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Rand Paul Endorses Mitch McConnell in 2014 Senate Race, Won't Back Tea Party Challenge

Patrick Howley | March 27, 2013 | Daily Caller

The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader.

“Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller.

Benton, who has worked for both Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is credited by insiders with brokering Paul’s support for McConnell.

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Hopefully he at least reminded him

"So Mitch, remember when you backed Trey Grayson?" Guess Mc Connell would owe him one after this.

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Besides party loyalty, there is a phenomenon called "friendship"

It seems lost on some people that perhaps Rand and Mitch formed a friendship that goes beyond political posturing. This does not surprise me, as the only person in the world who understands what it feels like to be a sitting Kentucky senator is Mitch McConnell, and this inevitably will bond them in certain ways. They hang out, their wives hang out, and their staffs work together. Even if they were not friends he still would have endorsed McConnell, as endorsing the incumbent is part of the party.

I don't know what some people expected to happen. Getting mad at this is a waste of energy.

phenomenon of historical legacy

What is it Ron says about Bernanke all the time? If he cares about his legacy he'll read the writing on the wall and will change his ways.

Maybe McConnell has risen to leadership power in a sea of corruption and just as he attained his leadership position the pitchforks of angry revolution are gathering at the door, when comes this straight talkin' young whippersnapper from his own state, and he sees an opportunity in this young scrapper to right the course of his own legacy.

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Fancy Shmancy Fine Print:
http://youtu.be/plIH98Kxu58

think that's why it's so dangerous to have your wife form

a 'real' friendship with your former opponent's, especially if the prospects of that political friendship between the two men is a temporary one, IMO.

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

while it may well be a case of 'keep your friends close, enemies closer,' wouldn't want to see that level of Machivellian play w/Rand, nor his wife involved in it, either.

It's a wholly Unholy Alliance.

one more reason why many of us are political junkies, to the extent we want to be aware and vigilant, to gauge just how fast the proverbial 'gvt trucks/APCs rolling up to your doorsteps' and to prep and/or maneuver around it (or as is now, hellfires from ObamaDrones), but hate politics, because in the finality it's a useless life wasting pursuit; essentially it's a commercialized effort to change other people's minds, nothing more, nothing less.

IMHO, there's only one certain thing that you can affect and change: One's own self.

And the mind, has always been the battlefield, otherwise the Ruling Class would not spend 99% of their time, money, and manpower on 24/7 propaganda: they NEED us to police ourselves and each other, to divide & conquer, as we are Many, they are a few.

Can't believe I'm repeating celeb cheeseball Will Smith: Don't hate the Player, Hate the Game.

Now I'm feeling icky; gotta jet, to wash it off. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

PS. The only thing that matters is if and how Rand will shore up his fervent local KY Tea Party base...

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Who endorsed whom?:

Just because Jesse Benton "says" Rand is endorsing McConnell does not mean that is really what is happening. Benton is not to be trusted, first and foremost!

This!

This!

So what.

He endorsed Romney too. But McConnell better return that favor when Rand runs for President.

agree

agree.... he definitely better return the favor....

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

I upvote this post for the

I upvote this post for the informative aspect of it, not because i agree with rands decision, but to show appreciation for posting this

Thanks op for informing us, even if it is dissapointing news

From Day One

I did NOT support Rand and was given pure hell for it. It just seems hes doing enough to try and get the main stream Republicans on his side, and trying to keep many of his fathers supporters on his side as he can.
Playing both sides can be a dangerous thing...Im sure he'll learn that soon enough.
If Rand runs in 2016 he will NOT have my vote, nor my husbands. We have talked about it, and we agree, any man that would openly screw his father over the way we feel he did, would screw WE THE PEOPLE somewhere down the line.

I believe in Hope & Change..I Hope the government will Change
Spindale-Rutherford County-North Carolina

He's got somebody fooled for sure

Who is a matter of personal choice it seems.

Not even Ron Paul could stop endorsing local GOP candidates.

So why expect Rand Paul to not endorse Mitch McConnell?

Ron Paul had to endorse all the incumbent TX candidates. He had no choice. Those are the party rules. I don't know any sitting public official who endorsed someone other than the incumbent (assuming they were in the same political party).

There are no "rules"

And they absolutely have a choice. There could be retribution, but facing that is called political courage and few have it. Ron Paul was quick to say he made a deal to endorse republicans for political expediency, that's honesty.
Courage and honesty are the hallmarks of Ron Paul's career. I don't see that it wore off on his son.

If a Senator's unpopular endorsement wins the day.

Then the grassroots isn't an issue in Kentucky.

Free includes debt-free!

If there are no rules

then why hasn't a single republican sitting in public office ever gone against the grain? Not even one. Not even Ron Paul in his entire career!

If you're looking to nail Rand, I don't think this is the issue. Besides, you can't deny that he's bringing McConnell's vote along with him. So you can argue that Rand is infiltrating Mitch and not vice versa. And that's some seriously strong influence. (considering Mitch is the House minority leader)

George Bush was President and ran twice

Ron Paul didn't support him once. There's one. I could list a thousand examples but you can find more by looking.

Ron Paul was still the

Ron Paul was still the establishment choice as he ran on the column with Bush during his re-election primary. All incumbents get that advantageous line-up on the ballot during the primaries.

But I agree that Ron Paul didn't vote with Bush's agenda in Congress.

Really? Never? You've gone

Really? Never? You've gone through the entire history of party politics in every state & every level?

I don't know of any case personally but I doubt there isn't at least one case. If there isn't I have a high level of certainty there will be a few in 2014 and that's just concerning some local politics I'm aware of.

"Give me Liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry

I haven't gone through all of

I haven't gone through all of history.

But I know these are standard party rules. And I've never seen anyone (even Ron Paul!) break those party rules.

I'd rather worship a

I'd rather worship a politician who alienates his colleagues, doesn't get support for his bills, doesn't get any TV time, and doesn't get any endorsements of his own. He should boldly proclaim his beliefs to empty rooms and change nothing.

Wait... no, that isn't right. I want him to actually be able to change things.

McConnell? Benton?

McConnell? Benton? Something's not right here.

Unacceptable.

Unacceptable.

Southern Agrarian

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Maybe...

Maybe he should just stop endorsing people, it does not seem to be his strong spot.

Another reason not to fully

Another reason not to fully trust or support Rand. Mitch McConnel is a "stick up your finger and go whichever way the wind is blowing" type of politician. He supported Rand's filibuster only because that's the way he thinks the Americans who call themselves Republicans are leaning. Just last year he would have been one of the first people to jump behind McCain and Graham and point the finger at Rand.

The purists out there

need to learn to play the game a little if they ever want this movement to accomplish anything meaningful.

A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves.

Let Me Ask You...

...something.

I see this 'mantra' dredged up frequently.

If I have it right, the mantra goes something like this....

Purists, who stand firm on principle and refuse to compromise on core liberty/issues, do not accomplish anything, therefore, to actually accomplish something, one must compromise and practice pragmatism.

Let me toss out a ponderism, eh?

Has there been some 'purist movement' in our lifetime, where a number of politicians actually believed in and unwaveringly stand on principles, which I am unaware of?

Conversely, what has been the consistent norm, the conventional wisdom, the subject of incessant hissing and constant practice and application?

Don't strain, I will answer it.....

That would be the pragmatic, compromise, go along to get along, scratch my back i'll scratch yours, politics over principle, crowd.

We have decade upon decade to see what that practice and belief system accomplishes...concrete and unarguable evidence open to viewing, study and assessment....we are living square in the middle of its result.

There has BEEN no purist political practice or application of any note that has 'failed', so there is nothing to base the assertion on...zip, nada, nothing...therefore, you and those who hiss the tired old mantra, are simply full of crap.

Political victories ARE meaningless.

You are trying to treat the symptom and not the problem. The problem, like your signature states, is the people need to be educated.

Change a mind, like ron did, thats winning. Playing the game keeps people stuck in the lie.

I do my

damndest to change minds at every turn my friend, but it's only one piece of the puzzle. A step forward, is a step forward........

A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves.

I don't doubt that you do

"I do my damndest to change minds at every turn my friend"

I think that is what everyone needs to do. And when rand stops changing minds to take time to play politics I think its counterproductive.