It’s Imperative For Conservatives Who Want To Move The GOP To The Right That Matt Bevin Defeat Mitch McConnell
Let me start out by saying a few things I like about Mitch McConnell…
His dedication to the First Amendment is outstanding and in stark contrast to a lot of politicians, including Republicans.
He’s done a good job as Minority Leader. He’s mostly held his caucus together and he’s done what he could where he could to advance conservative policies.
I would not have picked him as a target of the effort to push the GOP to the right. I think this is far too personal between Jim DeMint and his supporters and McConnell. Moving the GOP to the right has to be about business and personal fights are bad for business.
That said, if you care about putting pressure on the GOP from the right, McConnell has to go. The fight is ill conceived in my opinion but once made, it has to be won.
The GOP “establishment” (as always, for want of a better term) is feeling pretty good about the recent push-back against conservative insurgents and interest groups trying to force the GOP to match its actions and words. The only way to get the GOP back in its box is to actually take some of them out.
If your main weapon to keep officeholders in line is mobilizing voters against them in primaries, you have to actually deliver votes against them. If targeted members win even though they are voting against the interests of conservatives, the fear will be gone. The leftward drift we’ve seen from the House this year will only get worse and Senate Republicans will know the leash has been removed and a full-fledged stampede to “moderation” and “bi-partisanship” will ensue.
Once threats are made and challenges issued, no matter how ill-advised some might be, the only option is victory.
Denying profligate spender Thad Cochran renomination in Mississippi or ensuring that Rob Maness defeats “establishment” choice Bill Cassidy in Louisiana would be great news, it won’t have the same impact as defeating the incumbent Senate Minority Leader.
Notice I haven’t said anything about McConnell’s challenger Matt Bevin. I honestly don’t know anything about him. Ideally politics is about issues and candidates but sometimes it’s just about tactics. The McConnell-Bevin race is about much more than the GOP nomination for Senate in Kentucky. It’s a proxy fight that is greater than either of the candidates individually.
I think it’s the wrong fight at the wrong time but as the saying goes, ”When you strike at a king you must kill him.” Do that and you will do a great deal to ensure that the GOP is responsive to the right. Fail in this fight and the forces of moderation and compromise in the GOP will be emboldened.