MITCH McCONNELL PREDICTS GOP ESTABLISHMENT WILL DESTROY THE TEA PARTY: “We are going to crush them everywhere”

There’s nothing like the courage and charisma of Mitch McConnell — when it comes to taking on his own base:

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he would work to destroy the efforts of conservative organizations seeking to primary mainstream Republicans. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he stated. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Over the past two election cycles, mainstream Republicans have become more and more upset over the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates who have primaried GOP incumbents, then proceeded to lose general elections. McConnell has been personally attacked by the Senate Conservatives Fund, which supports businessman challenger Matt Bevin. McConnell recently began running an ad targeting both Bevin and SCF. The ad accuses SCF of soliciting “money under the guise of advocating for conservative principles but then spends it on a $ 1.4 million luxury townhouse with a wine cellar and a hot tub in Washington, D.C.”

The SCF was founded by former Senator Jim DeMint, who currently heads the Heritage Foundation. “Mitch McConnell is, to me, the essence of the problem in D.C.,” said Drew Ryun, head of the Madison Project. McConnell would like groups primarying incumbents like him and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to fade into the woodwork, and hopes they will if defeated in this election cycle: “I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers. If you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.”

Speaking of losing, Mitchie: any comment on Karl Rove’s 2012 stellar track record? You remember, that 1 (one) percent victory rate for his American Crossroads PAC?

I believe it’s time for brave Mitch to return to the private sector. I support his conservative challenger, Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky. If you’ve had enough of Pillsbury Doughboys like McConnell, I urge you to help out too.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

DELUSIONAL: California Predicts Budget Surplus in 2014 Thanks to Tax Hikes, Anti-Business Regulations

Crackpot Preppers

There’s crazy — and then there’s West Coast Crazy:

When is a prediction of a $ 1.9 billion shortfall actually considered good news?

In deficit-battered, recession-weary California, that’s the case.

It sounds strange, until you consider that it sounds a whole lot better than the staggering $ 41 billion deficit projected at the end of 2008 — and much better than the $ 25 billion hole that the state’s Legislative Analyst was forecasting in 2010. And much more rosy than the $ 16 billion shortfall Gov. Jerry Brown was projecting just last spring.

On Wednesday, the Analyst’s office — respected for its nonpartisanship — said its $ 1.9 billion deficit estimate covers the next year-and-a-half. The report cast the state’s recovering finances in a favorable light, thanks to earlier budget cuts and the voter approval of Proposition 30.

“The additional, temporary taxes provided by Proposition 30 have combined to bring California a promising moment: the possible end of a decade of acute state budget challenges,” the LAO report said.

In fact, the report floated the possibility of the state actually running a surplus of up to a billion dollars by 2014.

Let me be the first to predict that California will not have a budget surplus in 2014. Nor will it run “only” a $ 2 billion deficit.

By my estimation, California’s budget deficit will run at least an order of magnitude higher — at $ 20 billion plus. You can stuck a fork in the Golden State.


Doug Ross @ Journal