Her campaign rollout was so bad even the liberal KY Mitch-hating media couldn’t ignore it. She keeps saying goofy stuff when she strays from the written speeches but the media here pretty much ignore it. She’s buoyed by tons of celebrity money to run lots of ads. Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are coming to provide gravitas and appeal to young and black and union voters. IOW, she’s Obama. Can all this outside support plus the media plus Big Dog save her?
I’m beginning to think no, although it’s still early in the season. I imagine Mitch will continue hitting her with ads that tie her to Obama but focus some on the advantages to Kentucky is the GOP takes over the Senate. He’s not talking that up much because 1. voters are in an anti-incumbent mood so don’t talk D.C. too much and 2. there’s no guarantee a GOP-held Senate would elect him Majority Leader by veering more toward a new-blood, tough-talking Cruz.
I also expect Mitch to focus on the Joe Manchin-problem: Redstate Dems owe their elections to the DNC, to celebrity donors, to union money and to big Obama-fundraising. That base might allow you a little – very little – leeway on a few – very few – items but they expect you to tote the line. The GOP base expects that from Mitch but let’s face it, Alison’s base is way more extreme and to the far left than his. Too bad for Grimes that this is shaping up to be more focused on foreign policy than expected and Obama is seen very weaker on that here in Kentucky.
BTW I think Bill Clinton is somewhat less popular than he used to be here and Hillary is even less popular. It’s not so much that we loved Hillary in 2008, it’s that we knew Obama would be the disaster that he’s proving to be. We were trying to do our part to stop his election. No buyer’s remorse here.
Here’s a roundup of some news on the Kentucky 2014 Senate race:
Cliff Notes for inexperienced and not-too-smart US Senate candidates:
Yeh that big ole Iron Dome keeps Hamas from popping out of tunnels. Or something. SDA has a link to a longer Lexington Herald article that happily ignores the gaffe while promoting her new office opening in Lexington. For some reason the Ashland Daily newspaper made that a front page story, with the obligatory young Alison with long hair, such a contrast to the old Muppet chinless balding white guy Mitch. http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/if-women-ran-th-13.html#comments
“Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself,” Grimes said. “But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.
She is indeed an “untested” candidate, much as Obama was or Rand Paul here. Perhaps she should have started in US House of Representatives or governor if it’s too big for her. The real difference here. Rand Paul has worked hard to gain creds and grew up in household conversations on a national and international level. His dad, of whom I’m not a fan, has been in the spotlight for many years while discussing serious national and global issues but Grimes grew up with a state manager of the Dem Party for a father, learning how to elect Dems, especially the Clintons. It’s very different. Another difference is the KY media was disturbed by Rand Paul’s lack of experience in political office. They’re as undisturbed by Grimes’ lack as they were by Obama’s lack. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382939/cleaning-grimes-andrew-Johnson
I’m touched -touched – that the likes of Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Murphy, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand care so much about Kentucky that they’re shelling out money … to Alison Grimes. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382939/cleaning-grimes-andrew-Johnson