It's primary night here in the Bluegrass State. There really are not too many contests to look at (no U.S. Senate races this year). The only true "headline" will be that a Tea Party backed nut by the name of Tom Massie won the Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District (KY-4).
As reported earlier on Daily Kos, Massie got most of his funding from a 21 year old punk Texan. Once again, Citizen United is taking another bite out of our democracy. For those not in the know, Massie basically also won the fall election as well. The Fourth District has only elected a Democrat once since 1966, so a rich kid has bought himself a Congressman.
"But what about the Democratic Party?" you say. Surely the Kentucky Democrats could mount some kind of campaign against a Tea Party nut? Maybe they could point out that a Texan rich kid is trying to buy an election?
If there was a statewide Democratic Party, they might just try to fight for this or any other Congressional seat. But we don't have a statewide Democratic Party. Instead, we have people who sit on their ass and do nothing. This is another in Pseudo Democratic Governor Steve Beshear's great accomplishments: a moribund party apparatus.
But if a decrepit party machinery wasn't bad enough, there is another huge factor that would complicate any attempts for Democrats to compete in Kentucky. Obama is not popular here. Something that will not be reported widely is how Obama performed in the primary tonight.
There was a Democratic primary for President in Kentucky this year? Yes. We had Obama running against "uncommitted." Seems uncommitted got 42% of the vote.
Now, I think most will dismiss this result, but I can't recall the last time that an incumbent Democratic President actually had 42% of Democrats in a state say, "Can I have another choice?" You have to go back to Jimmy Carter in 1980 to see something worse (Carter got 34% of the vote).