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Senator Mitch McCollonell has his hands full with Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and others……..

[ Rand Paul ]

I did something similar a few days ago on South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint…..

The Washington Post has done a piece on Kentucky’s Rand Paul……

The Post piece mirror’s my piece on the fight going on for the soul of the Republican party……

That same Conservative purity test that Daniel and others wants is pushing at the ‘old guard of the GOP’ who …in office….. MUST make deals with the Democrats to have any influence in the legislative process….which puts them at odds with the new purists…

AS with anything in life…

It easy to stand outside and throw stones…..

But harder to manage and ‘do’ in a club of 100 legislatures …….

When Senate candidate Rand Paul told a lunchtime crowd at Shearer’s Buffet that “we have to do things differently” in Washington and “bring ’em home and send some different Republicans,” it wasn’t hard to make the jump from this rural area near the Tennessee border to the top Republican in the state, if not the country: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Paul, a “tea party” activist and the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), a former presidential candidate, is not the first person this year to blame leaders in Washington for the nation’s ills. What’s remarkable about this primary campaign is that McConnell isn’t even on the ballot. Paul is running against Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

McConnell, 68, is widely credited with building the Kentucky Republican Party — the GOP headquarters in Frankfort is even named for him. Just a few months ago, it seemed inconceivable that he couldn’t push Grayson, his handpicked candidate, to victory Tuesday. Now, not only is Grayson in trouble — he trails in the polls by double digits — but his association with McConnell isn’t helping.

“They go, and they stay too long, they lose their way, and as they do they become corrupted by the system,” Paul, 47, an eye surgeon making his first run for office, told a group of about 30 supporters over breakfast at Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken in the tiny town of Albany. “The longer you’re there, the more you succumb to the power, the more you think you are somehow different or more important than the rest.”

McConnell was unavailable for an interview, and his spokesman declined to comment for this article. But Grayson rejected the idea that the race has become areferendum on McConnell or Grayson’s connection to him. “He’s actually got more D.C. ties than me,” Grayson said of Paul.

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May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , ,

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