Surprise: Mitch McConnell Takes a Sharp Right Turn During Election Cycle

Friday, March 15th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections

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Here’s a novel idea for elected Republicans.  For those who truly believe in cutting backroom deals with Democrats to continue on the status quo, and even grow the officious tentacles of the federal government, why not be honest about your intentions?

We must remember that moderate Republicans never run as moderates anymore, at least not in the primaries.  I love how establishment pundits make snarky comments about our candidates whenever the moderate Republicans do well in elections.  They view the results as a vindication of their belief that our “extreme” candidates cannot win at the ballot box.  The problem is that these guys never run as moderates.  Far from it, they actually attempt to outflank the conservative challenger on the right.

In some way I admire people like Bob Bennett from Utah and Dick Lugar from Indiana.  For the most part, they didn’t shy away from their record and ran their campaigns based on who they were.  Orrin Hatch, on the other hand, was an example of where most Republicans reside during election season.  From 2011-2012, Hatch voted in lockstep with Mike Lee.  He moved so far to the right, that there was no room to effectively run against him in the primary.  This ploy worked for him and he got reelected.  Now his voting record and his bipartisan work at the Senate Finance Committee reflect the old Orrin Hatch again.

Mitch McConnell is planning to run like Orrin Hatch on steroids.  After years of allowing things like Obamacare to get passed without coalescing a filibuster; after years of blocking conservative amendments, after years of voting for bailouts and market distortions; after two years of letting Obamacare remain funded through budget bills; after cutting a backroom deal with Biden to raise taxes and spend $330 billion more in stimulus and green energy pork, Mitch McConnell has transformed himself into an anti-tax and anti-Obamacare crusader.

He spoke this morning at CPAC and wouldn’t stop mentioning Rand Paul.  This, after he worked to defeat him the the primary.  He spoke passionately about the government safety net of crony capitalism for the rich.  This, after he supported all of the bailouts.

Look, we’re all open to accepting those who repent, but does it always have to come ahead of a tough reelection fight?  Does anyone really think that he will keep this up after he is reelected?