Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) released a new ad where he mocks Democrats for being unable to find a strong candidate yet to go up against him in 2014:

Yeah, cute stuff there, Mitch.  But Kentucky Democrats still have time to come up with a great candidate.  One of their top candidates has been the subject of speculation for quite some time now:


So, if not Judd, who?

The answer, most likely, is Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes. She is a 34-year-old Maysville native who won election to the secretary of state office in 2011 and is the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan.

She’s been crisscrossing the state, talking to groups from one end of the Commonwealth to the other, both in her official capacity and as a leading figure in Kentucky Democratic politics. Thursday night, she was in Dry Ridge talking to a roomful of Democrats at a local restaurant.

And, as Whalen said, “she is the type who wouldn’t hesitate to take it to Mitch McConnell.”

Some Democrats feared that if Judd were their candidate, McConnell and the GOP would make the campaign about her. They want a campaign that is about Mitch McConnell and whether or not he represents the people of Kentucky well – and a judgment on his tenure as leader of the Senate Republicans.

Grimes has another advantage – she is a personal friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton; and they would most certainly be in and out of Kentucky helping her raise money – and she would need a lot of it to knock off an incumbent U.S. senator.

Grimes hasn’t said she will run, but speculation continues and she hasn’t done anything to dampen it. - 91.7 WVXU, 3/30/13

So if McConnell wants to waste his money making fun of Democrats, let him.  It's kid of stupid that McConnell has to waste money to gloat about how Democrats haven't found their ideal candidate yet.  Hopefully Grimes will jump in the race soon because McConnell needs to go, especially since he's on a mission to destroy the U.S. Senate:


I’ve been harsh to Obama and Senate Democrats for not fighting back hard enough, but the main problem here is the Republicans in general, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell specifically.

Remember, a lot of this is simply grandstanding. Oh, yes, some of it is intended to really change policy — the nullification involved in the Cordray filibuster, for example — but most of it is just showing the flag. Never mind that it harms the nation by making it harder for government departments and agencies to function well. Or, for some Senate Republicans, maybe a poorly functioning government is a bonus.

The worst part is that it will ultimately make it impossible for the Senate to use the nomination process for legitimate attempts to influence policy, either through raising issues (as Rand Paul did) or bargaining over a state interest (as Sen. Roy Blunt is doing on the McCarthy nomination). There’s just no way to know which of these obstructions are real and which are simply excuses for obstruction-for-the-sake-of-obstruction, and so the majority has to shut them all down by cloture whenever possible. In other words, endless filibusters and other obstruction aren’t just bad for the government, but they’re bad for the Senate. - Jonathan Bernstein, Washington Post, 3/29/13

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and My Old Kentucky Kos.

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