Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) recently described the relationship between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his own party’s fringe like this: “He tried to make love to the Tea Party and they didn’t like it.”
Since the Tea Party wave of 2010, McConnell has been trying to position himself as a fierce ally of the movement. He’s hired Ron Paul’s son-in-law to run his campaign and done little to stop Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) from trying to obstruct every nomination and bill Democrats have supported.
McConnell’s plan — after he failed to make President Obama a “one-term president” — was to avoid a primary challenge. It didn’t work.
Entrepreneur and Tea Partier Matt Bevin will square off against the minority leader for the Republican nomination to serve Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.
And the campaign is already ugly.
“[He] voted for all the bailouts,” Bevin advisor Nachama Soloveichik told National Review Online, “voted for amnesty, voted to raise the debt ceiling at least nine times. He orchestrated the boondoggle debt ceiling deal of 2011. He voted for higher taxes. He’s been one of the biggest culprits of bigger spending. He’s been a pork king. He voted for the bridge to nowhere. The list goes on and on.”
Here are five things not on that list of grievances that the senator definitely should hope primary voters don’t know and won’t find out about him.
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