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Bummer days for you, Senator McConnell. You might actually break a sweat in this next election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run.
This Mr. Bevin fellow has a couple bucks in his wallet to play with, too:
His personal wealth would be an advantage running against McConnell, who has more than $7 million cash on hand and is is actively fundraising in preparation for 2014.
I'm starting to warm up to this Tea Party thing. No putting that Genie back in the bottle, though I'm sure more than a couple establishment Republicans, like McConnell, wish they would just go away...but they can still vote Republican on their way out the door though, of course.

So can Mr. Bevin help whiddle down McConnell's war chest, or, dare we hope, actually beat him in a primary?

Going into 2014, however, Kentuckians involved in both Democratic and Republican politics believe McConnell could be vulnerable to challenges from the left and the right.
Maybe. You'd think that with a personality as lovable as McConnell's, this would be a no-brainer:
A recent survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling revealed him to be the least popular senator in the nation [...]
Now would be a great time to say:

Run, Ashley, run!

Because few things in life would give me greater joy than to see potential Democratic candidate Ashley Judd kick McConnell's ass to the curb once and for all. If Tea Party Patriotic Potential Primary Challenger and Unofficial McConnell Reelection Party-Pooper Matt Bevin can help make it happen, that's fine by me.

Besides, if the Lousiville Tea Party is hopeful, or at least wants to make it look that way, no sense standing in the way of the GOP's desire to destroy itself:

[Sarah] Duran was enthusiastic about Bevin's chances in a primary, though she said the Louisville Tea Party would not yet be making any endorsements.

"I think he would be a very formidable candidate. I think that he would have a chance of possibly beating McConnell in the primary. He knows that we like him and we think he's great," she said.
I like him and think he's great, too!

And so does at least one Kentucky-based Democratic group:

Progress Kentucky, has indicated it is willing to help boost a Tea Party challenger to help bring down McConnell.

Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky, said that while the group hadn't heard from Bevin, they were intrigued by his interest in the race.

"He hasn't reached out to us yet, but we are willing to support a candidate," he said.
Do whatever it takes to get this asshole out of the Senate, as far as I'm concerned.

To be sure, unseating McConnell won't be easy, but the more heat McConnell gets, the better.


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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:29:52 PM PST

  •  McConnell is an SOB (3+ / 0-)
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    citylights, DeadHead, cazcee

    And anyway we can get rid of him lets do it.  Of course, I want to see him lose in his primary but I want us to win in the general election if its Ashley Judd or another candidate.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:17:18 AM PST

  •  If McConnell's #1 on our "out the door" list, then (4+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, cazcee, a2nite, native

    Lindsay Graham must be the second most "end of the road/must go" in 2014. I'm more than ready to see them both go.  I just wish they could take McGrumpy pants McCain with them.  I'm fed up with republiCON obstructionism.

    And if we can help a teaparty take them down, why that's fine with long as we run a good candidate afterwards in the general (and don't run stupid ads like we did against aqua buddah. . .for all that's holy, to think that ad helped rp--agggghhhhhh!)

    "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

    by citylights on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:30:49 AM PST

    •  McCain's time will come. (2+ / 0-)
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      And he'll be on the Sunday shows even more regularly than he is now, if that's even possible... fucker's on every week. He might as well retire from the senate and do what he does best...bloviating on tv.  ;)

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 04:17:17 AM PST

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  •  Kentucky likes Judd (7+ / 0-)

    I'm a bit tired of people poo pooing Judd as a viable candidate because she's too liberal.

    It seems at least some people don't care

    Still, many residents said Ms. Judd’s character, which they admired, was more important than her politics.

    “She may be a little too liberal for me,” said Janice Taylor, a 71-year-old retiree. But neither was she a fan of Mr. McConnell’s.

    “I’ve got tired of him,” she said. “He’s always against everything.”

    Perry Dalton, 67, who retired from the AK Steel plant in Ashland, said he was a Republican but liked Ms. Judd because she was not a typical politician.

    “I know she wants to come back to help her state, her community, just from her heart,” said Mr. Dalton, holding the hand of a granddaughter before a ride on an electric indoor train at the Town Center mall. “I know she’s more liberal than me. But honesty is more important to me than anything.”

    Joan Christian, 42, a hospital technician, said she previously voted for Mr. McConnell but would not rule out Ms. Judd even because of her current residence out of state.

    “I think she’s as qualified as anyone,” Ms. Christian said. “She was an educated professional woman before she was an actress.”

    Attacks by Rove are not having the desired effect it also seems.  People know Judd lives in TN but they also know she's a hometown girl and bleeds Kentucky blue.  Also concerns of Judd depressing voters down ballot are unfounded as she'll likely have the opposite effect and entice many more people to the polls.

    McChinless squeaked by last time against less known Bruce Lunsford.  This time he'll be weakened by a tea baggers looking to Lugar him in the primary before meeting the Dem nominee, which will hopefully be Judd.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:58:40 AM PST

    •  Thanks, that's a bit of positive news (0+ / 0-)

      Heck, Kentucky might even find themselves better off without McConnell, and with Judd.

      It doesn't surprise me Rove isn't having much success, people are figuring out his game, and his tactics are getting old.

      I hope she takes the plunge...

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 04:09:19 AM PST

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  •  Worked in Missouri (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's be really blunt about what happened in Missouri.   Todd Akin had a very outside shot at winning the nomination to run in Missouri, but a lot of democrats donated to him because they knew the guy was nuts and would prove to be nuts in the general.

    McCaskill's camp took to the airwaves in the Republican primary and challenged them with the facts only: "Akin is too conservative"

    And it was exactly what the tea partiers wanted to hear.

    McCaskill, of course, wants Akin right where he is, a wounded challenger who can be beaten in November. In fact, McCaskill invested in helping Akin win the GOP primary earlier this month, spending $2 million on ads describing Akin as “too conservative.” She got her wish, as Akin won in a three-way race with 36 percent of the vote.
    There was a prevalent thought that both Brunner and Steelman would give McCaskill a race she likely couldn't win in the fall.. but Akin was a lunatic she'd roomp over.

    The problem is, the Republican base has been so bullied by their radio cohorts and media that they tend to think "NO COMPROMISES!"  And they blame the party for just dropping all those who compromise "it's all their fault!"

    So, if given the option, too many of the (R)s who show up in primaries.. who tend to be die hards.. will vote for the die hard that gets slaughtered in the general.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:20:01 AM PST

  •  As long as 21024 is………………… (2+ / 0-)
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    ahumbleopinion, DeadHead

    nothing like 2010 when a bad touped, dumb as a bag of hammers tea partier won Kentucky’s other Senate seat.  

    If Yertle is beaten in the Rethug primary, it matters not one iota if his opponent is far, far radical right, there is no guarantee that the seat will flip to Dem.  Another tea partier in the Senate from Kentucky would make me want to die from shame even more.

    The message is that in Kentucky and nationwide we must insure that 2014 is nothing like 2010. Hopefully, the Rethugs will smugly assume that 2008 and 2012 are the aberrations, as opposed to 2010, and we can whup their asses, keep the Senate and win the House (or at least further erode their majority.).

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:41:01 AM PST

    •  2014 that is............... (1+ / 0-)
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      I obviously have no proof reading skills.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:30:43 AM PST

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      •  Or... (1+ / 0-)
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        You do have proof-reading skills normally but missed one this time, being human and all... ;)

        I agree, having another Rand Paul type certainly wouldn't be fun, but removing McConnell as Minority Leader has irresistible appeal.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:33:39 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, I guess if it comes right.............. (0+ / 0-)

          down to it replacing Yertle with another tea partier would make me smile.  I do despise Yertle that much.  

          Further, we really wouldn't be any worse off. In fact, the new Senator would need a few years to get his "own nest feathering" skills up to those of McConnell.

          The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

          by cazcee on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:48:57 PM PST

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  •  A potential problem (0+ / 0-)

    What concerns me is that Kentucky is the kind of place where they'll actually ELECT a tea party imbecile. Their other senator is proof. I despise McConnell, but compared to a Rand Paul clone? Kentucky hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since...since....I don't know, Henry Clay?

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:16:25 AM PST

    •  But McConnell is actually "effective" in his way, (0+ / 0-)

      unfortunately for Democrats.  If he were to be replaced by a bagger, is there another GOP Senator who could be stronger at the job?

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:26:30 AM PST

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      •  Granted, but... (0+ / 0-)

        My preference is to keep the tea bag caucus in the Senate too small to elect the Senate minority leader. Things are dreadful now with McConnell, but I'm not sure McConnell is the worst case scenario. Think about the phrase "Senate Minority Leader Inhofe" or "Senate Majority Leader Cruz"

        The horror. The horror.

        If we can get the Republicans to nominate someone too loony to win in November, great. But I'm not sure there is such a thing as too loony if you're talking about Kentucky.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:54:30 AM PST

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  •  Divide and conquer -- a tried and true strategy. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Mitch "there's not enough money in politics" (1+ / 0-)
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    McConnell, is, truly, the most corrupt member of the U.S. Senate...having said (and never backed away) from his ludicrously out-of-touch notion that, not only are those folks, like myself, who think that there's too much money influencing politics...but McConnell thinks that "there's not enough money in politics." That line should be THE campaign theme of anyone running against him, from either the left or the right.

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