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?