Skip to comments.Tea party voters could dump Mitch McConnell just by staying home
Posted on 08/28/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT by cotton1706
he dilemma facing the true grass-roots tea party believers -- the dilemma they do not acknowledge -- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their secondary goal of saving the middle class from the greedy grip of big corporations..
If Democrats have a unifying philosophy, it is that government needs to be effective enough to curtail the economic and environmental abuses of unfettered capitalism. Republicans, on the other hand, preach the dogma that smaller government and unrestricted corporate power serves the best interests of the common man and woman.
The tea party folks have largely bought into that belief, but still are uncomfortable with Republicans who appear to be too much in thrall to big business. That is partly why a big tea party effort was mounted against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentuckys Republican primary. McConnell was rightly seen as the epitome of the GOP establishment that the tea partiers so disdain. Yet, even with major support from national tea party organizations, such as FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, challenger Matt Bevin could not depose the incumbent senator.
Now McConnell faces a robust challenge from Kentuckys Democratic secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, who, at age 35, has been alive exactly as long as McConnell has been in the U.S. Senate. Polls show Grimes is in striking distance of beating the old veteran.
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an article from LA times thats almost almost accurate? Its not big corporates that tea partiers support, but free market
Personally its SC Grahamnesty who really irks me, I think him losing to a Dem would still be better than another term with his continued deceitfulness.
McConnells pretty lame but is Grahamnesty who I really want gone.
Aye—And let Cochran win with the Democrats he courted.
And this is exactly what they should do. On second thought, they SHOULD vote, and they should vote for the Democrat.
It is far more important to teach this man (and the rest of the establishment as well) a lesson for having declared war on us (and paying for those racist ads used in Mississippi) than it is to have just one more RINO incumbent at war with us in the Senate.
In this particular race, the Tea Party needs to project some power, and the only way to do this is to vote for the Democrat.
Yes, the Democrat is an enemy, but McConnell is a traitor, and traitors have a higher priority than enemies.
McConnell declared war on us and funneled money into those racist attack ads against the Tea Party in Mississippi.
McConnell MUST go. We can't afford to tolerate such behavior.
Q. What do you call a Moderate in Kentucky?
A. A Democrat
And Mitch is the only one too stupid to get the punchline.
I want Harry Reid fired more than I want Mitch retired...
Really? Which part of Harry Reid's agenda did Mitch McConnell oppose? Which Obama nominees did Mitch McConnell refuse to vote for?
If we don't get rid of these backstabbing traitors, it won't be any different from having Reid as Senate Majority leader. It might in fact be worse, because then OUR name will be attached to the disaster.
Yeah, I'm reading this with my mouth hanging open. The LATimes and they didn't disparage the tea party? Actually stated understanding about the facts associated with the tea party. What is this world coming to?
The GOPe treats TeaParty supporters as domocrats treat blacks. But the TeaPartyists won’t just sit back and blindly support the establishment as blacks do for the dems. That’s why the GOPe despises them so much.
You are pro-amnesty?
Mitch opposed Reid's destruction of the filibuster rules and has promised to restore the power of the minority to democrats if Republicans are to regain the Senate majority.
Conservatives should refuse to vote for the GOPe who solicited Democrat votes to defeat Conservative Republicans.
We don’t need a second Democrat Party called “GOP”.
We need to make them understand that *WE* will run this show, or *WE* will burn you down. You mess with us, and we will cut off your head.
*THAT* is how you get respect in politics. The NRA has demonstrated this countless times over the last 50 years.
HUGE mistake. I despise McConnell, but Conservatives need to back him as if he is Ronald Reagan. If they do not, the abominable Alison Grimes will win, and continue to win for perhaps the next 36 years.
Well that's just wonderful. Reid screws over our side, and McConnell promises not to give them a taste of their own medicine once the roles get reversed? Yeah, we really need leadership like this.
the GOP does not dispise the tea party.Anyone who would rather dump McConnell and Lindsay and keep Harry Reid are NOT tea party supporters. They are trouble makers who want the democrats to win.
“HUGE mistake. I despise McConnell, but Conservatives need to back him as if he is Ronald Reagan. If they do not, the abominable Alison Grimes will win, and continue to win for perhaps the next 36 years.”
This same thinking is what gave us Jim Jeffords, Arlen Specter, and Lincoln Chafee. McConnell is just as much a traitor as these three.
If I lived in Kentucky, I wouldn’t vote for the democrat, but I WOULD NOT give a vote to McConnell.
It’s agitprop. They hate the Tea Party, but want to control the Senate and oust McConnell more. So they’ll say nice things about the Tea Party as means of achieving their higher priority goals. Once those goals are met they’ll go right back to bashing the Tea Party.
As reference look at the articles Katrina Vanden Hovel (sp?) wrote last year about how wonderful it would be if the KY Dems and Tea Part collaborated on getting rid of McConnell. Does anyone really doubt that, had Bevins won, he’d be immediately smeared loudly and often as a right wing, racist, fascist, nutjob Tea Party extremist?
I’m fine with people opposing McConnell on points. But people should also be aware that articles like this are just attempts by the Leftist MSM to play us.
We need her to win. We need her to win because it is the only means of making an example out of Mitch McConnell, which is FAR MORE IMPORTANT than worrying about whether Grimes will win again in six years. (she won't.)
McConnell contributed to our losing the Mississippi Senate seat. What good does it do us when someone like him deliberately throws away a seat to prevent us from taking it and then holds on to his own? How do we come out ahead? The Mississippi Senate seat was just as important as the one in Kentucky.
No my friend, you are not grasping just what this man has done and will do again in the future. Grimes is by far, the lesser of the two evils.
They had the majority 2000 - 2006, House, Senate AND WH. Did they reduce spending? Did they get rid of any prospects for amnesty? Did they secure the border? No, they didn't, but we DID get the 'Patriot Act'. How's that working out for ya?
which was really hypocritical on McConnell's part, seeing as how McConnell was the person who offered a similar proposal for the Senate's consideration when the Democrats were filibustering/blocking Bush's nominees. Reid is by far a bigger hypocrite (on this issue, as well as others), but McConnell's opposition to curing the Senate's dysfunction when it comes to dealing with executive appointments was an about face.
The wife & I refuse to vote for him this time. Strange how angry people can get when their Senator threatens them and craps all over them. We’re not like abused wives, we are NOT coming back for our fair share of abuse.
I have no idea how many conservatives feel as we do out here. Going to be interesting to see. My gut feeling at this point is he will pull it out by the skin of his teeth. The Dem fraud machine here is not sufficient (yet) for a Republican to be ahead by 3 points and still lose.
But.....they want this one pretty bad, so I see the likelihood of some heavy duty smears late in the campaign.
Here’s how I would run Grimes campaign: Why would anyone want a Republican that can’t be trusted and betrays his own base? Sell it as a man that can’t be trusted by his own party, so why should Dems *or* Pubbies want him.
Keeping traitors allows Democrats to win, or have you not been noticing? McConnell contributed to our loss in Mississippi. He will do so again. He has to go.
Sometimes ya gotta let the Dem win to get rid of a deeply seated RINO.
Well, McConnell should have considered that before he crapped all over political conservatives.
You don’t get it. We need 100 Democrat Senators. Let’s not pretend. With 100 Democrat Senators in control the country will surely sink in to the abyss. THEN we can start over.
I think that’s the plan......
Yeah that’s what I first keyed on, the ‘LA Times’ and how they would twist things. It’s almost in the category of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.
Notice how the LA Times still denigrates the Tea Party folks by saying the movement still doesn’t acknowledge the ‘dilemma’; what rubbish.
The liberal republicans need to lose and never, ever win another race again.
I will work to destroy the liberal republican party.
I'm a conservative, not a republican.
Going back to the traditional filibuster rules while Obama is president makes sense. Is very much a good thing.
In a slim GOP Senate Majority it prevents a**holes like McCain from crossing the aisle to confirm Obama’s Liberal nominees.
So wrong on so many levels. But hey, you apparently enjoy being stabbed in the back by traitorous wretches in your own party. Good luck with that.
It despises the political ideals that tea partiers desire.
LAtimes voter suppression effort.
Seems more like trolling for idiots.
Grimes ain't weak.
I think McConnell is toast.
Yup, the Dems are really obsessed with defeating McConnell.
A close race is to our advantage. Means the Dems will pump money into KY that they’d otherwise spend elsewhere. Might be enough to swing one or two other marginal races our way.
I still think McConnell wins. Especially if Obama tries to implement that climate treaty. Grimes is pulling out all the stops in trying to win votes in coal country, will see her chances there implode if Obama follows through with his plans.
So, presuming that he’ll win, I want McConnell to damage Grimes as much as he can to hurt her chances at other elective offices (like Governor) she might try for down the road.
McConnell is very weak.
His last election was in 2008, where the presence of Obama on the ticket drove an abnormally large turnout in places like Louisville. Particularly West Louisville.
I don’t think that’ll happen again this year, unless Ferguson emerges as a major campaign issue. Which would be an across the board disaster for Conservatives.
You are advocating foolishness. Your hatred for Republicans is destructive. A Reid Senate is incomparably worse than a Mcconnell senate
Such fallacious thought got us Obama.
The Tea Party thought is great but it is not going to control in the immediate future. To trash Republicans in a fit of Tea Party self righteousness will continue the destruction.
Since the formation of political parties very early in the history of the Republic, political power has been exercised by two parties. The names and composition of parties have changed over time, but it's always been two and all of the others have been irrelevant in their brief time in the Sun.
For most of my youth, the two parties were not divided into liberal and conservatives, each party was itself so divided. The Democrats held the majority in the Congress, but enacting legislation required either the conservative blocks or the liberal blocks to coalesce across party lines to get anything done.
This system broke up when the Solid South turned against the Democrats Party and became Republicans. That stared a trend that sent the Conservatives toward the Republicans and the Liberals toward the Democrats. The Democrat Party is much further along in this shift, they have essentially purged their party of all conservatives or have the few holdouts under firm control. Not so in the Republican Party, for various reasons. The Tea Party movement is doing something about that and is having success, especially at the local level.
But because this success is not fast enough for some and because the most powerful of the bunch are the ones best equipped to hang on the longest, a group of people are urging that conservatives vote for Democrats. That this idea is insane on it's face is demonstrated by the glee with which this LA Times journalist urges this Kamikaze approach forward. I have never seen a more wrongheaded idea in my life. The Democrat Party can never be a choice for conservatives and within our two party system staying home or voting for some third party fringe is the equivalent of supporting Democrats, as this author points out.
I am going to vote for my own best interests. I also vote for the best interests of my children and my grandchildren. I vote for the best interests of this great country of ours. I will never vote for a Democrat for any office, for any reason period. Those who do are dead to me.
No difference. McConnell has proven with his critical cloture votes that he is on-board with Reid's liberal agenda, and supports it.
All liberal republicans must lose in any election that they run in. Liberal republicans must be politically destroyed.
Ditch Mitch by any means necessary.
Too bad McConnell isn't. He supported Reid's liberal agenda with critical cloture votes when Reid needed them.
Wrong. We can win the other Senate races, rid ourselves of McConnell
and be just fine.