March 10, 2014

Ryan v. McConnell on the Presence of a Republican ‘Civil War’ (See Update)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:53 am

Paul Ryan:

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says there’s no civil war in the Republican Party.

“I don’t think there’s really this vast civil war in the Republican Party like many in the left like to suggest there is,” the Wisconsin Republican said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think we’re a party with a vibrant debate, adding ideas, solving problems, and I think we’re going to be OK.”

Someone forgot to tell Mitch McConnell (HT RedState):

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” Mr. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said in an interview, referring to the network of activist organizations working against him and two Republican incumbents in Kansas and Mississippi while engaging in a handful of other contests. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

This is pretty rich, given that his fellow Bluegrass State senator Rand Paul is in the top tier of GOP leaders as seen by the grass roots, and was one of the noteworthy additions to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body in 2010. McConnell should be grateful that his term wasn’t up in 2010, because Rand Paul would have beaten him like a drum.

If Mitch McConnell had his way, sensible conservatives wouldn’t have Paul, Mike Lee of Utah, or Ted Cruz of Texas representing them in the Senate. We also wouldn’t have stellar congressmen like Kentucky’s own Tom Massie, who represents the northern part of the state. Enough said.


UPDATE: Well, not enough, now that I’ve found this excellent writeup by Don Todd at

To keep things simple let’s just look at the 2012 Senate elections.

Scott Brown the incumbent Senator from Massachusetts who was elected by promising to be unreasonable about Obamacare came to Washington and joined the smart set. With all the advantages of incumbency he managed to get 46 percent of the vote against the fake Native American Elizabeth Warren. He now is threatening to screw things up for the GOP in New Hampshire.

In Florida, Connie Mack IV son of the former reasonable Republican Senator Connie Mack III managed to round up 42 percent of the vote against Senator Bill Nelson who has a hard time stringing three words together.

Former reasonable Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan got 38 percent against Debbie Stabenow whose approval rating has never been much over 40 percent.

Former ultra-reasonable Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson got 45 percent for an open Senate seat in New Mexico.

Tommy Thompson, the former Governor of Wisconsin who also occupied a chair in the Bush Cabinet collected 46 percent of the vote to lose to Tammy Baldwin by 5.5 percent in an open seat race. Ms. Baldwin’s main claim to fame is that she is a self-proclaimed lesbian making her another first in the Senate.

Denny Rehberg even managed to lose in a state that Romney carried by nearly fourteen points. Rehberg lost by a reasonable 4 points.

Romney received 58.3 percent of the vote in North Dakota. In an open seat race North Dakota’s only Congressman Rick Berg lost to Heidi Heitkamp who ran on the issues of putting politics aside and being North Dakota nice. It is unclear what issues Berg ran on. …


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