Establishment Republicans have rightfully come under fire in recent months from conservatives who say they are not representing the will of their constituents. Among those commonly criticized by the Tea Party and other right-wing organizations is U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While he is eager to compromise with – or capitulate to – the Obama administration and his chamber’s Democrat leadership, McConnell has been notoriously unreceptive to conservative causes.
During a recent conference call, one participant said the Kentucky senator lashed out at the Tea Party, giving many conservatives more reason to distrust him.
As part of Republican mastermind Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies, McConnell spoke to a number of donors during the Oct. 30 conversation. Recently, one participant in the call recalled the outrageous rhetoric in an interview with Breitbart News.
According to the source, “McConnell said the Tea Party was a bunch of bullies.” The senator then reportedly called for physical violence against members of the conservative group.
“[H]e said, ‘You know how to deal with schoolyard bullies? You punch them in the nose; and that’s what we’re going to do,” the anonymous tipster continued.
While a Crossroads spokesperson denied any such threats were made, the source contends that Rove himself engaged in a “slightly gentler” version of the same rhetoric. “But the message was pretty well the same, that if we’re going to save this thing, we have to back real Republicans.”
The spokesperson would not release either a written or recorded copy of the conversation upon Breitbart’s request.
While the Tea Party cannot reasonably expect that every Republican will be as conservative as they are across the board, many of the movement’s members feel that politicians like McConnell spend more time demonizing members of their own party than objecting to the disastrous policies of the left.
One Tea Party-backed legislator’s aide recently described this week’s move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to curtail the practice of filibustering as largely the Republican leadership’s fault.
“Under Sen. McConnell’s watch, Republicans … just got rolled over by Democrats who pushed the button on the nuclear option,” the aide explained, “destroying years of well-established Senate order.”
Though many Republicans feel that their key to success lies in moderation and a reluctance to stand on principle, a conservative uprising continues in this nation that rejects leftist propaganda from either party. McConnell is doing himself no favors by threatening to attack such an engaged and informed group of voters.
–B. Christopher Agee
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