Mitch and Trey make a deal?
The pure entertainment over in the Republican Senate primary of Kentucky just got even more fun. In the aftermath of the interesting meeting uncovered between Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, comes this juicy paragraph from a Wall Street Journal story about the rift in the Republican Party between the Teabaggers and Republican leadership (i.e. Mitch McConnell, because he's such a Commie happily riding on the Obama Train to tyranny) :
Mr. Grayson said he was confident that primary voters in Kentucky know him as a "true conservative." He said he speaks regularly with Mr. McConnell, but that he is not shy about criticizing him, particularly on the financial system bailout. "I wouldn't have voted for it, and he did," Mr. Grayson said. "He and I talked about it, and I said, 'I'm going to criticize you on the campaign trail."'Oh dear, isn't this interesting.
Let's run through all of the possible options for explaining this, with a healthy does of irresponsible speculation:
#1- Mitch and Trey thought that he was going to breeze effortlessly to the Republican nomination. He wouldn't have to dare criticize his Jedi Master. But the SUSA poll has them freaked out. They agree that he now has to criticize Mitch on the bailout in order to save his ass. A position that Trey might or might not agree with, but he certainly wasn't going to resort to this if it wasn't for this looking like a real race. Evil Genius Mitch goes along with it, as he wants his Boy with him in the Senate. This insulates (or attempts to, anyway) Grayson from a lot of Paul attacks, which would be (and will be, to some extent) effective.
#2- Again, Mitch and Trey thought that he was going to breeze to the nomination, wouldn't have to criticize Mitch, and the poll freaked them out. But then Trey decided to criticize Mitch, over Mitch's objection. Mitch's giant ego is bruised. Possible rift, making the Rand/Mitch meeting even more interesting?
#3- Grayson was always against the bailout, and never really felt the need to discuss it much. The Wall Street Journal reporter felt the need to ask about it, and Trey answered honestly. Perhaps a little intentional dirt raising by a Teabagger supporting conservative WSJ reporter? (judging from Media Matters, he's conservative-freindly, but I can't detect any Teabagger/McConnell slant to him)?
#4- Mitch saw the latest poll and thinks that Grayson's goose is cooked. That's why he's trying to get friendly with Rand, and when this went public, Grayson decided he'd criticize Mitch in retaliation. (highly implausible, imo)
To make matters even more interesting, Mitch McConnell was on Fox News this morning and completely avoiding talking about the KY race when asked about possible rifts in the party in several Seante races, including KY.
My bet? Option #1. Mitch may be an SOB, but when it comes to looking out after his own hide, he's a smart SOB.