After yesterday’s post on Ashley Judd, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Mitch The Turtle’s seat up for election in 2014, I feel I owe you guys some background.
I live in northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincy. KY-4 is depressingly red. My Congressman, Thomas Massie, is an extremely intelligent, MIT-educated, award-winning engineer. This means I know he’s smart enough to realize exactly what he’s doing when he sees fit to crack jokes about snow hampering DC climate change hearings, and he thinks Rand Paul and Justin Amash are the most awesome people ever because FREEDOM and LIBERTY. And as he’s only five years older than my 37, he’s probably going to end up my Representative for a very, very long time. In an alternate universe where the guy decided to not stick with the party of Luddite assclowns, I’d be honored to have someone like that in Congress representing me. Instead, he uses his powers for suck and awful. That’s got me down about the state of Kentucky politics.
Then throw in Rand Paul and Mitch, a Dem Governor who gives $60 million in tax breaks to a giant ark theme park that will probably crash and burn within the first couple years, and a bunch of other Democrats who know McConnell is vulnerable as hell and who are still too afraid of him to even attempt to run, and the fact that the only person even considering running (who happens to be the daughter of the state’s awful former Dem chair who basically put all these Blue Dogs in Kentucky in the first place) would be slightly to the left of Joe Manchin on her best day, and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty depressed Zandar.
Yes, if Alison Lundergan Grimes gets the nomination, I’m backing her against Mitch 100%. I want him gone for all the reasons several of you pointed out in the comments yesterday. Any D is better than effing Mitch McConnell. I’m just bummed out because it’s the best (and looking like the only) shot we have against Mitch, and I know we could have done better. And yes, I believe Ashley Judd would have gotten her clock cleaned for the reasons I listed yesterday. Short of Mitch going the full Todd Akin with some Larry Craig on top, he’s going to most likely win re-election by double digits. He’s too smart of a political animal to make a moronic mistake like that.
I will proudly cast my vote for whatever Dem rises to the challenge to take on Mitch. I will volunteer for them and man the phone banks and help out in what ways I can on the ground here. But some days it feels like shouting into a black hole. I’ll persevere, because it’s the only way anything’s going to change for the better. It just pisses me off that we’re not doing everything we can here to maximize our opportunity against Mitch, that’s all.