The Bigger Picture Says We Need Mitch McConnellPosted by J Craig on August 20, 2013
As a conservative grassroots guy, I realize this may not sit well with many of my fellow activists, but we actually need Mitch McConnell to win in 2014. Yes, I really said that. The Republican Senator from Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader is up against a primary challenger in Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Senate Candidate. If he makes it past this primary, which he is likely going to, he would then go on to face Democratic challenger and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentucky is where one of the most anticipated Senate races of 2014 will occur. Negative campaign ads and political battles have begun in the Bluegrass State, but now people must start to see the bigger picture.
First, many people have often considered and labeled Mitch McConnell a “RINO” (Republican-In-Name-Only) because they think he hasn’t done enough to stop the Obama agenda. They claim he often sides with the Democratic Party. They look at him being this guy who has lost his edge or only interested in himself. Allow me to address some of these concerns and explain why we need Mitch McConnell.
Senator McConnell has been the most conservative Senate Minority Leader we’ve ever had. His opponents claim that his 30 years in Congress is too much and this has caused him to stop caring about the people. I say this gives us someone with 30 years of experience in one particular field and understands extensively how the political process works. Many of us are extremely passionate and very much involved with politics, but at times we may not fully be aware of the why and why-nots of a person’s voting mentality in any given situation. When a business is dealt with two potential employee candidates with very similar backgrounds, but one has much more experience, we usually understand the reasons behind the hiring decision. It’s about experience on so many levels though, not just charisma or likeability, but having the comprehension skills and thorough understanding of an entire process. In this case, the political process and comprehending the end result from a certain piece of legislation or a specific action. Mitch McConnell gets this. He has been there and fought for Republicans every step of the way. Something the media has failed to tell you. He has fought for Kentuckians and fought for jobs. He has been a thorn in President Obama’s side that quite frankly, we need for many different reasons.
McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin attended the Campbell County Jim Bunning GOP Picnic in Kentucky a couple of weeks ago and I was able to have an extensive discussion with him. We spoke in length about many different topics and I was able to get a clear picture of who he was as a person. He is a great communicator, family man, informed, and passionate about wanting to persuade Kentuckians to vote for him over Senator McConnell. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him and he’s a guy you’d definitely want to sit and have a beer with no doubt, but he failed to differentiate himself from McConnell. He mentioned that he wasn’t looking to make politics a career choice, but he did say that McConnell could not defeat Alison Grimes. He was very confident about that. He believed that he was the better choice and would work hard over the next nine months to convince myself and others why we should vote for him. He just didn’t convince me how he is different or that he could stand any chance against Grimes and her Democratic Army of Obama friends. I went on and explained to him that we as a Republican Party needed to look at the bigger picture and what’s truly at stake, which is control of the US Senate. We need to win the Senate and we have a great opportunity to do so, but we need to get behind Mitch McConnell to help make that happen. He humbly disagreed.
Listen up fellow grassroots activists, pride is a wonderful thing and a much needed quality to have, but at times it can cloud our judgment. Sending a message by how you vote is a way to get things done indeed, but being able to take a step back and comprehend the process of everything can really put things into perspective. A perspective that can lead to a winning formula if understood properly. Let’s face it, we have lost recently and there are some major issues that need addressed, but we must have control of the House and Senate to take care of them. What I am saying is that we need to vote for Mitch McConnell in 2014 for many reasons, but we also need to realize the importance of controlling the House and Senate. This will have huge implications on what can get accomplished and will start to make things clearer on why previous decisions were made. Mitch McConnell is the best choice to beat Alison Grimes and our focus should be to win the United States Senate.
This brings me to why many people may be holding off on supporting McConnell at the moment, which is his refusal to sign onto the letter drafted by Senator Mike Lee (R – Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R – NC) to defund Obamacare through a continuing resolution. Several Republican Senators have signed it, which states they refuse to fund any part of Obamacare. This is an issue that McConnell must get behind. He has to make a stand and do something before it’s too late. He has been one of the biggest and strongest supporters of repealing Obamacare, so now he needs to back that up and defund this mess with his fellow Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. This is a crucial moment for McConnell because many see this as our last chance to do something about the ACA. On October 1st, 2013 millions of Americans will be enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges. Government funding through the Continuing Resolution (CR) will expire on September 30th. We can do something about this law before it’s too late, but it will take action. We need leadership and we need for McConnell to show his by getting behind this effort from Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Mark Meadows. Kentuckians are counting on him. Americans are counting on him.
Mitch McConnell has been on the front lines from the very beginning and all throughout the entire process of this Obamacare madness. He has openly supported the repeal of it from day one and still feels the same way, but he also understands the consequences that will come from trying to defund it. The media and President Obama will continue placing the blame on Republicans for wanting to shut down the government even though we know that won’t actually be accurate. This bill is different because unlike all of the other “imaginary” repeal bills, the Senate must pick up this one because it has funding attached to it. They will see that this bill includes funding for the entire government, except for Obamacare, which can be done. If President Obama and Harry Reid decide not to fund the government at that point, then that will be on them and not Republicans.
Mitch McConnell has also received criticism for obstructing the Congressional process in the eyes of Democrats and laying down for Obama in the eyes of some Republicans. It can’t go both ways. When you are against something enough and realize how bad it will be for the country, then you fight tooth and nail to stop it. Something he needs to do with the defunding Obamacare mess. When you’re in the fight, you also comprehend how to reach your goals by looking at the overall picture due to your current options. McConnell has navigated through the tangling webs of political power as he has battled it out with Harry Reid and Democrats, but has shown bi-partisanship when necessary. He has also fought extremely hard to stop many of the President’s horrible policy ideas. He has been a leader in Kentucky and the US Senate for decades. We need his courage, strength, and experience to stand against the Obama machine because without his stances on issues, we would be much worse off right about now.
McConnell has stood against much of what the Obama Administration has presented because it simply has made no sense for America. This is why some people think he has been an obstructionist. We should recognize his tenacity and backbone to actually stand up against the Obama agenda on many occasions. He has used his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure to slow down Obama’s destruction and actually help defeat certain aspects of it. This has been very difficult with Democrats controlling both the Senate and the White House. There is a strong reason why the President and the Democrats have been focused on going after McConnell in 2014 more so than John McCain or Lindsey Graham. Simply put, he is their biggest threat. Yes, he is the Republican Party leader, but rest assured they know how much he has stood in their way of “moving forward”. The Kentucky Senator doesn’t get the credit he rightfully deserves. He is a calculating tactician who is politically savvy enough to hold the fort down until control is again in the hands of Republicans.
Simply put, we cannot allow for Harry Reid to control the Senate any longer and we certainly cannot afford to give President Obama any more power in his last two crucial years. He does not want to be a lame-duck President, which is why he’s campaigning so hard to get his Democratic stooges elected in 2014. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s no secret he unconstitutionally delayed the employer mandate and many other parts of Obamacare until after the mid-term elections. If the law were as great as he’s always claimed it to be, he’d want it implemented right away for everyone. We know that this is definitely not the case. He did it for a specific reason. He knows just as his union supporters know that Obamacare is a jobs killer. His message is simple, to blame the Republican Party for obstructing and not getting anything done. We know he has not and will not accept any responsibilities for his failures, but let us be responsible and do what we must in order to control the House and Senate. Take a look at the bigger picture and you’ll see that we need Mitch McConnell. Rand Paul sees this. Kentuckians must see this. We’ll just see if he listens and changes his tune about defunding Obamacare, which will certainly play a key role in the 2014 elections. So yes we need Mitch, but Mitch really needs us.
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