In a recent interview for the Washington Examiner, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed some views that, if not entirely surprising, bolster the animosity many conservatives have toward the chamber’s highest ranking Republican.
Though he has frequently opposed Barack Obama’s policies, he has often done so while simultaneously criticizing those in his own party who occupy the expansive political landscape to his right. Throughout his most recent interview, McConnell is primarily interested in excoriating conservatives despite the irreparable damage the left is inflicting on this nation.
He contended the recent federal government shutdown was caused because people “were basically afraid” of Tea Party conservatives, adding it is now “time for people to stand up to this sort of thing.”
His harshest criticism is reserved for the Senate Conservatives Fund, which he claims “is giving conservatism a bad name.”
A large number of patriotic Americans, however, would assert McConnell, who consistently describes himself as a conservative despite a dearth of evidence, is far more responsible for sullying the movement’s reputation. Still, he sticks to his guns by claiming the conservative group “mislead[s] their donors into believing the reason that we can’t get as good an outcome as we’d like to get is … because Republicans are insufficiently committed to the cause,” an idea he called “utter nonsense.”
Ignoring the massive electorate gains conservatives have made in the past four years, McConnell said the GOP must ignore voices on the right in upcoming campaigns. He said the party needs “people that don’t scare the general electorate and can actually win,” indicating “we’re going to try something different in 2014.”
Perhaps some of McConnell’s bitterness toward the SCF is based on the group’s support of his opponent in next year’s election. In reality, though, he and other establishment Republicans regularly express a palpable disdain for conservative ideology.
As voters become more disillusioned with big government politicians in both parties, though, conservatism might be the last refuge of millions of Americans. If Republican leadership refuses to acknowledge these patriotic voices now, the party is only ensuring its own demise.
–B. Christopher Agee
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