The man partly responsible for the very moderate Senate that can’t even pass an Obamacare repeal bill is now waging war in Alabama to keep conservatives vying for the former seat of Jeff Sessions out of the Senate:
POLITICO – Mitch McConnell is unleashing the full force of his political machine in an all-out push to stop two far-right conservatives who threaten to make his life miserable in the Senate.
The Republican leader is aiming to thwart Rep. Mo Brooks and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a special election in Alabama next month. Both men are campaigning against McConnell as a despised symbol of the establishment — and both would exacerbate his already stiff challenge wrangling his GOP Conference.
McConnell is responding in kind. His super PAC is set to spend much as $8 million to boost his favored candidate, recently appointed Republican Sen. Luther Strange. McConnell has activated his sprawling donor network and pressed the White House for more resources. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP campaign arm McConnell controls, has warned consultants they’ll be cut off from future work if they assist Strange’s opponents.
And in a highly unusual step, one of McConnell’s top political lieutenants has begun quietly advising a long-shot Republican primary candidate running for Brooks’ House seat. The move is designed to get in the congressman’s head and dissuade him from emptying his campaign war chest in the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat.
It’s a massive undertaking by McConnell and his allies on behalf of Strange, who was appointed a mere six months ago to fill the seat until a special election…
This past week, Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he would not vote for McConnell as majority leader and called for him to step down after the failure of the health care bill.
Moore, who rose to national fame after he refused to obey a federal order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from an Alabama judicial building, made his feelings clear about the leader in a lengthy fundraising appeal with the subject line, “You & Me vs Mitch McConnell.”
“If Mitch McConnell is accusing me of being a ‘conservative rebel’ who won’t march in lockstep behind his Big Government, big-spending agenda,” Moore wrote, “then I plead guilty as charged!”
“I don’t have — nor want — the backing of Mitch McConnell and his cronies in Washington,” Moore added.
As he corralled Obamacare repeal votes last week, McConnell said he was all in for Strange. “As I would be with any Republican senator. I think he’s done an outstanding job.”
I know this year’s fight to repeal Obamacare has left many Republican voters disillusioned. RINOs RINOs RINOs. But part of the real problem is people like Mitch McConnell who continue to bring moderate yes-men into the Senate by fighting like Democrats to defeat conservatives.
It’s one thing for McConnell to campaign in favor of his favorite candidate. It’s another to use his political machine to try and destroy these conservative contenders and anyone that fights on their behalf.
Unless we can stop the likes of McConnell and replace these RINOs in the Senate with solid conservatives, we can kiss any chance at real reform in this country goodbye.