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TIME: Inside the Partnership of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

This is a pretty interesting read about the relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and their middleman Jesse Benton from the MSM perspective.

Here is an extract of the article:

Allies of both senators stress the mutual respect between the two men, and by all accounts their working relationship is thriving. McConnell is a “mentor” of sorts, says one senior Paul aide. The two sit together at caucus lunches. Their staffs swap multiple emails a day. Their wives are friends. They have worked together on issues ranging from industrial hemp to national right-to-work legislation to the fate of a gaseous diffusion plant in Paducah, Kentucky.

From a political perspective, it is also a classic symbiotic partnership in a town where all relationships are in some way transactional. “It’s a pragmatic relationship, and it’s also a personal relationship. The two are inseparable from each other,” says Jesse Benton, a strategist who worked for both Rand and Ron Paul before McConnell tapped him to manage his re-election campaign.

It was Benton who served as the conduit when Paul sought McConnell’s approval to launch his filibuster. About two weeks before taking the floor, he broached the subject with Benton — who is married to Paul’s niece — during dinner at Paul’s home in Bowling Green. Benton conveyed the idea. The two staffs stayed in communication, and McConnell gave the green light. His approval gave Paul “a lot of cover,” Benton says. “Rand made sure this wasn’t just coming out of left field, and that made it a lot easier for allies all over the Republican spectrum to ride in and support him.”

It was, in other words, the kind of savvy gambit few would have expected of a man whose father was famous for ignoring the inside game of politics. Suddenly Paul was no longer just a Tea Party sensation.

Link to the article:
http://swampland.time.com/2013/03/26/the-gentlemen-from-kent...



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benton is a piece of s

come on
they're friends
wife's are friends
one a mentor
have lunch together

but rand can't approach mcconnel,,,, he has to go thru benton to ask permission

why does something not make sense with that????
and why are all these articles mentioning benton ,,, as if----he's making these huge statements as coming from both men----- when neither has said a word

benton is stirring the pot to make his nice big check

even more

rand instead of calling his chief of staff---- is going thru a campaign director benedict arnold

guess rand is stupid and doesn't know the totem poll and who he should call

come on ---- they have lunch together,, rand and mitch
----but rand has to go thru benton---- my -ss!!!!!

benton is a piece of s

come on
they're friends
wife's are friends
one a mentor
have lunch together

but rand can't approach mcconnel,,,, he has to go thru benton to ask permission

why does something not make sense with that????
and why are all these articles mentioning benton ,,, as if----he's making these huge statements as coming from both men----- when neither has said a word

benton is stirring the pot to make his nice big check

As long as Rand votes the right way ...

... when it counts, it can't hurt to get first hand knowledge of how to work the system from a guy who has been around the Senate since George Washington.

;-)

Background of Rand Paul's Endorsement of McConnell

is explained in this Time Magazine article that I posted some days ago.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

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Bump & thanks

I will read it when I get a chance. I put it on the front page for others who may be interested. Thank you for posting it.

He's the man.

benton's bs

honestly I get the sense that Benton is talking complete bs in his story that he was in on the filibuster plan and had gotten Mitch to give the green light, as it were... just sounds completely ludicrous. Mitch didn't even come to the floor until very late.

what it seems to me is that Benton floated this story because Benton's in charge of getting McConnel re-elected and wanted him to be associated with the hugely popular filibuster. the way Rand told the story is much more likely to me, I think he probably talked to Benton/McConnel about possibly doing a "filibuster" in the same sense that he had "filibustered" to force a vote on his foreign aid bill and all that which yes, kept everyone there until midnight on a Friday, but was nothing near like this. Rand didn't know he was going to do it that day, he got the floor while leadership's guard was down (not because Mitch had set it up for him in any way, that's Benton BS I think) and they thought he was just going to give a little speech like normal. if Mitch was so supportive he'd have come on much sooner I think.

other than that, Rand's working relationship with McConnel is absolutely essential to his strategy to be as effective as possible in the Senate.

i agree

if you ask pertinent common sense questions--- it just doesn't add up