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U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during remarks about leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Jim Young
The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, has joined the primary campaign against Mitch McConnell, coming at him from the right over ObamaCare:
On Friday, a leading tea party-aligned group previously associated with Jim DeMint announced they were planning a "statewide media campaign in Kentucky" to make McConnell "feel the heat" and support a conservative effort to defund Obamacare.

"Mitch McConnell is telling people he opposes Obamacare while he refuses to oppose its funding. We can't let him have it both ways. If he funds it, he's for it," said Matt Hoskins, the executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, in an email seeking funds for the campaign.

The SCF has played a significant role in electing some of the most extreme Republicans in the Senate, following the lead of nutcase Jim DeMint. They have also been major factors in keeping the Senate in Democratic hands, throwing out electable Republicans and nominating losers. The SCF hasn't endorsed GOP challenger Matt Bevin, but this is a sign that endorsement is most certainly coming. Is there any doubt the Club for Growth, which has already expressed interest in Bevin, will follow?

Democratic candidate Alison Grimes should be celebrating this major development, depending on how much the SCF plans to spend against McConnell. If Bevin wins, she has the opportunity to run against a nutcase unknown to the broader electorate in Kentucky. If McConnell wins, he will emerge damaged and bloody at no expense to her.

While Jim DeMint is no longer in the Senate and no longer running the SCF, it is his baby. I find it hard to believe they would go after McConnell without clearing it with him first. The GOP civil war is perhaps the best political result of the 2012 election.

Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos and Daily Kos.

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