Posts tagged "Mitch McConnell"

h/t: Molly Redden at Mother Jones

H/T: Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA

From the 04.17.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks/TheBlaze Radio Network’s The Glenn Beck Radio Program

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Who’s destroying Kentucky values? It’s YOU, Mitch!  

h/t: Samantha Lachman at HuffPost Politics

h/t: Laura Clawson at Daily Kos

The Tea Party-backed Matt Bevin was sent by God to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), claimed talk show host Glenn Beck during a campaign event for the Republican challenger.

Beck told conservative activists Saturday afternoon at FreePAC Kentucky that Bevin was the answer to their prayers.

“I will tell you I met the guys you had speaking. Some of them I’ve met several times,” Beck said. “Matt Bevin, I have not met. I’ve talked to him several times and I had a good feeling. But I am telling you, I believe that man was called of God.”

Bevin made national news last week after he spoke at a rally for legalized cockfighting, although the Republican insisted he thought the rally was more broadly in favor of state rights – rather than explicitly supportive of a state’s right to allow bloodsport.

“Let me tell you something: Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to this country as Barack Obama is,” Beck told the crowd. “The progressive disease is in both parties. Big government is a philosophy in both parties, period. It is antithetical to the American system, period.”

About 3,500 people attended the Louisville rally organized by FreedomWorks ahead of the May 20 primary election in Kentucky.

The conservative crowd also heard from FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe, Senate candidate Chris McDaniel of Mississippi, and Bevin, who spoke before Beck.

Beck urged the conservative activists to “wake up” their friends and tell them to vote for the heavenly ordained candidates for which they had begged.

“These are the beginnings of miracles, but it requires us to stand, and it requires us to get hit,” he said.

Beck then pulled out a pocket watch he claimed had saved the life of the Mormon Church founder and told a misleading anecdote to rouse the audience.

The former Louisville shock jock said authorities had tried to tar and feather Joseph Smith for his support for abolition before attempting to arrest him over a stolen stove.

Beck claimed Smith traded the watch for payment of $25 he owed a vendor for the stove.

“‘You know that’s not true, sheriff, but just to settle everything,’” Beck said, “and (Smith) reached into his pocket, took out this watch, and put it in the hand of the sheriff, and said, ‘Just to make sure we’re clear on everything, this should certainly cover the price of any stove I might have stolen, and I don’t owe a man a dime.’”

Beck apparently was referring to a day in 1837 when Smith was sued six times in one day while living in Ohio.

Smith frequently ran afoul of the law over illegal banking, threats made against authorities, and unpaid debts — including the stove, which a vendor had given him to test but he had kept.

Smith advocated during a failed 1844 presidential run that the federal government should sell off public lands to purchase the freedom of slaves, who he believed should be sent to colonize Africa.

h/t: Travis Gettys at The Raw Story

h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s latest self-inflicted wound to his bid for reelection was a whopper. The Kentucky Republican used footage of Duke winning the national title in a campaign ad.

Team Mitch, which may go down as one of the worst Senate incumbent reelection campaigns ever run, outdid themselves today with this ad:

The ad starts off in standard Republican territory. Mitch McConnell as hero to the working man. Mitch McConnell promising that he will run the Senate right if Republicans take it over. McConnell vowing to battle against socialism. Among all of the pictures of a smiling Mitch, we are treated to footage of the Duke basketball team celebrating their 2010 basketball national championship.

For those of you who don’t follow college basketball, there are several problems with this. 1), Duke is in North Carolina, not Kentucky. 2). The University of Kentucky won the basketball championship in 2012. 3). Outside of both wearing blue, Duke and Kentucky look nothing alike. 4). Basketball fans in Kentucky hate Duke.

The McConnell campaign pulled the ad down right away and fixed it, but the genie is out of the bottle. The ad is out there, and there is nothing McConnell can do about it.

Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign has been so gaffe riddled and clumsy, it’s fair to start wondering whether if the Rand Paul ringers the Senate Republican leader brought in are trying to sabotage his reelection campaign.

For a man who is already battling the perception that he is out of touch with the voters back home in Kentucky, this was pretty much the last thing that McConnell needed. The fact that they got the state basketball team wrong screams out of touch.

The ad itself feeds into the feeling that voters in the state already have that McConnell doesn’t understand their problems, and care about them. The ad gaffe normally would just be a D’oh moment, but for voters this could serve as confirmation of what they already suspected.

Mitch McConnell is so out of touch with the state that he is supposed to represent that his campaign can’t even properly identify the correct national championship basketball team.

The message is clear. It’s time for Kentucky voters to ditch Mitch.

Mitch McConnell, you’re officially toast! Using an ad to promote Duke winning championships in Kentucky is a major no-no. You may have just given the seat (and likely keeping Senate control in Democratic hands) to Alison Grimes.

h/t: Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA

Will Mark Levin’s vulgar analysis of Hillary Clinton finally be enough to keep top GOP officials off his show?

On the March 21 edition of his radio show, Levin highlighted a Gallup poll showing that the majority of respondents, 18 percent, feel Clinton’s gender is the most positive aspect of her potential presidency. Levin summarized the results by asking "Hillary Clinton’s gender? Do they mean her genitalia is her top 2016 selling point? Is that what that means?" Levin later said "But the key is it’s her genitalia. That’s why so many people would vote for her. I wonder if Bill Clinton would vote for her because of that. He seems to — well, he likes genitalia but maybe not hers."

Levin has a long history of offensive commentary on his radio show. He has accused President Obama of abusing children, compared marriage equality to incest, polygamy, and drug use, compared supporters of the Affordable Care Act to Nazi “brown shirts,” and advocated for Obama to be impeached.

Despite this rhetoric, prominent conservatives have given tacit approval to Levin’s views by appearing on his show. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called into his show as recently as February. Levin hosted House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to talk about the new budget agreement reached in December. Levin criticized Ryan’s budget deal with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) later that month.

Levin’s hateful rhetoric has also earned him praise from the conservative community — he was recently named the winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference’s Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award. He is also listed as one of the speakers on the NRA’s “Leadership Forum” in April, speaking alongside other prominent conservative GOP leaders like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

From the 03.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show:

h/t: Olivia Marshall at MMFA

h/t: Igor Volsky at Think Progress Health

The NRA is a hostage-taking organization harming our country, and their goal of denying Dr. Vivek Murthy’s appointment as next Surgeon General.   

h/t: Sy Mukherjee at Think Progress Health

Money isn’t everything, and it can’t buy you love. Republicans should have learned this in 2012, when Mitt Romney had all of the world’s big money behind him and he still couldn’t buy enough lies to win against Barack Obama.

In a new memo to be released Friday by the Grimes campaign that was obtained by PoliticusUSA, senior advisor Jonathan Hurst pointed out that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) feels pretty invincible these days. Hurst observed that while McConnell has spent $10 million dollars, he’s still failing.

The fail, “One thing is indisputable over the last seven months: the braggartly, swaggering thirty year Senator’s Washington-style campaign is floundering. Before Alison entered the race, Mitch McConnell boasted that he would easily dispose of any opposition, proclaiming that “when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, even went so far as to say that they would run ‘the best statewide campaign in the history of United States American politics.’”

Hurst continued, “The evidence over the course of the campaign reveals exactly the opposite. Not only did Benton flop out of the gate, confessing that he was “holding his nose” to work for McConnell, but he also failed to keep out a self- funding, Tea Party primary opponent in Matt Bevin who has drained valuable time and resources from their campaign coffers.”

Republicans like Mitch McConnell appear to actually feel so emboldened by Citizens United that they feel invincible. McConnell has already spent $10 million on this race, and yet he is either head to head or trailing Alison Grimes in polls, and that was before his epic gun waving fail at CPAC.

David Corn, Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau chief, exposed a tape of McConnell made in February of 2013, in which he and his campaign discussed how they would destroy any opposition, “I assume most of you have played the, the game Whac-A-Mole?” (Laughter.) This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign…when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” How’s that “whac-a-mole” working out for McConnell so far? Not so much.

McConnell still seems to think he’s the inevitable, entitled owner of the Kentucky Senate seat he’s had since 1985. Indeed, the Republican strategy of selling discontent with D.C. might finally be splashing their party with the dumb mud, as ABC reported, “Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Has Reached 25-Year High.” This explains why the Kentucky Senator has also been pitching himself as the candidate of “change”, which is a really bizarre attempt to make himself the Kentucky Obama.

McConnell for “change”, but without the actual change. No policy changes, just more rhetoric while he gets even richer.

In spite of their rather startling misplays and the ineptness of their strategy, McConnell’s campaign seems to believe that this is in the bag, and no doubt the millions pledged from outside money give McConnell a sense of confidence. But that confidence may be misplaced. Republicans tried to buy 2012, and the only place they managed to win elections were places they had gerrymandered, but even so, they lost House votes. Money can buy you a lot of lies and attack ads, but it can’t buy you love.

And while many are fooled by attack ads, sometimes they backfire. Note the boomerang effect that some GOP suffered in 2012, thanks to SuperPAC attack ads whose messages they couldn’t control as well as they might have liked. The bottom line is that Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney really do think money can buy them anything. While they excel at the dirty ugly, they seem not to realize that the Internet can factcheck them in real time.

So when Mitch McConnell unloads his millions of outside dollars onto Alison Grimes, and attacks her like he was planning to attack Ashley Judd, the Internet will be there to factcheck Mitch. McConnell and his team seem desperate to cast Alison Grimes as Obama, but even Obama polls higher than McConnell in Kentucky right now. And in this scenario, Mitch is the Mitt, and Mitt lost. Sure, it’s Kentucky, but Grimes is a pragmatic centrist.

Mitch McConnell and his team better man up, because so far they’ve been playing a rather inept game of dirty pool sans any ideas or positive themes. If McConnell plans to run on demonizing Alison Grimes, he’s in for a bit of a shock.

Mitch might want to wake up – it’s not the 1960s and he’s not the inevitable winner. He isn’t even a sure bet over his Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin right now.

h/t: Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA

Mitch McConnell, your time of fucking up our nation and the Commonwealth of Kentucky is up! 

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