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Jesse Benton Responds: Why I joined Mitch McConnell’s team

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By Jesse Benton | Daily Caller

I discovered Mitch McConnell on May 22, 2010.

Of course, as a budding young politico, I had followed Sen. McConnell for more than a decade. I respected his achievements and understood his importance, but it was that day that I was first allowed an inside look at the man who led my party in the United States Senate.

May 22 was five days after Rand Paul’s primary victory and any celebration we enjoyed had been short-lived. The liberal media was circling, the national Democratic machine was cranking up its attacks and Kentucky Republicans were deeply divided after a contentious spring campaign. The tea party won the primary, but the tea party alone would not be enough to win a general election in a state where Democrats held a 2-to-1 registration advantage.

Rand and I rode to Frankfort that morning not knowing what to expect. What we experienced was a very real GOP Unity Rally that had been put together by the only man capable of doing so: Senator Mitch McConnell.

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Cyril's picture

Okay, fair enough. But what if...

Okay, fair enough.

But what if Ron Paul was in fact in complete good faith to put his trust in the guy ?

I can spot some bad and selfish people easy enough quite often, but it's not rare either that it requires me some more time, depending on the individuals.

Also, it did happen a couple times I've got completely fooled much longer than usual.

Errare humanum est, you know...


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

But What If...

"But what if Ron Paul was in fact in complete good faith to put his trust in the guy"?

That's a fair question - and knowing what I do of the Doctor's character, I could ALMOST give him a pass on Jesse Benton and the entire leadership staff of his campaign until I asked myself a series of honest questions:

"Was Dr. Paul really serious about winning the Presidency, or was this just the second part of an effort to effect change within the two-party system"?

"If this was a serious run, why did he quit during May-June...and if the active campaign for the primaries was over, why did he continue to fund raise? Was this a CFL judgement call? That's Jesse and the leadership, isn't it"?

"If this was a serious run, why did the campaign not fight for its principles on the convention floor instead of letting the GOP make a mockery of the process and changing the rules to prevent future candidates like Ron Paul from building difficult-to-control grassroots movements"?

If we're honest with ourselves, Dr. Paul picked his campaign team, right...or was he an absentee candidate who was too busy with being a Presidential candidate to be concerned with the daily details of how the campaign(s) were being run (in 2008 and 2012)? I believe we all know better than that...and that, my friend, brings us back to sowing and reaping.

Be seeing you.

How do we win people over if

How do we win people over if we don't work with them? I never understood this resistance to working with other people in an effort to win them over. Now, you won't win everyone over.. but you may get lucky and slowly win over some. As long as you don't compromise your principles.

Were you all libertarian when you were born, or did you have to change your mind?

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

SteveMT's picture

Where there is overlap, of course work with them,....

but on that issue only. There should be no embracing of their entire agenda in order to move the overlapping issue forward. I don't believe that Ron Paul and Barney Frank have much in common, except the marijuana issue. However on that issue, they sponsored a joint (lol) bill because they agreed.

I was won over...

By appealing to my intellect, I considered myself a principled person till I realized none of my beliefs had moral or intellectual consistency.

That's how a neo-con becomes a human being. Not by helping them to remain in office.

At Auschwitz.....

Kapos worked with the SS.

"they" must be defeated, not worked with.

"We"? Who is this "we"?

Are you suggesting Benton is "working with" McConnell? He's working FOR McConnell.

"we" is me, myself and I...

"we" is me, myself and I...

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Ah, the "royal we"... Sorry.

Ah, the "royal we"... Sorry.

Sad and depressing

Just sad. Every day, it's like some nightmare of bad, worse and worst, both internationally and now reading this. It's as if every facete of the degraded society has seeped even into what I thought was an oasis of the Ron Paul camp. The whole time, could he have been taking orders from the establishment? I hope not and hope that he's just a young, naive guy. I think there is a lot that other, less kind people would say that Ron Paul keeps to himself about this debacle and the entire campaign. I want to weep.

Now I understand this puke a little better

Here I thought it was an opportunistic moment yet, it appears that he had a major dose of RNC Koolaid in 2010, and then went on to nuke Ron Paul's campaign in 2012.

Question is, was he planning to nuke the campaign before 2012, already working for the RNC?

And I know enough inside story about how the campaign was run to know that there is a lot of evidence of pure sabotage.

Yes, I said it. And I know only the tip of the iceberg. A lot of grassroots people had to contend with the campaign and they too are "soul searching " - and no doubt getting better results at actually finding one than Benton did - and they too will come to the conclusion that it was not lack of experience at work here, it was intentional.

After all, if, given the way the campaign was run, there is NO reason at all to hire Benton. If the campaign was truly 100 percent honest, then it was very horribly run and poorly organized and therefore nobody in their right mind should hire Benton.

Unless, it was all intentional, and if it was, then Benton did a splendid job in desroying the RP 2012 campaign and the insiders of the RNC know this.

Jesse Benton is done.

Jesse Benton is done. all liberty minded people should vote against Sen. McConnel. and vote against Rand Paul also.

how about..

jesse bentover...

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Liberty PEOPLE-

Stop letting people JACK ya! The only party you belong to is 'LIBERTY' itself. Your 'lobbyists'/'champions' are SUPPOSED to be the United States Congress, and the President(s) of the United States. We don't seem to be represented by those people... (R) is NOT my party per anything I've seen in my lifetime, unless being a total DICK is some kind of 'virtue'. At least with Democrats, you already KNOW they're full of it! Both are 15-25%% correct, and 75 to 85% NOT.

Good Luck!

Congratulations Jesse. I hope the experience is a good one and that you are able to do a good job for Sen. McConnell. You will be an even more formidable force for Liberty in the future having this job under your belt.

Liberty Freedom Peace

( -_-)


All I can say is,

look at how Bobby Kennedy ran his brother's campaign. THAT was the way for a relative to run a campaign. Could you EVER accuse Bobby of doublecrossing his brother? NEVER!


was the one who was pushing for Castro assassination. Who knows who ditched JFK as a response.

Marilyn Monroe might

just sayin'...

In the words of the great Bill Hicks

Jesse Benton: "Suck Satan's cock"...

This is getting a little

This is getting a little rough here. This language does not reflect well on the Daily Paul.

Benton has done far more damage...

than a mere word you or those like you may be offended by.... Perspective...

...but it's too bad your

...but it's too bad your sewer language belies any credibility you may have to offer.

It's too bad

your more motivated to speak out against this, than against things that actually MATTER... Perspective. Prudence.

You need an audience that

You need an audience that will listen to you.


Meet Kettle...

Jesse The Leech Benton...

Jesse The Leech Benton... Knowing he got all that money makes me wish I had not donated. I will donate ten fold to anyone running against anyone Benton is working for. He truly believes he is the grass roots darling... Rand did not have the baggage in 2010 that he currently carries. A six year old could run a Ron Paul campaign and the grass roots would be no different... It isn't the campaign it is the message... It will be fun watching Benton melt down to the drool he is.

Ah yes Jesse has everybody's info who ever

volunteered or donated from 8 years of Ron Paul campaign and Rand's campaign - nice.

I would get a petition started asking Ron Paul to not allow our names to be used by Benton.

Nah. He's free to waste

Nah. He's free to waste campaign money sending me mail. If i get the chance I'll mail him back a rock and make his campaign pay for it :)


I see now why a primary challenge to McConnell will never work. RAND WILL ENDORSE MITCH MCCONELL! MM is one smart son of a gun that's for sure. He knew when Rand won the primary that if he wanted to keep his job, he better lick Rand Paul's boot. As it stands now, Rand would never stay neutral if we primary-challenged McConnell, much less endorse his primary opponent.

Time to let it go. We've got more important things to do than plot how we're going to "get Jesse back."