Which high profile politician recently told the New York Times that he would “crush” dissent in his own party “everywhere,” Vladimir Putin or Mitch McConnell? Putin would never have said that on the record. The former KGB lieutenant colonel would be more discreet.
McConnell’s threat was a mixture of arrogant and clumsy, two adjectives that have come to accurately describe the Republican leadership in Washington. Many experienced GOP establishment hands were taken aback by the sheer recklessness of such a statement, but conservatives across the country have witnessed this movie many times before. McConnell’s words were merely the most recent in a litany of statements that have told conservatives they can go to hell.
The brutal irony is that McConnell is embarking on yet another re-election campaign when he will again ask, plead and beg for conservative support. “Give us your money, your volunteers, and your votes” he will urge in TV commercials, direct mail pieces, and online appeals.
The GOP establishment has been doing this since the sunset of the Reagan presidency. From the faded echoes of “Read my lips” in 1988 to the repeated promises of “we will do everything in our power to repeal ObamaCare” in 2010, GOP leaders have played this cruel joke on the peasants who work so hard to elect them to office and give them the majorities they lust for.
Up until recently conservatives have been willing to put up with the lip service, empty promises and outright lies. Not anymore.
GOP establishment hacks, suffering from chronic denial, hysterically plead to anyone who will listen that McConnell is a conservative. As Amy Poehler used to dryly ask on Saturday Night Live: Really?
I have been a faithful soldier in the conservative movement for over 30 years. It’s a movement I’ve dedicated my life to; I’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars for many of its candidates and causes. I know a conservative when I see one.
Since 2010, when conservatives and Tea Party supporters swept Republicans into a House majority and put McConnell and his GOP Senate colleagues in position to win a majority of their own, there is not a single conservative accomplishment McConnell can point to during his leadership. Instead of working with the Republican House majority to oppose President Obama’s out-of-control liberal agenda, he has continually thwarted each and every conservative initiative.
The national debt only now sits at a staggering $17 trillion because McConnell has given it his blessing; every man, woman and child in the United States now owes over $50,000 of that $17 trillion. At what point does it become economically unacceptable to keep raising the debt ceiling: $20 trillion? $50 trillion? $100 trillion?
When he had the chance to stand with House Republicans to defund ObamaCare, all he gave them was his middle finger. And now ObamaCare is a complete disaster, taking away health plans that people wanted to keep, and costing them more money for plans that are worse than what they had.
How many times over the years has McConnell made promises to cut spending, rein in the growth of government and roll back Washington’s intrusions in our everyday lives? Yet Washington continues to grow exponentially: printing more money and spending us further into debt, crushing our economy to the point where there are now 50 million people on food stamps and 90 million people out of the workforce. The IRS illegally persecutes conservatives without any justice, and the NSA spies on law-abiding Americans.
Americans have been crying for help for four years, yet McConnell’s repeated capitulations to Barack Obama have soundly rebuked the will of the people so forcefully expressed in 2010. McConnell has repeatedly chosen Obama over the people to whom he has repeatedly held out his hand and promised better days.
He is no conservative, and his empty threats against people who actually helped him for so many years sound silly and desperate. He has proven that he can’t lead, he should step aside for someone else.
Bozell is chairman of ForAmerica, the largest active online conservative network with nearly 4.9 million supporters.
Link to op-ed on The Hill website: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/201407-mcconnells-no-conservative