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Thursday, October 27, 2016

There will not be another government shutdown, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“It was a strategy that I said both publicly and privately could not work, and did not work,” McConnell told The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan.

“All it succeeded in doing was taking attention off of Obamacare for 16 days,” he added. “And scaring the public and tanking our brand—our party brand. One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is that there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. It ain’t gonna happen again.”

This sounds as if he’s vowing to compromise when the resolution funding the government and the debt ceiling issue come up again early in 2014.

And to the Tea Party, that only means one thing: Treason!

The leader knows what the Tea Party thinks of him and he’s ready to take them on, along with his Tea Party challenger, Matt Bevin.

“They’ve been told the reason we can’t get to better outcomes than we’ve gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty,” he told Noonan. “Well, that’s just not true, and I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit. . . . They raise money . . . take their cut and spend it.”

And in case that wasn’t clear enough, he called out the Senate Conservatives Fund, one of the key supporters behind Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the plot to defund Obamacare that forced the shutdown.

“That’s the one I’m prepared to be specific about,” he said, adding that the group “has elected more Democrats than the Democratic Senatorial Committee over the last three cycles.”

Tea Party hero Erick Erickson responded to McConnell’s comments on Friday with “Question for Mitch McConnell: Will Any Reporter Ask It?

The Red State editor-in-chief states that “the Senate Conservatives Fund has only helped nominate two Tea Party candidates, who went on to lose the general election.” In contrast, he points out, “On the other hand, Mitch McConnell supported Rick Berg, Denny Rehberg, Carly Fiorina, Linda McMahon, George Allen, and Tommy Thompson. All lost to Democrats.”

This leads to Erickson’s question: “So some enterprising reporter should ask Mitch McConnell this question: Given that the Senate Conservatives Fund has a better record than Mitch McConnell of getting Republicans elected to the Senate, shouldn’t he be supporting Matt Bevin?”

McConnell has successfully been able to persuade Ted Cruz to stay out of primaries. But the Tea Party, Erickson and the Senate Conservatives Fund are going all in.  We’ll see who gets shut down this time.

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  • Budjob

    Go get em Mitch,you turkey neck bastard!!

    • JustTheFactsMa’am

      Now that’s not nice. (funny as h**l though!)

  • WhutHeSaid

    While I have no love for the likes of Mitch McConnell, I can only watch with amusement as he begins his war with the Tea Party. This was inevitable, and smaller skirmishes have occurred for quite some time.

    The vile and despicable Tea Bigots have done absolutely nothing to help America. Not. One. Thing. And they hate everybody. All of America knows how the 2010 candidates talked about jobs, jobs, jobs, and then , once elected, set about attacking women, minorities, the poor, veterans, and college students — just about everybody. By now there can be nobody left in America who would ever take what a Tea Bigot says at face value.

    The Tea Party has given a name to the vile, racist haters of America who have skulked in the shadows since the heydays of the KKK. Now they are just about as toxic as the KKK (because they are the same kind of people), and politicians are learning that it is nearly impossible to wash off the political stink. It’s a matter of survival for Republicans, so the bitter battle of the host and the parasite is about to begin in earnest.

    • CrankyToo

      Great post, Whut!

  • CrankyToo

    There’s nothing more satisfying than a Repugnican circular firing squad for pure entertainment value…


    The extremist wingnut Don Young lost in Alabama with no NRA money. The turtle will get the Wall Street masters money now. Good for America.