By Henry Decker

Mitch McConnell: Poll Truther

December 16, 2012 6:19 pm Category: Memo Pad 43 Comments A+ / A-
Mitch McConnell: Poll Truther

In a rather inauspicious start to his 2014 re-election campaign, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager is claiming that President Barack Obama himself manufactured a recent poll to make McConnell appear unpopular.

A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that McConnell is the least popular senator in America, with an underwater rating of 37 percent approval to 55 percent disapproval in Kentucky. Those numbers didn’t sit well with McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who sent an email to McConnell supporters that was promptly republished by the Louisville Eccentric Observer.

“Barack Obama and his allies told us what they were going to do. They think if they can manufacture a difficult re-election for Senator McConnell back home in Kentucky then they can push our Leader around in Washington,” Benton wrote.

“The partisan PPP polling company, which has been used as a tool for Obama Democrats to manufacture circumstances that don’t exist all across the country, descended upon Kentucky to proclaim that Senator McConnell has a 37 percent approval rating,” he continued. “The poll is laughable. But, the liberal press is gobbling it right up.”

Benton later added, “On the first day of Republican Campaign Manager School, they teach us to ignore PPP polls. You see, PPP is a partisan Democrat polling firm, and they make their living giving the Democrat Party numbers they want to see.”

Benton’s paranoid theory joins Senator McConnell’s tactics in the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations as solid evidence that the Minority Leader didn’t learn much of a lesson from the 2012 election. After all, as Public Policy Polling president Tom Jensen pointed out to the Louisville Eccentric Observer, “I think one of the biggest lessons of the 2012 campaign was that when Republicans are attacking polls it’s a sure sign that they’re losing.”

“GOP campaigns all over the country made these kinds of claims about us this year,” Jensen added, “and we ended up calling every state in the presidential race and Senate race we polled correctly.” Indeed, PPP was among the most accurate polling firms in the nation in terms of its 2012 predictions.

Of course, Jesse Benton is no stranger to wacky conspiracies. Benton served as a top aide to noted tinfoil hat wearer Ron Paul before being brought in to run McConnell’s re-election bid. If McConnell hired Benton to endear himself to the Tea Party and stave off a primary challenge, as many have speculated, then an absurd conspiracy theory about President Obama manipulating Kentucky Senate polls two years before the election is a solid way for Benton to start courting the right wing.

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  • nobsartist

    President Obama does not have to make the owl mans life difficult. He does a good enough job of that himself. Perhaps he can filibuster himself out of office before the voters throw the POS out.

    It sounds like the owl man was able to identify a bigger scumbag than himself, though.

    His campaign manager. This is not going to look good on his resume.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

      McConnell’s fillibuster belongs in the one of the best laughs piece for 2012. It has to be one of the best, if not the best, laugh of the year. A senator introduces a bill expecting Harry Reid to not allow a vote on it then fillibusters his own bill to prevent the vote. This is the guy whose main goal was to limit Obama a 2nd term. Just shows how good he is at accomplishing things.

      • nobsartist

        The owl man is simply an asshole.

        Elected to public office, he must represent the assholes in kentucky.

  • idamag

    He is certainly not popular with me. He is an old obstructionist turtle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    McConnell is a cancer on the American body politic. Unfortunately, the majority in his state keep sending this creature back to due more harm. Go figure.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMVMZMDLRQL3TRK5RNOHJVZPHU stoptheinsanity

    Mitch McConnell has been nothing but a major obstructionist to many things gettting done by Congress for the American people. His number one goal, as he himself so succinctly put it, was not to do the work of the people but make President Obama a one-term president. Obviously, he miserably failed at that goal. Now he will continue to obstruct anything the president attempts to accomplish for the American people in these next four years. Kentuckians need to wake up and realize what a horrible senator they have. They need to look beyond the partisan label and do what is right for the country but throwing out obstructionists and racists like McConnell. He reminds me of Strom Thurmond. These type of politicians should no longer hold a seat of power in Congress which makes policies governing our country. The right-wing angry old white man is a demographic in this country that is diminishing and eventually will be totally powerless. We are beginning to see a more diverse demographics gaining power which is truly representative of America today. Right-wing extremists like McConnell need to either begin to conform to these changes or move out of the way.

  • http://twitter.com/ToonKC ToonKC

    McConnell looks like every constipated old math teacher I ever had.

  • http://www.yahoo.de./ Frank Libbon

    McConnell has to go. He is nothing but a total hindernace whose sole aim is to block everything
    Obama wants and needs done for the good of the country. He will do everything to block
    Harry Reid from reforming the cursed filabuster rule concoted by the southern states when the
    Constitution was first being formulated, and he will do everything from raising taxes, a measly 4.6% (from 35 to 39.6%) on the very rich.

    He is a disgrace to Our Nation
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  • ayayaboy

    McConnell has no single idea but being a senate statue/carved wood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.m.eschenbaum John M Eschenbaum

    I hope Kentucky does to McConnell what those in South Dakota did to Tom Daschle……….both top dogs in the Senate. Vote them out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EOOP2CLTD4BKLDVZT6QW7PDOCI Robert M

    An inability to accept reality is now a requirement for republican candidates? Retire Mitch, join the fascist party and strut around blaming the lazy poor and the Muslims and the Jews for the problems that your nasty, un American, right wing, unashamedly and willfully ignorant party of the rich is facing. The rich may have more money but, we poor folks outnumber them by 200 to 1.

  • William Deutschlander

    McConnell is supported by the ignorant outcasts of Kentucky, who marvel at McConnell’s ignorance

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mayorj12 Jack Ragan

    I regret to having to say amen to the other respondents.
    Also regret being a Kentuckian because of him and Paul.

    • William Quigley

      Jack, we will keep you and the Great State of Kentucky in our prayers.

      Amen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Heffley/100002250740914 Kenneth Heffley

    Just like boehner mcconell is a puppet on a string with people like the kochs,rove,cantor,rynn and mafia aldeson pulling his strings

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXRTZG5B6TIGN73UND7XAR4R3M RR3

    LMAO….that’s exactly what the GOP said during the Presidential Elections…and look what they got….they live in a 1700’s bubble….they will never learn….too old and too radical….a new generation of conservatives needs to be born….that’s their only hope…

  • sambilano

    That guy deserve to be even under 10 percent .No one wants to know him then…..Due to his ideals .

  • Sunfish76

    Nothing to manufactur here. I know and WE the People know who held our country hostage for four years.
    Funny many think Americans will forget by then…I say not!
    We will do our best here in Michigan to make sure this guy doesnt represent any more lobbyist.
    He is an obstructionist and a poor example of representation.
    Mr. Mcconnell failed at his attempt to foil this president. FAiled Failed failed.
    Because he wasnt listening to the people.
    Mitch will never listen to people who can’t give him money
    Even after the election he and House Speaker continued on THEIR framework which was voted OUT!
    We chose the path to deaf ears. However we are not deaf blind or stupid….McConnel Boenher Cantor and then some all gone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSAMVM3KAAXPPRYZOWELNVZI7A DALE AW

    Idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.alexander.3194 John Alexander

    McConnel is no hero to the American proletariat

  • Melvin Chatman

    DEMENTIA is a “Hell of a Drug”
    See also – Rush Limbaugh, and Mittens / Ryan + a little Canter and McCain, if Proof is required!

  • emadis41

    Kentucky voters, look at your senator and ask yourselves if you like what you see?
    Put people first and above politics and I am sure that you will dump this do nothing bum.

  • elw

    Another reason to stop voting Republican, they refuse to learn from their mistake and keep making them over and over again. For them “change” is impossible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Vnct/100000317344649 Carrie Vnct

    lololol manufactured poll?? u mean like the one they tried to manufacture showing mittens winning? lololol mcconnel is disliked because of his insane attacks and being part of the No party, but these repubs will never get it till we vote them all out in 2014

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    n a rather inauspicious start to his 2014 re-election campaign, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager is claiming that President Barack Obama himself manufactured a recent poll to make McConnell appear unpopular./// awwwwwww you evil hooded dress wearing clown hater that burns crosses in the woods every time you open your hateful mouth you make your self more unpopular. this coming from a hating clown that’s been in office not doing his job . by his own words he,s said i’m going to do every thing in my power to make sure the Pres. dose’nt get a 2nd term . if you did,nt have so much hate in you evil body then maybe the country would be doing better now .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that McConnell is the least popular senator in America, with an underwater rating of 37 percent approval to 55 percent disapproval in Kentucky. Those numbers didn’t sit well /// awwww you poor hateful hooded dress wearing fool you should suprized that you have 37% approval . to me that;s way to high .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Barack Obama and his allies told us what they were going to do. They think if they can manufacture a difficult re-election for Senator McConnell back home in Kentucky then they can push our Leader around in Washington,” Benton wrote./// LOL your a failure you wanted to make sure the Pres. didn’t get a 2nd term and you lose your nothing but a very hateful loser ////“The partisan PPP polling company, which has been used as a tool for Obama Democrats to manufacture circumstances that don’t exist all across the country, descended upon Kentucky to proclaim that Senator McConnell has a 37 percent approval rating,” he continued. “The poll is laughable. But, the liberal press is gobbling it right up./// whats laughable and the biggest joke of all is you Mitch McConnell. as it is now you look like a clown that would part in frount of grade school waiting for school to get out so you can try to pick up dates lil boys and girls . prob. lil boys more . but you do have a strange look to your queer face like a perv. molester type

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Benton later added, “On the first day of Republican Campaign Manager School, they teach us to ignore PPP polls. You see, PPP is a partisan Democrat polling firm, and they make their living giving the Democrat Party numbers they want to see.//// hmmm did you ever thing its you your selfs that make you GOP ding dongs look like the idiots you are ? thats the anwser you dont need anything more them your self to make you look like the butt heads you are .

  • bstockinger

    You would think that the Republican campaign managers would be looking at themselves for the mess that the 2012 elections were for Republicans. If it weren’t for the gerrymandered Congressional districts, they probably would have lost a lot of more House races also.
    If I were a campaign manager, I would want the most honest polling I could find. But, apparently Republican campaign managers really believe they know everything about their campaigns and they can’t be wrong. Ask Romney and a much of Senate candidates how that worked.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Benton’s paranoid theory joins Senator McConnell’s tactics in the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations as solid evidence that the Minority Leader didn’t learn much of a lesson from the 2012 election. After all, as Public Policy Polling president Tom Jensen pointed out to the Louisville Eccentric Observer, “I think one of the biggest lessons of the 2012 campaign was that when Republicans are attacking polls it’s a sure sign that they’re losing.//// hmmmm well the ppl learned something . it was that the GOP ding dongs party of no are all lier,s thy run their campaign on saying we are going to get jobs for the country . and what did thy do when thy lied their way in to office ? thy turned in to the party of no . thy had the chance to get jobs for the country . but thy voted no when it came up to fix the roads and bridge’s of the country . yes the DEMS learned something . but it wasnt as much as learning anything it was something thy all knew already . the GOP ding dongs the party of NO are more of lieing idiots . but that was old news get that POS out of office so the country can move forward

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    GOP campaigns all over the country made these kinds of claims about us this year,” Jensen added, “and we ended up calling every state in the presidential race and Senate race we polled correctly.” Indeed, PPP was among the most accurate polling firms in the nation in terms of its 2012 predictions./// and ass much calling you did you still lose your losers a GOP party of NO ding dongs

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Tea Party and stave off a primary challenge, as many have speculated, then an absurd conspiracy theory about President Obama manipulating Kentucky Senate polls two years before the election is a solid way for Benton to start courting the right wing./// and how long did you wait you hooded dress wearing hater to say that you was going to do every thing you could do to make sure the Pres. dosent get a 2nd term ? you lose you idiot get out of office let the country move forward

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Mitch McConnell you have to have the queerest look . strange and kinda scary look to you maybe you should get into movie im sure you would get a role of a child molester or something like that

  • adriancrutch

    When you go on sunday morning political shows and say what he said about one terming the potus. You know he’s either insane or hawking the rebel cause. I think he’s both!

  • http://twitter.com/LostAnarchist S-3

    Snitchity McConnellfucker = Cracker-Ass White Trashing ruining my country and our world!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JCDYOUQPDL6RBF2WIQY7IHJ4BM batavier

    “A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that McConnell is the least popular senator in America, with an underwater rating of 37 percent approval to 55 percent disapproval in Kentucky.”

    With a mug like that, I wouldn’t even let my puppy near him….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V4O5VTGKNFSZ3H2GCM4OENUXAU Elijah o. Ombongi

    These ashholes like McConnell, Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, John McCain, John Boehner and their likes, with twisted and warped up minds are only good at obstructionism and self serving interests. Where are they now when the Nation is haemorrhaging and grieving? Why have these morons not opened their frothy mouths to even send condolences to the grieving parents in Newtown Connecticut? They are always quick to mule and whine about mundane things and matters happening elsewhere but when it comes to matters at home they keep dead silent! These nutters and cranks are only good at obstructing the President from serving the public who have elected him to serve them for their own selfish ends. Where is John McCain for example? This rusty nutter’s only work is to keep his eyes peeled on what the President is about to do and who he is about to appoint to whichever post and then he goes on high gear swearing to do everything in his powers to stop whatever the President is about to do. Why hasn’t McCain said a thing about gun ownership in America? Why hasn’t the nutter engaged himself in high gear campaigning against ownership of guns in America in the twenty first century? So the only things that matter to McCain are any appointments of any African American such as Susan Rice to the cabinet post.

  • LittleStream

    Talk Ashley Judd to run against this man. 2014 is coming Mitch!

  • dalnb

    Mitch McConnell will need far more help in getting re-elected than the tea party and any ten super campaign managers would ever be able to muster!

    There is no doubt if his return to office was open to a national vote he would loose and there is little doubt the people of Kentucky will waste their vote on him. He has been an embarrassment to the Republican party, to the Senate and to the people of Kentucky.

    Kentucky has a lot of great people (from both parties) that can run an honest campaign and do for Kentucky and for America what should be done. I will be the first in line to endorse any person who wants to run McConnell out of office!

  • onedonewong

    The public policy poll is a left wing hatchet group and they used a push poll to get their desired results Notice that they have never done 1 on Reid or Peeeolsi

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to onedonewong –

      I noticed that you are still smoking the wacky weed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.logsdon1 Gregory Logsdon

    i don’t think so i know a few republicans here in ky that say he needs to go

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMT6C3LHLJDD4RX4NB4KY5ICAE gargray

    I think Mitch needs to go back to school and learn about the United States. His mom kept him in a egg shell to long. keep the guns away from him or ship him to Iraq.

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