend in tow: Ben Sasse, the tea-party-backed nominee who recently won Nebraska’s Senate primary and is all but a lock to win the general election in November.

Sasse ducked into McConnell’s office for a private meeting that a Sasse adviser describes as “very warm.” That’s a sharp contrast to a meeting the two had in the same office last November, when McConnell chastised Sasse for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund, which had endorsed McConnell’s primary opponent, the businessman Matt Bevin, and for posting a video to YouTube in which Sasse criticized Republicans, including the minority leader. The latest meeting came after Sasse, the president of Nebraska’s Midland University, donated $2,000 to McConnell the evening the minority leader trounced the tea-party-backed Bevin.

The shifting allegiances reflect shifting realities. Though Sasse’s Nebraska primary became a microcosm for the long-simmering feud between McConnell and the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded in 2008 by McConnell rival Jim DeMint, both sides now appear willing to put the past behind them. At the outset of the midterm-election season, McConnell vowed to oppose all tea-party candidates, telling the New York Times in March that “we are going to crush them everywhere”; now, McConnell will attend a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for the Nebraska nominee.

Sasse is quickly making inroads in the Capitol. He lunched on Thursday with the Senate Republican Steering Committee, joining the coalition of senators that promotes conservative policy ideas for their weekly meal. The group is chaired by Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey, who took the mantle from South Carolina’s Jim DeMint.

Sasse’s friendship with Barrasso is telling, too: The Wyoming senator, who serves as vice chairman of the Republican Senate conference, had one of the fastest ascents to party leadership in recent history; he assumed the position just three years after his election.


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We may not be able to throw them all out, but they are aware we are out here, and we are moving them in the right direction
1 posted on 05/24/2014 12:07:39 PM PDT by shuck and yall
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To: shuck and yall

Few are the Tea Party backed conservatives that remain true once they’ve been elected.


2 posted on 05/24/2014 12:11:29 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

McConnell probably gave Sasse a preview of the secret government.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 12:14:03 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: shuck and yall

Why would Sasse meet with McConnell?

Pissed off KY conservatives who McConnell trashed, won’t be crawling
over glass to re-elect him.

I.E. McConnell will soon be the newest member of Trent Lott’s Lobbying Firm.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 12:21:07 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: shuck and yall

change takes time - like changing the course of a cruise ship - but it is happening. The proof of the pudding is not in WDC, it is at the local level where the change is happening quicker. That is the foundation of the movement is and will influence the rest of the structure.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 12:21:54 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: shuck and yall

“Sasse, the president of Nebraska’s Midland University, donated $2,000 to McConnell the evening the minority leader trounced the tea-party-backed Bevin.”

I won’t pretend I feel good about this, but the real test is: how will Sasse vote? If he votes with Lee and Cruz, I will be very gratified. If he contracts Washington insideritis from McConnell, we’ll have to throw him out in 6 years.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 12:22:07 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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March, 2013--"Rand Paul endorses Mitch McConnell in 2014 Senate race, won’t back tea party challenge"

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7 posted on 05/24/2014 12:33:32 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: shuck and yall

I have never been willing to cozy up to a rattlesnake. Way to dangerous.


8 posted on 05/24/2014 1:26:17 PM PDT by Hans
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To: shuck and yall

Well he is supporting the nominee - which is a good example for the GOPe who usually fights the nominee if it’s tea.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 2:00:57 PM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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