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Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate Reelection Bid?
thedailybeast.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Ben Jacobs

Posted on 08/04/2014 5:06:45 AM PDT by cotton1706

The Senate minority leader, long reviled among many on the right for what they see as kowtowing to Democrats, is in a tough race for his seat—and in trouble with the Tea Party.

If Alison Lundergan Grimes pulls off an upset victory over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November, she may have Tea Partiers to thank. But don’t expect conservative voters to rally to Grimes—they simply aren't getting behind McConnell.

Although the five-term Republican ended up winning a a tough primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin handily, the race was one of the most vicious and ugly this cycle, with Bevin’s campaign badly damaged in a cockfighting scandal. And while some disaffected conservatives have backed McConnell in November, Bevin has still not endorsed him, and many of the Tea Party groups that supported the businessman are following suit. As a result, in a recent poll, nearly 20% of self-identified Republicans didn't support McConnell.

Scott Hofstra, spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party, said he isn’t backing McConnell and “taking the lesser of the two evils approach.” Many conservatives, Hofstra predicted, either will leave the box on the ballot for U.S. Senate empty or will vote for David Patterson, the libertarian candidate. The senator has alienated many Tea Partiers and has yet to reach out to bridge the gap, Hofstra said. The divide was opened further, he added, by McConnell’s open support for Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Senate runoff and McConnell’s association with pro-Cochran ads that many conservatives assailed as race-baiting. “If there were some people on the fence after what happened in Kentucky, the Mississippi incident really put them over the edge,” Hofstra said. Still, he noted that Tea Party dissatisfaction with McConnell wasn’t winning Grimes their votes. “I haven’t talked to anybody who would vote her.”

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1 posted on 08/04/2014 5:06:45 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Even though I don’t respect McConnell, I would vote for him. We need to GAIN Senate seats, not lose them because of a hissy-fit. We need the MAJORITY in the Senate. NOW!


2 posted on 08/04/2014 5:10:25 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: originalbuckeye

A majority to do what? Continue the big spending, big government, Crony Capitaism of the GOPe?


3 posted on 08/04/2014 5:12:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: cotton1706

Incorrect question. It should be- “Did Mitch McConnell doom his campaign by alienating his base?”


4 posted on 08/04/2014 5:13:17 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: cotton1706

Sounds like a reverse Sarvis Effect. Ask anyone in Virginia about a “libertarian” candidate, who just happened to be funded by Democrats, who managed to throw the 2013 Gubernatorial Race to Terry McAwful.

And it’s apparently happening again, Sarvis is running in the Senate race, Warner vs. Gillespie. . .


5 posted on 08/04/2014 5:16:00 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: cotton1706

McConnell IS A DEMOCRAT, defends their tyranny
and attacks conservatives.

It is the Romney-McConnell way.

VOTE THEM OUT.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 5:17:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: Bogey78O

7 posted on 08/04/2014 5:17:42 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cotton1706

Dear Fellow Conservatives in Kentucky,
If you like having Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, than by all means, make your point about Mitch McConnell being a wimpy RINO (no argument there) and either stay at home or vote for a third party candidate who has. no chance of winning.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 5:19:05 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When using "he" or "him" to refer to Barack Obama, is it still okay to use the lower case "h"?)
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To: originalbuckeye

I would vote against McConnell.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 5:20:09 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: cotton1706

I think the TEA PARTY will just sit out this Kentucky election. Since the ENTRENCHED REPUBLICAN PARTY is at war with the TEA PARTY, two can play the same game. I think the TEA PARTY has realized that there is no difference in electing a (DEMOCRAT LITE) republican or a democrat. Maybe it’ll teach these PROGRESSIVE REPUBLICANS that we are very, very tired of them, and we want CONSERVATIVES on the ballot, or we won’t play.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: originalbuckeye

If you consider his statements and actions IN the Senate something we NEED, then go ahead. It looks as though the Akron water problem has been affecting the entire Buckeye Nation, No disrespect to Buckeyes who don’t brush their teeth with tap water. How can you honestly choose to have someone REPRESENT you when you do not respect said REPRESENTATIVE.

It is way past the time to cut the chord.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 5:22:12 AM PDT by mazda77 (http://www.rymanshoaf.com)
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To: originalbuckeye
You are right, but what is right on this site is hard right only. Losing with purity would be a good motto.

As with Mississippi, there will be few Kentucky voters among the most vociferous posters. My prediction is for a McConnell win and a new Senate Majority Leader. One of these days I expect to be banned here, but I do enjoy being provocative and hope that will alleviate some knee jerk group think.

12 posted on 08/04/2014 5:25:32 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: originalbuckeye

NO WE DONT. A majority is meaningless if the right policy is not implemented. McConnell needs to lose.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 5:26:08 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: originalbuckeye

Electing someone with Republican in the name but votes for liberal policies is not winning the seat.

What purposes is there in winning battles but losing the war?


14 posted on 08/04/2014 5:32:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: billhilly
My prediction is for a McConnell win and a new Senate Majority Leader.

By new Senate Majority leader you mean they will replace McConnell? You have a prediction as to who could replace him? I see McConnell as staying on *if* he wins reelection.

15 posted on 08/04/2014 5:33:42 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: originalbuckeye

What are we thinking that razor-thin majority would accomplish?


16 posted on 08/04/2014 5:39:42 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Wolfie
A majority to do what?

Let's start with getting rid of that nasty little man Harry Reid as majority leader.

17 posted on 08/04/2014 5:43:18 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign, number sign, or octothorpe. ###)
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To: billhilly
My prediction is for a McConnell win and a new Senate Majority Leader.

If McConnell wins and the Republicans take control of the Senate then he will be Senate Majority Leader. No doubt about that at all.

18 posted on 08/04/2014 5:44:38 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: ScottinVA
What are we thinking that razor-thin majority would accomplish?

Nothing.

19 posted on 08/04/2014 5:45:52 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: originalbuckeye

A GOPe controlled Senate with Juan McCain, Mitch McConnell, Linda Graham, Susan Collins, John Cornyn and the pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce running the show is not going to make the changes in Washington that America needs. Dem-lite.


20 posted on 08/04/2014 5:47:55 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: originalbuckeye

How could you be sure he’d vote with Republicans anyway?


21 posted on 08/04/2014 5:53:53 AM PDT by wastedyears (Everything Obama does wrong is Bush's fault.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

A GOPe controlled Senate with Juan McCain, Mitch McConnell, Linda Graham, Susan Collins, John Cornyn and the pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce running the show is not going to make the changes in Washington that America needs. Dem-lite.


Obama agrees and thanks you. Electing a demo for the next 6 years is freaking brilliant.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 5:53:58 AM PDT by boycott
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

And if Harry Reid switched party affiliation, we’d have posters advocating we vote for him to keep the seat.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 5:54:28 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: gingerbread

5,000,000 McCrap voters stayed home and Romney lost


24 posted on 08/04/2014 5:55:53 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: cotton1706

I know I’m staying home in November. Makes no diff who controls the house or senate. They all suck. Let the branches and houses collapse under their own weight and then rebuild from there.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 5:56:46 AM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: boycott

Why don’t we just lobby Obama to switch party affiliation? Then we all rally around him because he’s a republican and that’s more important than ideology.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 5:56:52 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: cotton1706
Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate Reelection Bid?

I'd love to think so, but like Mississippi, the fix is in. The only way to make effective progress with the entrenched establishment will be with TERM LIMITS.

27 posted on 08/04/2014 5:56:58 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Deliver us, oh LORD, from the EVIL that has befallen our once Great GOD fearing land!)
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To: mazda77

Akron?


28 posted on 08/04/2014 6:00:31 AM PDT by Paladin2
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29 posted on 08/04/2014 6:00:37 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mazda77

Toledo, not Akron


30 posted on 08/04/2014 6:01:25 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: cotton1706

31 posted on 08/04/2014 6:04:43 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Bogey78O

Why don’t we just lobby Obama to switch party affiliation? Then we all rally around him because he’s a republican and that’s more important than ideology.


Giving Obama control of the senate for the next two years would be freakin brilliant. I don’t like mitch but I haven’t lost my mind.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 6:05:16 AM PDT by boycott
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To: originalbuckeye
If you want to make an omelet, you have to crack a few McCockles.
33 posted on 08/04/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I am not in Kentucky, but I fell for that line twice. It won't work on me again.

In my opinion, after the way McConnell slandered Conservatives, no Conservative with any principles or self respect will vote for him.

34 posted on 08/04/2014 6:08:22 AM PDT by sport
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To: Wilderness Conservative

....” They all suck. Let the branches and houses collapse under their own weight and then rebuild from there”....

won’t happen...even if that were to occur you better have another standing by to fill the gap immediately.


35 posted on 08/04/2014 6:08:39 AM PDT by caww
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To: ScottinVA
What are we thinking that razor-thin majority would accomplish?

RINOs would go into full battle mode to destroy constitutional conservatives. Better to have a minority in the US Senate with a constitutional conservative minority leader, be rid of McConnell for the message it sends, and prod the HOR into taking back the power of the purse.

That immigration bill they just past is an excellent step. The US Senate and President are AWOL instead of enacting it. I think voters are waking up about whom the problems are.

36 posted on 08/04/2014 6:11:30 AM PDT by grania
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To: ScottinVA; All

“What are we thinking that razor-thin majority would accomplish?”

Every single Senate committee would be chaired by a Republican. They aren’t all RINOs.

If Boner wasn’t in charge of the House, would Trey Goudy be chairman of anything?

Forget Turtle man, what Senate committee do you want Ted Cruz to chair?


37 posted on 08/04/2014 6:14:35 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U
Every single Senate committee would be chaired by a Republican. They aren’t all RINOs.

Those selected for chairmanships would absolutely be RINOs. The GOPe would never let Ted Cruz become chairman of any committee. They despise him far more than they would ever despise their "good friend" Harry Reid.

38 posted on 08/04/2014 6:20:09 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Beagle8U

One thing should always be remembered... it wasn’t Alison Grimes threatening violence on TEA Party members.


39 posted on 08/04/2014 6:23:25 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: ChildOfThe60s
You have a prediction as to who could replace him?

Here's a likely candidate:


40 posted on 08/04/2014 6:28:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: ScottinVA

I don’t agree, they would be forced to give Cruz something, he’s too smart for them not to do so.


41 posted on 08/04/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: originalbuckeye

Even though I don’t respect McConnell, I would vote for him. We need to GAIN Senate seats, not lose them because of a hissy-fit. We need the MAJORITY in the Senate. NOW!


The party’s base bought that BS for several election cycles. Nobody seems interested in buying it again.

You screwed up too many times. Your boys are like crack addicts that have been stealing from the family and keep asking for “one more chance.”

If you continue to hammer away at your foundation don’t be surprised when your house collapses.


42 posted on 08/04/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Beagle8U

Forced? By whom?


43 posted on 08/04/2014 6:36:56 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

If you like having Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, than by all means, make your point about Mitch McConnell being a wimpy RINO (no argument there) and either stay at home or vote for a third party candidate who has. no chance of winning.


It’s the backstabbing doofus.

Congratulations, you’ve proven it doesn’t matter which party is in office; either way conservatives will get screwed!

The best we can hope for is to elect candidates who won’t betray us!


44 posted on 08/04/2014 6:38:13 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
The only way to make effective progress with the entrenched establishment will be with TERM LIMITS.

Agreed: I've said that for about 25 years. But getting the entrenched establishment to vote for their own demise is a formidable task.

45 posted on 08/04/2014 6:39:27 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: boycott; july4thfreedomfoundation

Obama agrees and thanks you. Electing a demo for the next 6 years is freaking brilliant.


At least as effective as “Maverick” McCain and his “Gang of Eight.” Go ahead and be a mindless, blind follower. Keep running for that football, Charlie Brown.

We don’t trust your party leadership. We’ve been screwed over by the GOPe too many times. If you want Conservative support, quit backstabbing your own party base. It’s that simple.


46 posted on 08/04/2014 6:43:16 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Bogey78O; TruthShallSetYouFree

And if Harry Reid switched party affiliation, we’d have posters advocating we vote for him to keep the seat.


The lizards are in power and everyone hates the lizards.

But you have to vote for “our” lizard. Otherwise the wrong lizards will be in charge.


47 posted on 08/04/2014 6:44:48 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Is there a Zimbabwean nickel’s worth of difference between Reid and McCommie?


48 posted on 08/04/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: cotton1706

The Tea Party is not going to sink Mitch. Mitch is going to sink Mitch.

Those polls showing that even a brain-dead Ashley Judd would have given him a run for his money were for real.


49 posted on 08/04/2014 6:50:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ScottinVA

Funny or scary?

If they win the Senate (possible) and replace The Chinless One (unlikely) I expect it to be with another of the same ilk.

A Republican Senate is not going to mount any more resistance to Obama’s lawlessness than the one we have now, which is of course none.

We should be excited at the prospect of a Republican sweep and yet deep down we know it will change nothing. Excited at the prospect of electing more backstabbers who hate conservatism and the Constitution?


50 posted on 08/04/2014 6:53:07 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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