Well, Mitch McConnell, that old Republican weasel who speaks frequently from both sides of his mouth, started the entire battle with the Tea Party Republicans with the gleeful help of Karl Rove by stating that the Establishment would crush the Tea Party. And, of course, if you merely look at the surface you might agree, especially if you listen to the mainstream pundits who always glory in a Tea Party-Conservative defeat. But if you take the time to look just a little bit below the surface you'll find that the Establishment has much more to worry about than you might think.
Let's take a look at a few points and see:
1. Mitch McConnell. The sitting Senate Minority Leader, a man who will do anything (except support Conservatives) to become Majority Leader, only managed to just break 60% in his own primary. He also has a track record of barely squeaking by in his elections to the Senate. This year he is up against a female Democrat, Allison Grimes, who polls very well against him. Many think that Matt Bevin, the Conservative he bested in the primary, would do better in November but only time will tell. But this much is clear, there are a lot of Conservatives in Kentucky who are not particularly happy with the lack of dignity in his campaigns (dirty tricks) and also don't like his constant giving away the store to Democrats in Washington without a fight. I would vote for him because I think the danger of continued Harry Reid leadership is much more disastrous for America, but he clearly is not a great choice. Dirty tricks have a way of coming back to bite you and McConnell is clearly vulnerable.
2. Nebraska. The NRSC went all in for Shane Osborne in his primary bid in Nebraska yet the Conservative, Ben Sasse, sailed to victory and is practically a sure bet to win the Senate seat in November, not exactly a crushing blow to Conservatives by any means.
3. Mississippi. Despite a huge financial disadvantage and the weight of the Establishment, Chris McDaniel won the primary against the aging Thad Cochran, yet by barely missing the 50% mark the primary was thrown into a runoff. Only with additional funding by the NRSC, some of which was clearly used to attract liberal black Democrats due to the ad content, did the Establishment get the win for Thad Cochran. Without the 35,000 Democratic votes, McDaniel would have sailed to victory. And this one isn't quite over yet; we'll just have to see if any legal action results or if McDaniel keeps his hat in the ring. Remember, the Establishment, no matter how sordid, always expects Conservatives to ultimately support them even though they will never support Conservatives. This could even turn out as a Democrat win in November in a very red state.
4. The Old War Horses of the Republican Party. The John McCains, Lindsey Grahams, Lamar Alexanders and other RINOs all contributed money to the cause to defeat McDaniel. Now they appear shocked that the news is coming out about how the victory was devised. I truly believe that the majority of the RINOs are on their last legs; most are getting old and the confusion shows when they are challenged and the younger, vibrant base is catching on quickly. Any "crushing" of the Tea Party-Conservative base wishes by the Establishment will soon have its door of opportunity closing as the base gets more savvy and wiser and becomes more powerful.
5. The Senate Conservatives Fund. This dynamic groupcontinues to grow and is chipping away at the RINO Establishment Senators. Founded by Jim DeMint, it is strong and vibrant and is gaining financial traction. And with DeMint as head of the Heritage Foundation, it has the preeminent Conservative think tank available for helping all good Conservatives run for office.
I could go on but I think you get my drift, so now it is time to move on to Tennessee and see if Lamar Alexander can be beaten. This will be another struggle but it is doable and hopefully the Conservative campaigners in Tennessee have learned from what transpired in the Magnolia State. And as for Chris McDaniel, well, whether or not he is successful in his challenge he will be back another day and I'm sure he'll get positive results. We Conservative have a strong bench of McDaniel-type candidates and the Establishment does not.
Fight on, Conservatives, with vigor and purpose and victory will eventually be ours. Now go enjoy your Saturday and forget about politics for a while. God bless.