Skip to comments.Thaw Continues as Sasse, McConnell Have ‘Warm’ Meeting
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 Nebraskas Senate primary and is all but a lock to win the general election in November.
Sasse ducked into McConnells office for a private meeting that a Sasse adviser describes as very warm. Thats 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 McConnells 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 Nebraskas 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 Sasses 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 Carolinas Jim DeMint.
Sasses 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.
Few are the Tea Party backed conservatives that remain true once they’ve been elected.
McConnell probably gave Sasse a preview of the secret government.
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.
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.
“Sasse, the president of Nebraskas 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.
I have never been willing to cozy up to a rattlesnake. Way to dangerous.
Well he is supporting the nominee - which is a good example for the GOPe who usually fights the nominee if it’s tea.