Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rand Paul may not support Mitch McConnell for Minority Floor Leader

Ever wonder what an outsider’s voice might bring to the GOP in Washington?  Here is an example: 
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Front-runner Rand Paul said in a U.S. Senate debate Monday night that he may not support Kentucky's other senator, Mitch McConnell, for minority floor leader if he's elected.
"I'd have to know who the opponent is and make a decision at that time," Paul said in a sometimes testy televised debate, the final face off in what has become an increasing acrimonious race to replace Sen. Jim Bunning.
His chief Republican opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, said he "proudly" would vote for McConnell. McConnell endorsed Grayson in the May 18 primary. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who endorsed Paul, has been mentioned as a potential McConnell opponent for minority leader, though DeMint has said he has no such intention.
Paul is considered an outsider to the Republican political establishment, which has supported Grayson. Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, is leading in the polls. 
I agree with Rand Paul on this one. We should not automatically vote for McConnell without seeing who else might want the job. Quite frankly, I find McConnell to be a wee bit wishy washy and a good example of yesterday’s Republican.

I don’t see McConnell as fully understanding the gravity of America’s current situation. I think he still believes he is dealing with the Democrats of yesterday. I would like to see someone with a lot more bite and firmer principles, someone like Jim DeMint.
DeMint: "I feel a sense of urgency that some of my colleagues don't," he said in an interview. "The Republican Party, at least a segment of it within Washington, has increasingly joined the big-government, big-spending, earmarking ranks." 
See what I mean? Even on the House side, I would like to see someone else other than John Boenher. While more aggressive than McConnell, Boenher too seems a bit dated.


Anonymous said...

I agree! Great insight!

Anonymous said...

McConell is creepy and ineffective.

Dean said...

Is Rand Paul truly an "outsider"?

Bruce said...

DeMint is exactly right - the mainstream GOP is now more than ever an "establishment GOP" club, and if allowed to continue will assure a Dem majority for a long time. It's past due for these old professional, multi-term "GOP" Senators to be sent packing. The "go along to get along" manners of these guys does nothing but enhance dem politics - they don't reach across the aisle - why should the GOP? The Dems idea of "non-partisan" is the GOP agrees with them.

McConnell has to go, as does Boehner.

Gorges Smythe said...

I was a fifth generation Republican until I realized that I couldn't tell the party leaders from the Democrats anymore. My registration now says, "Not affiliated winh any party." Ironically, the utter insanity of the speed with which the Democrtas are morally declining may cause me to spend the rest of my life voting a straight Republican ticket as the lesser of two great evils.

Clifton B said...

Anonymous 12:23:


Clifton B said...

Anonymous 13:37:

Creepy? I would say wimpy!

Clifton B said...


Yes in regards to being part of the Washington establishment.

Clifton B said...


I agree, too many of the established GOP simply do not understand that things have changed. Many of them do not even realize that the Democrats have changed. These are not the Democrats of yesterday, these are socialists!

I want to see some new blood that have two stones between their legs. People like Bachmann, DeMint, Rubio, West. Those guys know who they are dealing with and are ready to fight.

Clifton B said...

Gorges Smythe:

You detail the current dilemma so many on the right face. The answer is to get involve and start remaking the GOP back into a conservative party.

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