No one has been more vilified by the D.C.-based far-right machine than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If you didn’t know better, you’d think outfits like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Madison Project, Senate Conservatives Fund and these groups’ top cheerleader in the blogosphere, Red State, were working for the “Keep Harry Reid Majority Leader” fund. McConnell has been attacked for opposition to the shutdown, for agreement on a budget deal and for supporting items like the farm bill. Yet he now is running away with his primary race against the hapless Matt Bevin. His off-beat video went viral, making his geekiness seem cool.
His general election opponent turns out to be all sizzle and no substance, and with a flock of fellow mainstream conservatives expanding the Senate map, McConnell looks in good shape to become the Senate majority leader. He appears to be newly energized as he pummels his right-wing critics and decries Obamacare on the Senate floor: “When the Web site crashed, they called it a glitch. When people started losing their doctors and their plans, they told them to live with it. When Americans started sharing their Obamacare horror stories, they basically called them all liars. And that should tell you everything you need to know how about how much Washington liberals care about middle-class Americans”.
He is also going to town on the left-wing, environmental faction of the Democratic Party which opposes domestic energy development. On the floor earlier this month he declared, “Of course, every ideological crusade needs an enemy. And in the administration’s ‘War on Coal,’ Washington Democrats appear to have found their foil. It’s not some fat cat. It’s not some Wall Street titan. Nope. This time, it seems to be middle-class Kentucky families.”
So from besieged minority leader and target of the right-wing to a happy warrior and potential majority leader, McConnell has every reason to smile. For all that we can say, well done, Sen. McConnell.