November 04, 2014

Alison Grimes: Misinformed? Twit? Family political pawn? Just.Another.Neoliberal Liar?

Alison Lundergan Grimes, waving bye-bye to her own campaign
Updated Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. Mitch the Turtle is already projected the winner in this race. It's too bad, but not surprising given the campaign that Alison Lundergan (say it three times fast) ran while going down the White Rabbit's (her daddykins) rabbit hole of an inept campaign.

And, given one Democratic troll I ran into on Raw Story, I don't feel sorry (well, not THAT sorry) for Kentucky Dems.

And, now that it appears Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate, I'll add that Grimes is a poster child for the mix of bad campaigns and bad candidates in many Senate Democratic races.

Meanwhile, your original post.

The Kentucky Democrat challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch "The Turtle" McConnell may be politically smart to distance herself from President Barack Obama during the campaign, but then claiming Hillary Clinton has any significant political differences from Dear Leader is a laugher.
If one race reveals the depth of the divisions between Democrats this cycle it is in Kentucky, where the party’s Senate nominee still refuses to say whether she voted in 2012 for President Obama, whom she endorsed and served as a convention delegate. But on Monday, Alison Lundergan Grimes took the next step forward into the chasm when a debate moderator asked her the difference between her, a self-styled “Clinton Democrat” and an “Obama Democrat.” Grimes was quick to respond: “It’s growing the middle class in the right way.” 
Yeah. sure. 

Especially when it's a claim that "poor Hillary" of White House departure days understands, or by extension, cares about the middle class any more than Obama. This is also the same Hillary Clinton who supported the Slickster in taking tax deductions on underwear (dunno if they were boxers or briefs) he gave to Goodwill and elsewhere.

Hillary Clinton has some special sauce for "growing the middle class the right way." Not. Unless it involves underwear at Goodwill.

Also, per this piece, given the great success of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Kentucky, her worries about The Turtle scoring political points over her vote for Obama, which we all know she did (because, if she actually didn't, she'd answer the question "no") undercut potential political gains.

The piece also brings in the other angles. Her daddy's a big Friend of Bill's, and she's banking on the women's vote, even though she's not earning or retaining a big edge on it.

There's more nuggets, speaking of Grimes' daddy, to unpack from that quote.

First, did she ever, post-marriage, still go by the name of "Alison Lundergan," then realize that, like Hillary, she needed to officially take on her hubby's last name to succeed in a Southern state? (Not to be confused with seceding in a Southern state.) Did she, at some later point, then decide she needed to trade on her family's last name, and thus then change her name from "Alison Grimes" to "Alison Lundergan Grimes"?

And, did she, at some point in this campaign, realize that Lewis Carroll wasn't giving her "Alison Lundergan" (yeah, I went there) any ending but going down the White Rabbit's madhole?

What seems up is spillover from the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. Daddy Lundergan and cronies are still steamed at Obama in some way, and steamed enough to lose an election over it.

I know that Ashley Judd, had she not been worried about The Turtle's staff digging up trash on her,  or Kentucky Dem powerhouses chickenshitting on her either from being in Grimes' corner or what's left of Big Coal's corner, couldn't have done worse.

So, if Grimes loses, Kentucky Dems? You danced with them what you brung, and she couldn't dance her way out of a wet paper bag.

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