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U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during remarks about leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Jim Young
Mitch McConnell has got to be sweating bullets about now. Yet another poll shows the Kentucky senator and Republican leader trailing in a close race for reelection:
The Bluegrass Poll, conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV, finds the Kentucky secretary of State [Alison Lundergan Grimes] taking 46 percent support to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 42 percent among registered Kentucky voters. [...]

The survey shows that McConnell remains deeply unpopular in the state, numbers that have given Democrats hope of picking up the seat in November. A full 60 percent of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing as senator, while 51 percent have an unfavorable view of him.

If you're keeping count, this makes 11 polls showing the race tied or McConnell trailing slightly. The good news, from McConnell's perspective, is that there's still time for a nasty campaign to define Lundergan Grimes negatively—in this poll, 29 percent of people were neutral toward her and 18 percent had no opinion. That gives a lot of room to raise her negatives. And there's no question Mitch McConnell is the sort of person who will go negative with enthusiasm. Now he'll have desperation to fuel his enthusiasm.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:30 AM PST.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  Mr Establishment is loathed by the Teahadistas.... (13+ / 0-)

    time to do a McCain.

    •  If Mitch doesn't get any traction tying her (4+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, Sandika, mconvente, Matt Z

      to Obamacare-job killing, then he's toast...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:48:06 AM PST

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      •  Will She Trumpet the Kentucky Exchange? (14+ / 0-)

        Will ALG point to the tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have signed-up on the state website, the same Kentuckians from whom McTurtle wants to yank insurance?

        Obama is likely not someone who's going to help her on the campaign trail. But Steve Beshear, the KY Gov, is someone that will be a campaign asset.

        •  I don't see why not (1+ / 0-)
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          IM

          She can run against McConnell for wanting to eliminate KYNect (which is, by extension, what overturning the ACA would do).  She doesn't even have to mention "Obamacare".

          The smooth implementation in KY (thanks in large part to Gov. Beshear) has given her great cover on this issue.

          Proud progressive stuck in George J. "Mike" Kelly's PA-3 (where birth control is tantamount to Pearl Harbor).

          by JBraden on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 01:59:12 PM PST

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      •  Nah (0+ / 0-)

        Third party Koch groups will do a nasty nasty campaign on her. They will try to make her as unpalatable as him. They can overplay that hand though.

        Thing is who is going to go to vote. Mark Sandford got his seat back, remember.

        •  It will be difficult for the Kochs. (6+ / 0-)

          ALG was born and bred for politics. Her father has been in politics for all of his adult life and it would surprise me if she had skeletons in the closet to find.  The only thing they could do is tie her to Obama.  But I don't think that will work.  Democrats in this state love her.  She is an exciting speaker and an all around nice person.  She has union support in a state that loves its unions. She won her last election with over 60% of the vote, so Republicans voted for her too.  And the Kentucky house has passed legislation to increase the minimum wage, which will go nowhere in the senate.  She will ride this issue to the end, calling out McConnell every step of the way.  

          "This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow everything their leaders would have them know". Mary Chapin Carpenter

          by malenda on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:32:06 AM PST

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          •  There was a similar dynamic in ND (0+ / 0-)

            in 2012.  Berg and his corporate backers tried to tie Heidi Heitkamp to Obama, but ND voters didn't buy it.  And there wasn't much else for him to attack her on.

            Proud progressive stuck in George J. "Mike" Kelly's PA-3 (where birth control is tantamount to Pearl Harbor).

            by JBraden on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:00:50 PM PST

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    •  Whenever a candidate is viewed as neutral (1+ / 0-)
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      by 29% and 18% have no opinion, then there is a lot of work Grimes has to do to get solid support. Usually much of the neutral / no opinion crowd goes for the familiar name in the end. So Grimes has a lot of work ahead of her.

  •  Republicans Don't Trail in Close Polling. (7+ / 0-)

    Just so we keep our heads straight.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:43:57 AM PST

  •  Yertle FAIL (18+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:44:29 AM PST

  •  Sssshhh (11+ / 0-)

    We don't want Mitch to lose in the TeaOP primary...

    What are the odds of Kentucky saving Harry Reid's job as Majority Leader?

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:48:43 AM PST

    •  Take one of KY or GA and it's probably a done deal (7+ / 0-)

      with Biden as the tie-breaker in reserve.

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:35:04 AM PST

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      •  we need this badly (3+ / 0-)
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        Because it looks like we are going to lose a lot of seats.

      •  Easier than that (19+ / 0-)

        The Dems only need to win TWO of the following races

        AK
        AR
        LA
        NC
        WV
        MT
        SD
        KY
        GA

        That's it.  they win any two of those 9 and they keep the majority.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:48:30 AM PST

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        •  Chris Hayes was talking about the Senate last (4+ / 0-)
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          fabucat, BelgianBastard, bear83, Matt Z

          night and it got me very nervous as he is very nervous because of the GOP fundraising by the Koch brothers..it was much panic and gloom and doom.

          Thanks for supplying the facts, DisNoir..I know it will be tough but wow MSNBC primetime had me in a bit of a panic state last night esp. Chris.

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          by wishingwell on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:15:07 AM PST

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          •  Nobody does hand-wringing and pearl-clutching (11+ / 0-)

            better than the Democrats.

            As Kos has pointed out repeatedly:  When we vote, we win.  All the Koch money will be wasted if we are able to do what McAuliffe did in Virginia.  We have to make the mid term electorate look like the general electorate.

            There are reports that the Democrats are mounting the largest data-driven turnout ever, expounding on the Obama 2012 model.  So, I am encouraged.  Money is not going to be the savior for the GOP that they think it is.  

          •  spent time in NC and LA recently (0+ / 0-)

            Constant - over and over and over - radio ads (and some tv ads) tying Dem Senators Hagan and Landrieu to Obama's "lie" that if we like our health plans, we can keep it".

            "Tell Senator [Hagan / Landrieu] to let us keep our health care plans."

            They must have polling that shows that moves voters - otherwise why have that as a principal theme of so many ads this early in the season.

            Harry Reid and Obama need to permit Senate Dems to vote on Landrieu's bill to fix the "if you like your plan, you can keep it" misstatement by Obama.

            I don't want Obama's ego to cost us some Senate seats we might otherwise win.  They need to let Dem Senators vote on that Landrieu bill - and politically take the wind out of that argument and those ads.

            Those Dem Senators are not running away from the ACA - but they need some political distance between themselves and Obama's screwup misstatement.  Let them vote on the Landrieu "fix" to that.

            •  Yes, they have been dumping on Hagan (2+ / 0-)
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              but the fact remains that Hagan's GOP opposition has a TON of negatives that she can use against them. I feel pretty good about Hagan's chances for reelection as long as she doesn't screw up and come out against raising the minimum wage.

              Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

              by bear83 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:12:52 PM PST

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            •  Yes the same ads against Gary Peters in MI... (0+ / 0-)

              They are running the 'Obama Lie' non-stop in MI as well against Gary Peters who is not a very strong candidate.

        •  do you have (0+ / 0-)

          polling data for each?

          How many do you think we will win?

          I think we should do candidate selection in a new way, only selecting people who will speak out to get the Senate leadership to push the Republicans hard in the media

          by GideonAB on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:28:32 AM PST

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          •  Right now (7+ / 0-)

            Polling is favoring Dems in AK, LA
            Polling is even money on KY, MT, NC and AR
            Polling is favoring GOP in SD, WV

            GA is unknown as there is no definitive GOP candidate but Nunn is looking good.  Only problem is she has to get 50+1 to avoid runoff where Dems typically drop off considerably.  

            At this point it's a crap shoot but Dems have solid chances at taking 7 of the 9 with SD and WV being the least likely.  I think they can do it barring some scandal or bullshit between now and November.  If the Dems take 7 of 9 they stay at 55 and more importantly McChinless will be fucking GONE.

            Someone mentioned the Chris Hayes show last night and while these Dems have been getting pounded I'm not so down.  For one money spent on the ad wars have a serious point of diminishing return.  The more these fascist fucks flood the air with negative ads the better.  More money spent by them and come election time people will be absolutely fed up.  

            The Dems are not focusing on the ad wars where there is a point of diminishing return (McMahon in CT, Whitman in CA some examples) but rather on the ground game.  This election is all about turnout.  Fuck the ever illusive and imaginary wishy washy moderates.  We get our base to turn out and we win.  The Dems are spending their money building the ground game in eight of the nine states (excluding SD which it seems they're writing off for now).  

            That's why I'm a bit more optimistic.  They can spend as much money as they want on the air but if they have no enthusiasm at the grassroots and no effective ground game to channel that enthusiasm, then in a base turnout election they're less likely to pull it out.  

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:31:05 AM PST

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            •  I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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              about concentrating on turnout.

              Thanks for the encouraging info

              I think we should do candidate selection in a new way, only selecting people who will speak out to get the Senate leadership to push the Republicans hard in the media

              by GideonAB on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:53:10 AM PST

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            •  one other point (2+ / 0-)
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              If the negative ads are about ACA, then I think the Republicans are wasting their money

              I think we should do candidate selection in a new way, only selecting people who will speak out to get the Senate leadership to push the Republicans hard in the media

              by GideonAB on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:55:50 AM PST

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              •  Yes they are (3+ / 0-)
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                especially as more and more people get enrolled.  It's easy to discount a politician telling you the ACA is good especially if you have million $ ads telling you it's bad.  

                It's an altogether different thing when your relative, neighbor, friend or even a few acquaintances are telling you it's good.  
                It's impossible once the voters see for themselves.  For example I don't like the ACA at all, I believed we should have gone Medicare for All route.  But I'm on it and saving a shit load of money and can actually go to a doctor and dentist.  You tell me you want to take it away and replace it with some other crap and I'll tell you fuck off I'm voting for the other person.

                This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

                by DisNoir36 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:30:50 AM PST

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              •  not totally - not on the "if you like your plan, y (0+ / 0-)

                you can keep it" argument.

                Everyone knows that that is what Obama promised.  Everyone has seen or heard reports that health policies have been cancelled.

                People believe [mistakenly] that the problem is more widespread than it is, and they don't want it to happen to them.  

                It should be a no-brainer to give Senate Dems some distance between themselves and Obama's misstatement.  Let them vote on the Landrieu bill to fix that issue.

                The Landrieu bill would never become law because it contains REAL consumer protections that the GOP House will never accept.  It becomes a win - win:  at risk Senate Dems get a vote to correct a real and perceived problem with the ACA, but there is no risk to the ACA because the House will never also vote for the bill.

                •  Everybody SHOULD know better. (1+ / 0-)
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                  "Everyone knows that that is what Obama promised."

                  Well, no. There are two different interpretations of "If you like it, you can keep it." going around, and as a self-employed person, I was paying close attention to it at the time.

                  Interpretation 1, the GOP talking point: "When the individual mandate kicks in, you'll be able to keep whatever insurance plan you have at that time. The insurance companies won't get rid of it, doctors won't opt out of your network, and everything will stay exactly the same for you." When spelled out like that, it's pretty obviously ludicrous.

                  Interpretation 2, what Obama was actually saying at the time: "We're talking about changes, but don't worry. If you like the plan you're on right now - before the law has passed - the government's not going to kick you off of it. It'll be grandfathered in, and you can stay on that plan as long as your insurance company continues to offer it."

                  The difference that we need to make clear is about when you signed up for your plan and who's kicking you off of it.

                  According to the ACA, any plan in effect at the time the ACA was passed became grandfathered in - such as the crappy limited-benefit plan I signed up for in late 2009. Insurance companies had to make some adjustments as the law was phased in (removing caps and so forth), but that was all. As long as I stayed on that plan ("if I liked it"), I could indeed keep it. I know this from firsthand experience; I got a letter from my insurance company in 2013 spelling out that even though my plan didn't meet the 2014 standards, I could keep it because I'd been on the plan long enough to be grandfathered in under that ACA provision. This is not a rumor I heard or a talking point I saw; this is firsthand information.

                  However, people who obtained substandard insurance after the ACA passed didn't get that protection - and they were never promised it. Grandfather provisions protect existing situations, not future cases. To be blunt, someone signing up for a subpar plan in 2012 should have been aware that they weren't going to be able to keep it. After all, that's the whole point of requiring minimum standards.

                  Then there's the question of who's canceling your policy. Insurance companies have always been able to discontinue policy offerings, especially during open enrollment periods where they decide not to continue offering Plan X in the coming year. All that happened this time around is that those companies took advantage of low-information customers by blaming Obamacare instead of taking the heat themselves. The government isn't forcing insurance companies to keep plans on the books; they're just not forcing them to remove them from the books. The difference is that if a conpany chooses to discontinue a plan, that's Free Enterprise and the ACA says nothing about it. In theory, a company could decide to scrap all of its existing plans in 2015 and create all-new plans to replace them. As long as the new plans meet the ACA standards, that's completely legal.

                  tl;dr version: We need to stop supporting the GOP talking point and start refuting it by providing the proper context.

                  Former libertarian...who grew up.

                  by RevBobMIB on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:14:41 PM PST

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            •  McChinless... (0+ / 0-)

              That might even be better than The Human Turtle!

              A mind is a terrible thing to close.

              by alliwant on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:25:22 PM PST

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  •  My prayers are with Allison Grimes. (11+ / 0-)

    I don't know much about her, and I hope she isn't too "ladylike" to do what needs to be done to win this contest, and beat McTurtle at his own game.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:51:12 AM PST

    •  what sort (2+ / 0-)
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      of things do you think she may shy away from?

      I think we should do candidate selection in a new way, only selecting people who will speak out to get the Senate leadership to push the Republicans hard in the media

      by GideonAB on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:36:17 AM PST

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      •  I know her to be inexperienced (1+ / 0-)
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        GideonAB

        politically relative to her opponent. She may be taken aback by the pure nastiness and filth of the personal smears McConnell levels at her. It may unnerve her. I hope not.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:07:59 AM PST

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  •  McConnell's negatives come from his unlikability (29+ / 0-)

    And Grimes is pretty damn likable if I do say so myself - if he goes scorched earth on her and unloads in total negativity smears it could really backfire on him if Grimes plays it right as stays largely positive and above mudslinging.  Now she needs to throw punches back - I'm not saying otherwise, but be the happy warrior - be cutting but witty in responses and keep hammering him on issues/his record.  

    She should also tie herself to Kentucky Democrats and distance herself from the National Dems so everytime McConnell tries to tie her to President Obama she can brush that off with a sympathetic smile and say to the effect  "There you go again Sen. McConnell, I'm a Kentrucky Democrat, a Beshear Democrat - you might see this race nationally as you've been in Washington for 30 years and seem to have forgot you're sent there to represent Kentyucky interests, but I won't.  You see this as a fight against President Obama, I see this election as to who better to represent the interests of Kentucky families now and in the future not fighting petty Washington partisan silliness"

    Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers - https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/statuses/377787818619064320

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:07:58 AM PST

    •  that and (9+ / 0-)

      "I haven't been in DC for 30 years like you, I've been
      here in the Blue Grass helping people start businesses,
      begin their lives, and making Kentucky a better place
      to live and The President will be gone in 2 years so this
      race is about how we make people healthier, happier
      and better off".

    •  Steve Beshear and ALG (14+ / 0-)

      Beshear right now is one of if not the most popular politician in Kentucky.  If ALG was smart and I'm sure she's seeing the same polls we are, she'll hitch her wagon to Beshear instead of DC Dems.  McChinless has the opposite problem in that the most popular Kentucky Repub is Randy Paul and Paulites hate McChinless.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:52:50 AM PST

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    •  I think likability is a key issue in this set-up. (2+ / 0-)
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      Likability wouldn't be an issue for McConnell if he had the base behind him, but he doesn't. He needs independents, and he needs women.  If/when he goes negative on Grimes, who is demonstrating likability and positivity, indies and women are going to flee in droves, and he'll have no one to run to.

      Mcconnell's only hope is to run as kindly old "Grandpa Mitch", a baby and bourbon-loving doter who actually thinks Alison is virtuous but slightly unseasoned, and that KY's strides in health care are positive but just need tweaking by serious people like himself.

      It's either the exit doors or Extreme Makeover for the Turtle.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:19:37 AM PST

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  •  Now we need to work on Arkansas and (9+ / 0-)

    Louisiana. We trail both, but by only 4 or 5 percent.

    Shaheen is up 10% in New Hampshire. :)

    Begich is doing well in Alaska too. Is Alaska going to turn into a Blue state?

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:18:17 AM PST

    •  Landrieu is a good closer (8+ / 0-)

      she's been in politics a long time and she will
      close the gap.

    •   Unlikely for the time being se portland. AK on (2+ / 0-)
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      the fed level is pretty Republican, and Murkowski won a write-in campaign in a threeway race between herself nutjob Joe Miller and Dem Scott McAdams. now Begich has incumbency, and that helps, most incumbents keep their seats. if alaska ever turns blue, that would likely mean that Bristol Bay would become a national monument or park, as the locals support protecting it from mining. Begich opposes Pebble Mine, well Senator,. you get re-elected then put your money where your mouth is and introduce a bill making it a monument, since alaska has that stupid - 'cant use the antiquities act on areas above 5000 acres without congressional ok' requirement, it would have be proposed through congress. now i'm not sure if the 5000 limit also applies to expanding the monument as well, ie set aside the monument with 5000 acres then add another 5000 and another. frankly to cover the area needed will likely require 10 million acres. thats 2000 uses of the AA at 5000 a pop, which is ridiculous. eliminate the limit as congress already has the power to defund or abolish monuments and the AA is only used if congress refuses to act or is hostile to  it.

  •  But.....But (4+ / 0-)

    The all-knowing Politico babbling class opines that the media is spending way too much time talking about Kentucky, Texas---already foregone conclusions. Might as well cancel those elections and in Ohio, Wisconsin also.  Morning shows on MSNBC are becoming time-fillers.  Am glad I cut back on Satellite TV and redirected the dollars to Sirius XM

    •  Politico (1+ / 0-)
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      Shows the New! Disruptive! Internet! Journalism! is just as prone to Village hackery as the old unreliable babblers in print.

      Politico has gone from infancy to senility without any intervening intelligence; even David Broder had one or two decent articles before embarking on a thirty year career of fuzzy-brained mush.

  •  And how will people view the inevitable mud (5+ / 0-)

    bombs?

    Once your negatives reach a certain point, you just look desperate and mean.

    I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:34:22 AM PST

  •  NPR had a story yesterday that said (4+ / 0-)

    McConnell was ahead and impossible for anyone else to win, but Dems were still trying to be hopeful.

    Ha!

    "Since when did obeying corporate power become patriotic." Going the Distance

    by Going the Distance on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:34:52 AM PST

    •  The "Establishment" gotta go all-out to get this (5+ / 0-)

      guy re-elected....even though he's a loser.

    •  You listen to NPR politics...gave up long ago (1+ / 0-)
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      I tune into Kyl Rysdall (sp) marketplace, then I'm out...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:50:54 AM PST

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    •  NPR- not progressive, Republican (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I wouldn't go that far (1+ / 0-)
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        JBraden

        NPR is NOT Republican...they simply, like their 'professional' brethren and sistren in the commercial outlets, give insane Republicans way too much 'equal time' to spin lies and propaganda.

        I don't listen to NPR any more, either. I used to. But Diane Rehm had Tony Snow on one too many times for my taste. And every time I break down and tune in on some fine morning, I am sadly un-surprised that they have not learned this Media Whore/Sally Quinn Cocktail Circuit lesson. Republicans LIVE to lie. Allowing them to spread easily de-bunked lies is enough for me to not give them my ear.

        And I just get pissed off--sooner rather than later--and always end up turning the dial "Off" with a snap.

        "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

        by DaddyO on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:42:52 AM PST

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        •  I WOULD (0+ / 0-)

          I listened to  morning edition 2009-2012 as a delivery driver, at first under the assumption that NPR was a mostly liberal "middle of the road" outlet that wanted to give the left balance. My experience was the station had far more right than left political and economic opinion, usually questioned the motives of the left politically and way more  often ended  news segments giving the right the last word without questioning it- something like
          " democrats on the hill want to extend unemployment benefits for their constituents but republicans say that extending these benefits would balloon the budget deficit while having no long term positive  effect"

          While Fresh Air is often progressive (when offering any political commentary- which lately seems less often) - the news is overwhelming , if subtly slanted to the right

  •  The Republican trademark quality (3+ / 0-)
    Mitch McConnell is the sort of person who will go negative with enthusiasm.
    ....So what national Republican figure  isn't that sort of person?

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:35:32 AM PST

  •  Ah, Mitchy, we hardly knew ye! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." - Mark Twain

    by rustypatina on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:36:59 AM PST

  •  Give it time.... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure the Koch brothers are willing to contribute a zillion dollars to his campaign.

  •  Don't we have a tanker of gasoline (0+ / 0-)

    that we can throw onto the tea party in KY? Wouldn't it be fun to see a rad fundy upset Turtle in the primary?!!!

    Throw more gasoline on the tp'er.....and then start the one-on-one debates! Whacko vs. Normal Person/Lady.

    Heh!

    Oh, and how's that Kentucky Obamacare working out!  ;-)

    "radical, ideological wet dream"

    by Scottsdalian on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:50:04 AM PST

  •  I have a hunch that the conservatives will (2+ / 0-)
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    "come home" eventually and give it to Tortoise-Boy.

    I'm not optimistic.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:57:27 AM PST

  •  Bill DeBlasio won with 73% in NYC (0+ / 0-)

    He could beat Mitch--in Kentucky, not the Five Boroughs. Americans have had enough of Teabaggers. The pendulum is swinging. The only question is:

    Are we replacing these Teabagger assholes with more and BETTER Democrats? Are we? Wendy Davis comes out for open carry...?

    At any rate, the re-branding seems to be a complete flop, and we must thank Koresh for that.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:58:41 AM PST

  •  As RedState says (2+ / 0-)
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    Yikes!

    And I mean that in a good way. :)

    They say the reason they might not take the Senate is because Senate candidates aren't sufficiently crazy. (I paraphrase)

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

    by pucklady on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:00:50 AM PST

  •  The negative attacks to expect are twofold... (3+ / 0-)
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    First, of course, McConnell will do his best to tie Grimes to President Obama, Obamacare, "anti-coal", etc...

    However, there's a second line of attack that I'm certain we'll see from the right side of the aisle - Grimes' father.

    Jerry Lundergan is a longtime power player in Kentucky Democratic circles, but resigned his set in the Kentucky House of Representatives after being convicted of a felony involving an improper no-bid state contract.

    As USA Today reported, McConnell has already started attacking Grimes through her father:

    "I want to say how nice it is, how nice it is, to see Jerry Lundergan back in the game," McConnell said to a chorus of hoots. "Like the loyal Democrat he is, he's taking orders from the Obama campaign on how to run his daughter's campaign."
    You can expect to see MUCH more along these lines as the campaign progresses.

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

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:06:43 AM PST

  •  Parallels to Reid-Angle matchup? (0+ / 0-)

    Recall that Harry Reid was down or even with Sharron Angle in many polls last time around, in a state with an opposite-party governor, and he pulled it out with ground game, heavy spending, more than a little bit of negative ads, and the benefits of incumbency.

    I can't imagine that McConnell is sweating bullets, because his camp may feel that the same kind of dynamics are working for him.

    There are a number of differences between the two races, sure, but Grimes-McConnell is at best a toss-up.

  •  Jon Stewart (3+ / 0-)
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    Methinks Jon deserves some cred for Mitch's low likeability.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:08:08 AM PST

    •  And the Daily Kos, too! (0+ / 0-)

      And every lefty blogger and Photoshopper with minimum skills and a picture of Hurtle The Turtle...

      It is tough to walk that Teabagger Tightrope. You gotta give the extremists your bona fides, and then you gotta win the general election. Karl Rove is to blame; his strategeries helped Bush steal the Presidency, but they've very quickly burned out and are now poisoning his Party.

      'His' Party. The Party of Suckers...

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:49:00 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just daylight to the ordinary Amerikun what this.. (1+ / 0-)
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    guy wants for them. Not the platitudes or buzz words or dog whistles, but the substantive bullshite the guy is spouting every day that "Merikuns" don't get to hear.

    McConnell is NOT a representative, a leader, a visionary or anything of the US People, or the Kentucky people.

    That should be so clear.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:14:19 AM PST

  •  It's tough being a moron (2+ / 0-)
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    and hoping no one will notice.

    No being has inherent power, only the illusion of power granted by others who similarly have none.

    by Mark701 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:06:55 AM PST

  •  if this old fart is defeated it will so make my (4+ / 0-)
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    YEAR!!

  •  GO! @AlisonforKY (1+ / 0-)
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    She's gonna #PitchMitch on November 4th, and help make the State of Kentucky a better place for women and the working class!


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:08:05 AM PST

  •  Cue Happy Days Are Here Again (1+ / 0-)
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    And crank that volume up to the max.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:11:33 AM PST

  •  The problem for McConnell is (0+ / 0-)

    that Lundergan Grimes appears to be a good person. So negative attacks could come off as petty and mean.

    The threat to our way of life comes from corporations, and the solution is to shrink corporations while freeing government from corporate control.

    by gbaked on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:14:40 AM PST

  •  Mitch's Viet era military career (0+ / 0-)

    Gov. Beshear has + coattails. Grimes should not hesitate to grab them. But when Turtle goes into his full mudslinging mode, her truth squad shouldn't forget McConnell's truncated US Army Reserve career. He was discharged a few months after enlisting. His only active duty was in South Carolina and what he did there that got him discharged seems to be a subject Mitch prefers not to discuss. DKOS' Bad Kittles did a diary about a year ago that covered it well. Hopefully the Wingers will have already "tea'ed" this one up in the Primary.

    Cities are good for the environment

    by citydem on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:22:22 AM PST

  •  I admit to not being thrilled by Grimes (0+ / 0-)

    At least at first.  She's a typical Establishment Democrat in KY, which is not saying much.  I expected her to be a "War on Coal" fan, and she is.  She has also complained about the ACA, but she has not gone into any details on ideas to address concerns she has, which are vague.

    However, on raising the minimum wage and extension of benefits to the long term unemployed, she actually has championed those causes.  I'm relieved that she has done so, especially after read that Senator Richard Pryor of Arkansas is AGAINST raising the minimum wage to 10 dollars an hour.  Seems he thinks this will be a winning issue for him come November.  

    He is on par to becoming the next Blanche Lincoln.

    So far, Grimes has not proven to be that big a corporate shill or as politically tone deaf as Pryor.  Given how KY and AR are similar, I'm grateful that Grimes is not cut from the same damn cloth as Pryor.

    My only other complaint is not with Grimes, but with Bevins.  I was hoping that he would give McConnell a much more difficult time during this primary season, but it looks like lack of funding is preventing Bevins from being a more serious challenger to Mitch.  Also, I thought he might use the simpler argument that Mitch had his chance to stop Obama in 2012, but he failed.  This would have riled up the conservative properly, but Bevins has not made this easy argument.  

  •  Senator Yurtle (0+ / 0-)

    Plenty of dirty tricks left to be played and voters to disenfranchise. This is Kentucky after all. A beautiful place but states don't get much redder. Remember your Aesop's Fables... that tortoise won in the end.

  •  I live near the KY border (0+ / 0-)

    There's all sorts of commercials about how Mitch helped his people get checks and medical monitoring and stuff.

    Sort of strange commercials for a republican who wants to cut benefits for people.

  •  bye bye mitch (0+ / 0-)

    nothing would be so great as to see this obstructionist kicked to the curb!

  •  IN A LITTLE TIN BOX (0+ / 0-)

    Oil donors from Midland, TX have give him $131,500 in campaign contributions.  It remained me of the the above song from the musical "FIOCELLO" about NYC Mayor F. La Guardia.   Check it out!!!   It should be the Democrats campaign song.  
     

  •  dump McConnell/save Kentucky! (0+ / 0-)

    honor the treaties. honor the honorable.

    by renzo capetti on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 03:32:48 PM PST

  •  That would be such a huge slap to a huge (0+ / 0-)

    asshole if he lost.

    Please Kentucky, please, make it so.............

  •  ads (0+ / 0-)

    So we can expect to see a campaign of lies and distortion soon.

  •  Grimes is a blank canvas (0+ / 0-)

    McConnell is going to finger paint with brown paint on that blank canvas. Grimes needs a simple, self-defining message to counteract the slime machine.

  •  Watch the Strategy (0+ / 0-)

    Rand Paul is going around calling Bill Clinton a "predator" because he had a consensual affair with Monica and insisting that democrats return his money.  
    Allison Lundergan Grimes is having Clinton over to campaign for her.
    Paul is saying that HE is the real war on women problem.  Hope Clinton doesn't start having to answer the question "Are you a predator?"

  •  Duck-walking Mitch (0+ / 0-)

    Mitch always looks like he just shit his pants. Maybe he did.

  •  McConnell: long term welfare recipient (0+ / 0-)

    McConnell never held a real job. His family was, apparently, quite well off. Mitch went to law school and then straight into the government. At first he did not seem intent on destroying the American way of life but now that seems to have been the goal of his life. Despite never having a real job, he is the tenth wealthiest Senator. Just another spoiled child of the rich trying to hang onto his ill-gotten gains.

  •  Mitch McConnell--A Description (0+ / 0-)

    Whenever I look at McConnell I'm reminded of a character in Men In Black; in the first film, an evil alien bug sucks everything out of a human's body leaving behind nothing but the skin (an Edgar Suit).  The alien then gets himself into the body but periodically he has to pull on the facial skin to ensure his facial parts are properly oriented.  I wonder if periodically McConnell has to pull on his head to get all of his facial features properly aligned.

  •  he'll quit if polls dont pick up b4 th may primary (0+ / 0-)

    Even if the #s show him beating his teahadist opponent handily in the primary, he will decide to retire from the race before the may 2014 primary contest if his #s against Grimes still suck as the primary date gets close.

    No doubt he'll say for personal reasons, but it will be to avoid a humiliating loss in the general election to Grimes

    Should he decide to drop out, an additional motivating factor would be the knowledge that his teahadist opponent will then take the inevitable loss and the blame.

    That would give McConnell something to smile about Nov. 2014, because no doubt he blames tepid teahadist support for his faltering #s against grimes.

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