There’s been a deep division between the Tea Party and the Republican Party establishment of late which has included Senator Mitch McConnell. He is by no means at the top of the Tea Party’s favorites list, but he’s also been calling for a ‘war on the Tea Party’ so it’s mutual. So where does this put our Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul, who is currently endorsing McConnell’s reelection?
“I think there’s growing pains is a better way of putting it,” said Paul on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “I have been involved in the Republican Party since I was a kid. I was there in 1976 at the Republican Convention. …[Even then,] there was a fight going on tooth and nail for the heart and soul of the party.”
“And so I think parties, particularly when they lose a presidential election, do struggle and I think we are going through that…”
“And I think we have finite resources and we should direct those resources towards the people who really are causing problems in our country, and those are the Democrats. And you have people like Senator Pryor from Arkansas, Senator Landrieu from Louisiana, who have been big supporters of ObamaCare and big supporters of you losing your insurance, of specifically being canceled under ObamaCare.”
“I would rather direct our resources towards trying to take over a Republican majority than trying to eat our own.”
Like Paul says, instead of dividing the party, they should be consolidating their power against their true opponents, the Democratic party. The Democrats already have a huge hit because of Obamacare. The Republicans need to focus if they’re going to take the Senate.
Although Matt Bevin (McConnell’s Tea Party challenger) may not be a concern during the primary, according to Paul on Lexington Herald-Leader, the general election could be close. If McConnell does win the primary, he is expected to face Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes who is slightly more popular than McConnell in their home state. If you follow polls like the PPP, McConnell isn’t scoring many points on the home front. (On the other hand, Kentucky sure likes Rand Paul!)
Meanwhile, McConnell made a recent trip up to Bowling Green to get his re-election filing papers signed by Paul, according to Lexington Herald-Leader. Even then, it still looks like McConnell’s re-election will be a fight and not just against Democrats. His alliance with Paul may shield him from some of that Tea Party heat, but it’s hard to say whether or not that will be enough.
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