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The DeMint-McConnell Feud:
A History

National Review, by Jonathon Karl

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Posted By:tisHimself, 12/3/2013 12:42:06 PM

As he was ascending to the pinnacle of power in the Senate Republican conference almost exactly seven years ago, Mitch McConnell planted the seeds of a feud that could conceivably end his career this May. Democrats, capitalizing on the public’s weariness with the Iraq War and outrage at the GOP’s Abramoff-era corruption, had taken control of both houses of Congress. And McConnell had been unanimously elected minority leader. As they are today, Republicans were searching for a way to reconnect with the public. McConnell, for example, canceled an annual lobbyist-funded retreat at the tony Greenbrier resort in West Virginia in favor of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/3/2013 12:54:46 PM     (No. 9638469)

We need a DeMinty fresh start.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: dwa, 12/3/2013 1:42:23 PM     (No. 9638539)

“I got $500 million for Kentucky,” he said at one stop. “Which part of that would you like rather seen go somewhere else? That statement is a perfect example of why we need to get rid of this "caver". It probably never crossed his mind to not spend the $500 million. We need to get rid of people like him, Collins, Graham and McCain. They are all too steeped in the "old senate ways" -- which means spend, spend, spend.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 12/3/2013 2:09:30 PM     (No. 9638574)

After the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, "DeMint surveyed the wreckage. ´He asked himself what Republican had done with their majorities in the Bush years to advance conservative principles,´ a Republican close to DeMint recalls. The answer was, to DeMint, not much."

I like someone who learns something from their mistakes. DeMint clearly did. McConnell clearly did not as evidenced by the $2 billion dam earmark earlier this year.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/3/2013 2:16:13 PM     (No. 9638582)

It is clear what sort of man McConnell is and it is distressing to see that so many Republicans are STILL willing to settle for such mediocrity rather than fight to have a real principled Senator for Kentucky. More evidence the GOP structure rotting from the head on down. DeMint being considered such an enemy of the establishment tells you all you need to know.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MissMolly, 12/3/2013 2:22:04 PM     (No. 9638588)

"a real principled Senator for Kentucky.."

I´m pretty sure Kentuckians want that, too, but are they sure Matt Bevin is the one? I just read about Bevin getting $200,000 in taxpayer grants to rebuild his uninsured manufacturing plant in Connecticut. Maybe he can explain that away and maybe Kentucky GOP will nominate him. I´m watching this race. It´s too bad there isn´t a third person in the primary.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 12/3/2013 3:24:11 PM     (No. 9638684)

What you´re doing #6 is throwing crap on the wall and seeing if any of it sticks. That´s the progressive way.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/3/2013 3:53:06 PM     (No. 9638713)

#6, perhaps this will clear it up for you:

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/mcconnell-fudges-facts-in-attacks-on-bevin/


Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has gone to great lengths in ads — both Web and paid — to discredit the conservative credentials of his Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin. But his attacks have often stretched the truth or outright misled viewers.

?A TV ad paints Bevin as a serial tax delinquent on his business and vacation home. But a town manager credited Bevin with resolving the company’s tax problems after taking control of the family business, and a tax collector said a change in mortgage companies was to blame for a missed property tax payment on the vacation home.
?In campaign ads, on Twitter and on a dedicated campaign Web page, the McConnell campaign has tagged his opponent “Bailout Bevin” — a moniker that refers to Bevin’s companies accepting $200,000 in state grants. But the aid came after the company was destroyed by a fire, and at the urging of town and state officials who sought to preserve jobs and a local historic treasure.
?A Web ad repeats a video clip of Bevin saying, “We’re on the same team here,” to a group of Democrats at a political event. But the quote is taken out of context. Bevin made a comment about Kentucky being a great place to live and joked that it was OK for Democrats to support that sentiment.
?The Web ad strings together out-of-context facts to challenge Bevin’s conservative credentials. It claims Bevin “effectively supported” Democrat John Kerry because he backed a third-party presidential candidate in 2004. It also says he donated to two Democrats, which is true, but one of them was a founder of the Louisville Tea Party.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/3/2013 3:55:23 PM     (No. 9638714)

Excuse the question marks in post #8 - I didn´t post them - the showed up in the transition somehow.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/3/2013 3:55:39 PM     (No. 9638715)

Wow. I knew some of this stuff...but definitely not all of it. I do remember when Mitch stabbed Senator Bunning in the back to "give" his seat to Trey Grayson, a pudgy, self-satisfied moderate who called himself Mitch´s boy! It was a pleasure to vote AGAINST Trey and for Rand Paul.

One thing I didn´t know was Elaine Chao, Mitch´s wife now works for Jim DeMint. I´ll bet those are some interesting staff meetings. (Altho DeMint is a perfect Southern gentleman and Elaine is very professional.)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/3/2013 4:18:12 PM     (No. 9638735)

There is much more info about the mistaken accusations by the McConnell campaign against Matt Bevin at:

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/mcconnell-fudges-facts-in-attacks-on-bevin/

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/3/2013 6:05:37 PM     (No. 9638901)

If you believe the headlines about McConnell and the $2 Billions for Kentucky, consider yourself among the gullible and LoFos.

"The provision would steer $2.918 billion in funding to the Army Corps of Engineers for the Olmsted dam and lock project on the Ohio River, and would benefit Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois."

One more point, the Bill was initiated by Sen Alexander of Tennessee.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/3/2013 6:07:14 PM     (No. 9638902)

I should have given the link for the quote above and forgot.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/shutdown-deal-includes-nearly-3-billion-for-kentucky-dam-pro


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/3/2013 11:12:26 PM     (No. 9639195)

It would seem folks are actively spreading disinformation about McConnell´s primary opponent. That surprises me--Oh wait, it doesn´t surprise me at all. Here´s something I posted on 23 September:

"I have yet to see anything concrete about Bevin being bad. No doubt I soon will. He´s running against a GOP establishment leader. So it´s only a matter of time before the opposition research machine favored by Rove et al cranks up on Bevin. The oppo droppers here on this site will ensure we see all of it."

It´s getting old, ladies. And very, very predictable.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/4/2013 12:05:41 AM     (No. 9639252)

Game ball XIV!

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