Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell Likely to Prevail in Kentucky

By on 5.20.14 | 5:20PM

It's primary election day in Kentucky, the day the state's Republicans decide whether they will send a long-time Senate minority leader or a Tea Party freshman to face off with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Mitch McConnell is the Senate minority leader and won his seat in 1984. His challenger is Matt Bevin, a businessman and Tea Party candidate who told the New York Times he would make history by being the first primary candidate to beat an incumbent with a congressional leadership position.

However, the endorsement from Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior Republican senator and a Tea Party hero, went to McConnell. Bevin, despite a lot of attack ads and some time on talk radio, will probably lose. He was twenty points down in polls a week before the election, according to Politico.

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Vindicating Mitch McConnell From the New York Times

By on 3.11.14 | 3:07PM

Headlines that Mitch McConnell wants to “crush” the Tea Party are spreading across conservative websites.

But the New York Times article, which quotes McConnell, is—of shock to no one—misleading.

The piece opens by providing a background of 2010 and 2012 Senate races in which conservative activist groups supported Tea Party candidates able to succeed in primaries, but unelectable in general races.

The Times identifies groups such as the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, and FreedomWorks as similar players in 2014 Senate campaigns. In Kentucky, Kansas, and Mississippi, Tea Party candidates, with help from the above-mentioned groups, are opposing incumbents—McConnell being one of them. With those particular races in mind, and without referring to other Tea Party candidates not challenging incumbents like Greg Brannon in North Carolina, McConnell said the following:

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There Isn’t a Libertarian Case for Mitch McConnell

By on 2.20.14 | 10:45AM

I consider Jim Antle a friend. He’s one of the best political writers in Washington and he was a kind, considerate editor for me and many others during his time at TAS. The young writers he now mentors at the Daily Caller are fortunate for his guidance.

However, I think he’s mistaken to suggest that there’s a libertarian case for supporting Mitch McConnell. I agree with Jim that McConnell has defended free speech against stifling campaign finance reform laws. The National Journal piece Jim links offers a fair accounting of McConnell’s mastery of parliamentarian procedure and his willingness to fight ObamaCare behind closed doors. Fair enough.

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New GOP Strategy: Stall Immigration Reform

By on 2.7.14 | 11:11AM

Is immigration reform the Obamacare of vulnerable, incumbent Republicans in 2014? Just as incumbent Democratic senators up for reelection this year have been distancing themselves from the president and the travesty that has become Obamacare, immigration reform may pose a similar problem for Republicans facing primary opponents. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has stated that there won't be immigration reform in 2014—luckily for him, the year he’s up for reelection:

I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won’t go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step.

CNN adds that McConnell “did not take a position on the GOP outline.”

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The Senate Spectator

Nuclear Politics

By 11.21.13

The Senate became less of a deliberative body today and more of a gilded, blue-carpeted rubber stamp as Harry Reid and most of the chamber’s Democrats voted to employ the “nuclear option,” eliminating the 60-vote requirement for cloture on most cabinet and judicial nominees. The Democratic majority leader did so with the full support of the president, who lauded the Senate’s decision. But this reversal of Senate precedent and tradition will likely beget further modification of rules in subsequent Congresses.

Reid’s decision appeared at first to be bravado, no different from his threats to use the nuclear option in 2012. But this week rumors swirled, stoked by congressional aides, that Reid was serious. Today he made good on his threats, leading a vote which ended the practice of filibustering nominees as we know it. 

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