Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) quipped that “2016 looking like a rerun of The Golden Girls” for the Democrats in a surprising populist address to CPAC this morning.
While the GOP has “Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and slew of young energetic governors, the other guys, they got Hillary and Joe Biden.”
McConnell’s aides rolled out the giant tower of ObamaCare regulations tied with a satin red bow and the majority leader spoke next to the “monument of liberalism,” referencing the 20,000 pages. “And if you think that’s bad, wait until they try to fix it,” he said.
On President Obama’s multiple meal offers to Republicans, “I’m starting to wonder if the caterers’ union is behind it.”
“It is time to unite and it is time to get moving,” he said. “If you’ve got good ideas keep ’em coming. It’s time to stand up together and punch back.”
“It doesn’t mean we need to dilute our principles — more than ever, we need the type of constitutional conservatives in the Senate” like one who staged a 13-hour filibuster last week.
McConnell got an exceptional audience reaction when he name-dropped “my Kentucky colleague,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “He’s a warrior and we need more warriors ,” he said.
The leader also dropped several points intended to burnish his conservative credentials with primary season coming up.
“Don’t tell me Democrats are the party of compassion,” McConnell said. “The liberal idea of helping the poor looks a lot more like flypaper than a safety net… they haven’t had a new idea since the day of the Studebaker.”
He also slammed a Dem PAC for “sending out racist tweets about my wife for the supposed crime of being born in another country.”
“My wife, Elaine Chao, was the best Labor secretary we ever had,” McConnell said. Her immigrant experience and rising to success, he said, is “one of the principle reasons I fell in love with her.”
“My wife is an American success story and anyone who’s got the nerve to question her patriotism doesn’t know what tolerance is, do they?”
After noting “government is a rest stop on the way to the solution,” McConnell urged the conservatives to “pick up the gauntlet, my friends, and run.”