Mitch McConnell

Bad Budget Deal Clears Hurtle in Senate

Fox News Staff and AP Staff

A two-year budget deal cleared a key Senate test vote on Tuesday, despite last-ditch efforts by Republicans to strip a provision that cuts into military retiree benefits. 

Can Conservatives-GOP Marriage Be Saved?

Donna Cassata, Associated Press

Repub. leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another.

GOP Incumbents Warn Donors of TeaParty 'Dangers'

Melissa Clyne, Newsmax

Establishment Repubs. are warning important donors that they could lose support in Congress on defense contracts and other issues if they don't step up to help beat back tea party primary challenges to incumbent senators.

McConnell, Boehner Spilt on Budget Deal

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Boehner backs the Ruan budget agreement, while McConnell doesn’t. “He said he wouldn’t accept busting the budget caps,” a McConnell source stated. “They traded busting the budget caps for that deal.”

NRSC Clown's Incompetency Hurts R's

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

McConnell, Rove, and the NRSC might deliver the Senate to Harry Reid and the Dems in '14. The NRSC’s incompetent and problematic NRSC Director of Communications, Brad Dayspring, has been busy, again.

What's Behind DeMint-McConnell Feud

Jonathan Strong, National Review Online

A huge fight is a long time coming. Why? Mitch McConnell is a massive obstacle to the constitutional government DeMint has championed for decades.

US Chamber Fighting TeaParty for McC

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Bloomberg News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pouring about $180,000 into TV ads for Mitch McConnell, whose primary fight against a Tea Party-backed rival is shaping up as a test of establishment efforts to reclaim the GOP.

Mitch McConnell Declares War On Conservatives

Mitch McConnell is in trouble not because he has been “too conservative,” but because voters don’t see the difference between a big government pork barreling Republican and a big government pork barreling Democrat.

Why Does McConnell Dislike Cruz & Lee?

Michael P. Hausam, Washington Times Communities

Senators Lee and Cruz put their core principles front and center while McConnell just touts his electoral triumphs. It’s no surprise that they don’t always see eye-to-eye. The GOP can show more interest in serious tea party candidates and give them the tools to achieve victory, instead of marginalizing them.

McC's War on TeaParty Could Backfire

Danny Vinik, Business Insider

Boehner has been trying to avoid this war for years. McConnell is now welcoming it. In the crossfire are candidates like Ben Sasse who are looking to keep the support of both the establishment and conservative groups. McConnell has now made it clear that that’s not an option.

Mitch McConnell – Destined to Lose?

Mitch McConnell may be great at bringing pork back to Kentucky, but on the big issues that nationalize a campaign and draw a sharp distinction between the conservative world view and the liberal world view Mitch McConnell is in trouble because -- let’s face it – McConnell is not a conservative.

TeaParty to MM: Can't Win Without Us

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

McConnell “criticized conservative groups who supported the plan to defund Obamacare” and also criticized those conservatives who “are now actively working to defeat him in Kentucky.” McConnell “repeatedly mentioned the Senate Conservatives Fund by name.” Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer said, “An attack on SCF or any Tea Party organization or Ted C

Mitch McConnell Is Imploding

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

McConnell is effectively out of touch with the GOP base and now routinely being owned by Harry Reid and the Democrats. Worse, all he seems capable of now is lashing out at his own side.

Sen. Conservatives Fund: Nuclear Op McC's Fault

Alexis Levinson, Daily Caller

Mitch McConnell pointed to the next Congress as a time when he hoped that he, as the new Senate majority leader, could make a Dem. minority shoulder the consequences of the nuclear option vote. But Senate Conservatives Fund blamed MM for his “weakness” as a minority leader that allowed Reid to go nuclear.

ACU Taps Former Bush Squishy

Tal Kopan, Politico

The American Conservative Union announced a new executive director, tapping former George W. Bush admin. official and Sen. Mitch McConnell adviser Dan Schneider. He'll work under the direction of Chairman Al Cardenas.

Get Mitch

Jason Zengerle, Politico Magazine

Mitch McConnell may be the most hated man in the Senate, even among Repubs. His poor response to Ted Cruz after the shutdown has R's thinking that they may need new leadership.

GOP-E Threatens Right Blogger w/ Blacklisting

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

The establishment GOP unleashes thugs and threats from the NRSC and Dayspring on a conservative blogger. They'll do anything to stifle political dissent within their own party.

The Unanswered McConnell Question

Erick Erickson, Red State

Some enterprising reporter should ask Mitch McConnell this question: given that the Senate Conservatives Fund has a better record than McConnell of getting Repubs. elected to the Senate, shouldn’t he be backing Bevin?

McConnell's Line in Sand for TeaParty

Jazz Shaw, HotAir

Is McConnell somehow “giving permission” for others – from Graham to Enzi – to start putting up wanted posters of Tea Party upstarts with targets on their faces? If so, Reagan’s 11th commandment is truly out the window for both sides.

McConnell Declares War on Conservs.

Jonathan Strong, National Review Online

McConnell has warned aides that those who defect to opponent Bevins camp will get "the death penalty." He's also behind the NRSC's blacklisting of a GOP ad firm, Jamestown Associates, for working with the Senate Conservative Fund, which is helping Bevin.