Chief obstructionist and Obama-basher Mitch McConnell is not conservative enough for the Tea Party cultists in Kentucky. Polls, election results, and common sense observation show that most of the country is, if anything, becoming more liberal. Yet, the TPers believe they can win by pushing farther and farther to the right. We have a very large block of voters in this country who are out of touch with their neighbors, with events in the real world, and with reality in general. This strikes me as very dangerous, as they will seek more and more irrational and crazy explanations for their failure to win at the polls.
The Tea Party candidate is activist and businessman Matt Bevin, a former Army officer and a very active Southern Baptist from a prominent manufacturing family. He is a nice man by all accounts (especially by Tea Party standards) but has no experience at all in elective office.
In 2010, Kentucky elected Rand Paul to the United States Senate. A man who had absolutely zero political experience (outside of riding his father’s coattails) prior to his election. Essentially, the people of Kentucky elected a man because of how radically “anti-government” his father was known to be.
A few years ago, there’s no way Rand Paul gets elected to anything in Congress above possibly a no-name Congressional district like his father was. Yet, thanks to the tea party movement, he’s now a United States Senator.
Then there’s Mitch McConnell. The man who flat-out said, “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office.”
You can watch him say it here:
This is also the Senate Minority Leader who’s presided over record-setting obstruction in the United States Senate. This Senate has broken records for the frequency at which the filibuster has been used to block legislation.
So McConnell has clearly not been someone liberals would embrace and call “a moderate Republican.” In fact, I’ve never talked with a liberal who can stand him.
Yet even with his level of obstruction and blatant attempts at sabotage of anything and everything President Obama wants, apparently he’s still not radical enough for the tea party.
They’re gathering momentum to get behind Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin to oust McConnell so he won’t be the GOP candidate during the general election.
It doesn’t help that McConnell is actually trailing in polls right now to his Democratic challenger, Alison Grimes. Still, there has been talk that the tea party was targeting McConnell long before Grimes began leading him in polls.
And it’s something you’re seeing all across the country in districts or states where the almighty tea party doesn’t feel the incumbent Republican is conservative enough for their radical ideologies.
Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be conservative enough for the tea party. That’s not an opinion, that’s just a fact.