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Mitch McConnell tells NYT he wants to crush young conservative challengers like Matt Bevin

Written By | Mar 13, 2014

HOUSTON, March 12, 2014 – In a recent interview with The New York Times McConnell said “I think we are going to crush them  everywhere… I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country… I know this:  Politics doesn’t like losers, if you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.”

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally let America know who his true opponents are, and they aren’t the Democrats. When asked about conservative candidates like Matt Bevin, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in the upcoming 2014 election, he said he is going to “crush” them. Although McConnell has recently been attempting to walk back those comments, it should be very apparent to all Americans that the highest ranking Republican in the Senate sees a large portion of the very people he allegedly represents as his opposition that he wants to “crush.”

McConnell is a perfect example of what the establishment GOP represents. He talks a tough game and then folds and hands the Democrats exactly what they want almost every time. He is less principled than all of the Democrats – at least they, for the most part, are clear about their intentions and their dislike for traditional American values and the free market system. McConnell, like the rest of the GOP leadership in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, talks a good conservative game but never follows through.

For example, in February of this year, when the Republicans in the Senate raised the debt ceiling again, McConnell refused to fight to combine raising the debt ceiling with any spending cuts, or other Republican priorities like the approval of the Keystone pipeline. He wanted to give President Obama exactly what Obama asked for: another blank check to spend two trillion dollars. He had planned to sit back and allow the Democrats to pass the debt ceiling hike with only Democratic votes, and then go home to his constituents and argue that he never voted to give Obama another two trillion dollar blank check.  

Sen. Ted Cruz objected, which made the requirement for the bill to pass, 60 votes, rather than the usual 50. McConnell was very upset that his shell game was up and that he would actually have to be on record voting to raise the debt ceiling. In the end, he was one of a few Republicans who voted to hand Barack Obama exactly what he asked for, without an attempt to force the Democrats to make a deal.

Sen. Cruz released a statement following the vote which perfectly sums up the GOP establishment’s role in Washington and their attitude towards their constituents:

“Today’s vote is yet another example that establishment politicians from both parties are simply not listening to the American people. Outside the Beltway, Americans of all political stripes understand that we cannot keep spending money we don’t have.

“Some members of Congress care so much about being praised by the Washington media that they’re willing to mortgage our children’s future,” Cruz added. “They pretend we don’t have a problem and can just kick the can down the road.

“Let’s be clear about the motive behind this vote — there are too many members of Congress who think they can fool people and they will forget about it the next week.

“But sometimes, come November, the people remember.”

McConnell, and the rest of the GOP establishment, are snakes in the grass which makes them more dangerous to the future of this country than the Democrats could ever be. That is why McConnell’s comments about conservatives are so important and so telling. Regardless of what he has said in the past and what he will say in the future, conservatives must never forget that he truly wants to “crush” them and make them political losers.

McConnell, like the rest of the GOP ruling class, sees politics as a game. The Tea Party and other conservatives understand that the future of our country is at risk. The Democrats are fundamentally transforming our society and destroying our Constitutional structure at a rate that this country has never experienced before. The GOP establishment is concerned about making sure they can keep their cushy jobs with all of the benefits that come therewith. Meanwhile, this country is at a tipping point and if the leader of the GOP in the Senate is talking about political winners and losers within his own party, he is completely out of touch with the American people and must be ousted.  The good news is that conservatives and the Tea Party can make this happen in just a few months.

McConnell has been in the Senate for 30 years now and is currently trying to get elected to his sixth term. A constitutionalist businessman from Kentucky, Matt Bevin, however, has different plans for Sen. McConnell. Bevin is running against McConnell in the primary, and even though he had zero name recognition in Kentucky when the race started, his candidacy has gained the support of almost every major influential conservative group in the country and McConnell’s lead in the polls is quickly slipping.

Bevin’s website gives the correct impression that he is a true constitutionalist who believes in America’s founding principles. It states, “Matt is a firm believer in this country’s founding ideals: Individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. He is a job creator who believes American taxpayers deserve more than the failed policies of recent decades – more than the repeated bailouts, tax increases, amnesty, automatic debt-limit increases, congressional pay raises, and backdoor special-interest deals. It is time to hold our representatives in Washington accountable. It is time to elect leaders who know from personal experience how the economic wealth of our nation is created. It is time to ensure, for future generations, the continued opportunity to pursue the American Dream. It is time to take our country back.”

McConnell’s comments should act as a call to action for conservatives around the country. The Tea Party and anyone who believes in our founding principles and the Constitution need to take a stand against snakes in the grass like Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP establishment, who care not about the fate of this country but only whether they can “crush” a large portion of those who they are supposed to represent so they can keep their cushy job.

30 years in the Senate is long enough for Mitch McConnell, and the state of Kentucky is extremely lucky that they have such a principled, constitutionalist like Matt Bevin who will not only oust McConnell but immediately become a very valuable member of the small core of true principled, conservative fighters in the United States Senate.

The GOP ruling class sometimes forgets who is responsible for snatching the gavel and the speakership from Nancy Pelosi and who will be responsible if the GOP takes the Senate in 2014. Sarah Palin’s line from her incredible keynote speech at CPAC last weekend deserves repeating: “You didn’t build that. The Tea Party did.”

For more information on  Matt Bevin, visit his website.


James Richard

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