Monday, March 10, 2014
Who You Gonna Crush?
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's quote in yesterday's New York Times is getting taken wildly out of context.
McConnell did not state that he would crush the Tea Party. Here's the actual quote: “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” the Times reported McConnell stating. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
But as Truth Revolt pointed out (and as even the Times article reflects), the "they" to whom McConnell referred was not the Tea Party generally but rather the Senate Conservative Fund -- the Jim DeMint group that's been running TV ads against McConnell here, and a big Matt Bevin backer.
Note the distinction that McConnell is drawing:
I’ve always been and continue to be a big supporter of the Tea Party and the conservative change it’s bringing to Washington. One of the biggest obstacles to that change, however, is the Senate Conservatives Fund, a rogue political operation that has co-opted the Liberty movement for its own enrichment to the detriment of the conservative cause. This is a point that I have been making repeatedly and energetically over the past several months, because in my view this group has deceived a lot of good people. They claim to share our goals but undermine them at every turn. I think they should be stopped, and I don’t mind saying so.
Good for McConnell for calling out DeMint and his crazy band of so-called purists. These people have elected more Democrats than the DNC. Plainly they have no interest in actually winning elections or governing.
Kentuckians For Strong Leadership, moreover, has a new poll that shows McConnell crushing Matt Bevin -- including among self-identified members of the Tea Party: McConnell beats Bevin 60 to 23 among Tea Party Supporters. McConnell actually polls better among conservatives than moderates. McConnell's lead over Bevin is widening as the primary draws nearer.
Bevin is about to get crushed, deservedly so. His campaign has been a complete waste of time and money. Just a few years ago, Bevin looked at running against Yarmuth. He even went to D.C. and met with some of the party types, but after kicking the tires, took a pass. He will not get another such opportunity. At least not as a Republican.