Ah, Simon and Garfunkle were so prescient with their lyrics to their hit, "The Sounds of Silence." It could very well be the love theme (remember how every movie soundtrack used to have a "Love Theme") from the Mitch McConnell reelection campaign.
This past week, Mitch McConnell picked up the phone, dialed a number and confidently put he receiver to his ear. He listened as he heard, Ring. Ring. Ring. Then a "Hello."
"Yes, Kentucky Tea-party? This is House Minority Leader Mitch..."
Click. The phone went dead.
McConnell figured it must be a dropped call. He dials again and gets the same result.
He was part right thinking it was a dropped call. But to be completely accurate, it was a dropped candidate.
It appears that, according to GOP USA, the tea party is not coming forward with a much needed endorsement for the senator. This is almost unheard of. They're turning their back on one of their own. And they're not alone. Seems the only one alone at the moment is Mitch, the candidate.
Around the Tea Party world, The Sounds of Silence are playing loud and clear.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a darling of the Republican Party's conservative wing, didn't offer a word of support for party leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, when asked if he would back McConnell over Tea Party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in the primary.
"That's a decision for the people of Kentucky to make," Cruz told NBC News recently.
Gee, the poster boy for the Tea Party is shunning him like a BREAKING AMISH cast member going off to Florida. Surely he can't be getting the cold shoulder from rookie Ted Cruz. Definitely the Cavalry will ride to McConnell's rescue after all of the obstruction Mitch has caused in the good name of the GOP. He's not going to be left hanging.
And Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told NBC News to "pretend we never talked" when he said he thought McConnell was "very capable of taking that challenge on himself."
Of course Mitch is capable. He's fooled the people of Kentucky since first elected in 1984, close to thirty years. He must have made some solid friends in the senate in that amount of time.
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah -- who threatened to shut down the federal government if his effort to defund President Obama's healthcare law fails -- says he'd love to talk to McConnell about the initiative but walked off when asked about whether he planned to support Bevin or McConnell.
"You've gone off topic," he told NBC News. "Thank you though."
Well if that don't beat all. What a slap in the face.