Thomas Massie told WHAS's Joe Arnold that he is backing Mitch McConnell for Senate, for now at least, because McConnell is the only republican in the race. But Massie said he is not ruling out supporting a TEA party candidate if one steps forward, a scenario he says is unlikely at this time.
Massie of course voted against John Boehner for leadership in the House preferring Justin Amash a Ron Paul favorite. But to leave open the possibility that he would support a TEA party candidate in a primary against McConnell makes no sense at all. And even if he did secretly harbor a wish that a TEA party candidate would step forward, he didn't need to say it to Joe Arnold.
Imagine what Mitch McConnell is thinking about Thomas Massie. Why stir up this kind of trouble?
As it stands right now Mitch McConnell is the strongest weapon republicans have to keep Barack Obama from running the entire country from the Oval Office. Granted the republican majority in the House is one check on absolute control but that majority could change as soon as next year's mid-terms.
And one seat that could surely be targeted for change is the one being temporarily held by Massie.
In Joe Arnold's report he quotes McConnell as saying "I don't own this job. I have no sense of entitlement. I have to earn the respect and votes of my constituents every time, whether it's in the primary or whether it's in the general."
Massie would do well to remember those words and heed that advice. So far his performance appears to be aimed at Ron Paul supporters and a small group of voters who apparently prefer chaos, discontent and protest votes over measurable accomplishment.