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Writing in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Sunday, James R. Carroll compiled something of an anthology of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign gaffes ranging from his web ad featuring the Duke basketball team to calling Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, his Democratic general election opponent, an "empty dress" to barring a reporter from attending a press conference.

I'd add a few items to Carroll's list, including the leaked audio of McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton saying he was "holding my nose" while working for McConnell and the ridiculous-looking image of McConnell holding a rifle on stage at CPAC 2014, but ultimately the most salient point Carroll's piece makes is that McConnell's real problem doesn't have much to do with his gaffes:

McConnell's larger concern has to be the 65 percent job disapproval rating in The Courier-Journal's recent Bluegrass Poll, Sabato added.

"McConnell's problem isn't any of these little things; it's that over time he has lost the affections of a substantial portion of the population of Kentucky," he said.

And it's not just his disapproval rating: According to Public Policy Polling's latest survey, McConnell trails Grimes. Moreover, he's out-of-step with his state on Obamacare repeal, at least as long as you don't call it Obamacare. According to the poll, more than half the state supports the decision to expand Medicaid and voters say they are more likely to vote against McConnell for opposing it than they are to vote for him.

Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 12 Kentuckians now have health insurance through Kynect or the Medicaid expansion. Nearly 75 percent of them didn't have insurance before they got enrolled, but if McConnell has his way, 100 percent of them won't have any coverage at all because Kynect and the state's Medicaid expansion will both be repealed. That would be terrible news for the state and it doesn't take a gaffe from Mitch to explain why.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Given the negative connotations (6+ / 0-)

    of both "Obamacare" and the "Affordable Care Act", Grimes, in taking this to the voters, must frame it as "Mitch wants to take your KYnect away!"

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:43:59 PM PDT

  •  Wittington (1+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus

    and its wittington all over again ahahaha

  •  I'm glad that fucker's going to get voted (4+ / 0-)
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    BlueKS, Pragmatus, MBramble, Creosote

    out of office before he can retire of his own volition.  There's nothing like getting rejected by voters after 26 years to let a man know just how out of touch he's become.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:53:37 PM PDT

  •  Republicans are living in an entirely different (3+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, bear83, Crashing Vor

    Universe.  Republicans in 1964 and Democrats in 1972 each swung toward their fringe for a single election but these guys have been getting loonies and loonies since the mid90's.  I really don't understand how the remnants of the GOP establishment can put the brakes on.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:54:47 PM PDT

    •  Loonies = loonier. Damn autocorrect. (Nt) (1+ / 0-)
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      Pragmatus

      Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

      by Rikon Snow on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:56:19 PM PDT

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    •  There have been "one word" polls before (1+ / 0-)
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      (Pew did one on GOP candidates in '12) in which "crazy" ranked high in relation to 2 specific candidates (Paul and Santorum).

      If I were a lottery winner, I'd commission a poll which asked, simply, "Are Republicans crazy?"

      I'm genuinely curious as to the general public's impressions.

      I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

      by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:37:41 PM PDT

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  •  Stephanie Miller said it best about McTurtle: (6+ / 0-)

    "too much time in the terrarium."

  •  It's happened before (6+ / 0-)

    Powerful politicians (and say what you will, Minority Leader of the Senate comes with some of the trappings of power, though not like the Majority Leader) sometimes get so taken with their own reflection, they forget what got them there. McConnell might just have gone around the bend from his voting base; we'll know for sure come November, possibly sooner.

    A job disapproval rating of 65% is staggering.

  •  Mitch Keeps Demonstrating Weakness (3+ / 0-)
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    Here is a link to a story of McConnell's latest sign of political weakness:

    McConnell and the Second Amendment Press Conference

    The long and short is that this is a story by Joe Sonka, the reporter kept out of the previous McConnell press conference. First, McConnell let Sonka back into his press conferences.  Next, McConnell should have been making an easy victory lap with his NRA endorsement.  Guns are a huge cultural issue in Kentucky, so McConnell should have been in his element.  Instead, McConnell took one question on guns and then ran away.

    One of the easiest things to beat Democrats over the head with in Kentucky is gun control.  There is no finessing of this issue with Kentuckians.  Owning a gun is an act of empowerment to a number of Kentuckians, so it is simple for Republicans to scare the voters in KY by screaming, "Democrats are coming for your guns!"  

    McConnell must be in a near state of panic if he does not feel comfortable to blast Obama over guns.

  •  Welll....not so fast (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Crashing Vor, White Buffalo

    Lipless may have a 65% disapproval rating, but I'll wager 20% of those disapprove because he's not a big enough asshole.
    None of the votes will go to ALG, best we can hope is they stay home.

  •  At this point (1+ / 0-)
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    I think anyone voting for McConnell must literally be doing so out of reflex more than anything.

    If Grimes doesn't retire McConnell, even if it's by a razor-thin margin, I will be pretty damn surprised.

    "Blah blah, red state, Kentucky, blah blah".

    Might be true, but this seems like as good a chance as ever to send Yertle back to the pond.

  •  65% disapproval rating?! (1+ / 0-)
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    bear83

    He's reached Bush levels of disgust.

    Do any of the vulnerable Dem Senate incumbents this cycle have numbers as bad as Mitch does?

  •  Anchors-R-Us (0+ / 0-)

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:28:34 PM PDT

  •  He's a blundering dinosaur. nt (0+ / 0-)

    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 Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:19:29 PM PDT

  •  Mitch is so, so ... (0+ / 0-)

    I save up for two years to make campaign contributions to people I think will win and do a good job. Sometimes I just have to contribute to whomever because of how I feel about their oppoment.

    Not this time! I just gave a pretty sweet contribution to Mrs. Grimes, who is running against this - person, McConnell. I can't call him a hypocrite, because he is prettty upfront about what he believes.

    He believes that poor people don't deserve health care.

    He believes that women shouldn't make the same money anyone else would make for a given job.

    He believes that women shouldn't get health care insurance for the same price as men, and that pregnancy is a pre-existing health condition, for which insurance companies should be free to punish women. This one is pretty bad!

    I want to encourage everyone to visit Mrs Grimes' web page to see what she stands for, and to chip in a few bucks to help her out.

    Thanks for reading this far!

    J R

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