“Team Mitch” has a message about the $340,000 attack ad that the Senate Conservatives Fund is airing about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accusing him of “doing nothing” about scrapping “Obamacare:”
These are the same DeMint-inspired people who brought the Republican Party Sharron Angle, Richard Mourdock, Christine O’Donnell and Todd Akin, Tea Party-backed Republicans who proved too severe for moderate voters — costing the Republican Party chances to overthrow Democratic senators during the last couple of election cycles.
So says Jesse Benton, manager of McConnell’s re-election campaign in Kentucky, where a Tea Party-backed Republican is trying to unseat the Senate minority leader in their party primary. McConnell, his argument goes, is the party’s best chance of holding the seat that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is attempting to take next year and helping the party win control of the Senate.
McConnell’s manager has responded to the newest TV attack ad by noting that in Nevada, Indiana, Missouri and Delaware the selections of far-right Senate nominees forfeited the party’s chances of making McConnell the Senate majority leader.
South Carolina’s Jim DeMint, then a senator, put his Senate Conservative Funds PAC to work for Angle in Nevada in 2010. The Tea Party Express-backed candidate lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by a margin of 50.3 to 44.6 percent.
In Indiana, the DeMint-backed Mourdock defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in the primary, only to lose in November 2012.
In Missouri, even DeMint’s group was hard-pressed to finance Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign for Senate after he made politically fatal comments about “legitimate rape.” Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was easily re-elected.
In Delaware, DeMint’s committee ran ads calling Democratic Sen. Chris Coons Reid’s “pet.”
DeMint later left the Senate and went on to lead the Heritage Foundation.
The Republicans already have made some missteps in the Kentucky campaign — with the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Brad Dayspring recently calling Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, “an empty dress.”
“Alison Lundergan Grimes seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts, and faced with questions, either directly parrots the talking points handed to her by [Sen.] Chuck Schumer or she babbles incoherently and stares blankly into the camera as though she’s a freshman in high school struggling to remember the Cliffs Notes after forgetting to read her homework assignment,” NRSC Communications Dayspring said in an email to The Hill on Monday. “They say you can’t be something with nothing, but Alison Lundergan Grimes seems determined to test that theory. She’s an empty dress.”
In Kentucky, the PAC is attacking McConnell, who faces a primary challenge by Matt Bevin, a wealthy Louisville businessman.
Obamacare starts Oct. 1, the ad targeting McConnell says — though it’s actually the enrollment in the health-care exchanges created state by state that starts then, with other elements of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act already in place. “What’s Mitch McConnell doing? Nothing. McConnell is the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamacare. What good is a leader like that?”
The group says the ad will run on network and cable TV stations across Kentucky through Sept. 17 at a cost of $340,000.
McConnell, of course, is all for the repeal of the president’s health care law, yet he and other Republican leaders maintain it’s a waste of time to talk about defunding a law that the president supports.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Shocker! Obamacare is terrible for <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Kentucky&src=hash”>#Kentucky</a>! RT if you want to <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23REPEAL&src=hash”>#REPEAL</a>, & sign the petition: <a href=”http://t.co/Dp0tGSJ8T6″>http://t.co/Dp0tGSJ8T6</a> <a href=”http://t.co/KDgOcq77po”>pic.twitter.com/KDgOcq77po</a></p>— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Team_Mitch/statuses/375406345362477056″>September 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
“There are few organizations in American politics more responsible for the Democratic Majority in the U.S. Senate, and thus the continued existence of Obamacare, than the Senate Conservatives Fund. It’s no surprise that now, when it comes time for conservatives to band together and fight this horrible law, they’ve instead chosen to attack fellow conservatives rather than work alongside to protect Americans from the affects of Obamacare. Kentuckians have stood next to Senator McConnell for years as he has fought to defund, repeal, delay and dismantle Obamacare and they’re not fooled by a group that’s only focus is smearing their Senator.”