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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).  

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  •  The President's popularity seems to be roughly (3+ / 0-)

    correlated with the education level of a state.  He is never going to be popular in a state that boasts a Creation Museum and a Noah's Ark Theme Park.

    “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

    by ahumbleopinion on Tue May 22, 2012 at 07:49:49 PM PDT

  •  I highly suspect (2+ / 0-)
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    howarddream, stevenaxelrod

    the 42% is a large production of "Reverse Operation Hilarious".

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
    Left/Right: -7.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

    by Bud Fields on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:01:22 PM PDT

  •  Obama got almost 2K more votes than Mitt in KY (7+ / 0-)


  •  Scary stuff from West Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    this was a couple of weeks ago. A mulleted inmate from Texas got 41% against the President.

  •  Any State (1+ / 0-)
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    That can elect both Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul is a state that's not worth time or effort.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:21:07 PM PDT

  •  Well, KY Democrats Did Sweep Last Fall. (3+ / 0-)
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    azrefugee, Sharon Wraight, Odysseus

    Won all but Agriculture commission. KY Democrats are a strange brew.

    I miss Speaker Pelosi :^(

    by howarddream on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:57:06 PM PDT

  •  Appalachian white voters (5+ / 0-)

    During the 2008 campaign, Daily Kos had some good articles about Obama's popularity and lack of it in some places.  In general, he was widely disliked, even among Democrats, in Appalachia.  You can almost map the mountains by his popularity.

    There are some potential sociological explanations for this, though it largely boils down to racism.  These areas are populated by lower-income uneducated white people, mainly Celts (one article discussed "Borderers", based on where they migrated from several centuries ago), who are very insular.  Their culture is very much one about "knowing your place", and while they know that their place is to be poor (hence they vote against their economic self-interest), they also think that anyone who looks darker than them isn't supposed to have power.

    America is a complicated place.

  •  Obama won Fayette Co. (1+ / 0-)
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    In 08 if I remember correctly. So as always it's the rural areas that are nothing but trouble.

    While many minority groups are the target for discrimination, few face this hostility without the support and acceptance of their family as do many glbt youth.

    by azrefugee on Tue May 22, 2012 at 09:52:38 PM PDT

  •  Stereotyping... (6+ / 0-)

    Low information voters are low information voters.  It does not make them stupid or bad people.  I live in Kentucky.  In a mobile home park (another stereotype).  My neighbors on one side fly the Confederate battle flag.  And are a couple of the nicest people you would ever want to have a neighbors.  When I was laid up after surgery, my wife went out to mow the lawn.  Our neighbor came over and very nicely chewed her our and told her in no uncertain terms that she didn't need to worry about cutting the grass - that so long as I was laid up, he would take care of it for her, since she had enough to worry about.

    For the last few weeks, on TV we have seen saturation political ads for the candidates - or rather for Republican candidates.  I couldn't even tell you if there was actually a Democrat running.

    Just don't lump all Kentucky residents into a single bucket.  (And, just in the spirit of full disclosure, I live within 10 miles of the Creation Museum, and about the same distance from Big Bone Lick State Park - with its museum of dinosaur bones and nice diagrams of the time lines of evolution.)

  •  thanks for the synopsis, Merlin! (2+ / 0-)
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    stevenaxelrod, Odysseus

    Nice to get a brief primary update from a red state!

    Your (state's) time will come, and you are laying the groundwork for it. Frustrating, I'm sure. Many thanks for your efforts!

  •  Besides racism (which exists)... (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, howarddream

    we also have a strong anti-Big Government spirit in our state and since Republicans are considered the party of "less government" they often get elected at the national level (despite the facts of course).  Kentucky is another of those states that's reliant on federal subsidies to survive, and yet votes against it's own interest with it's Congressional officials.  

    Kentucky in the meantime is a blue state locally.  Quoting from memory Democratic registration is about 1.6 million to 1.2 million for Republicans with only a few hundred thousand independents.  We usually have Democratic state officials (along with a few Republican crooks like Richie Farmer and David Williams along the way) but can't seem to translate it into voting for national results except when the candidate is another southerner.

    •  While other southern states switched.. (0+ / 0-)

      party dominance in the wake of the Johnson era, KY voters didn't bother. That may be one reason why its hard to be enthusiastic about any KY Democratic politician. Most of them aren't really Democrats by personal political philosophy. The Democratic label is often used by local politicians simply so registered Democrats can vote for them in local primaries.  

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