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Mitch McConnell On Tea Party Challengers: 'We Are Going To Crush Them Everywhere'
You know that old bromide, "Turn about is fair play?" Well, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R - Kentucky) just got a double dose of it.
How's that feel, Mitch? How's it feel to be responsible for same-sex marriage in your conservative state? Or partial birth abortions?
Seems when you're down (as he is to Alison Lundergen Grimes (D - Kentucky) in the 2014 senate race) the rats come out of the woodwork to bite you. The rat's name is Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin. He doesn't stand a chance to defeat McConnell in the primary, but he can sure fuel the fires to vote Democratic, or just stay home in the general election.
Bevin's attack ad, as amazing as it is funny, teaches you that if you play with fire, you might get burned. You get what you give. You've made unfounded attacks on Obama. Well here you go. A taste of your own medicine, only this time from your own party. Ever get the feeling even your own family doesn't like you? Mr. Minority Leader, put on your thick skin and don your laughing shoes:
Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:
I've seen my share of Western Jesus depictions, and in none of them was he openly carrying a firearm -- holstered or not. In the depths of Kentucky, however, an enterprising Baptist LLC has found a solution to the sticky wicket of their parishioners not being sufficiently armed to attend Sunday School, the movies and P.T.A. meetings ... Church Suppers featuring sides of Salvation 'an A Gun Raffle.
According to Chuck McAlister, a former pastor and Outdoor Channel hunting show host, over 1,600 men made “professions of faith” at about 50 gun giveaway events last year. The hillbilly handouts managed to lure over 500 people out of their homes on a snowy January day to a gun event at Highview Baptist Church. Sixty-one of those men “made decisions to seek salvation,” according to McAlister. According to Paul Chitwood, the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s executive director, “it’s been very effective.”
Baptist Churches in the great state o' Kentucky will continue these genius Giveaways By God, in hopes that free Baptist weapons are continuing to make their way into every home near you. In order to take their place by the well-guarded Family Bible and the Ronald Reagan tribute wall.
The clever Kentucky Baptist Convention skipped increasing alms for the poor, and went straight to arming them. That should be helpful in rural areas where Tea Party militia already have slots and costumes open.
Vote in 2014, liberals ... look what we are up against!
Finish the satire over at Americans Against the Tea Party.
Kentucky, home of the Derby and that's about it for anything else of consequence. It does have Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul as their senators and neither of them is worth a spit. And a lot of Kentuckians agree. Especially Matt Bevin who's the Tea Party candidate challenging McConnell in the primary. He doesn't currently stand much of chance, but you never know. The land of moonshine might take to Bevin's new attacks and place even more pressure on the Senate Minority Leader.
Matt Bevin, the Republican vying to knock off Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in a primary, suggested Wednesday that legalizing same-sex marriages could lead to marriages between a parent and child.
Bevin, a businessman who has criticized McConnell as a Washington insider lacking conservative bona fides, said the problem with gay marriage is that it changes the definition of marriage.
So, according to the challenger, Bevin, he's adding the hidden threats of gay marriage (actually technically same sex marriage) to the list of McConnell accomplishments. I think this is kind of a reach but you decide for yourself.
Gay marriage has become a bit of a flash point in the Kentucky race after a U.S. district judge ruled Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Bevin said he was “deeply disappointed” about the decision, and tied it to McConnell, hammering the senator for recommending that John G. Heybern II serve on the federal bench.
But this is a primary and candidates love to play footloose and fancy free with the facts. so while he's at it, Bevin draws what could be construed as a link between same sex marriage and incest and pedophilia. Why stop there. Once again, his link is a bit specious:
"If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it — so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise."
Gotta hand it to the Tea Party. They can connect the dots to anything they wish -- whether or not it makes sense. Now I'm not rooting for Bevin's competition. Mitch McConnell's over-served his time and over-stayed his welcome in Washington. I'm supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat in this race. But it never hurts to see what the Tea Party throws out there and what sticks.
We know what stinks -- and that's either of the GOP candidates in the Kentucky primary. So we'll have to see what kind of aroma the good people of the Blue Grass state like more. This is shaping up to be a real fun 2014 campaign.
Oh, Mitch. What are you up to now?
Well, first comes the attack on his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell and company thought they had found a new angle to use against her. A way to get women to vote for McConnell and not his female opponent. Truthfully it's going to take a lot of mass hypnosis to make that happen, but if anyone can do it, its the suave and debonair Senator Mitch M.
The formulating attack is interesting, if not a confused one. The Republican party in ol' Kentuck is going to paint Grimes as anti-woman. Yes, they're saying that the Grimes, the female Kentucky Secretary of State, doesn't care about protecting women. Here's how The Hill put it:
The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to return a $500 donation from director Woody Allen, who has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over the reemergence of sexual abuse allegations against him.
Now I don't know about you, but these are charges that are more than a decade old and have been revived recently and rebuked by the victim's own brother, Moses. But another brother, Ronan Farrow (MSNBC) supports his sister's claims. So there isn't even consensus within the family whether or not these heinous events ever happened.
Most likely we'll never know the truth. And it's always so much easier to believe the alleged victim and despise the accused predator in sexual cases like these. But many times they pan out to be nothing more than manipulations of angry individuals. What's worse than being accused of committing a sexual crime? Committing it on a minor.
This may be a true accusation against Woody Allen. Then again it could be the work of a manipulative parent, in this case actress Mia Farrow, wishing to destroy the reputation of her former partner. Daughter Dylan Farrow may be telling the truth, or the truth as it was pounded into her by a manipulative mother. Like I said, we'll probably never know.
But what is certain is that no official charges have been levied against Woody Allen. And therefore, why should Alison Lundergan Grimes return a $500 campaign donation from someone who's never been charged with a crime?
Yet the story gets better.
“If Alison Lundergan Grimes really cares about standing up for Kentucky women, she should return both former Representative John Arnold’s and Woody Allen’s donations to her campaign," said Kelsey Cooper, communications director for the Kentucky GOP.
Spokesperson for the Kentucky GOP and Mitch McConnell operative Kelsey Cooper is spearheading this attack. Never heard of her before? Well, maybe here's a quick education on this fine woman from Kentucky.com
FRANKFORT — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension after being arrested Saturday night in Lexington for driving under the influence, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said Monday.
She failed multiple field sobriety checks and a Breathalyzer test, which showed her blood alcohol level at 0.184, according to the citation. It is illegal in Kentucky to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
"She obviously made a mistake and she knows that," Robertson said of Kelsey Christine Cooper, 23. "I hope she learns a valuable lesson from this. She has been an important part of our team. We'll just go from here."
I would say that making unsubstantiated claims against Woody Allen by Ms. Cooper, a criminal herself, is a bit hypocritical. If McConnell thinks Grimes should return the money, don't you think he could have found a better spokesperson? Driving under the influence as his State Party operative, Cooper did could have injured or killed many innocent people. Should all of her donations to the Republican party be returned and perhaps she step down for her endangerment to the entire state?
I think not -- yet unlike Woody Allen, Kelsey Cooper was found guilty.
Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned here. When you've spent years in the Senate as Mitch McConnell has, and voted so often against women's best interests, it might behoove you to find a better way to attract women to your campaign than putting a convicted drunk woman out there as your image of a representative to draw in the female vote.
What's next Mitch, will your new posters have a barefoot, pregnant woman making her man breakfast before he goes out to work in the dirty-coal mines?
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