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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kentucky’s 2014 Senate race seems to get more and more negative every day.

While most of the nastiest attacks have been traded between between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the latest broadside against McConnell comes from his own party.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a right-wing PAC which has made its name attacking Republican politicians for failing its various ideological purity tests, released a vicious ad on Tuesday accusing McConnell of “trying to bully and intimidate conservatives just like the IRS is.”

“Mitch McConnell tried to silence conservatives, calling them traitors, who he ‘wants to punch in the nose’ for criticizing his liberal votes. And McConnell told other conservatives they’d get the ‘death penalty’ for opposing him,” the ad charges. “McConnell even tried to intimidate conservative Matt Bevin to stop him from running. Why? Because Mitch McConnell is desperate.”

“If he wants to vote like a Democrat, he can become a Democrat. And if he wants to act like the IRS, he can get a job with the IRS,” the ad concludes. “But don’t try to fool conservatives by pretending you’re one of us, Senator McConnell. You’re not.”

As The Washington Examiner’s Byron York points out, several of the charges in the brutal ad don’t stand up to scrutiny (for example, there is no evidence that McConnell called conservatives “traitors,” and the only group that he said he wanted to “punch in the nose” is the same Senate Conservatives Fund PAC that created the ad).

It’s also unclear if there’s anything that the Senate Conservatives Fund can do to help Bevin make up his double-digit deficit to McConnell, especially in light of his massive financial disadvantage.

The ad represents the Senate Conservatives Fund’s second attack against Republican leadership in as many days; on Thursday, the group petitioned for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to be replaced with a “true conservative.”

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  • Sand_Cat

    “Some of the charges don’t stand up to scrutiny”?? Say it ain’t so!

    Has any charge made by the tea party and other conservatives in the last 10 years (at least) stood up to scrutiny?

    • iamproteus

      “Has any charge made by the tea party and other conservatives in the last 10 years (at least) stood up to scrutiny?”

      Hmmmm. Can’t think of one offhand. But if the conservatives are hell-bent on eating their own, I don’t have a problem with that!

  • Daniel Jones

    By the standards of this group, rationalists have to consider “true conservatives” as an oxymoron–emphasis on the *moron*.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Yup,they sure don’t have much oxy-gen or otherwise.

  • pisces63

    I remember dressing for work the day after the 2008 election. What I saw on CNN and others, never watch that other one, was Mitch McConnell and his Kluckkers frowning and ranting about how they would do everything in their power to not let this president succeed in anything. That’s when I knew this country had a veneer of change and the rotten roots were still there. The midterms proved me correct. NOW, look at him. Trying to keep HIS job. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Karma’s a bitch. In my black baptist church, we say let go, let God. He’s about to show them all. They are the red states, most of them, who are feeling his unnatural fury now, aren’t they?

  • Dominick Vila

    How far is the Tea Party willing to go to make sure the most radical elements among us are elected to high office? What is their goal, besides doing everything they can to roll back Civil Rights, and impose medieval concepts on everyone regardless of what we think? These people are dangerous. Their radicalism and intolerance make Mitch McConnell look benign.

    • Mark Forsyth

      You aint just whistlin’ Dixie Dominick. I wonder if there is a way for us to encourage and foster more of these attacks and discontent inside that misbegotten group.Anything that hastens their destruction is a good thing.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Considering all the crap McConnell has pulled over the years, I am very glad to finally see him getting a taste of his own medicine. I am only sorry that they decided to go after him once he decided to start doing the job he was elected to do – LEGISLATE! as opposed to obstruction. Does Matt Blevin have a chance? I don’t know, but he will give old Pruneface a good run for his money. And every word he uses to run against Blevin can be used by Grimes in her campaign in the general election.

  • howa4x

    Dr. No getting a little bit of his own medicine is all this is about. He was the one that used to make unsubstantiated charges when it suited him. Now the worm turns. This also highlights the fact that the tea party is becoming unmoored from the GOP establishment, and their own harsh brand of purity is all they care about. They are becoming what the Taliban is to Islam. If enough true believers see no difference between McConnell and democrats, they might sit home on election day. Why have an apostate that they have to defend when they could have a democrat they can attack for her policies in office, and build their base. This could be a McConnell nightmare.

  • Jambi

    The “hog-jowled Turtle-Man” is on the ropes again…he deserves every bit of the scorn he’s receiving from both parties

  • dpaano

    It’s pretty hilarious that the GOP is now fighting against themselves!!! At least it’ll keep them busy enough! What a bunch of hypocrites…..and they get worse before they get better!!

    • daniel bostdorf

      GOP dog eats GOP dog…