Mitch McConnell

KY GOP Wants Fed. Probe of Dem. Senate Primary

Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times

The Kentucky GOP wants federal prosecutors to investigate claims by Dem. U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry that he was offered favors from contender Alison Lundergan Grimes to drop out of the race.

Biggest Thing You Can Do to Improve GOP: Defeat McConnell

Erick Erickson, Red State

When you beat the sitting Senate Repub. Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.

Anxious McConnell Touts TeaParty Ties

Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill

In a recent video, McConnell is shown signing his filing papers with Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R), who are both Tea Party favorites in Kentucky. 

Conservatives Pick Biggest Losers of 2013

CHQ readers have spoken and, next to President Obama, they overwhelmingly chose establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner as CHQ’s Biggest Loser of 2013.

Who, Aside From Obama, Was the Biggest Loser of 2013?

We think the most interesting year-end political question is not who the biggest loser is, but who, aside from Obama, is the biggest loser of 2013? Here are our nominees. Please let us know what you think or add yours in the comments section, and don't forget to take our "biggest loser of 2013" poll, we will report the results in the New Year's Eve edition of CHQ.

Rove's Crossroads Reloads Against TeaParty

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Karl Rove's American Crossroads brand was damaged after it declared war against conservatives. Yet the group will try to influence the '14 elections with bullying and creating groups that, on the surface, don't seem to be affiliated. "Kentuckians for Strong Leadership" is curiously backing McConnell while getting most of its cash from Crossroads donors. 

Crony Capitalists Seek Protection

Angelo M. Codevilla, Library of Law and Liberty

Mitch McConnell confessed to big business bureaucrats that he and other Establishment R's want to remain their link to gov't money and favors. He asked them to open their wallets lest his kind be overwhelmed by Tea Party conservatives — the real threats to the gov't spending and regulations by which big business thrives.

Boehner's Betrayal of His Party

Jenny Beth Martin, New York Times

The founder of the Tea Party Patriots writes, "When establishment Republicans call spending increases spending cuts, deny that raising taxes is a hike, and champion deficit reduction that doesn’t scratch the surface of our nation’s debt, it suggests a detachment from the facts."

McConnell Nearly as Unpopular as Obama

Keith Brekhus, PoliticsUSA.com

A recent survey finds that Mitch McConnell is despised by KY voters, with 31% approving of his job performance and 61% disapproving. He's become almost as unpopular as Obama in the deep red state.

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.