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Kentucky's GOP primary is in two months and while polls show Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell leading his primary challenger Matt Bevin by a wide margin, McConnell nonetheless is apparently concerned enough to run an ad attacking Bevin:
ABC News got a sneak peak of the ad, titled “Absurd,” which will run for the next two weeks, and the campaign says it has an ad buy in the “upper five figures.”

“Matt Bevin and out-of-state special interest groups are attacking Mitch McConnell,” the narrator says. “Nothing new. But can you believe them? PolitFact, a non-partisan fact-checker, says Bevin’s attacks on McConnell are quote ‘absurd … the claim is not only wrong, but ridiculous…’ Endquote.”

The one-minute ad then mentions Bevin’s resume exaggerations, first reported in The Hill last year, before going after the Senate Conservative Fund.

“Bevin’s allies at the so-called Senate Conservatives Fund are also attacking,” the narrator reads.  “The media say their ads are quote ‘misleading’ and ‘erroneously cited.’”

Once again, McConnell portrays himself as the victim, which is quite a stretch coming from the guy who had his campaign prepare opposition research on Ashley Judd in order to play a game of political Whac-a-Mole. Yeah, I'm sure everybody is feeling so sorry for him. But on the bright side there's this: In November, if things go right, Kentucky voters can finally put him out of his misery.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:00 PM PST.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  McConnell's abrupt and mysterious Army discharge (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Crashing Vor, bythesea, Matt Z

    It was 1967, and the Army needed soldiers in Vietnam. Mitch was activated for a few weeks, then discharged on sketchy terms. No trip to Vietnam for him. The story has been covered up, but reporters have dug up enough to make this an issue. Please see this DKos diary for details:

    Hillbilly Report is cited in the referenced diary. I recommend reading the article.

    Mitch blew his chance to be a big war hero and use a real weapon. Instead he now has to settle for unsteadily waving around an old musket in front of conservatives. The term "Chickenhawk" seems appropriate.

    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

    by Zinman on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:23:14 PM PST

  •  Why does this surprise you? (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    McConnell has seen several GOP incumbents who thought they were safe taken out by whacky primary foes. Yes, he's got a big lead on this guy but he doesn't want him to gain traction so he's going to keep him knocked down.
    I also don't think it's out of bounds to get oppo research on Ashley Judd as she was seriously considering running against him. And where she was not in politics up to that point, it's not like anybody else would have it in a file somewhere.
    I'm actually surprised he hasn't unloaded against Grimes, yet. He's probably got the adds all lined up waiting to air the day after the primary.

    Good girls shop. Bad girls shop. Shoppin', shoppin' from A to Z!

    by Zornorph on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:23:14 PM PST

  •  McConnell knows how to play the victim (1+ / 0-)
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    It's what he does best despite his efforts being entirely transparent. It plays well here with the lowest common denominator.

  •  I'd rather see Kentucky voters (6+ / 0-)

    put him out of our misery.

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:36:09 PM PST

  •  Don't you mean... (5+ / 0-)

    "Kentucky voters can finally put him out of our misery"?

    You can't stop progress (or is that "profit"?)

    by Miscweant on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:37:22 PM PST

  •  Shushanna Walshe, the author of the ABC piece, (2+ / 0-)
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    Zornorph, Heart of the Rockies

    is a writer.  She should know how to the difference between "peak" and "peek," as in Pike's Peak and sneak peek.  What the hell do young people learn in school these days, especially writing classes, if not all about homophones and how to spell?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:59:10 PM PST

  •  Fixed it... (4+ / 0-)
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    Zinman, bythesea, JeffW, Matt Z

    "...In November, if things go right, Kentucky voters can finally put him out of his misery."

    Should read "...put him out of their misery."

  •  Make 'em spend. (1+ / 0-)
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    Make the committees spend. Make the PACs spend.

    I am proud to be an out-of-state special interest group of one.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 10:33:48 PM PST

  •  a single claim? (0+ / 0-)
    the claim is not only wrong, but ridiculous…
    Is Mr. Bevin making just one claim against Mr. McConnell?  Surely it should not be all that difficult to accuse Mr. McConnell, justly, of a multitude of wrongdoings.  

    Or, in fighting back, is Mr. McConnell, using the singular "claim," acknowledging that most of the charges Mr. Bevin has made are true, but just one allegation is "absurd."

    Either way, let's hope Kentucky folks wise up and Mr. McConnell limps to the finish line and loses big.  

  •  Was That Ad Written By A Bevin Mole? (0+ / 0-)
    The media say their ads are quote ‘misleading’ and ‘erroneously cited.
    This is how McConnell defends himself to an audience that has been fed a steady drumbeat of disdain for the librul lamestream media? LOL!

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:06:16 AM PDT

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