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Targeting McConnell

It's always fun to try to knock off the other party's leader: Just ask Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who ousted then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D) in 2004 in an incredibly tough and bloody campaign.

Now Democrats are hoping to return the favor, putting increased effort and attention into a campaign to beat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in November. But will it work? National Democrats got the candidate they wanted in businessman Bruce Lunsford (D), who has plenty of cash to put in the race. One recent independent survey showed Lunsford leading McConnell by 5 points, though neither party appears to be taking the poll that seriously. Another poll released this week, conducted for McConnell's campaign, showed the incumbent with an 11-point lead. And McConnell remains a savvy campaigner and a powerful and generally well-liked figure in Kentucky, even if the state has shown signs of being more competitive of late.

The bottom line is that McConnell is the favorite in the fall, as this contest is in the lower tier of competitive races (it didn't even make The Fix's last Senate line). For Democrats to win here, they'll have to ride a huge wave that would presumably yield them other seats all over the country. But there's an ancillary benefit for Democrats to making this a close race. Even if McConnell wins, the more time he has to spend campaigning and worrying about his reelection, the less time and attention he'll be able to devote to leading the minority in the Senate.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 30, 2008; 4:53 PM ET
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Comments

the man is like Herman Munster, maybe he got to close to Senator Frish's cat experiments.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | May 30, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is perhaps the most formidable obstacle to clean government and elections. Money invested in his ouster will return a hundred fold in improved government.

Posted by: Paul Silver | May 30, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So the only way I can find to fully even
begin to describe that chinless thick glasses weasel faced Mitch McConnell is to
simply call McConnell a Male Republican
Version of Democrat Dictactor Petty Tyrant
Mad Madame Speaker Nutty Nancy Pelosi,
in Howard Dean's body,since he operates
just as sneaky and sleazy as Pelosi and
Dean with creepy old Democrat Majority
Leader Harmless Harry Reid thrown in.
So do I need to even point out Mitch
McConnell has to be one of the biggest
George W Bush neo con stooges around here?
Or,do I need bring up McConnell worthless
wife & Sec of Labor Bush Crony Elaine Chao
and the role of Nepotism among the Bush &
Cheney Republicans for you now then too?
Throw Mitch McConnell, Two Face Jon Kyl,
out of the US Senate right along with
Democrats Harry Reid and Dirty Dickey Durbin and House Democrats Mad Madame Nutty
Nancy Pelosi and that cockroach Steny Hoyer. Please also do not vote for elitist
liberal loser Barack Hussein Obama,if you
really want to end corruption in Congress.

Posted by: Sherry Kay | May 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic view from here in the state of Kentucky: McConnell is ahead in his private polling because he's been running without a clear opponent and has been running a "poor me" ad about how he had polio as a kid.

Wait till all the pictures of him in a tuxedo going to hoity-toity Washington events have a chance to hit the air showing how much he's gone "native" in D.C. and out of touch with the needs of people here.

Having met Sen. McConnell on several occassions, he seems uncomfortable in his own skin (to say the least) and if Bruce Lundsford is really smart, he'll just have to rattle McConnell's cage a little and then get to watch him blow.

Ditch Mitch '08

YES WE CAN!

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | May 31, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

So face it Mitch McConnell and his Phony
Sec of Labor Wife Elaaine Chao are the most
prefect examples of the kind of Nepotism
and Political Patronage of the George W Bush and Draft Dodger Dead Eye Cheney that
are among the best reasons to vote every
incumbent in Congress out this election and
why we donot need that Chicago Scumbag
Democrat Liberal Elitist Loser Phony Liar
Barack Hussein Obama to become the Democrat
version of Bush and appoint even worse
more incompetents to high offices.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | May 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

He will be washed out of DC in the tidal wave that's coming. The republicans have SO screwed up this country and Mitch McConnell helped it all happen. He, and the rest of the corrupt Republican Trash, are history. Maybe he can get a lobbying job like his old buddy Hastert?

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Given the fact McConnell has led the republicans to block almost all democratic attempts at legislation in the Senate in the last two years, our country would be well rid of this traitor! And with him smugly gloating over his success, Mitchy is a primary example of why party politics has become so poisonous and partisan during the last 10 years. OUST HIM!

Posted by: Richard J Mullin | June 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

there is no bigger corrupt pol in the senate than money mitch. depriving him of office is not harsh enough. money mitch should be in jail. i look forward to his eventual trial with much anticipation. he is truly a traitor.

Posted by: blue 111 | June 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

And that corrupt money is going to keep him there too.

Posted by: ZarDotZ | June 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Sherry Kay, I think I am getting the impression that you do not like anyone, especially politicians. McConnell is okay compared to Lundsford who ran a crooked business because he is crooked. As for corruption in Washington D.C., it could all end if we, the citizens, demanded TERM LIMITS. The two most hated words in all politics. Am from Kentucky.

Posted by: Adrian | June 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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