One of the favorite narratives propagated by the Republican establishment is that our candidates are “unelectable” loose cannons who will throw the election to the Democrats. [As if they are suddenly concerned about Democrat policies.] They try to invoke the name of Christine O’Donnell every time one of their members is challenged in a primary. Well, it looks like we found the Christine O’Donnell of this election cycle, and his name is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Back in 2009, Mitch McConnell made it clear to then-Senator Jim Bunning that it was time for him to retire. He claimed to be scared of losing the seat, and did everything he could to push Bunning into retirement. McConnell planned to easily inert his protégé, Trey Grayson, into the seat, but a man named Rand Paul upset the apple cart.
As the saying goes, whatever comes around goes around, and now the shoe is on the other foot. Today, PPP released a poll showing McConnell tied in a hypothetical match-up with little-know Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. It also showed him with a 41% approval rating among Independents. Normally, I wouldn’t be too concerned about a PPP poll of any incumbent Republican. They probably have most of the incumbents under water in terms of approval. But here is what does concern me:
Ultimately, Kentucky has become such a red state that it is pretty hard to lose this seat. Moreover, it is unclear whether Lundergan Grimes will indeed jump into the race. However, at a time when we must win back the Senate, do we really need to waste another $20 million to hold a state like Kentucky? Is it worth losing opportunities in other states in order for Republicans to move heaven and earth to save McConnell? Is he so great for conservatives that he is worth such collateral damage?
Were McConnell to step aside for a fresh Republican face, the results of this race will easily favor a generic Republican – one who is not saddled with years’ worth of backroom deals, big government votes, and support of amnesty. We will then have more money to spend on other races and move closer to flipping the Senate.
Maybe Rand Paul ought to have the same conversation with local donors that McConnell did in 2009 when he pushed Jim Bunning out the door.
Cross-posted from RedState.com
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