Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator.
Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president, Bevin backed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, as well as the government takeover of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McConnell supported TARP, and the Bevin campaign repeatedly reminds voters that the Senate minority leader calls that vote “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.
I don’t care. In almost every way, Bevin will be better for liberty-minded conservatives that McConnell. And a big part of the motivation in supporting Bevin is not Bevin qua Bevin, but running McConnell out of power, out of politics, and into retirement as punishment for his manifold transgressions, and as an example to the rest of the Ruling Party that assumes it is invulnerable to the anger of the people.
The hammer may have a flaw or two – but the nail still needs to be pounded, and for that, Matt Bevin will suffice.