Arrogant Mitch McConnell Thinks He’s Invincible and Can’t Lose the Kentucky Senate Race

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo | Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo | Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

Money isn’t everything, and it can’t buy you love. Republicans should have learned this in 2012, when Mitt Romney had all of the world’s big money behind him and he still couldn’t buy enough lies to win against Barack Obama.

In a new memo to be released Friday by the Grimes campaign that was obtained by PoliticusUSA, senior advisor Jonathan Hurst pointed out that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) feels pretty invincible these days. Hurst observed that while McConnell has spent $10 million dollars, he’s still failing.

The fail, “One thing is indisputable over the last seven months: the braggartly, swaggering thirty year Senator’s Washington-style campaign is floundering. Before Alison entered the race, Mitch McConnell boasted that he would easily dispose of any opposition, proclaiming that “when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, even went so far as to say that they would run ‘the best statewide campaign in the history of United States American politics.'”

Hurst continued, “The evidence over the course of the campaign reveals exactly the opposite. Not only did Benton flop out of the gate, confessing that he was “holding his nose” to work for McConnell, but he also failed to keep out a self- funding, Tea Party primary opponent in Matt Bevin who has drained valuable time and resources from their campaign coffers.”

Republicans like Mitch McConnell appear to actually feel so emboldened by Citizens United that they feel invincible. McConnell has already spent $10 million on this race, and yet he is either head to head or trailing Alison Grimes in polls, and that was before his epic gun waving fail at CPAC.

David Corn, Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau chief, exposed a tape of McConnell made in February of 2013, in which he and his campaign discussed how they would destroy any opposition, “I assume most of you have played the, the game Whac-A-Mole?” (Laughter.) This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign…when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” How’s that “whac-a-mole” working out for McConnell so far? Not so much.

McConnell still seems to think he’s the inevitable, entitled owner of the Kentucky Senate seat he’s had since 1985. Indeed, the Republican strategy of selling discontent with D.C. might finally be splashing their party with the dumb mud, as ABC reported, “Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Has Reached 25-Year High.” This explains why the Kentucky Senator has also been pitching himself as the candidate of “change”, which is a really bizarre attempt to make himself the Kentucky Obama.

McConnell for “change”, but without the actual change. No policy changes, just more rhetoric while he gets even richer.

In spite of their rather startling misplays and the ineptness of their strategy, McConnell’s campaign seems to believe that this is in the bag, and no doubt the millions pledged from outside money give McConnell a sense of confidence. But that confidence may be misplaced. Republicans tried to buy 2012, and the only place they managed to win elections were places they had gerrymandered, but even so, they lost House votes. Money can buy you a lot of lies and attack ads, but it can’t buy you love.

And while many are fooled by attack ads, sometimes they backfire. Note the boomerang effect that some GOP suffered in 2012, thanks to SuperPAC attack ads whose messages they couldn’t control as well as they might have liked. The bottom line is that Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney really do think money can buy them anything. While they excel at the dirty ugly, they seem not to realize that the Internet can factcheck them in real time.

So when Mitch McConnell unloads his millions of outside dollars onto Alison Grimes, and attacks her like he was planning to attack Ashley Judd, the Internet will be there to factcheck Mitch. McConnell and his team seem desperate to cast Alison Grimes as Obama, but even Obama polls higher than McConnell in Kentucky right now. And in this scenario, Mitch is the Mitt, and Mitt lost. Sure, it’s Kentucky, but Grimes is a pragmatic centrist.

Mitch McConnell and his team better man up, because so far they’ve been playing a rather inept game of dirty pool sans any ideas or positive themes. If McConnell plans to run on demonizing Alison Grimes, he’s in for a bit of a shock.

Mitch might want to wake up – it’s not the 1960s and he’s not the inevitable winner. He isn’t even a sure bet over his Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin right now.

18 Replies to “Arrogant Mitch McConnell Thinks He’s Invincible and Can’t Lose the Kentucky Senate Race”

  1. Willard Romney thought it was in the bag too and look what happened. Sore loser is still crying to anyone that will listen.

  2. Every time I see this guy I cant help but think how butt ugly he is seriously. I dont usually put any emphasis on a persons looks but its like carnival attraction. I think these lifetime politicians are in for a big surprise in November.

  3. First, I live in Kentucky and know the pulse of the state. Bevin will get clobbered in the primary. THere is no way that this state will elect a liberal Democrat with ties to Barack Obama, a man who is despised here.

  4. Mitch thinks the Teathug scheme,supress votes or cheating will win or maybe subotage the voting machine,other than that he is surely a loser.

  5. But you would elect a man that would take away healthcare that your popular governor signed into law. Oh snap, its Obamacare. Lay off the moonshine and educate yourself

  6. Mitch McConnell knows that his time is up in office go home and cry like Romney is doing.Truth is people like them dont deserve to be in office they do not care about American people,but only their pockets.If anyone is voting republican with knowing how they are can go straight to hell with them.

  7. Maybe he has one of those pollsters, as Mitt did, who projected a win based upon some statistical gimmickry, suggesting that they’d never been wrong.

    Unfortunately, they’d never been wrong, because they’d never made an actual projection before 2012, when they adjusted all of the data for all of the previous races to fit a particular profile of voters that would match Mitt winning, fictionally, to what occurred in the past to other wins, in reality.

    C’mon on, Mitch.

    Tell us your secret.

  8. I’m not sure I believe your claim that KY’s voters won’t elect a democrat to the U.S. Senate, especially in light of the fact that the state has a democratic governor and Allison Grimes is already KY’s Secretary of State. This means enough voters liked her politics well enough as recently as 2012 to vote her into this position. I would believe your claim if she was an unknown, but she’d NOT.

  9. ABC reported, “Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Has Reached 25-Year High.” Every voter in America should have this in mind when voting!

  10. I lived in KY. In most of the state alcohol prohibition still exists. They mistrust the government and hate Obama. McConnell will win unless someone does a good job getting people to register and vote, as the right literally busses the rural churchpeople to the polls. Just as Mitt Romney and Todd Aiken thought they had it in the bag and God ordained they should lead, McConnell would be shocked if he lost. It would be an awesome moment, just to see that silly smile disappear.

    Besides, he looks like a muppett. I always said “never trust a man with no lips.”

  11. Its amusing to watch the thugs go down in flames. They really delusional and think the other 99% will sit by quitely.

  12. Kentucky is unpredictable. Far more registered Democrats than Republicans. A majority supported Clinton but KY was also the #2 Bush supporter in the country after Texas by percentage. Tends to vote Republican for national elections and more Democratic for local. We’ve had only one Republican governor in the last 40 years and he only lasted one term. Governor Beshear is still very popular and he has received a bit of fame for embracing Obamacare. The media has held KY up as a success story. No one seems very outraged that I can see, beyond a few Tea Party blowhards.

    It will be tough to beat Mitch but it’s entirely possible. It took years to defeat Congresswoman Northup but we did it and now we have Yarmuth with one of the most liberal voting records in the House.

  13. Any celebration until Grimes has it in the bag is premature. I can only hope that enough Kentuckians are fed up with the antics of McConnell and Paul to vote for her and send McConnell packing. He deserves a resounding and humiliating defeat because of his record of deliberate obstructionism. He is utterly useless.

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