Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knows that 2014 could be a long year for himself and other Congressional GOP colleagues who’ve variously attempted to conceal their RINO hearts with occasional weak overtures toward highly self-willed Tea Party conservatives.
With election season in high gear, there’s a lot of lost ground to recover with conservative voters and not much time to do it. But Washington careerists like McConnell are too elite and too aloof from their constituents to understand that they couldn’t make up the ground they’ve lost — even if the campaign season were 100 years long.
Empty symbolic gestures like the one McConnell attempted Monday represent more of the same from the unprincipled, spineless RINO set — intelligence-insulting, eleventh-hour photo ops that are designed to remind conservative voters that the GOP at its most moderate is supposedly less repugnant than any alternative.
From The Hill:
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to emphasize his Tea Party ties Monday by signing papers to file for reelection with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
In a video released Tuesday, McConnell is shown signing his filing papers with Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R), who are both Tea Party favorites in Kentucky.
McConnell, long a target of grassroots conservatives, is facing a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin, who has already won the backing of some prominent national conservative groups.
The incumbent has been working to shore up support on his right flank for months. He won Paul’s endorsement and has emphasized conservative causes, like the Balanced Budget Amendment. He voted against a two-year budget deal approved by Congress last month.
In the filing video, titled “United,” Paul touts McConnell’s work as GOP leader in the Senate.
“What he has done, and what allows him to be the most powerful Republican up there is that he can pull people together,” Paul says, “United on ObamaCare. United for a Balanced Budget Amendment.”
Paul’s comments answer another attack McConnell is facing from his left flank, where he’s up against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes — that his leadership abilities have waned and his seniority in the Senate has made him simply out of touch with Kentucky.
It’s a ruse that infuriates the Tea Party — in part, because it bears the obvious signs of the RINOs’ manifest lack of sincerity. And it doesn’t help when anonymous insiders or hot mics catch people like McConnell saying stuff like the Tea Party is “nothing but a bunch of bullies” whom the GOP establishment intends to “punch” in the nose.
Lundergan Grimes, McConnell’s likely Democratic challenger, is onto something: McConnell is out of touch, and his spineless leadership represents a great squandering of his position of power within the Senate.
What’s more perplexing is Paul’s willingness to get this cozy with McConnell — a conservative albatross in his home State — in front of jaded conservative voters.
As surely as the GOP believes some of Paul’s Tea Party sheen can magically rub off on McConnell, it must also realize McConnell’s lukewarm leadership, lacking for a principled ideological foundation, can stain the conservative reputation of anyone who dares stand too close.
Please, Rand, just step away.