Mitch McConnell’s archenemy may soon join his caucus — and blow it up

Mitch McConnell’s self-proclaimed enemy is zeroing in on a big victory in Alabama’s U.S. Senate runoff next week — which is horrible news for Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

To say that former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore is an enemy of McConnell is no exaggeration; just listen to the conservative’s own words.

Politico reports:

Moore promises to make McConnell’s life miserable if he makes it to the Senate. Already the majority leader is subject to the whims of members at the ideological poles of the conference, senators like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz on the right and Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski on the left. Moore could make those senators seem like loyal foot soldiers.

In one fundraising email typical of the strikes he’s been launching at McConnell and Strange throughout the campaign, Moore accused the majority leader of “dirty tricks and schemes … like turning out Democrats to vote for his crony Luther Strange in our Republican primary.”

“Judge Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate means the END of Mitch McConnell’s reign as Majority Leader,” Moore added.

The two have been sparring with each other heavily for the last several months, with McConnell supporting Moore’s Republican opponent, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, in the runoff election scheduled for Sep. 26.

Recent polls suggest that Moore could win with a huge, nearly 20-point victory. Whoever wins the GOP nomination will be the favorite in the general election this November to succeed Jeff Sessions, the GOP senator who gave up his seat to serve as Trump’s attorney general.

The bomb-throwing former Alabama Supreme Court justice has vaulted to a hefty lead in Alabama’s Senate special election, lambasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell every step of the way. A Moore victory promises to make McConnell’s tenuous 52-seat majority even more precarious, allies of the majority leader warn, potentially imperiling tax reform, raising the risk of default on the nation’s debt or even derailing routine Senate business.

Moore faces interim Sen. Luther Strange — whom a McConnell-aligned outside group has spent millions to elect — in a Sept. 26 Republican runoff.

Moore promises to make McConnell’s life miserable if he makes it to the Senate. Already the majority leader is subject to the whims of members at the ideological poles of the conference, senators like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz on the right and Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski on the left. Moore might make those senators seem like loyal foot soldiers.

In one fundraising email typical of the strikes he’s been launching at McConnell and Strange throughout the campaign, Moore accused the majority leader of “dirty tricks and schemes … like turning out Democrats to vote for his crony Luther Strange in our Republican Primary.”

It seems McConnell and many other establishment politicians are terrified out of their gourds over the prospect of Moore joining forces with more hardcore conservatives serving in Congress, such as Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee.

In other words, McConnell doesn’t like the idea of people who claim to be conservatives actually standing on their principles and refusing to settle for anything less than what the American people deserve.

This is precisely the sort of thinking that will end up costing the GOP elections come 2018. It’s time to end all the compromise and do what’s best for the American people.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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