Mitch McConnell (BP, KY)

Mitch McConnell is the minority leader of the US Senate, but you knew that.  He and John Boehner are the defacto leaders of the Republican Party.  Both are, for the most part, creatures of the Beltway by the simple fact of their tenure in office.  They’ve been working in Washington longer than a plurality of Americans has been alive.  They represent their constituencies, and the problem with that is that, over time, their constituents have become their beltway neighbors, not the folks who are called upon to vote them back into office next year who live in Kentucky and Ohio.

Note in the title of this post I’ve identified McConnell as (BP KY) not (R KY).  The “BP” stands for Bi-Partisan.

I consider myself to be a “reasonable conservative”.  There are places where a conservative will never, at least in the 50 or so years I’ve got left, get elected.  Most of the northeast and anywhere on the left coast for starters.  For instance, I’m not fond of Chris Christie as a presidential candidate, but I think he’s doing a good job as Governor of New Jersey.  Ted Cruz wouldn’t get elected dog catcher in New Jersey, but I’d much rather see him run for President than Christie.

Please note that Kentucky is not among the places where I don’t think a conservative can be elected.

McConnell has a long history of working with the Democratic Leadership in the US Senate and Democratic presidents to move legislation.  He’s a bipartisan man.  He’s a legislator, he wants legislation passed and if making that happen means that you sell such conservative principles as you might have, well, so be it.

Roll Call documented an encounter with a constituent – a Kentucky resident – on NPR.

Responding to a constituent who criticized him for having a partisan agenda, McConnell said: “There have been three major deals with the Obama administration — I brokered every one of them.”

But he went even further: “In fact, I’m perfectly willing to deal with the administration when I think we have the possibility of getting an outcome that’s in the best interests of the country,” he says.

“In the best interests of the country…”

The problem with Senator McConnell is that I don’t believe he understands what the best interests of the country are any more.  He’s a deal maker.  He’s not a fighter.

He’s up for reelection next year and he’s trying to polish his street cred as a conservative this year so you can expect to hear lots of stuff from the right side of Mitch’s mouth over the next 12 months.  And you’ll also see Mitch running from stuff like this.

Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch.

The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the “elephant in the room” at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island, Ga. Speaking before roughly 300 K Streeters and big donors, McConnell said Republicans will not come close to defaulting on the nation’s debts or shutting down the government early next year when stop-gap government funding and the debt ceiling are slated to be voted on again.

His remarks echoed similar comments he made following the shutdown that it was “not conservative policy” and that he always believed “this strategy could not and would not work.”


The attendee said McConnell “said everything that needed to be said” to help tamp down growing concern among bundlers and donors over how the GOP continues to be paralyzed by anti-establishment members like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Neither lawmaker attended the event.

Mitch goes to the big money guys who want to see government continue to grow and says “don’t worry baby we’re going to get the fighters under control”.

You can also bet that is music to the ears of the US Chamber of Commerce who are openly going to supporting centrist Republicans who are facing primary challenges from the right.  Oh yeah, that would include Mitch McConnell.

Mitch, I’m sure you’re a nice guy and good husband and a good neighbor.  It’s just time for you to go back to Kentucky and retire.  Do some fishing.

Start a business and figure out the nightmare that Washington’s “smarter than real folks” policy makers and regulation writers have created for businessmen.  Small businessmen that is, because the big guys love restrictive policies and lots of invasive regulation, they can afford it and it puts the real competition from small business and start ups out of business.

Do anything but go back to the Senate.  If you’re unwilling to retire like a real man, we’ll be happy to help Matt Bevin make it happen.  I made a donation.  You can be sure more of us will.

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  • jim_m

    Not so much bi-partisan as it is beltway. They represent the government and not the people who elected them.

    • M_Becker

      the Beltway is the only place BiPartisaship is valued.

  • Par4Course

    I don’t disagree with the substance of your article but try to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I work in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois. A Republican, Tom Railsback, was Congressman from our area for 17 years, 1966 to 1983. Some Republicans thought Tom was too moderate, so they ran a candidate against him in the 1982 primary. The more conservative candidate won the primary by a 2% margin but lost in the general election. Since then, in the past 20 years, we have had a Republican Congressman for exactly 2 years.

    In the U.S., incumbents win 90-95% of elections. If not defeated in a primary, Mitch McConnell will probably be a Republican Senator until he’s too old to sign his name. If a more conservative candidate beats McConnell in the primary, it will be a huge opportunity for the Democrats to win a new Senate seat.

    As a libertarian, I’d like to throw out all of our representatives, repeal about 3/4 of the federal laws and get rid of nearly all the “progress” the country has supposedly made in the last 50 years. But we aren’t going to do any of those things by criticizing Republicans.

    We have a lying, lawless, left-wing socialist in the White House, whose party controls the Senate and hopes to retake the House in the next election. We need Republicans who can win elections. Is our best victory strategy to spend our time bashing Minority Leader Mitch McConnell?

    I’m no writer and don’t have a blog, but if i were doing this for a living, I would find sufficient Democrats to pick apart without using my limited time and resources attacking GOP office holders. Remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Attack Thy Fellow Republicans.”

    • jim_m

      That last bit should be delivered to the GOP establishment, who withdrew support in the critical final weeks of the VA election. The GOP could have won the election but the beltway establishment decided that they would rather lose a governorship than let a conservative win. That is the problem with today’s GOP. They value the status quo more than they do serving the country.

      • JWH

        Bah. Virginia Republicans had a perfectly serviceable conservative in Bill Bolling. Hell, I would have voted for Bill Bolling over Terry McAuliffe, and so would a good chunk of Northern Virginia. But, no, the Virginia GOP just had to nominate Ken Cuccinelli.

    • JWH

      Remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Attack Thy Fellow Republicans.”

      That’s a load of bullocks. Republicans should certainly feel free to attack other Republicans. And Democrats should feel free to attack other Democrats. Supporting a political party is not an Unbreakable Oath.

      On the other hand, Republicans would do well to recall the Buckley rule.

  • Brucehenry

    I agree that you guys should totally contribute a ton of money to Matt Bevin and get rid of McConnell. Then Senator Bevin can join Senators O’Donnell, Mourdock, and Angle in the fight against the Commie Pretender.

  • Paul Hooson

    Business at all levels faces excessive licensing, insurance, regulations. It’s a nightmare that makes it a miracle that the economy works at all.

    • Commander_Chico

      The USA is ranked 4 out of 186 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking.

      And no, you can’t have that 15 year old from Kosovo dancing in your bar.

  • Wild_Willie

    Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. Our politico’s enrich themselves at the cost of our country’s future. They disgust me. The establishment GOP are just as bad as the dem’s. ww

  • Lawrence Westlake

    FYI, McConnell’s lifetime ACU rating is 90%, despite the fact for the past several years he’s been in leadership. So for all practical purposes this is a retarded blog post.

    • jim_m

      ACU ratings are based on votes taken and therefore do not reflect the non voting activities, what is supported and what is said, that often have far more influence on what the eventual outcomes are. The complaint against GOP leadership has been that they are too willing to compromise and unwilling to press an advantage to get concessions.

      So for all practical purposes your comment was an asinine statement, ignoring the reality of the full situation and attempting to ignore the relevant context.

  • ddnwmj

    talking about politics is not endless. they should work for the people.

    Mesin Jahit