Mitch McConnell

Back to the Future: Mitch McConnell edition

 "It's Time for New Leadership in Washington"

As a political junkie, I like good campaign ads. Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary in Kentucky, is out with a powerful new ad that reminds voters how Senator McConnell originally made his way to Washington.

Using McConnell’s own words from 1984, Bevin reminds voters McConnell charged Walter “Dee” Huddleston, his incumbent opponent:

“The Kentucky Senior Senator voted 20 times since he’s been there for spending money that we didn’t have. In other words, increasing the debt ceiling or for budget deficits.

“And now as we move toward the election year, he complains about the deficits and acts like a fiscal conservative. We’re all suffering. And our future as Kentuckians depend on obviously people like our Senator, who has let us down.

Today in Liberty: Harry Reid is the new Nancy Pelosi, taxpayers subsidize state-owned businesses

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— Harry Reid is the new hotness: The Senate majority leader is the villain in this year’s mid-term election, in case you haven’t already noticed, and he’s one that can be used in both House and Senate races. “A GOP strategist said Pelosi is still No. 2 on the list of liberal villains that scare conservative donors into action, after President Obama. But others say Reid has become a more compelling bogeyman,” The Hill explains. “The main reason? Pelosi no longer runs the House after the GOP reclaimed the lower chamber in 2010. Republicans have been unable to strip Reid of his majority leader title, but they think this will be the year they do that.”

— Al Gore is still around: And he’s stull super serial about climate change. After three  pretentious opening paragraphs, Politico Magazine catches us up on what former Vice President Al Gore is doing these days and his frustrations with the lack of action on climate change. Basically, big money and the Koch brothers are blamed. Oh, and when asked if he’ll run for president again, Gore said this: “I am a recovering politician. And the longer I avoid a relapse the more confidence that I will not succumb to the temptation to run yet again. But I’m a recovering politician. I’ll just leave it at that.”

Keystone XL delay puts Democratic Party ahead of national interest

Barack Obama

The State Department announced on Friday afternoon that it will extend the review period on the proposed northern route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, citing “on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state.”

“The agency consultation process is not starting over. The process is ongoing, and the Department and relevant agencies are actively continuing their work in assessing the Permit application,” the State Department stated in the release, adding that it “will give the agencies sufficient time to submit their views.”

The State Department and other federal agencies are determining whether the TransCananda-backed Keystone XL pipeline is in the United States’ “national interest.” The new northern route, proposed after President Barack Obama rejected the original track, was submitted in September 2012.

The State Department didn’t give any indication of how long agencies need to assess Keystone XL, which has already been extensively studied. State recently concluded that pipeline would have little impact on the environment, also noting that alternatives would result in higher carbon emissions.

Some observers have already surmised that a decision on the pipeline may not come until after the 2014 mid-term election.

Today in Liberty: House to vote on Ryan budget, Second Amendment hero passes away

“Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s it, in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, free from meddling by politicians and government bureaucrats, as long as they don’t hurt other people, or take other people’s stuff.”Matt Kibbe

— White House suggests amendment to limit free speech: While Shaun McCutcheon was touting last week’s big win for the First Amendment, White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer preached doom and gloom, suggesting that a constitutional amendment to limit free speech “may be the only option” to undo recent court rulings.

Today in Liberty: North and South Korea trade fire, Obama’s NSA reforms face big hurdles

“I think the impressionable libertarian kids are going to save our nation. The impressionable libertarian kids are saying, wait a second, benevolence is fleeting, and when benevolence is gone, you’re at the mercy of an all-powerful government and it’s too late.”Igor Birman

— North and South Korea exchange fire: North Korea decided to test fire some artillery into the ocean because Kim Jong-un wanted some attention. That led to a response from South Korea, though neither side fired any artillery on land or military installations, according to the AP. “North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang’s frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid,” the AP reported this morning. “No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, but Kim called the North’s artillery firing a provocation aimed at testing Seoul’s security posture. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.”

Today in Liberty: FEC wants answers from Harry Reid, pollster warns Democrats on Obamacare

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— Harry Reid’s campaign expenditures come into question: So…the FEC wants details about $16,786 in “holiday gifts” purchased for donors and supporters of Friends of Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader’s campaign name. “The gifts,” Jon Ralston reports, “were purchased from his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who is a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, CA. The gifts were later passed on to donors and supporters, a Reid spokeswoman told me.” Reid’s campaign tried to hide the disbursement by listing his granddaughter’s name as “Ryan Elisabeth” rather than disclosing her full name. The FEC has given Friends of Harry Reid until April 25 to respond to its inquiry.

Today in Liberty: #LibertyKaraoke raises $9,000 for Massie, Democrat says Constitution is 400 years old

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— Establishment strikes at Amash: Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-MI) primary challenger, Brian Ellis, released the first ad of his fledging campaign, falsely attacking Amash for supporting “gender-selection abortion.” Amash’s campaign says that the measure in question “would not have made a single abortion illegal,” rather his spokesman said that it “would have created a thought-crime.” Amash has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life for the current session. Politico recently reported that donors are abandoning Ellis’s campaign, so take the ad for what it is: desperation.

Mitch McConnell escalates rhetoric against Tea Party, then tries to walk it back

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made no secret of his contempt for the Tea Party movement and insurgent primary challengers looking to take down a handful of Republican senators.

There is a lot of bad blood between McConnell and Tea Party and conservative groups backing primary challengers to Republican senators.

McConnell, who seems poised to defeat a primary challenger of his own, has declared war on one group in particular, the Senate Conservatives Fund. He told the Washington Examiner late last year that this group, which endorsed his primary opponent, is “giving conservatism a bad name” and “ruining the [Republican] brand.”

One would think that McConnell would temper this sort of rhetoric as Republicans enter a crucial election year in which control of the chamber is on the line. But rather than appeal to a sizable chunk of the Republican base, the Minority Leader escalated his anti-Tea Party rhetoric in an interview with The New York Times.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said in an interview for a story that ran on Sunday. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Today in Liberty: Some Dems missing from “talkathon,” election day in FL-13

“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand

— Oh, Fox News, STAAAAAHP: Another morning, another anti-Edward Snowden rant on Fox and Friends. “Edward Snowden is a terrible person, the worst in the world. Here’s a clip of Charles Krauthammer agreeing with me.” Yeah, there are some legit complaints about Snowden, like his seeking asylum from Russia, not exactly a bastion of liberty, but the guy tried to handle things the right way by taking his concerns about the NSA’s surveillance programs to his superiors. They didn’t listen, so he went to the media. In our minds, Snowden is more a hero than anything else for exposing programs that ignore the protections guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment. We also believe that he’s raised some other excellent points about the federal government wasting its resources. But neo-cons are gonna neo-con, and don’t you dare ever question them.

Today in Liberty: Texas kicks off 2014 election cycle, foreign policy hawks slam Rand Paul

“Once the principle is admitted that it is duty of government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments.” — Ludwig von Mises

— Happy Primary Day, Texas: Our friends in the Lone Star State head to the polls today for the first round of congressional primaries for the 2014 election cycle. Jamie Dupree has a run down of some of races in Texas, including incumbents who have challengers. The one race to watch will be in TX-32, where Katrina Pierson is challenging Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). The conservative activist-turned-candidate has received support from Sarah Palin and several outside groups. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is facing primary challenges from his right, is expected to win renomination.

— McConnell open to bringing back filibuster: Per The New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hints that he’s open to restoring the filibuster for executive nominations. “If the American people give us the opportunity to put the Senate under new management, it is an appropriate discussion at that time for the new team that would be taking over the Senate,” McConnell told the Times. “It is a conversation for December.” Senate Democrats gutted the filibuster in November in an effort to distract from the disastrous Obamacare rollout and pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 


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