Will Rand Paul Admit His Endorsement of Mitch McConnell Was a Mistake?

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is a favorite among Libertarians and many in the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement.

It was largely the grassroots Tea Party, founded on restoring constitutional government and stopping cronyism in both parties, that got Paul, a political newcomer at the time, elected in the historic 2010 Tea Party wave.

So when Rand Paul endorsed entrenched, big government establishment RINO Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election campaign against Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, even before Bevin entered the race, jaws dropped in shock and bewilderment.

It was believed that Paul, who already had presidential aspirations, struck a backroom deal with McConnell, trading his early endorsement of McConnell (an attempt to squash any Tea Party challenge to McConnell), for McConnell’s endorsement and support should Paul seek the presidency.

To some, it reeked of the same kind of political cronyism and dealmaking Paul ran on stopping in Washington, the kind of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deals that followers of Paul and those in the Tea Party movement abhor.

Since then, McConnell has lied his way to re-election, promising to fight Obama on Obamacare, unconstitutional amnesty by royal edict, and spending.

He has given no effort in any of the above:

Moreover, the power-hungry McConnell, hoping to keep the system in place that he profits from, waged war on the Tea Party movement, the very people responsible for electing now Senator Rand Paul, saying, “We are going to crush them.”

Perhaps near to being equally as bad as any of the above, to the degree that is even possible, McConnell led a cabal of ten fellow RINOs in the Senate, joining with their progressive Democrat brethren, to confirm Loretta Lynch as Eric Holder’s replacement, even though she swore under oath to support Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders, including illegal amnesty.

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One could possibly give Senator Paul a pass for endorsing McConnell, had none of the above taken place after his endorsement. It could have been chocked up to naivety, with the first-term senator not being able to predict how badly McConnell would perform.

However, now that Paul and the rest of the world can see on full display that with Republicans like Mitch McConnell, who needs Democrats, does Rand Paul stand by his endorsement of Mitch McConnell?

And if Paul truly is “anti-establishment,” why is he continuing to support McConnell who has enabled America’s first Marxist president in the destruction of America, or at least isn’t willing to do anything to stop him?

When asked by The Washington Post why he endorsed McConnell, Paul said, “It’s not like we’re talking about Arlen Specter here.

Actually, it is.

Conservative Review  gives McConnell a “Liberty Score” of “F,” the lowest possible grade, getting only 56%. The same scorecard gives Paul a “A” and 93% out of of a possible 100% score.

Something is considerably wrong with this picture and conservative media, or any media for that matter, should be asking Senator Paul if he stands by his decision to endorse McConnell, or if he now regrets it given McConnell’s record of treachery.

Paul has boldly, and rightfully so, called out RINOs Lindsey Graham and John McCain. But why the silence when it comes to criticizing McConnell?

It appears that the fix is in until Paul indicates otherwise. Paul should speak up. His principles and reputation are on the line.

 

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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