Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out against his own party at the final Capitol Hill press conference of the year on Friday.
The Kentucky senator warned Republican voters that the way you win an election is to steer clear of nominating loony-toon Tea Party candidates who won’t appeal to the general public.
Finally, some sense from the GOP!
“The way you have a good election year is to nominate people who can win,” McConnell told reporters, urging his party to stop nominating right-wing extremists.
He specifically mentioned several Tea Party candidates who flopped, hard, at recent Senate elections by name.
“What we did in 2014 was we didn’t have more Christine O’Donnell’s, Sharron Angles, Richard Mourdock or Todd Akins. The people that were nominated [last year] were electable,” he stated.
Christine O’Donnell has stated that homosexuality is a psychological defect, she also declared China could not be a friend of the United States because they “force women to have abortions,” and challenged the separation of church and state, to name a few of her problems.
Sharron Angles once declared that “Sharia Law” had taken over Dearborn, Michigan and “Frankford, Texas,” claimed the 9-11 hijackers entered through Canada, and is against abortion even in the case of rape or incest — saying that those situations are “god’s plan.” Again, only pointing out a small portion of her crazy.
Richard Mourdock also believes that pregnancies resulting from rape are “gifts of God,” one of his top donors is the NRA, and questions whether or not Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are Constitutional.
Todd Akins is the dimwit who once said that rape resulting in pregnancy is “really rare,” because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
McConnell wisely stressed the importance of not repeating mistakes of his party’s past.
“That will happen again in 2016. We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election audience,” he added.
It is hard to imagine that his statements were not also veiled commentary on the presidential election which McConnell has largely avoided discussing until recently, other than endorsing his fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
On Sunday’s edition if State of the Union on CNN, McConnell told Jake Tapper that there is no way Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims would ever make it through the Senate.
“It would prevent the president of Afghanistan from coming to the United States. The king of Jordan couldn’t come to the United States,” he said. “Obviously we’re not going to do that.”
McConnell was also present at the recent headline-making dinner hosted by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus where party power players were heard discussing the possibility of a brokered convention.
It all seems so simple — don’t nominate crazies. Unfortunately, this is a lesson his party desperately needs to learn.
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