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Friday, October 21, 2016

One thing that Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers all have in common is that they love to make Mitch McConnell’s life miserable.

Matt Bevin — the Sears-catalogue-handsome entrepreneur who is challenging McConnell in the upcoming GOP primary — stands on stage at the Red State Gathering bashing McConnell for being in Washington, D.C. for three decades and using earmarks as “the dirty grease” that moves bad legislation through Congress.

Organized by noted feminist and human rights activist Erick Erickson, the Gathering brings together the reddest Republicans in America to listen to Republican politicians who have paid their own way to the event bash other Republicans.

Bevin’s speech was the perfect end to a wonderful week for the senator, who discovered that not only was he neck-and-neck with his likely Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, but also that key Tea Party senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) would not support his primary bid.

Not long after Bevin walked off the stage, Erickson took a break to tweet this:

The Senate Minority Leader’s caucus has broken records for filibustering legislation and blocking executive nominees.

“If doctors told Senator McConnell he has a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it,” Grimes said, Saturday at Kentucky’s annual political rumble at Fancy Farms.

But that isn’t good enough for Dr. Frankenstein’s monsters in the Tea Party.

Since 2009, an activated, overly empowered GOP base that thinks even the idea of the government functioning would be abhorrent to the Founding Fathers has taken away Senator McConnell’s secret power that helped him grow and reign over the Kentucky Republican Party — earmarks.

The Huffington Post‘s Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter explain:

Up until the Tea Party-led ban on earmarks a few years ago, McConnell played out this dichotomy across Kentucky. In Washington, he voted against a health care program for poor children. In Kentucky, he funneled money to provide innovative health services for pregnant women. In Washington, he railed against Obamacare. In Kentucky, he supported free health care and prevention programs paid for by the federal government without the hassle of a private-insurance middleman.

Earmarks, those sweet golden eggs, are so vital to the Bluegrass State’s economy that Tea Partier Rand Paul immediately flip-flopped on opposing targeting spending for Kentucky just days after he was elected, after having steamrolled over McConnell’s candidate in the GOP  primary.

But McConnell doesn’t have the credibility Paul does. So the senior senator is forced to run for re-election as the goose who used to lay the golden eggs.

In December of 2012, a PPP poll found that McConnell was the least popular senator in the country, with only 37 percent of his state’s voters approving of his performance.

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  • michaelross

    The Tea Party is sort of like the little kid who grabs and throws everything off the shelves as his parents drag him kicking and screaming out of the toy store. For all their talk, the only real goal the Tea Party has is to get the G.O.P. back in control and to punish everyone that has ever voted for a Democrat.

    Which is why McConnell shouldn’t be counted out just yet, because that’s all Mitch McConnell cares about too. The Tea Party will never admit it, and McConnell’s camp won’t run on it, but the Tea Party secretly loves McConnell because there is literally nothing too underhanded for him — nothing he won’t do just to screw with the Democrats and make their lives more difficult than they need to be.

    • David

      Don’t forget how hard they are pulling this chuckwagon to the RIGHT! They ARE accomplishing something, negating the power the US CITIZENS voted into place. Furthering the Corporate, capitalist agenda with every waking breath. When they are done this this Nation will be one toxic dump that looks like an oil slick from outer space. Boys and girls, it’s time to start farming and being self sufficient once again. We need plenty of food. The only way this system will change is to do away with their power, the dollar, by revolution. It will be tough for all of us as 98%’ers. Good luck and let’s get this ball rollin. Get these millionaire SOB’s out of power. They are killing us.
      Doesn’t he look like a house of wax cadaver?
      What did you expect Mitch? When someone is an A hole everyone else can see it. GOODBYE!!!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    When he was Senate Majority leader, McConnell made a vow to never attach any earmarks to any spending bill. So how did Kentucky continue to bring home the pork? Easy – instead of attaching any earmarks, he would directly contact the secretaries of the departments associated with the bills and direct them to include specific funding if they wanted their appropriations request to have a chance for passage. This also allowed him to bring big money to those who have funded him since he was first elected, way back when Kentucky first became a state.

  • Jim Myers

    I would like to repeat something I posted before.

    “Bring out the popcorn, the show is about to begin!”

  • old crow

    Go Mitch, go…away!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    According to government records McConnell will never publicly admit, Kentucky is a bonafide porker state. It receives $1.57 for every dollar it pays in federal taxes. Only Alaska and Texas get a better return for their federal tax dollar. Factor in the windfall of tax exemptions for KY’s few major industries and a glut of tax subsidies and you have to question how these porker states have gotten away for so many decades feeding like swilling pigs at the federal trough.

  • Amchitka7

    Nothing will ever change in Congress.Voters keep sending the seem members back to Congress.Who work for the special interests who are full of greed and corruption. The US is broke. Millions on welfare many having babies with no mentors. Lack of education standards in many areas of our country. Teachers who cannot teach they enjoy their high salaries. Many of their students don’t read at any level. Why write more about the problems in our country. We are on the road to destruction and becoming a third world country. Who can we thank. Ask your elected member to Congress.

  • JDavidS

    Sorry Mitch…you’re no longer nuts enough for the Tea Clowns…

  • Angel Perea

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Senator McConnell should have no re-election worries! All you have to do is provide the good people of Kentucky your last six year record of all signature Bills that you have passed to assist Middle Class Americans including those much needed American Jobs! So stand on your accomplishments, Mitch
    staged 420 filibusters since he became Minority Leader in 2007. It’s the highest rate of obstruction in history! So wear this “stinking” badge of honor for McConnell, who once declared himself the “proud guardian of gridlock.” to continue blocking economic U.S. job growth. So Mitch, the voter’s choice should be clear, do you have a problem? Hum..

    • waggaze

      I concur with your statement of his obstructionist of “Scorched Earth Policy” he has been waging against the people of this country. Many ‘tuckians are growing tired of his inactions even those back in the hollars. He should be an easy defeat for a Democrat since there are young educated voters on Lexington wanting good jobs without leaving their Blue Grass state.

  • DurdyDawg

    30 years is 24 years too long.. Get rid of this clobber head.

  • howa4x

    I hope the tea party throws so much dirt on Mitch that he will have a tough time attracting the uber right wing in the general. If Kentuckians are so stupid that they would vote to cut off funding to their own state. then they deserve the tea party. They get back $1.51 for every dollar they send to the feds. Lets see the tealiban cut that.