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The last week hasn't been a good one for Mitch McConnell. It's become very clear that the GOP got virtually nothing in the filibuster deal this week. His caucus is getting restless and rebellious. The filibuster deal was basically done behind his back. And his attempts to spin events in his favor led to members of his own caucus litterally calling him on his B.S. None of this is good news for a man whose reelection campaign for next year largely revolves around his influence in D.C.

And now a bad week is about to get worse for McConnell. If having to face a formidable Democratic challenger in Allison Lundergan Grimes wasn't bad enough, it looks like he's about to get a primary challenger too:

An emerging conservative challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reserved airtime in Kentucky starting next week, according to multiple media-tracking sources.

Matt Bevin, an investment executive based in Louisville, has previously floated the prospect of a primary bid against McConnell. Now, two sources say Bevin has booked ads in the Louisville market; a Republican source said “Matt Bevin for Senate” has also begun reserving time in Bowling Green as well.

Bevin, a wealthy Kentucky businessman and Tea Party favorite, has been rumored as a potential McConnell challenger for a while now, having attended Tea Party activist meetings and discussed the matter with Louisville Tea Party leader Sarah Dunn. But if he's reserving airtime, it could mean an official announcement is imminent, perhaps as early as next week:
Louisville businessman, Matt Bevin, plans to enter the Kentucky U.S. Senate race against Mitch McConnell, WHAS11 has learned.

 Sources say, Bevin plans to air television commercials next week. An announcement is also planed as early as next week.

And given what a lousy week the Turtle has had and given his usual pit bull-like attitude towards anyone who dares challenge him, let alone one from his own party, it should not be surprising that his response was along these lines:
In a statement, McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton dismissed a possible run by Bevin, calling him “an East Coast con man.”

“While it is sad to see someone who claims to be a Republican doing Barack Obama’s bidding, his campaign is nothing more than a nuisance,” Benton said in a statement. “Mitch McConnell will never waiver in his fight for our Kentucky values.”

If his campaign was "nothing more than a nuisance," I doubt you'd even bother to respond, Benton. That you compare a Tea Bagger stalwart to "an East Coast con man" and saying he's Obama's minion kind of tip off what you really think.

One thing's for sure. The already high-stakes Kentucky Senate race just got even hotter. And the Turtle's already hazardous path to reelection just got more difficult.

Originally posted to gf120581 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.


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  •  Don't see how this can't be positive: (7+ / 0-)

    Possibility of losing to a newbie without national power base.

    Even if he wins he'll get dinged up, outside chance enough to lose if it is a watershed year for dems.

    Just another example of punishing any tiny bit of reasonableness from Repubs (another national problem for them).

    Seems like something we should be thankful for, though I don't have a clue regarding republican politics in general and Kentucky in particular.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

    by 4CasandChlo on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

  •  Primary challenges by teabaggers... (13+ / 0-)

    Even if Turtle Boy wins, he spends money and pisses off the teabaggers in KY, weakening him in the general. If he loses, the Dem challenger gets to face a political rookie and extremist, who will likely not know when to shut up, and will not realize that even in KY one must tack towards the middle in a statewide general election.

    The tea party...The gift that keeps on giving...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:39:45 PM PDT

  •  My heart do bleed. n/t (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Quicklund, Aunt Pat

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:48:33 PM PDT

  •  Nothing succeeds like success (3+ / 0-)

    And Sen McConnell hasn't had any successes. When one's best accomplishment is preventing accomplishment, that's not success.

    And it is only a matter of time before younger ambitious politicians get tired of seeing their future chance for election being dragged down by a man who can't offer them success.

    Sen McConnell's career isn't dead yet but its safe to say he's bleeding in the water. Calling all sharks!

  •  should I send that guy $5? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:15:52 PM PDT

  •  Yes this is good news! (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    McTurtle has not one but two antagonists, coming at him from opposite directions. Makes it hard to defend, doesn't it?
    I hope this guy really guts Mitch then loses to Allison.
    That would shake thing up in the Senate!
    And make the war between the TeaBaggers and the rest of the GOP an all out, knock down, drag out brawl.
    As it is, I believe that McTurtle has lost half his caucus to  Grampy McShame, choosing to stick with the TeaBaggers (in the vain hope of heading off this exact challenge). Now he has to fight Right and Left!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:17:56 PM PDT

  •  McConnell is tough as nails and crusty as stale (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, davybaby, exNYinTX

    bread, he will be very hard to beat and he is used to dirty, hard ball tactics almost a lethal combination for a win by a seasoned pol like him.

  •  Do we know who becomes minority leader? (2+ / 0-)

    in the event of McChinless being defeated?  Senate is al about the longball play.  Whatever happens to him whether he loses in the primary or general or even wins but is a wounded bird, there will be a new GOP leader in the Senate.

  •   Mitch "There's Not Enough Money in Politics" (3+ / 0-)

    McConnell may be finally getting a  well-deserved comeuppance for all of his obstructionism, his lies, distortions, demagoguery and hatred. Not to mention his blatant racism against this country's first African-American President.

    No American president has been treated as shabbily by their opposition in the Senate as President Obama has been treated by McConnell. It's almost as if, starting from day one, on Jan. 20, 2009, McConnell decided that, since we have our first-ever African-American in the White House...he no longer has to pretend to be civil...because of all of those racists, both overt and covert, who he knew he could count on.

    McConnell is truly one of the most out-of-touch buffoons to ever purchase their way to office (thanks to all of that money...of which he has said that there is not enough of in politics. How much more out of touch can a human being...with their fellow Kentuckians, Americans and with reality itself?)

  •  McConnell is no friend of the repub base in KY (5+ / 0-)

    In my view McConnell's primary could be trouble for him. Since Rand Paul primaried Mitch's guy 2 years ago McConnell has been seen to vulnerable to a credible tea party candidate. This more about what McConnell isn't than what he is. In short, McConnell is not:
    a racist
    an evangelical
    rabidly anti-abortion
    a gun nut
    rabidly anti-immigrant
    rabidly homophobic

    The republican base in KY is.

    The monied powerbrokers will come after any opponent to McConnell as McConnell is a rich person or corporations best friend. Rand Paul's was able to turn these forces back without alienating them, but that was for an open seat that was going republican either way. These stakes are much higher and I do not know if this Biven guy will be able to withstand the heat and money coming out of the backrooms and boardrooms. If he does and if he campaigns straight to the issues that matter to the base he will have a very good shot. Mitch can and will sling mud, but he won't be credible if he tries to compete as "one of" the real base. McConnell is no good ol boy.

    •  This might strengthen McConnell in the general. (0+ / 0-)

      McConnell will be given every opportunity in a GOP primary to show that he's not:

      a racist
      an evangelical
      rabidly anti-abortion
      a gun nut
      rabidly anti-immigrant
      rabidly homophobic
      It depends how McConnell and Bevin run their primary.  If it becomes a race to the right, then it will be quite nasty.  Both the Tea Party and McConnell are quite skilled at making each other look horrible.  They may even construct memes and nasty sound bites that can be turned against whoever wins, in the manner that Gingrich's term "vulture capitalist" was turned against Romney.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 06:07:01 PM PDT

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  •  Bad news for McConnell is good news for the USA (0+ / 0-)

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