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Mitch McConnell owns the #1 scalp desired by the Democratic Party and they are going all out to take it and his seat in the US Senate. They’ve brought in the Clintons, especially Bill, who twice won his presidential races here, and of course Hillary won her 2008 primary contest here. Mitch’s opponent Alison Grimes’ father ran both of those campaigns here as head of the Kentucky Dems. How much of that was pro-Hillary and how much was anti-Obama is the question.

The Democrats have also sent in seasoned Obama campaigners and activists, just as they did in Texas. They want to change Texas from red to blue. Kentucky is not as red as some believe, Democrats own the state politics but they want to knock off Mitch, then in 2 years they want to knock off Rand Paul and also retain the governorship. The governorship looks to remain Democratic because the successful prosecution of Richie Farmer removed the top GOP contender. Knocking off Mitch makes it easier for the Dems to retain Senate control plus prevent Mitch as a possible Majority Leader of the Senate plus that would make it easier to knock off Rand Paul when the time comes.

The Grimes campaign made an ad supposedly depicting a Kentucky coal miner but it turns out he is a European model used in many ads. Spokesman Charly Norton provided CYA, http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/alison-grimes-kentucky-coal-miner-model-107489.html

Then Grimes was really going to give the Obama administration what-on it anti-coal agenda at a big Democratic fundraiser hosted by Harry Reid but it turns out Grimes didn’t say a darn word about coal, as proven by an audio tape. Spokesman Charly Norton provided CYA. http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/perfect-candidate-kentucky-dem-grimes-refuses-criticize-coal-regulations-reid-fundraiser

How bad was this Grimes lie? So bad that even the liberal Associated Press, no friend to McConnell, called Grimes out on it. Both her campaign manager and spokesman Charly Norton tried to provide cover but Grimes is going for  the union vote, a reliable base of the Democrats. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/08/fact-check-dem-senate-candidate-called-out-by-ap-over-this-dishonest-attack-ad/

At the big Fancy Farm picnic over the weekend, a Democratic operative who owns a Dem consulting firm tweeted a racist remark directed at Mitch’s wife Elaine Chao, who headed the Department of Labor during the George W Bush administration. Kathy Groob tweeted that she’s Asian, not Kentuckian. Uh oh. Maybe Groob missed one of those diversity and inclusion platform meets that the Dems so love. Spokesman Charly Norton is providing cover for Grimes. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/04/nky-dems-tweet-draws-fire/13571755/

Grimes has also played the WaronWomen theme. The way I see it: If Mitch can’t speak for women because he’s a man then Alison Grimes can’t speak for men because she’s a woman. Silly political games.

As a 5-minute Google search proves, Charly Norton was an activist with Obama for America, the political arm for Barack Obama, and she worked for the Rahm Emmanuel successful election as Mayor of Chicago. Let’s hope she’s not successful in Kentucky.

BTW, it’s funny that Dems are now attacking Mitch McConnell for not being sufficiently supportive of coal. For many years Dems have attacked Mitch McConnell for being in the pocket of big coal. Just a few years back, the very liberal Lexington Leader attacked McConnell for this and ran a major 3-part “expose” on his ties to coal. The article is archived but it made a big splash and Mitch was pummeled by Big Green and Dems.

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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

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And I call major BS against Kentucky’s top Dem and Senate Speaker Greg Stumbo, who compared defeating Mitch McConnell to defeating the Nazi’s in Germany. Stumbo is a big Bill and Hillary Clinton ally so of course he’s a big Alison Lundergan Grimes ally. Grimes, btw, isn’t renouncing Stumbo’s remarks. Kentucky voters will recall that Stumbo’s former nemesis in Frankfort was the ambitious and conservative Republican David Williams, who was pilloried by the Kentucky media as an “extremist” when he ran for governor. Williams finally called it quits and left. www.nationalreview.com/corner/368738/update-top-ky-dem-beating-mcconnell-will-be-defeating-nazis-andrew-johnson

I got just one thing to say to Stumbo: Apologize, you jerk, not only to McConnell but to all Kentuckians for embarrassing the state with your partisan hyperbole.

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This is pretty cute. He’s taking Allison Lundergan Grimes seriously. Good for him. The Clintons will be all over Kentucky next year, and the Democrats nationally and state-wide consider Mitch McConnell their #1 target in 2014. People like to think Kentucky is a red state but it’s not. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans, there’s a strong  liberal contingent in the college towns of Lexington and Louisville and Berea, Bill Clinton is still popular here, enviro group KFTC despises pro-coal Mitch and they’ve grown in power, Mitch has 0 charisma, all the big-town MSM hate Mitch, there’s still a sizable union voting population, and the state politics are Blue, Blue, Blue, and Grimes is Kentucky Democratic royalty. Progressive politics have made inroads all over the country and that includes Kentucky.

Grimes toured Eastern Kentucky last week and touted how pro-fossil fuel she is, saying Kentucky needs a pro-coal senator. As many pointed out, Kentucky already has that in Mitch McConnell but I guess she just wanted to widen the distance between her and Obama. Yeh, Allison, I’m not expecting you to bring Barack to campaign for you next year. Not sure how much Kentucky trusts the Clintons anymore. I sure don’t.

I’m very sympathetic to the Tea Party but Mitch McConnell as Minority Leader in 2010 kept the Republicans in line, and not a single Republican voted for ObamaCare. I dislike some things about Mitch and I hate his anti-Tea Party stance but no one could have done a better job against ObamaCare.

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It means a lot of things to a lot of different people. First and foremost, it means people are ticked about ObamaCare. The Terry McAulifffe supporters ran blatantly dishonest robocalls in an effort to confuse Virginia voters by claiming Ken Cuccinelli supported ObamaCare. Talk about Low Information Voters – Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit against the implementation of ObamaCare, a lawsuit shot down by SCOTUS Roberts.

McAuliffe was up by 12 points only a week ago but barely won tonight. http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-tea-partys-dead-10-to-1-spending.html

Mark Levin is a conservative, Tea Party supporter furious at the GOP establishment for not supporting Cuccinelli, who was greatly outspent in this election. Levin is right; this was winnable. Cuccinelli would have won this election with a little more money and resources. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/05/a-furious-mark-levin-reacts-to-republican-loss-in-va-governors-race-find-out-why-hes-livid/

Talk about dirty tricks. It turns out the 3rd party Libertarian candidate in the Virginia governor race was secretly bankrolled by a huge Obama supporter and top money bundler. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/05/revealed-obama-campaign-bundler-helping-fund-libertarian-in-tight-va-gubernatorial-race/  This is the Dem plan for the 2014 midterm elections right here, folks: further the split between establishment GOP and Tea Party conservatives. I say it’s up to the GOP establishment to bring the Tea Party into the fold but so far they aren’t. That’s dumb. The GOP is big enough for moderates and conservatives both.

Lastly this election brings into focus a point I’ve made all this year: the NYC mayoral race, Virginia gubernatorial race, and next year’s Kentucky Senate race were all designed to propel Hillary Clinton to the WH in 2016 and let the Clintons take back the Democratic Party from Obama/Biden. Anthony Weiner is out of the NYC race but longtime Clinton man McAuliffe is now set to help her. The big upset would be Clinton-picked Kentucky candidate Allison Lundergan-Grimes next year. Expect to see the Clintons, especially Bill, all over Kentucky from now on and expect to see some version of the WarOnWomen brought here. As I pointed out before the only serious Dem candidates against Mitch McConnell were women – Ashley Judd, Heather French and Grimes – and Grimes is already using her grandmother to talk about McConnell and how he’s mean to women.

At NRO, they’re saying the Dems will spin the McAuliffe win as a victory for the women’s vote but they’re not falling for it: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/363225/cuccinelli-didnt-lose-women-he-just-ran-out-time-charmaine-yoest  Yeh, I think Cucinelli would have won if he’d had another week of WoebamaCare.

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In August two women employees of the Kentucky LRC [Legislative Research Commission] went to the Legislative Ethics Commission and accused long-time state Rep John Arnold [D-Sturgis] of repeated sexual harassment. They also claimed  they had been told to cover it up rather than hurt the Kentucky Democratic Party.  Recognizing the potential of a full-blown political and legal scandal, some members of the party jumped in front of the media and expressed outrage, in addition to ignorance of any harassment. A third woman then came forward with similar claims and Arnold resigned September 13, still claiming his innocence but lamenting that his political career was ruined by the publicity.

The woman claimed they had tried to resolve the problem by going through the proper channels at LRC but their complaints were hushed-up by LRC head RobertBobby” Sherman.  An internal review reported the LRC supervisors acted properly, which provided political and possible legal cover but  didn’t do much to resolve the issue. A week ago on Friday, September 20th,  Sherman resigned. Now we find out that he went into the LRC building last Sunday, when no one was working, and shredded numerous documents. He and the KY Democratic Party are in active offense by claiming he only destroyed private papers and old, unimportant documents that had nothing to do with the scandal. The latest story is that he was accompanied by a couple of other administrative employees.

A number of obvious questions: After resigning, how did he get into the LRC? Did the other employees allow him to enter the building? [Man, if my boss quit, then called me to let him into his old office so he could shred documents on a Sunday, I would hang up on him]. If he no longer worked there, wasn’t that trespassing? He worked there a number of years and couldn’t destroy private and unimportant documents while he worked there but felt the urgency to to do that after he resigned? The biggest question, if he had a right to be there and he was innocently shredding private and outdated papers, why did he do so in a deserted building? Why didn’t he come in Monday morning and do that in full view of other employees on a work day?

A Republican lawmaker has asked the Kentucky State Police to launch an investigation into the shredding. Here’s the story from my local Ashland newspaper: http://dailyindependent.com/local/x703123010/Lawmaker-calls-for-KSP-probe-into-shredding  Too bad Sherman and his ex-underlings didn’t call the KSP to watch him shred the documents, eh?

How will this affect the women’s case? They’re not too happy.  The lawyer for the original two women rightly notes that the KSP has a close working relationship with the state legislature and they can’t reproduce the shredded documents. Personal junk mail? Secret memos of the women complaining of repeated abuse and the LRC response? Who knows? http://www.state-journal.com/latest%20headlines/2013/09/26/kentucky-state-police-open-investigation-into-records-shredding-by-former-legislative

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130923/NEWS0101/309230097/Departed-LRC-chief-Bobby-Sherman-acknowledges-weekend-records-shredding?nclick_check=1

According to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, officials are allowed to destroy records so long as they meet retention requirements, such as the rule to maintain recordings of special committee meetings for eight years. State statute also says a person who intentionally destroys records without proper authority can be charged with a Class D felony.

          Deputy LRC Director Robert Jenkins said he was not sure if Sherman used a records destruction certificate — a filing process encouraged by Libraries and Archives to help track records.

          Barbara Teague, the state archivist, noted that the matter could be referred to the Kentucky attorney general if officials suspect wrongdoing, but said she didn’t want to make a “snap judgment” and that the department would need more information to determine if rules were broken

http://www.whas11.com/news/national/225488822.html

How will this affect the Kentucky Democratic Party and their decades-old stranglehold of Frankfort and state politics? How will this affect Clinton candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes #WarOnWomen against Mitch McConnell next year and its seed corn of Hillary’s presidential run using that same theme? The War looks different when it’s used against Democrats, doesn’t it?

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I told  you next year’s US Senate race in Kentucky will be an attempt to use last year’s #WarOnWomen against Mitch McConnell. He’s such an old white guy, after all, with no charisma or style. There’s never been a hint of any scandal involving Mitch and women in any way, and he seems happily married to the very successful Elaine Chao but facts won’t matter when the Clintons move in to push their candidate KY SOS Allison Lundergan Grimes against him.

The opening salvo was supposed to be Ashley Judd but she turned out to be too goofy even for liberals here, so the more sedate and politically-endowed Grimes, whose father formerly led the KY Democratic Party and Bill Clinton’s two successful presidential campaigns here, was unceremoniously pushed into the honor of taking on Mitch. General wisdom is it won’t hurt her young and promising political career even if she loses, and her name will be familiar to Kentucky voters in the future.

Here, dumba** Dem hack Senator Claire McCaskill attempts to renew the DNC’s McConnell #WarOnWomen. It’s contrived and sketchy but that won’t matter to the MSM or liberals. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/09/mccaskill-attacks-mcconnell-over-nrsc-organizers-remark/   What is McConnell’s crime against women that so infuriated McCaskill? A history of groping his interns? Paying his women workers less? Serial philanderer? Slapping a female aide? Hardly.

Brad Dayspring, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, derisively called Lundergan Grimes “an empty dress.”

Here in Kentucky, we’ve got a real #WarOnWomen involving  State Rep. John A Arnold. Of course, he’s a well-known and long-term Democrat so the MSM hasn’t made this national news, but even the liberal newspapers in the state were forced to report it. When asked whether Arnold should resign, Grimes Monday said she’s not sure. Wouldn’t you expect that hypocrisy to be big news? If so, you’re not paying attention to the MSM. http://freebeacon.com/grimes-wont-call-for-democratic-state-rep-arnolds-resignation/

Arnold is currently facing formal complaints from three employees for sexual harassment. The allegations date back to 2009 and include Arnold grabbing the underwear of a staffer and touching the thigh of a female legislator

Just for the record, these are serious allegations made by highly-respected women working for the state Legislative Research Center [LRC].

Unable once again to call for Arnold’s resignation –  this was the second time she was  asked and refused to ask Arnold to step down – Grimes played the #WarOnWomen card anyway. She’s outraged, outraged I tell you, that McConnell isn’t denouncing Brad Dayspring.

Umm, calling President Obama an “empty suit” is quite common. Any reason why the female equivalent is sexist? Besides, she is an “empty dress” and Democrats know it. They just assume her father Jerry Lundergan and Bill Clinton can whip up the base and help sharpen her skills. IOW, she’s depending on her daddy and Big Dog Tomcat to save her; so much for the smart, independent woman meme. That’s not stopping her and the DNC from trying.

The Grimes campaign claimed the comment was offensive.

          “This degrading and offensive comment from McConnell’s campaign team is appalling, and he should condemn it immediately,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton told the Huffington Post. “It shows his team’s true feelings towards women and continues his disgraceful pattern of not standing up for the women of Kentucky.”

Grimes best bet is to support Matt Bevins in the primary and hope Kentucky sees Rand Paul in him but with Bevin losing to her next fall, replicating similar Tea Party losses in Nevada, Delaware and Missouri. Unfortunately for her, McConnell knows that strategy, too.

Frankly, I don’t think Kentucky voters will be swayed by the likes of HuffPo and the DNC. More importantly, the DNC will continue to play up the #WarOnWomen attack against Mitch McConnell, but that approach, lame to begin with, has just been made impotent by State Rep John A Arnold, [D-KY].

[See my earlier post on Arnold here, on August 22, 2013. Since then, another woman has accused Arnold of similar harassment. https://pullmychain.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/has-the-dem-control-of-frankfort-resulted-in-cover-ups/ ]

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