When you shear away all the fluff, ham-handed politicking, and let’s-poke-the-Republicans-with-a-stick troublemaking, what you’re left with in this Politico article is pretty much this: Mitch McConnell wants to win his Senate election next year – and he’s apparently got a good idea on how to do that, damn his eyes*. Seriously, this is their big revelation?
[Reid’s people say that McConnell’s strategy will be to] organize early, raise big money early to scare off opponents, scorch potential rivals to shape the field, push back against polling showing vulnerabilities to depress potential rivals and third-party groups, bolster the state party that each effectively runs and invest in new technology to run an even better campaign than their previous one.
…yes, as opposed to Mitch McConnell stripping himself naked, painting his body with purple and green woad, and doing the Fish Dance at the next debate.
Look, I know that it’s fashionable and everything to assume that the GOP has absolutely no skill whatsoever at electioneering; but a look at the 2009, 2010, and yes, 2012 Congressional and gubernatorial elections might suggest to people that maybe, just maybe, we have a few people out there who know how to run a campaign. It should not particularly surprise anyone to hear that the Senate Minority Leader has some of those people on speed dial. Heck, if it works out, Mitch should bring them along to the 2016 festivities…
PS: I assume that Politico is being facetious when it asks why Mitch McConnell took the time and trouble to politically defenestrate** Ashley Judd, but just in case they weren’t, here goes: McConnell’s biggest concern for next year is that he might face an opponent that is not predictable. It’s highly unlikely, but it got that way in large part because McConnell decided to start up the dance with a not-very-subtle-at-all demonstration on what happens when amateurs go up against professionals. And do not think that a potential Democratic candidate like, say, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has not taken the hint; particularly since she certainly must know that national Democrats will be content to merely stand to one side of the avalanche aimed at her head, and shout out helpful advice. Grimes will probably still run, but now it’ll be in a much better frame of mind. Well, ‘better’ by my standards, at least.
*That last sentiment is Politico’s, not mine. I am agnostic on the primary, but I also see no harm in making a GOP challenger work for it. This can be a dirty, Darwinian business some times; have no illusions on that score.
**All the other metaphors were worse. There was brutality in the Judd takedown. Frankly deserved brutality, which is why I am not crying over it or anything – but it wasn’t High Tea at Noon.