With their ears to the ground, crystal balls at the ready and a few Magic 8 Balls for extra measure, long-in-the-tooth Republicans like five-term senator Mitch McConnell are mounting an aggressive effort to undermine the credibility of advocacy groups like the Tea Party by denying them any Senate primary victories, cutting into their fund-raising and diminishing them as a future force in Republican politics.
At the apex of the rise of the Tea Party, the conservative groups stirred up a hornet’s nest for establishment Republican candidates.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said in a New York Times interview, “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
McConnell, the GOP Post Turtle, is one of three establishment Republicans who are facing primary challengers backed by Tea Party conservative groups. The Senate Conservatives Fund, The Madison Project, and FreedomWorks are supporting Matt Bevin, McConnell’s rival in Kentucky.
"I won't let you down. I will lead with integrity…We will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear…The best conservative ideas for lifting Americans out of poverty will get a hearing," promised McConnell at this weekend’s CPAC conference.
"It was a speech by a politician," one attendee noted wryly.
Declaring the need “to crush them everywhere,” are the words of a self-serving, small-minded power hungry politician who has already been in Washington far too long.
Running to his real friends at The New York Times to trash the very people he was attempting to court just days before is loathsome and despicable. I hope Bevin wears him out in the primary. We don’t need a betrayer of limited government