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In the Horse Race of his Political Life

Will 2014 be Just Another Turkey Walk for Mitch McConnell..
or will it be his Final Swan Song?

By Scott Rohter, November 2013

The Republican minority leader in the United States Senate is Mitch McConnell from the State of Kentucky. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. He is nicknamed the “Turkey Gobbler” because of that big wattle under his chin. The Turkey Gobbler is up for re-election in 2014 and unfortunately for the nation he has decided to run again.. Every time "Mr. Giblet" has run for re-election in the past(and this will be his fifth time) it has always been a real "turkey walk" for him. He has been in Congress for almost thirty years, and if he wins again in 2014 it will be his sixth term in Congress. Six terms of six years a piece is way too long for any politician to be in Washington especially Mitch McConnell. This man has become the poster boy for term limits. All by himself he exemplifies why Senators should not server more than two terms. However this time the old "turkey" from Kentucky has a real, honest to goodness, new young conservative Republican challenger in the Primary. This time it won't be such a turkey walk for him.

Matt Bevin is a successful business man from Louisville. He is challenging Mitch McConnell in the race to be the next U.S. Senator from Kentucky. It looks like this year's contest for the Senate seat from Kentucky is shaping up to be a real horse race. This time someone is actually going to give the turkey from Kentucky a real run for his money, for his Senate seat, and for a seat at the Republican table too.

National Public Radio seems amazed that anyone would even dare to challenge Mitch McConnell in the Republican Primary. The fact that NPR did a pro-McConnell story should be your first indication that there is something very wrong with Mitch McConnell… One of NPR’s journalists quipped that Mitch McConnell is, “even to the right of John McCain”. Well, if that’s the case I thought to myself, then it certainly isn’t saying very much for Mitch McConnell. A full one-half of the Democrat Party is also to the political right of John McCain which puts him in the company of some pretty liberal Democrats. That is why so many Republicans in Arizona are bitterly disappointed in John McCain while all the liberals in the media just adore him. So if indeed the senior Senator from Kentucky who has led the Republicans in the Senate since 2007 through so many political surrenders and betrayals is actually to the political right of John McCain, then he is still in the company of some very liberal Democrats for John McCain is certainly no standard to judge conservatives by.

This year’s Republican Primary in Kentucky is not going to be the typical "turkey walk" for Senator McConnell that it usually is. This time he has a real Republican challenger. It promises to be a real horse race. This time the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky is going to be a real "turkey run". Mitch McConnell is not only going to be running for his Senate seat. He is also going to be running for his political life. If he loses this election it will probably be his last campaign. That would make it his final "swan-song". Imagine that… a turkey from Kentucky in a political horse race for his life performing a “swan-song”. Wouldn’t that be nice? Maybe we could arrange for his swan song to be performed in New York at Carnegie Hall. It's just down the road from the Beltway. Wouldn’t it be great next November if that big bird from Kentucky with the big wattle under his chin who has been in the heat of Senate politics for such a long time, was not actually in charge of making up the menu for other Republicans to consume? So let’s try to send this big bird packing. Let's send him back to Kentucky to enjoy next Thanksgiving Day with his family where he belongs, and not in Washington D.C. making up the political menu for the rest of us. Then conservatives would really have something to be thankful about next Thanksgiving Day. That’s just food for thought.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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