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Offline happyg

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McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« on: November 25, 2013, 05:33:59 PM »
By Alex Roarty
When Mitch McConnell wants to destroy you, you'll know it.

The Senate minority leader has declared war against the Senate Conservatives Fund, an outside group supporting his Republican primary opponent, Matt Bevin. But rather than moving on and focusing on his Democratic opponent, McConnell and his allies have trained their attacks on SCF and its allies—with no apparent endgame in sight.

The latest salvo came Monday, when National Review published a story that detailed the Kentucky senator's deep displeasure with Nebraska GOP candidate Ben Sasse for being endorsed by the conservative group. McConnell let him know about it during a one-on-one meeting earlier this month.

"As he walked out of the room, Sasse turned to [McConnell adviser Josh] Holmes—'That didn't go well!' " wrote NR's Jonathan Strong.

The report also revealed that pressure from "McConnell allies" forced SCF's bookkeeper into leaving the group last week.

Right now, McConnell is fighting a three-front war: Bevin, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, and the outside conservative group. At times, his campaign seems most focused on the latter:

– In early November, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it would not issue contracts to Jamestown Associates because of the work the conservative consulting group did with SCF. This moment, according to Republicans on both sides of the feud, was the spark that lit the fuse of the ongoing battle.

– The no-holds-barred approach to outside critics was best described by Holmes, in the same New York Times story. "SCF has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into," Holmes said. "The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell's bar and he doesn't throw you out, he locks the door."

– An NRSC spokesman criticized SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins by name in a National Journal story about the Michigan Senate race.

– Last month, McConnell said in a conference call with GOP donors that SCF needed to be punched in the face like a schoolyard bully, according to the Washington Examiner.

– A spokeswoman for McConnell's reelection campaign called criticism from SCF blaming McConnell for fallout over the nuclear option "profoundly stupid."
http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline-on-call/mcconnell-amps-up-feud-with-conservative-group-20131125

 


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Re: McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 05:43:31 PM »
Someone ought to clue Mitch in on the first rule of holes!

First rule of holes "When you find yourself in a hole STOP DIGGING!"
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Re: McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 06:01:59 PM »
Someone ought to clue Mitch in on the first rule of holes!

First rule of holes "When you find yourself in a hole STOP DIGGING!"
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Yep! And we have a couple here who blame Cruz and others, when the name calling is from the GOP.

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Re: McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2013, 06:51:22 PM »
Someone ought to clue Mitch in on the first rule of holes!

First rule of holes "When you find yourself in a hole STOP DIGGING!"
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Yep! And we have a couple here who blame Cruz and others, when the name calling is from the GOP.

Seems to me Mitch is actually on the other side of the aisle and is perfectly happy as long as he can keep his cushy position and the perks of the job.  The man has never held a job other than political office - something he and the Won have in common.
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Re: McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 06:57:08 PM »
Someone ought to clue Mitch in on the first rule of holes!

First rule of holes "When you find yourself in a hole STOP DIGGING!"

You just can't fix stupid.
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Re: McConnell Amps Up Feud With Conservative Group
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2013, 07:08:50 PM »
You just can't fix stupid.

American's were busy living their lives and letting congress and the senate just percolate along in their own little insulated bubble -- both parties -- and they grew used to the autonomy they enjoyed as a result of our silence. Now they are partly in shock and partly rebelling - sort of like kids who've been allowed too much leniency and suddenly the parents crack down on their actions and they fight back the sudden burst of authority.  We have awakend and are cracking down and these lifers in DC are flailing around fighting back. For some reason they think the K-Street crowd - you know the people who have bought and own them - have the votes they need so they can continue business as usual and ignore us the people. I don't think so....
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