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  •  As a Kentuckian.............. (9+ / 0-)

    who has followed politics for the last 50 years, I feel Grimes has a real shot at sending Yertle back into his shell for good.  However, like most all the other races across the nation in this off year election; turnout will be the deciding factor.

    Granted this state goes red for most national offices but the Democratic party is strong (although a little too "Blue Doggie" for my taste.) Yertle, who has never been well liked, has seen his popularity plummet to the point that our "Kenyan" POTUS is relatively less unpopular.  

    I think there will be two critical "turnout" groups. The first is women who have been courted strongly by the Dems at all levels. McConnell's abysmal voting record on women's issues reflects that of the Rethugs nationally.

    The second group is the Kentucky Tea Partiers. I have observed that they have little use for "Establishment" GOPers and none is more establishment than Mitch. McConnell will not enjoy the level of Tea Party backing that swept Rand Paul into the Senate.

    While it appears the Tea Partiers will not be able to bring victory to Matt Bevin in the Rethug Primary; they may, by their lack of support, deny another term to McConnell. Pleased don't misunderstand; they would never vote from Grimes but they might not feel compelled to vote for a candidate who has pledged to "bury them."

    Finally, the success of he ACA in Kentucky may also be a factor as long as we tout the popular provisions as Democratic programs and  don't call it Obamacare.  

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Wed May 14, 2014 at 11:14:26 AM PDT

    •  This Kentuckian says "Call it Obamacare!" (1+ / 0-)
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      Mitch was talking about repeal in his victory speech the other night and saying that a vote for Grimes was "a vote for Obamacare."

      Grimes needs to step right up and say, "Yes, it is - and 400,000 Kentuckians have health insurance because of Kynect and 'Obamacare.' Heck, in this county it's [insert per-county number here] people, and I'll bet most of the folks in this room know at least one of them. Mitch McConnell wants to take that away - he wants to make it disappear - he says so every chance he gets." (Kentucky has 120 counties, and all but 16 of them have more than 1000 ACA enrollees.)

      All politics is local - and McConnell has spent the last few years trying to make "Obamacare" the boogeyman under the bed. If Grimes can put a human face on it--the faces friends, families and neighbors--Mitch loses a major talking point.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 02:17:44 PM PDT

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