Mitch McConnell

TeaParty Tees Off on McConnell After Cruz's Demand Forces Debt Vote

Donna Cassata, Associated Press

Instead of going along with a simple majority vote, Cruz showed no mercy in forcing GOP leaders to cast a tough vote to clear a filibuster hurdle, exposing them to widespread criticism from primary challengers and outside groups.

McConnell's Poll Slip=Trouble for GOP?

James Hohmann, Politico

Mitch McConnell trails his Dem. opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by 4 points in a new poll. The survey also found Obama to be slightly more popular than the longtime incumbent senator. Only 27% view McConnell favorably.

Republicans Unload on the IRS

Bernie Becker, The Hill

Leading GOP lawmakers are urging the IRS to withdraw new proposed rules governing tax-exempt groups, casting the regulations as an political power play meant to silence conservatives. Boehner and McConnell are among the 10 Repubs. asking the IRS chief to pull back on the regulations.

McConnell: Immigration Reform Won't Happen in 2014

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Mitch McConnell said that he does not see any way the Dem.-controlled Senate and GOP-led House will agree on immigration reform legislation this year. McConnell said a deal’s unlikely given what he called the “irresolvable” differences between the Senate and House. But he's been wrong before.

McConnell Losing Ground; Bevin Up in Polls

Rasmussen Reports Staff

Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Dem. challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the '14 Kentucky Senate race. But McConnell’s GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by four points.

Dems v. Repubs. In Debt Ceiling Showdown

Fox News Staff

The Oct. debt ceiling negotiations endned with Repubs. dropping their demands for spending cuts and other concessions and accepting a deal to suspend it through 2/7. The White House stated that Obama will “not pay ransom” for getting Congress to fulfill its duty to increase the ceiling.

1.1 Trillion Reasons to Dump Boehner & McConnell

Robert Smith, American Thinker

What use are GOP majorities in the House and Senate if establishment Republicans are in control and roll over for Democrat belly scratches?

McConnell Plummets In Polls; Seen as Less Conservative Now

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

McConnell has dropped 15% since his boys Brad Dayspring and Josh Holmes at the NRSC have started attacking conservatives. Less than half of the respondents think McConnell is as conservative today as when he was first elected.

KY GOP Wants Fed. Probe of Dem. Senate Primary

Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times

The Kentucky GOP wants federal prosecutors to investigate claims by Dem. U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry that he was offered favors from contender Alison Lundergan Grimes to drop out of the race.

Biggest Thing You Can Do to Improve GOP: Defeat McConnell

Erick Erickson, Red State

When you beat the sitting Senate Repub. Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.

Anxious McConnell Touts TeaParty Ties

Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill

In a recent video, McConnell is shown signing his filing papers with Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R), who are both Tea Party favorites in Kentucky. 

Conservatives Pick Biggest Losers of 2013

CHQ readers have spoken and, next to President Obama, they overwhelmingly chose establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner as CHQ’s Biggest Loser of 2013.

Who, Aside From Obama, Was the Biggest Loser of 2013?

We think the most interesting year-end political question is not who the biggest loser is, but who, aside from Obama, is the biggest loser of 2013? Here are our nominees. Please let us know what you think or add yours in the comments section, and don't forget to take our "biggest loser of 2013" poll, we will report the results in the New Year's Eve edition of CHQ.

Rove's Crossroads Reloads Against TeaParty

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Karl Rove's American Crossroads brand was damaged after it declared war against conservatives. Yet the group will try to influence the '14 elections with bullying and creating groups that, on the surface, don't seem to be affiliated. "Kentuckians for Strong Leadership" is curiously backing McConnell while getting most of its cash from Crossroads donors. 

Crony Capitalists Seek Protection

Angelo M. Codevilla, Library of Law and Liberty

Mitch McConnell confessed to big business bureaucrats that he and other Establishment R's want to remain their link to gov't money and favors. He asked them to open their wallets lest his kind be overwhelmed by Tea Party conservatives — the real threats to the gov't spending and regulations by which big business thrives.

Boehner's Betrayal of His Party

Jenny Beth Martin, New York Times

The founder of the Tea Party Patriots writes, "When establishment Republicans call spending increases spending cuts, deny that raising taxes is a hike, and champion deficit reduction that doesn’t scratch the surface of our nation’s debt, it suggests a detachment from the facts."

McConnell Nearly as Unpopular as Obama

Keith Brekhus, PoliticsUSA.com

A recent survey finds that Mitch McConnell is despised by KY voters, with 31% approving of his job performance and 61% disapproving. He's become almost as unpopular as Obama in the deep red state.

Bad Budget Deal Clears Hurtle in Senate

Fox News Staff and AP Staff

A two-year budget deal cleared a key Senate test vote on Tuesday, despite last-ditch efforts by Republicans to strip a provision that cuts into military retiree benefits. 

Can Conservatives-GOP Marriage Be Saved?

Donna Cassata, Associated Press

Repub. leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another.

GOP Incumbents Warn Donors of TeaParty 'Dangers'

Melissa Clyne, Newsmax

Establishment Repubs. are warning important donors that they could lose support in Congress on defense contracts and other issues if they don't step up to help beat back tea party primary challenges to incumbent senators.