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Friday, October 28, 2016

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wants you to vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the upcoming midterm elections. He just can’t think of a single good reason why.

Paul all but walked back his endorsement of McConnell during an interview with right-wing radio host Glenn Beck, which was posted to YouTube on Saturday.

“Can we start with the hardest question that I have for you, and it is this,” Beck began. “Why are you endorsing Mitch McConnell?”

Paul paused for several seconds, before trying to change the subject. “Um…I’m here in Texas today to endorse Don Huffines,” Paul said.

Beck immediately began laughing, while Paul attempted to summon an answer to the question.

“Uhh, because he asked me,” Paul offered. “He asked me when there was nobody else in the race. And I said yes.”

That answer is probably not the ringing endorsement that McConnell had in mind when he jumped headfirst into an alliance with his fellow Kentucky Republican. Although McConnell and Paul got off to a rocky start — Paul won election to the Senate in 2010 by winning a Tea Party-fueled challenge to McConnell’s favored candidate, Trey Grayson, and spent much of his early time in the Senate criticizing party leadership — they have since formed a close partnership. Many observers see a quid pro quo, in which Paul keeps the Tea Party at bay in McConnell’s difficult 2014 re-election battle, and McConnell lends Paul mainstream credibility in a hypothetical 2016 presidential campaign.

Paul has helped McConnell’s quest for re-election, endorsing him — apparently, quite reluctantly — over his Tea Party-backed opponent, Matt Bevin. Additionally, the Paul family’s longtime political advisor, Jesse Benton, is serving as McConnell’s campaign manager.

Benton does not seem much happier with the arrangement than Paul does. Last year, he was caught on tape describing his true feelings about his boss, saying, “I’m sorta holdin’ my nose for two years, cause what we’re doin’ here is going to be a big benefit for Rand in ’16.”

McConnell’s campaign manager is not the only one holding his nose at the prospect of a sixth term for the minority leader. The latest polling of McConnell’s re-election campaign finds him trailing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by 4 percent, and boasting just a 32 percent approval rating in the Bluegrass State.

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  • daniel bostdorf

    “The latest polling of McConnell’s re-election campaign finds him trailing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by 4 percent, and boasting just a 32 percent approval rating in the Bluegrass State.”

    This from “day one of Obama’s presidency obstructionist GOP/Teaparty leader” is getting what he deserves…

  • Sand_Cat

    Let’s hope his mic dies at the start of his farewell to the Senate.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Rand Paul….this is the guy that stood by Herman Cain in the face of proof of Cain’s predatory nature towards women…


    quoting Paul

    “So Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), who likes to tie women up and leave them in a creek is complaining that women are entirely too sensitive these days, that “they can’t take a joke.”

    From the article:

    “This is part of a disturbing Republican trend, the denigration of women; an absolute disregard for women’s rights from womb to workplace. Women more than any other segment of our population have fallen under attack since 2010. Republicans absolutely hate women, and their words and actions are in perfect synch: the fewer rights the better. Hell, take away their right to vote too! A simple look at their long and vindictive record of legislation since the mid-term elections are proof enough of that.”“”

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    I can say this much in favor of Rand Paul. He ain’t Ted Cruz. Outside of that, I cannot think of a single thing in his favor.

  • Annemb

    It seems to me that Rand Paul is the self-appointed savior of the TGOP.

  • Bill Thompson

    To listen to the conversation of Rand Paul and Glenn Beck, would lead you to believe they are sane. They seem to have knowledge and expertise of our Constitution the first, the second, the forth, but the devil is in the details. This is part of a well thought out and orchestrated strategy that has taken place over 25 years and should be obvious to anybody that pays attention. It goes like this, draw people in with sane conversation that nobody in their right mind could deny. Now they have hooked their audience, now let’s seamlessly switch to social issues that play to the religious and conservatives. mix in marriage equality, anti-gay, abortion rhetoric, it is than a short stone’s throw to reducing the rights of a woman to be payed fairly or to have jurisdiction of her own body. The conversation then digresses into other areas that the GOP just don’t like taxes, food stamps, unemployment, regulations on banks, regulations on corporations, and what ever poison of the week is in style. Now let’s switch back to sanity and wrap the show up. For far too many people women included this theater is seen as a seamless and rational discussion. This same scenario is taking place on national television or over the radio waves day in day out year after year’s there is a seeming majority of people that listen to this and believe it. In fact they are being manipulated and as I have said before being played like fiddles by the GOP and the corporate masters funding these delusions. Than hard-working, good intentioned, God-fearing men in women go to the polls and vote against their own self interest. I am certain if we could get people to think through ALL that is being said by these puppet masters most people would be appalled and the outcome of many of these elections would be very different.

  • TZToronto

    I don’t like McConnell at all, but even I’d be able to fake a reason for endorsing him. Basically, Paul said that he got a friend request from McConnell on Facebook, and he accepted. If this is the best he can do, he doesn’t deserve to be serving KY in Washington.

  • howa4x

    Poor GOP! What’s a minority party to do? Well let’s invite the tea party in. A lot of energy but massive problems including a potential coup. Ok well how about the libertarians? No No they challenge the core of who we want to be.
    When will the GOP realize that their future as a viable national party rests with their ability to come to the middle, and not rush to the sides.