A fledgling Tea Party movement led to impressive gains for conservative Republicans in the midterm elections of 2010. As this November’s midterms approach, however, a similar conservative uprising is already receiving fierce opposition not only by Democrats, but by those in the GOP establishment desperate to retain their power.
Chief among these intraparty antagonists, it seems, is Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. In a recent New York Times interview, he revealed his not-so-secret animosity toward Tea Party challengers.
“I think we’re going to crush them everywhere,” he asserted, apparently dismissing the widespread disappointment with his party’s ineffective stance against the Obama administration’s devastating leftist policies.
He predicted the Tea Party will not “have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
In addition to the interview, McConnell has released a new campaign ad directly targeting the Senate Conservatives Fund, which seeks to replace McConnell and other Republicans with individuals more in line with the GOP’s right-wing base.
Matt Hoskins leads that committee and contends McConnell’s protest is actually a good sign for his most recognized challenger, Matt Bevin, and other Tea Party primary candidates across the U.S.
“Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in this primary,” he said, “or he wouldn’t be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives.”
The Senate’s highest ranking Republican, Hoskins said, is really upset with the Senate Conservatives Fund “because we’re spending money on radio and TV ads that expose his record of voting for bailouts, more debt, higher taxes, and ObamaCare funding.”
While achieving a Republican majority is a major goal for conservatives in this year’s election, millions of voters realize that objective alone will not bring about any real change in America. Furthermore, continued weakness within the party will likely guarantee further Democrat wins in subsequent races.
As former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CPAC attendees last week, voting for unprincipled, ineffective politicians simply based on party affiliation might result in “a win for a Republican candidate but a devastating loss for America.”
–B. Christopher Agee
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