The Tea Party “Patriots” went to a lot of effort in Kentucky, but apparently educating themselves about the three main players was not a part of that expensive effort. Upon Matt Bevin’s primary loss, Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin put out a Kentucky Senate press statement that refers to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as “Alison Graves”. They also failed to endorse Mitch McConnell, instead issuing demands he needs to meet in order to get their support.
Mike Memoli of the LA Times DC Bureau shared a screengrab of the fail on Twitter:
The Tea Party Patriots want Harry Reid to lose his job as Majority Leader of the Senate, but Mitch McConnell better sell some liberty and get off of that amnesty bus he rides around in first. Also, he must kill Obamacare, which he cannot do, and no one in his party will do, no matter what they promise. Note that the Tea Party don’t call it “Kynect”, which is Kentucky’s name for Obamacare and it polls pretty well there, too. In fact, a plurality of Kentuckians like Obamacare, so long as it’s called Kynect. So, the Tea Party Patriots expect Mitch McConnell to kill Kynect, even though people have already signed up for it and like it.
Apparently no one told the Tea Party Patriots that Mitch McConnell’s job was to destroy the Tea Party in Kentucky, and he did that. He barely acknowledged Matt Bevin during the entire primary, but now McConnell is pretending to be BFFs with the Tea Party favorite.
It’s no wonder why the Tea Party is failing to be brewing, with this kind of total lack of awareness. No, their press releases don’t have to be perfect, and were they really a grassroots movement, no one would expect them to have perfect press releases. But they should know the names of the three big players in the Kentucky Senate race. There were only three of them, and now there are two.
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