Archive for May 21, 2014

The Washington Post has a rundown on last night’s primary results. The title says it all: “The tea party isn’t just losing; it’s losing badly.”

Even the conservative Washington Times didn’t mince words with its headline: “Tea party on life support after brutal primary beatdown.”

Meanwhile, a CBS News poll out today indicates that support for the Tea Party has reached a new low.

All of this is good for establishment Republicans, and helps Republicans in their quest to retake the senate. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell behaved like a douche last night, giving a bizarre victory speech in which he promised that he will break the will of President Obama.

McConnell is very unpopular in the state, so his only strategy is to try to drag [Democratic candidate Alison] Grimes down by tying her to President Obama. The problem for Mitch is that President Obama is more popular in the state than he is. Hearing Mitch McConnell talk about how much he cares about regular people was especially nauseating when this the same man who laughed about throwing millions off of unemployment benefits.

Mitch McConnell promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. He promised a war on bureaucrats, and he dusted off talking points that probably worked in decades past. Sen. McConnell is a floundering candidate, and his victory speech did nothing to make anyone think that he deserves another six years in the Senate.

That will be a fascinating campaign. Grimes faces an uphill battle in red Kentucky, but you never know.

In case you haven’t heard, adulterer, and now convicted felon, Dinesh D’Souza plead guilty to making illegal campaign donations in a US Senate race. D’Souza had two people donate to Wendy Long, then reimbursed them for their donations, a clear violation of federal law. Since D’Souza’s arrest he claimed he was innocent and the government was prosecuting him because of a movie he made a couple of years ago about Obama. He made the conservative rounds to plead his case and to drum up interest in an upcoming movie. Senator Ted Cruz even got in on the act, claiming political persecution. That all changed yesterday, when D’Souza told the judge, “I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct.” D’Souza didn’t say he NOW knows those contributions were illegal, he said he KNEW AT THE TIME they were made.

A self-respecting pundit or journalist who helped pimp D’Souza’s lies about his innocence should now revisit the topic, say they were wrong, and ignore anything else D’Souza may say or do in the future. But that’s not what will happen. Once sentencing is over, D’Souza will go back to the trusty right-wing noise machine and claim he only plead guilty because the government had rigged the case against him. He will swear that Obama was personally out to get him (even though the judge said D’Souza had presented no evidence of selective prosecution), and the rabid right will lap it all up and throw more money at his pseudo-documentaries. One thing you can count on, wingnut welfare never runs dry.