Yesterday someone asked me why I considered Grimes a weak candidate when others called her “strong.” Why? Because she was too needy, too dependent on her dad’s political clout and on both Hillary and Bill Clinton, not to mention our Dem governor. It’s obvious the Clintons didn’t intend to campaign as many times as late as they did and Grimes desperately clung to all, especially Bill Clinton. Not an image of a “strong woman.”
Plus her answers on subjects outside of talking points showed she lacked the gravitas needed for the Senate, such as her ditzy Iron Dome answer. She’d do better as governor candidate but I think Jack Conway – defeated by Mitch in 2008 – has his eye on that.
Too much Hollywood for Kentucky. Why the heck did all those celebrities and big rich fat cats with global warming agendas spend so much $$ on Grimes? They obviously expected a ROI. We’re not so dumb here we didn’t figure that out. http://deadline.com/2014/11/mitch-mcconnell-midterm-elections-2014-jeffrey-katzenberg-hollywood-2-1201273165/
A foreign and more neutral report on the election and Mitch’s role in it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2821195/Republicans-way-victory-Senate-seats-two-states-hope-landslide-Democrats.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus
Was it as simple as this for Mitch and Capito? Coal. Guns. Freedom. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-2014-election-story-kentucky-and-west-virginia-edition-coal.-guns.-freedom./article/2555723
Recognizing Obama’s radical ideology before most people did, Mitch McConnell refused to be a lame go-along-with on the President’s big projects such as ObamaCare, and bet that America would in time reject Obama, his methods and his policies. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/11/05/how-mitch-mcconnell-outsmarted-obama/
I don’t like to hit people when they’re down but this was a bad “concession” speech from Alison Grimes. She spent most of the speech building herself up, never mentioned McConnell or congratulated him and never actually conceded. Grimes inexperience and immaturity took center stage here. Video here. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/05/strong-kentucky-woman-not-particularly-gracious-in-concession/ Mitch, in contrast, was extremely gracious in his victory speech
BTW most nations would love to have our abundant coal resources. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/03/newsbytes-the-new-coal-boom/ and good news: the AGW tirade, which some of us consider a scam, is losing steam as a voting issue. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/11/climate-change-an-issue-for-losers.php
I’ll end with a post from Charleston, WV newspaper columnist Don Surber, a favorite of mine. Read it all, here’ a tease. http://www.donsurber.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-sun-finally-shines-on-west-virginia.html#more
West Virginians simply are sick of living in a state that used to be. There used to be a chemical plant over there. There used to be a church. There used to be a school. There used to be a car dealership. When I moved to Charleston 30 years ago, the smell in Nitro was awful. People said it smelled like money.
Today the air is fresh in Nitro. The shops are closed. Food stamps replaced paychecks. I am not sure about the drug scene in Nitro but in other parts of the state, the first thing you do when you get a Medicaid card is get a prescription for pain medication — and get high. Not everyone, of course, but just enough to make life awfully difficult for the rest of us.
In the past, people sick of this worn-out state left. Now we stay and fight.
We are better than this. West Virginia is our state. West Virginia does not belong to coal companies — or trial lawyers — or newspapers — or dog tracks (our governor’s family’s business) — or the unions — or the tax-exempt lefties who oppose any and all activities of Man.