Payback among some conservatives continued apace Friday, the fallout from the
The Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday endorsed a tea party challenger to Kentucky Sen.
“Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country,” the organization’s executive director, Matt Hoskins, said in a statement. “He is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and he will do what it takes to stop
The ratio of McConnell animus to Bevin appreciation was clear in the advocacy group's statement, which listed 10 criticisms of McConnell as sharply worded as missives from Democratic opponents. (McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, has been blisteringly critical of McConnell from the left.)
The group said McConnell, who had a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2012, “has a liberal record and refuses to fight for conservative principles.” It also criticized him for supporting government projects for Kentucky and portrayed his budget votes as support for President
On Thursday the group endorsed another Senate challenger, businessman Chris McDaniel, who is running for the seat now held by Republican
The rift between
Only 3% of tea party sympathizers said they trusted the government to do the right thing all or most of the time. Among Republicans who don’t agree with the tea party approach, that figure was 16%. (
The emotions each group attached to their views about government varied widely, too. A quarter of Democrats and non-tea party Republicans described themselves as "angry" at the federal government; most said they were instead "frustrated." Among tea party aficionados, twice the percentage — 55% — said they were angry.
A similar gap between tea party and non-tea party Republicans came when each side was asked their views about the