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Opening Arguments

About ready to shrug

Same old, dreary same old:

Two days after defeating tea party challenger Matt Bevin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would no longer stand with Rand.

Ayn Rand, that is.

In a speech to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, McConnell said that Republicans “have often lost sight of the fact that our average voter is not John Galt,” a reference to the persecuted inventor in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged who leads business elites in a strike against socialism.  

McConnell said this tendency was a natural outgrowth of the GOP’s emphasis on the free market and business, but one that helped cement the party’s elitist image on an electoral level.

“It’s a good impulse to be sure, but for most Americans whose daily concerns revolve around aging parents, long commutes, shrinking budgets, and obscenely high tuition bills, these hymns to entrepreneurialism are as a practical matter largely irrelevant,” McConnell said. “And the audience for them is probably a lot smaller than we think.”

What was that I just posted recently about a Republican majority in the Senate being pointless if the Republicans are just going to act like Democrats? McConnell has dispatched the evil tea party upstart in the primary and if he beats the Democrat in November, as expected, he'll have six more years to screw with us by talking like a good fiscal steward and acting like a gig government loon.

You know. Mitch, the average voter might not be John Galt, but you're turning more and more of us into his acolytes. "Irrelevant hymns to entrepreneurialsm." God.