The Tea Party on the run…except when it’s not Kentucky Edition

by Datechguy | January 29th, 2013

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The Tea Party on the run...except when it's not Kentucky Edition

King Edward (Long­shanks) I: I shall offer a truce and buy him off.

Brave­heart 1995

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Fran­cois de La Rochefoucauld

Today the Wash­ing­ton Post is all over a poll show­ing trou­ble for Mitch McConnell:

Only 17 per­cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers in Ken­tucky say they will vote for him in 2014, includ­ing only 34 per­cent of Repub­li­cans. Thirty-​four per­cent of vot­ers plan to oppose him, 44 per­cent want to see their other options, and 6 per­cent are not sure.

Politico jumps on it and notices that Democ­rats are hop­ing to do what they did in Mis­souri, dan­gling dol­lars pre­empt­ing a strong tea party can­di­date (such as a Sarah Steel­man sup­ported by Sarah Palin sup­ported) in favor of a weak tea party can­di­date (such as Todd Akin) in the pri­mary instead.

Inter­est­ingly enough Mitch McConnell is also mak­ing moves to pre­empt the tea party. Rather than tak­ing the Mitt Rom­ney “destroy the Paul Peo­ple” route he has not only reached out vic­to­ri­ous Tea Party can­di­dates who he opposed but their staffs too:

Now, Paul is sup­port­ing McConnell’s reelec­tion bid. And much to the cha­grin of tea party activists look­ing for a McConnell pri­mary chal­lenger, Massie has emphat­i­cally said he won’t take on McConnell. The con­ser­v­a­tive con­gress­man is even sched­uled to be a fea­tured guest at a McConnell fundraiser in Feb­ru­ary in North­ern Kentucky.

And one of McConnell’s first moves in his cam­paign was to hire a trusted aide of the Paul fam­ily — Jesse Ben­ton — to run his campaign.

Sen. McConnell is a true friend of the tea party and is work­ing to help carry their voices in Wash­ing­ton,” said Ben­ton, who led both Ron Paul’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Rand Paul’s 2010 Sen­ate race. “As I talk to grass-​roots activists across Ken­tucky, I am very pleased at my recep­tion and the great rela­tion­ship we are building.

and McConnell has sud­denly showed up at tea party events:

FRANK HAR­RIS: As far as I’m con­cerned, bring­ing Mitch in just shows that Mitch is afraid. He finally has to acknowl­edge the power, and the strength, of the Tea Party Movement.

BAI­LEY: Still, McConnell received a warm recep­tion, and polite applause, from the Tea Party crowd. Louisville res­i­dent Jim Coyle MC’d the event. He admits he doesn’t agree with McConnell on much but will back him, anyway.

JIM COYLE: We have put out invi­ta­tions to Sen­a­tor McConnell before. And he hasn’t responded — and he hasn’t replied. But he did decide to come work with us on this one, so I’ll take him at his word. And we’ll work on Oba­macare, one step at a time.

The var­i­ous mech­a­niza­tion are to some degree unin­ter­est­ing, after all this is the way pol­i­tics is done but I find one ques­tion very interesting:

Since the elec­tion the media has been telling us the tea party is weak, the tea party is irrel­e­vant, the tea party is finished…

…if this is true, why is the left even con­sid­er­ing deal­ing with them to defeat or weaken or Mitch McConnell and why is McConnell court­ing them to keep it from happening?

King Edward (Longshanks) I: I shall offer a truce and buy him off.

Braveheart 1995

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Today the Washington Post is all over a poll showing trouble for Mitch McConnell:

Only 17 percent of registered voters in Kentucky say they will vote for him in 2014, including only 34 percent of Republicans. Thirty-four percent of voters plan to oppose him, 44 percent want to see their other options, and 6 percent are not sure.

Politico jumps on it and notices that Democrats are hoping to do what they did in Missouri, dangling dollars preempting a strong tea party candidate (such as a Sarah Steelman supported by Sarah Palin supported) in favor of a weak tea party candidate (such as Todd Akin) in the primary instead.

Interestingly enough Mitch McConnell is also making moves to preempt the tea party. Rather than taking the Mitt Romney “destroy the Paul People” route he has not only reached out victorious Tea Party candidates who he opposed but their staffs too:

Now, Paul is supporting McConnell’s reelection bid. And much to the chagrin of tea party activists looking for a McConnell primary challenger, Massie has emphatically said he won’t take on McConnell. The conservative congressman is even scheduled to be a featured guest at a McConnell fundraiser in February in Northern Kentucky.

And one of McConnell’s first moves in his campaign was to hire a trusted aide of the Paul family — Jesse Benton — to run his campaign.

“Sen. McConnell is a true friend of the tea party and is working to help carry their voices in Washington,” said Benton, who led both Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate race. “As I talk to grass-roots activists across Kentucky, I am very pleased at my reception and the great relationship we are building.

and McConnell has suddenly showed up at tea party events:

FRANK HARRIS: As far as I’m concerned, bringing Mitch in just shows that Mitch is afraid. He finally has to acknowledge the power, and the strength, of the Tea Party Movement.

BAILEY: Still, McConnell received a warm reception, and polite applause, from the Tea Party crowd. Louisville resident Jim Coyle MC’d the event. He admits he doesn’t agree with McConnell on much but will back him, anyway.

JIM COYLE: We have put out invitations to Senator McConnell before. And he hasn’t responded – and he hasn’t replied. But he did decide to come work with us on this one, so I’ll take him at his word. And we’ll work on Obamacare, one step at a time.

The various mechanization are to some degree uninteresting, after all this is the way politics is done but I find one question very interesting:

Since the election the media has been telling us the tea party is weak, the tea party is irrelevant, the tea party is finished…

…if this is true, why is the left even considering dealing with them to defeat or weaken or Mitch McConnell and why is McConnell courting them to keep it from happening?

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