NY Times: McConnell Stands With (and Raises Money Off) Rand PaulSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:14
After opposing his bid for Kentucky’s Republican Senate nomination in 2010, Senator Mitch McConnell is ready to Stand with Rand, Paul that is. Oh, and he’d like you to join Team Mitch while you’re at it.
In a fund-raising e-mail from Team Mitch, Mr. McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign, the Republican leader showered praise on Mr. Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, for his 13-hour filibuster last week of President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John O. Brennan. Mr. McConnell, of course, had to slip in his own role in helping Mr. Paul through the ordeal, a brief appearance in the guise of an extended question that gave his fellow Kentuckian a break.
“After a busy night, I checked CSPAN around 10 p.m. to see a fatigued but determined Senator Paul continuing to fight his heart out on the floor. My staff, who had been in constant contact with Sen. Paul’s staff, told me they were focused on speaking past midnight, which was still two hours away. I wanted to help,” Mr. McConnell wrote in the fund-raising e-mail. “So, at 10:30 p.m., I came back to the Capitol to do what I am asking you to do today: I came back to Stand with Rand.”
In addition, he slipped in, “I hope you’ll help Team Mitch today.”
For Mr. McConnell, the embrace of his junior partner is a reversal on two fronts: politics and policy. Mr. McConnell in 2010 had backed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in his battle against a political neophyte ophthalmologist and Tea Party favorite, Mr. Paul. In the last days of the campaign, Mr. Paul refused to say whether he would back Mr. McConnell as Republican leader in the next Senate. Mr. Paul trounced Mr. McConnell’s candidate.