Mitch McConnell: Ideology is Power

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Today, Politico Magazine published a featured piece on Senator Mitch McConnell and his pursuit of power.  This is a must read for anyone who needs a lesson in why the political class in both parties is broken.  It is also the definitive read on why McConnell has not ideological core and is a finger lickin’ fraud.  Here are some good snippets:

Mitch McConnell has never been a beloved politician. Over the course of his career, he has been likened to everything from a warmed-over vanilla milkshake to “a man with the natural charisma of an oyster.” But for the 71-year-old Kentucky senator, the minority leader of the United States Senate, that has long been an asset, not a failing. His glower has usually been enough to dissuade those who consider crossing him. “He doesn’t say anything. He just sits there and stares at you,” says one person who has felt McConnell’s ire. “It’s bone-chilling.” While most politicians desperately want to be liked, McConnell has relished—and cultivated—his reputation as a villain. After all, he achieved his iron-fisted grip on the politics of his home state and his fractious party on Capitol Hill through discipline, cunning and, oftentimes, fear. Which is why, at the moments that have found him happiest—winning elections, blocking bills, denying the sheen of bipartisanship to President Barack Obama—he has radiated not joy but menace. Stepping to the microphones at a Capitol press conference some years ago, he announced with the slightest trace of a smile, “Darth Vader has arrived.”

“McConnell, whose ideology was power, ”

And yet, for some in the McConnell camp, the partnership with the upstart Paul—and his supporters—is a humiliating arrangement, no matter how necessary. “These are people who tuck their shirts into their underwear,” one prominent Kentucky Republican grouses. “My God, they have Mitch out there coming out for industrial hemp! … It just goes to show you the depths he’s willing to adapt to deal with the party as it is today.” Even for a politician long hailed for his pragmatism

Also, if you want a glimpse into how McConnell lies about his opponents, look no further than his early war against Rand Paul in 2010:

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Mitch McConnell’s Inconsistent Record on Gun Rights

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

 November 12, 2013



Mitch McConnell’s Inconsistent Record on Gun Rights


Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding the NRA’s endorsement of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

“It’s sad to see the NRA continue their policy of reflexively endorsing the incumbent in any given race,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “While Mitch McConnell would be a better choice for Second Amendment rights than Alison Lundergan Grimes, he is not the best choice in the race.  Mitch McConnell has shown himself to be a fair-weather friend of gun owners over the years and has refused to lead against Sen. Harry Reid’s anti-gun agenda this year as GOP Leader. If not for the leadership of conservatives like Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Senate would have passed a gun control bill this year.  If Senator McConnell wins the primary and no longer fears reprisal from conservatives, he will not be a reliable voice against the growing push to limit choices of guns and ammunition.”

Here is a sampling of some of McConnell’s shortcomings on gun rights issues:

  • Voted against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Amendment to block authority under Patriot Act to obtain gun records [RC #82, 5/26/11]
  • Voted for an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) prohibiting the sale or transfer of handguns by a licensed manufacturer, importer or dealer unless a secure gun storage or safety device is provided for each handgun. 25 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted against it. [RC #17, 02/26/04]
  • Voted for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) amendment to spend taxpayer funds for Department of Education grants used to disseminate a gun control agenda in schools and through public service announcements. [RC #32, 03/02/00]
  • Voted for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) Amendment requiring that all guns be sold with trigger locks [RC#122, 5/18/99]
  • Voted for the 1991 Crime Bill (S. 1241), sponsored by then Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), that imposed a waiting period for handguns and a ban on 14 types of assault style weapons. [RC #125, 07/11/91]
  • Senator McConnell cut a deal with the Democrats to allow all of Obama’s second term nominees to sail through the Senate.  Included in that deal was the confirmation of anti-gun zealot Todd Jones to serve as Director of the ATF.

“Matt Bevin will be a consistent voice for the Second Amendment,” continued Ryun. “He will oppose every effort of the left to infringe upon gun rights, including all procedural votes.  Bevin is a concealed-carry permit holder and understands the effects of Washington’s heavy-handed efforts to curb gun ownership instead of dealing with the root causes of violent crime.  That is why Gun Owners’ of America, the most effective voice for gun owners, endorsed Matt Bevin.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


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Obamacare’s gift to Kentucky

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare

The liberals in Kentucky continue to boast about the success of the Obamacare website in the state.  Sadly, Obamacare is a lot more than just a website.  About 280,000 people lost their health insurance so far in the state.  They will be forced to browse this great website to clamor for coverage.  What do they have waiting for them?

Here is a cost calculator from

State Age Sex Pre-ACA Post-ACA Change


KY 27 M 103.84 172.5509992 66.2%
KY 27 F 124.08 172.5509992 39.1%
KY 40 M 123.2 210.4200162 70.8%
KY 40 F 189.38 210.4200162 11.1%
KY 64 F 327.93 493.9437 50.6%
KY 64 M 342.96 493.9437 44%

We already know that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes supports every word of Obamacare.  We also know that Mitch McConnell, despite his duplicitous rhetoric, has given up on the fight against Obamacare.   Remember, these premium increases are just small potatoes for the first year of Obamacare.  With all the unsustainable mandates, premiums will skyrocket further over the next few years.

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Lundergan Grimes Flip-Flops to Hide Her Liberal Views

Monday, October 28th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2013

Contact: Mary Vought


Lundergan Grimes Flip-Flops to Hide Her Liberal Views

Bevin is the only candidate in KY Senate race that will fight to defund Obamacare

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement in response to Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’s call for a delay in the individual mandate penalty of Obamacare:

“Much like Sen. Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes is politically wary of her personal beliefs and has to resort to parsed language on the most important policy issues,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “She has refused to state her full position on Obamacare throughout the campaign.  When pressed by a reporter in July, Grimes admitted that ‘there are many things wrong with it [Obamacare],’ but refused to divulge which parts she would repeal or her solutions to the skyrocketing premiums. [7/18/13 The Courier-Journal]  Now, after self-righteously attacking Republicans for demanding that the President address the colossal failures in the law, Grimes is echoing the demands of conservatives.  This is not leadership.  This is a Hollywood-style liberal trying to have it both ways and play it safe.”

“It’s great to see Lundergan Grimes finally notice the failures of Obamacare that conservatives have pointed out for months,” Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “It’s a shame she didn’t join us in demanding relief for hard-working Americans suffering from losing their insurance during the debate over funding Obamacare.  Unfortunately, like other red-state Democrats, Lundergan Grimes would be a rubber stamp for President Obama and Democrat Leader Harry Reid in the Senate, voting one way in Washington and peddling muddled statements at home. She is more concerned with politics than people. Kentucky deserves better.”

“As the election progresses, she will have a hard time continuing to avoid discussing her stances on Obamacare, the war on coal, reducing the debt, abortion, and the definition of marriage. Carefully crafted platitudes and vacuous statements will not suffice in the long run.  We proudly support Matt Bevin, the only candidate in this race who speaks with conviction from the heart and not with the meaningless double-speak of a career politician.  Bevin is the only candidate who will push for full defunding of Obamacare and a path forward to market-based healthcare that lowers the cost and provides more choices for consumers.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


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My Interview With Neil Cavuto

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Issues, Videos

Yesterday I had the chance to go on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to discuss the recent fight to defund Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz and the betrayal of conservatives by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. To view that interview, click here.

The fact of the matter is that we can win this fight in Washington, DC. We just cannot win it with the current make-up of the Republican Party, especially those in the United States Senate. Do we need whole scale change? In a perfect world, yes. In reality, all we really need is two more Senators like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to win in the 2014 election cycle. We accomplish that and we are on the path to victory.

Sabotage, and Where We go From Here

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues, News

Throughout the past few weeks, we witnessed the train wreck of the stupid party colliding with the evil party.  The stupid party made sure to tell the evil party that they just need to reject their offer and there will be a new watered-down iteration in a flash.  Finally, it got so bad that they couldn’t even draw a line in the sand on delaying just the individual mandate, even at a time when most individuals can’t comply with it if they tried.  The irony is that the President will undoubtedly delay it (illegally) himself after the battle is over, making fools of the Republicans.

But amidst all the focus on Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans, we cannot lose focus on Mitch McConnell and the GOP Conference in the Senate.  McConnell and his henchmen sabotaged House Republicans at the two most critical points.

Headed into October 1, the House was the only body that had the ability to pass a funding bill.  Republicans had enough votes to block Harry Reid from reinserting funding for Obamacare.  Instead, McConnell and the gang acted in solidarity with fellow Senate Democrats instead of House Republicans.  That dynamic was only accentuated as the showdown dragged on.

Aside for Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, nobody else paid more than lip service to fighting Obamacare.  Worse, the overwhelming majority of Republicans in the Senate sabotaged the effort.  One after another, they would go on TV and trash House Republicans and echo Harry Reid’s talking points.  Reid and Obama just sat back and let Senate Republicans blow up their colleagues.  Then in the eleventh hour, instead of at least demanding delay of the individual mandate (which McConnell touted months ago as the alternative to defund), McConnell gave Harry Reid everything he wanted.

House GOP leadership was never going to change, but there was a sense that we got as much unity out of the House conference as we will ever get for battles like this.  Some House Republicans might be spineless, but the Senate Republicans are rotten to the core.  We will never change the status quo in Washington unless we completely shake up the Senate Republicans.  Anyone who thinks that by merely seeking 51 GOP senators next year we will suddenly obtain more leverage is mistaken.  Harry Reid will still be the defacto leader unless we get rid of Mitch McConnell and as many of his backbenchers as possible.

It’s time to support Matt Bevin or go home.  It’s time to continue plugging for all of the other challengers.  In some states there are already multiple candidates.  There are also some more impressive challengers that are set to announce soon.

We must also never give up the fight against Obamacare.  This is not the farm bill or flood insurance.  This will permanently crush the dignity and self-sufficiency of the middle class, destroy the entire healthcare system, and degrade the broader job market in every other field.  This cannot stand.  We must continue to fight the law at every turn and use every leverage point possible.

But ultimately, this is not just about Washington.  The Constitution references three branches of “government.”  I’m not referring to the executive, legislature, and judiciary.  They have all become incorrigibly malignant.  At this juncture, they are beyond repair.  I am referring to the federal government, state government, and the individual.  We must continue to fight this out in the states and with individuals.

Sadly, some states are completely hopeless until they collapse under their own failed policies.  But there are a number of states where we can still protect from the relentless federal tyranny.  Yet, in so many of these states, we are underutilizing our potential.  We need to elect men and women with courage to state legislatures (a much easier goal than congressional elections) – people who are willing to reassert state powers as prescribed by the Tenth Amendment.  We need to start in states like Texas and Oklahoma, and elect governing majorities who will just say no to Obamacare at every possible turn.

Moreover, state legislative elections are the front lines in the battle to restore our Republic through state-directed constitutional amendments, as recommended by Mark Levin.  I know some people are skeptical of Article V conventions, but we have no choice.  We have hit rock bottom.  If the Obamacare tragedy doesn’t expose the failure of our current strategy nothing will change the inevitable march to full tyranny.  There is no better long-term solution.

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Mitch McConnell Working to Surrender on Obamacare

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2013



Mitch McConnell Working to Surrender on Obamacare

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) quiet maneuvering to fund Obamacare in the budget bill:

“After remaining largely silent when conservatives were fighting Obamacare, Senator Mitch McConnell is, once again, re-emerging from the shadows to sell out conservatives in the eleventh hour,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “He has made it clear from day one that he had no intention of fighting Obamacare in the budget, and has even suggested that parts of the law are ‘okay.’ Well, now it appears that by parts, he means the entire thing.”

According to Politico and The Hill, Senator McConnell is preparing to pass both a debt ceiling increase AND a long-term budget bill that completely funds every aspect of Obamacare.   The only concession he is pushing for in return is repeal of the medical device tax.  This approach will not bring any relief to families languishing from loss of coverage and skyrocketing premiums. It also won’t fundamentally alter or delay the law.

“It is extremely dishonest for Mitch McConnell to tell Kentucky voters he is in favor of defunding Obamacare while refusing to fight for a mere delay of the law or even significant parts of the law,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “If McConnell is going to undermine the work of conservatives he at least needs to level with Republican primary voters and divulge his alternative plan to get rid of Obamacare.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at

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Madison Project Releases New Web Ad Exposing McConnell’s Failure to Lead

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News, Press

For  Immediate Release:

September  24, 2013

Contact: Mary  Vought

Madison Project Releases New Web Ad Exposing McConnell’s Failure to Lead

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC today released a new web ad highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell’s failure to take a stand on critical issues, despite his status as GOP Senate Leader.  The ad comes just days before the annual World Chicken Festival in London, Kentucky.

To watch Madison Project PAC’s new web ad click here.

“During every election cycle Senator McConnell  eagerly touts his supposed ‘power’ and ‘clout’ as the Republican Senate leader,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Ironically, he appears to be too chicken to use this ‘power’ to take a definitive stance on any important issue until the debate is already resolved or the outcome is a forgone conclusion.  As Senate GOP Leader, McConnell acts more like a bystander or a follower until he figures out the most politically advantageous stance to best preserve his personal power.”

“The Republicans Party is embroiled in the most important legislative fight in years over funding Obamacare.  The House just passed a CR defunding Obamacare, yet Mitch McConnell refuses to take a stand on the issue, much less use his ‘proud’ leadership position to marshal support from the rest of the Republican Senators,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “At the last moment, he announced he will vote with Harry Reid on the procedural vote that guarantees the Obamacare funding will be reinserted into the bill.  We’ve seen this timid leadership on display in recent months such as when he was the last congressional leader to take a stand on the immigration bill, or the Syria authorization bill, until the outcome was no longer in doubt.  This is why we need new leadership within the ranks of the Republican Party – Senators who won’t need to take a poll before making a statement on important issues.”

Every September for the past 24 years, the city of London, Kentucky hosts the World Chicken Festival, which attracts over 150,000 visitors from all over the country. The festival is, in part, a tribute to the heritage of southeast Kentucky as the home of Colonel Harland Sanders and the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


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Madison Project Responds to McConnell’s Deceptive Ad

Monday, September 9th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2013


Madison Project Responds to McConnell’s Deceptive Ad


Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s deceptive ad on defunding Obamacare:

“This is yet another example of Mitch McConnell talking one way in Kentucky and acting quite differently in Washington,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “It is extremely deceptive of McConnell to claim to be supportive of defunding Obamacare when he’s actually undermining the conservative led effort to defund by pressuring senior senators to take their names off the Sen. Mike Lee letter. As a career politician McConnell knows that a standalone bill will never pass the Senate, thereby leaving the law intact for dependency to take root.  He is merely using ceremonial actions as a political human shield to feign opposition to Obamacare even as he refuses to join the effort to defund Obamacare in the budget process.”

In reality, there is not much of a difference between McConnell’s position and that of Democrat Allison Lundergan-Grimes on Obamacare.

Lundergan-Grimes: “there are many things wrong with it, but instead of trying to repeal it nearly 40 times and wasting our taxpayers’ money, we should be talking about solutions.”  7/18/13 The Courier-Journal

McConnell: “There are a handful of things in the 2,700-page bill [Obamacare] that probably are okay.”  8/13/13 WYMT – TV

Senator McConnell has still refused to explain which parts of the law are “okay.”  How can the law be repealed “root and branch” if there are parts of it that are “okay?”

“We have seen the same dynamic play out over and over again,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Whether it’s fighting the debt ceiling, amnesty, radical nominees, or Obama’s new escapade in Syria, McConnell refuses to lead when it counts, relying on ritual actions and tepid statements to fill his vacuum of leadership.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at



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Mitch on the Fence With His Finger in the Wind

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

If you want a glimpse into how Mitch McConnell operates, take a look at how he is dealing with Obama’s Syrian escapade.

With the implementation of Obamacare set to take effect in just four weeks, President Obama is seeking to distract us all with intervention in a Syrian civil war – one which involves elements on both sides that are enemies of the United States.  Senator McConnell has failed to lead the fight to defund Obamacare, and now he is declining from taking a definitive position on Obama’s Syrian escapade.  Senator McConnell has, thus far, issued his typical innocuous statement, declining to voice his view on the issue and take a leadership role.  McConnell owes it to his Kentucky constituents to divulge whether he believes there is any benefit to spending time and resources siding with one enemy over another in Syria.

Senator McConnell is always proud to tout his “clout” as GOP Leader.  It’s time he project that clout and actually lead an opposition to this ill-advised intervention for the failed Arab Spring.  As GOP Leader, does McConnell plan to whip up votes against the war resolution?  Does he plan to stand with Rand Paul and Matt Bevin, and categorically oppose this deleterious distraction?  Or will he, once again, squander his position of power to quietly cheer for the vote while voting against it once it appears to have enough votes to pass?

So far, McConnell is the only GOP leader not to take a position on getting involved in the civil war.  Contrast that to Bevin’s clear vision on the Arab Spring.

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