A story in The Hill this afternoon by Alexandra Jaffe suggests that the GOP is trying to shift back to the center. The story features a picture of Mitch McConnell. What do you think of that? Come on, it is impossible for McConnell to be in the center when he is all caught up with Koch brothers. Remember just a week or so ago in this report in The Nation.
“Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)
At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills.
August 26, 2014
Mitch McConnell will do everything that he can to empower the wealthy elite by permitting them and their corporations the opportunity to buy elections. He does this by disguising his approach as “free speech.” So far, he has won and has undermined the American political system by making it unequal. McConnell has done incredible damage to equality in America.
“This week, the Senate is debating a constitutional amendment that would overturn recent Supreme Court decisions that have paved the way for an explosion of big money in politics. In those decisions, including Citizens United and this year’s McCutcheon, the Supreme Court radically redefined the First Amendment to allow corporations and the wealthy to drown out the speech of everyday Americans with nearly unlimited political spending. The Democracy for All amendment would restore to Congress and the states the power to impose reasonable restrictions on money in politics, just as they had before the Supreme Court started to dismantle campaign finance laws.”
Americans are not right wing conservatives. His center is at the midpoint between far right and right.
According to “Vote Analysis,” McConnell isn’t the most conservative Republican in the Senate. However, he still inflicts a whole lot of damage as he led attack after attack against President Obama. That has done more to prevent bipartisanship than just about anything else.
“Vote analysis ranks Sen. Mitch McConnell 25th most conservative in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul is 19th
Posted on February 6, 2014 by James Carroll
WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was not among the top most conservative members of the Senate in 2013, a National Journal vote analysis shows.
McConnell has the swagger of Eric Cantor.
“The fail, “One thing is indisputable over the last seven months: the braggartly, swaggering thirty year Senator’s Washington-style campaign is floundering. Before Alison entered the race, Mitch McConnell boasted that he would easily dispose of any opposition, proclaiming that “when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, even went so far as to say that they would run ‘the best statewide campaign in the history of United States American politics.’”
Hurst continued, “The evidence over the course of the campaign reveals exactly the opposite. Not only did Benton flop out of the gate, confessing that he was “holding his nose” to work for McConnell, but he also failed to keep out a self- funding, Tea Party primary opponent in Matt Bevin who has drained valuable time and resources from their campaign coffers.””
President Obama isn’t popular. He is a terrible manager. However, Democrats remain the only champions for the middle class and poor. The GOP moving to what they define as center remains wide right from the middle of the goal post.
“GOP makes play for the center
By Alexandra Jaffe – 09/09/14 06:00 AM EDT
With primary season over, the GOP is beginning to inch back to the center.
Republican Senate and House candidates have begun to loudly embrace more moderate policies such as an increase in the minimum wage and over-the-counter birth control in an effort to win over swing voters and soften their image.
GOP strategists say the battle between now and Election Day to decide control of the Senate and the size of Republicans’ House majority will focus on that sliver of voters in the middle.
“We’re starting to hear more about [these issues] than before because the voters who are at the ideological ends of the spectrum are already accounted for this election. So the moderate middle, generally, are the voters that are up for grabs,” said Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster who’s done work this cycle on appealing to female and swing voters.
In Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently said he could support an increase in the minimum wage if the economy were stronger, while Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said last week he would vote for the state’s minimum wage ballot measure.”
Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/217053-gop-makes-play-for-the-center#ixzz3CqkgYFbV