The biggest name in these most pivotal contests is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In his race and in that of endangered Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in nearby Arkansas, large amounts of outside money are already being spent, and both pols have been racing to arm their campaign committees with cash.
Toppling McConnell would be a significant upset for many reasons, not the least of which is the torrid pace of his fundraising. The top-ranking Senate Republican took in $2.2 million in the second quarter of the year, giving him a stockpile of $9.6 million as of the end of June. This is by no means McConnell’s first rodeo — he raised more than $16 million in 2008 — and clearly he holds the upper hand over his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). Having declared her candidacy just a few weeks ago, Grimes won’t post numbers showing the depth of her money trough till October.
As the arguably white nationalist Southern Avenger, Hunter praised the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, saying he “raise[s] a personal toast every May 10 to celebrate John Wilkes Booth’s birthday,” compared Lincoln to Saddam Hussein, and suggested the great American president would have had a homosexual relationship with Adolf Hitler, had the two ever met. He also advocated against Hispanic immigration and in favor of white pride, warning that a “non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.
As border residents, Senate Bill S. 744 is extremely troubling and threatening to the well being of our communities. The Human Rights Council of Oceanside cannot support the Corker-Hoeven amendment included in the bill. Our communities have been under attack by Border Patrol and a doubling of agents, at a time with such low levels of clandestine entries, is going to increase fear and the possibility of increased abuse with impunity. We expect immigration laws to reflect reality, and the reality is that the Border Patrol agency is an agency that works in our community and yet fails to account for the abuse by its agents. We hope that it is clear why at this time we cannot stand behind the Corker-Hoeven amendment that will bring devastation to our communities, and are also hopeful that it will change into something that we can support.
After meeting with the Arizona senator in the border region near Turkey, a spokesman for the Syrian rebels told reporters that while they appreciated Sen. McCain’s support, “We were kind of uncomfortable with the place it was coming from.”
“It was pretty obvious to me and the other rebels that everything McCain was doing was just to get back at Obama,” the rebel spokesman said. “And we were like, look, that election was five years ago. It’s time to move on.”
Sen. McCain denied that his support of the Syrian rebels had anything to do with a personal vendetta against President Obama, but according to the rebel, “Every time he said ‘Obama,’ a vein in his head kind of bulged out.”
“The man is a simmering cauldron of rage,” the Syrian rebel said. “He needs to turn his anger toward Obama into something more positive. You can’t carry all of that hate around with you forever—it’s not healthy.
Maybe the Syrians are talking about something that Lindsey Graham isn’t letting on in…
Best wishes to @senjohnmccain in Syria today. If he doesn’t make it back calling dibs on his office.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) May 27, 2013