Can she beat Mitch McConnell? Well, she’s got the right instincts. The Washington Post sent an interviewer who went full-metal CW today trying to undermine her, and failed miserably:
The Washington Post: You talked a lot about the partisan gridlock and dysfunction that you see in Washington. I know you were talking about Sen. McConnell and the congressional Republicans, but I’m wondering if you think President Obama shares any of that blame – if the environment in Washington is at all because of him or his approach or his policies, too.
Alison Lundergan Grimes: As we saw, especially with the filibuster reform, there is enough finger-pointing to go around for a lifetime with what has occurred in Washington, D.C. But Kentuckians are tired of the finger-pointing. They want somebody that actually comes up with a pathway forward as to how they’re going to have faith again in the future of Kentucky and the promises of being an American and being able to grow the middle class. That’s what our campaign is about. It’s not the blame game and the finger-pointing that Mitch McConnell has become a master at. It’s actually making sure that we’re tackling the problems of the people of the state…
Post: On health care, you heard President Clinton talk a little bit about it and give a pretty forceful defense of the law and how it’s gotten more affordable health care for more people in Kentucky. Do you share the views that he laid out? You didn’t mention health care in your remarks.
Grimes: Well, it’s still being implemented here in Kentucky. I think what we have seen is that under the leadership of our governor, we are leading the nation in terms of our state-based exchange, Kynect, and Medicaid expansion. The focus has been the 640,000 people that now have access, and here in Kentucky over 230,000 are already enrolled. For me, I think the primary way that we grow the middle class, that we help to give people the promise of a brighter future, it starts and begins with the minimum wage. That’s what you heard me speak about first. Did you guys get a copy of the jobs plan?
Post: Yes, and President Clinton held it up.
Grimes: Yes! He did. Totally unexpected, unrehearsed. Afterwards, I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ And he said, ‘Because I believe in it.’ This is a plan that is about having maximum impact for the people across this state. We’re obviously hopeful for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but we need a definite, determined pathway for success for the people of Kentucky, and it begins by increasing the minimum wage…
Post: The facts – it’s going to be hard to win this race. Sen. McConnell has been in office for 29 years now. He destroys his opponents; he has a history of that. How much fight is it going to take for you to win this?
Grimes: We faced $6 million in negative, nasty ads already. We’re still standing. And 12 polls deep into this showing that despite the millions he’s spent and the funding we haven’t yet spent, the race continues to be a complete and total toss-up… Each day when I put my feet on the ground and my heels on, it’s about kicking butt for the people of this state – especially the women. They deserve to have finally an advocate, someone who is working for them instead of against them. And I’m excited about the journey that we are on, the impact we have already made and the strides that we’re going to continue to make.
We’re eight months out, but the gates are open, we’re going around the track and we are focused on that final homestretch, making sure that we bring all Kentuckians out. This is the only time, politics is, that you can make a bet after the race is off. You can’t do that here in Kentucky. Once the gates open, all bets have to be placed. Politics is a little bit different. And I think what people – not just Kentucky, but the nation – are seeing is that Mitch McConnell, kind of like heating a biscuit twice, never tastes good the second time, no matter how much jam or jelly you put on it. That’s my grandmother’s saying, by the way…
Read the whole thing; the interviewer threw out the whole panoply of Realiable Boogeymonsters — Both sides! Dems in disarray! Obummercare! the HillaryBeast! Beloved, unstoppable Mitch! Rand Paul vs Bill Clinton’s penis! — and she flew straight through the chaff and stayed on message, getting off a highly repeatable quip as a capper. Good job, Ms. Lundergan Grimes!