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I just got a phone call asking if I wanted to volunteer for Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign.  She was a sweet sounding young woman, and I told her the truth about my feelings toward Grimes.  

No, I didn't jump down her throat.

I was honest in that I was on the fence about doing any volunteer work for Grimes because of my unhappiness with her position on kynect and the ACA.  I told her that I was going to vote for Grimes in the fall because I could never support McConnell, but I did not like the fact that Grimes refuses to talk about kynect.  I went on about how I thought Grimes was not showing any leadership, and I was passionate about this issue because I am one of those who got Medicaid because of kynect.  Furthermore,  "I would be up shit's creek without it."

I also complained that I had heard nothing back from the campaign about my concerns after several repeated email about this matter.  I had heard nothing but "radio silence."  Granted, I admitted that I did not expect Grimes and her campaign to jump when some guy like me wrote.  But on such an important issue, I felt that Grimes needed to address kynect and the ACA.

As someone who has been on the receiving end of diatribes on the phone, I know exactly how she must have felt.  But I did keep my voice level, and I was direct and to the point.  I did not rule out working for Grimes, but I told her that she could contact me in the future for help.  

She was very professional, and she told me she would relay my views to the campaign.  Whether she does or not, who knows?  But I got to give my two cents to Grimes campaign on a critical issue for myself and 400,000 other Kentuckians.

I thought I would share this with you all on Daily Kos.

Originally posted to Merlin1963 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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  •  IMO she is playing not to lose... (7+ / 0-)

    ...rather than playing to win.

    She is fighting weasel words with weasel words.

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:44:12 PM PDT

  •  didn't work for jack/conway. lesson clear. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Fishtroller01

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:57:42 PM PDT

  •  sighhhh (14+ / 0-)

    Grimes is an economic populist running in a deep red state - and she's winning. Clearly, she knows a little something more than you do about how to campaign. So she leaves the heavy lifting on Obamacare to Steve Beshear, a guy whose popularity is on par with McConnell's unpopularity. It's a fine campaign tactic and really shows how effective it can be to tag-team in states like this.

    The fact is, Obamacare is a hot button issue connected to a president who's deeply unpopular in the state. Don't assume that her unwillingness to take a risk is synonymous with her lack of support. It means that she'd rather let someone more popular and with nothing to lose do the defending while she focuses on tugging at the heartstrings of ancestrally Democratic coal miners in eastern KY. Don't think for a minute that Grimes' campaign isn't in close contact with Beshear on this issue.

  •  I appreciate you voicing your concerns (7+ / 0-)

    But this is a very high profile campaign with a lot at stake; she has managed to put herself in a pretty good position from what we have seen from today's polling and going forward she is going to need a lot of help if we want her to beat one the biggest SOBs to ever serve in Congress.

    It's Kentucky but as a democrat she's holding her own right now pretty well.

    I suspect it's going to be all hands on deck for her this fall; this is one campaign where whatever you decide to do for her will make a positive difference.

    She just might win.

    •  Kynect = Obamacare (2+ / 0-)
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      Merlin1963, New Dawning

      Good point about the Grimes campaign, with a lot at stake.
      I live near the Louisville HDQ and will stop in tomorrow
      to emphasize the major issue:  Kynect = Obamacare

      Kentuckians can make signs, pay for billboards etc.
      Keep it simple.  Kynect = Obamacare

    •  Sometimes, campaigns need a kick in the ass (1+ / 0-)
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      New Dawning

      I don't know what survey data looks like in KY, but my sense is that KY has a largely white population, and a heavily working class population.  I would guess that the state is socially fairly conservative, but that people would respond to economic populism.

      I'm not sure how Democrats win best in that state, but in California, you run best in an off-year by bringing out your base.

      Given that the governor is also a Democrat (and that Grimes is AG), it's clearly possible to win state-wide in KY.  I'd be curious what issues worked, and what winning coalitions look like.

      "Politicians don't see the light until they feel the heat." (Rep. Keith Ellison)

      by mbayrob on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:54:29 PM PDT

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      •  Economic populism may work in KY (2+ / 0-)
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        There have been several who have argued for economic populism as a political strategy for Democrats in KY.  However, the political establishment is leery of pursuing economic populism.  Gov. Beshear certainly did not advocate for economic populism back in 2011.  In fact, he embraced austerity and budget cuts, and he picked as his Lt. Governor a man who is corporate:  Jerry Abramson, the former mayor of Louisville.  Abramson has a shitty relationship with unions, especially with the cops and firefighters in Louisville.

        However, despite Grimes connections to the political establishment in Kentucky and the Clintons, Grimes actually embraced some economic populist positions.  She has wholly embraced raising the minimum wage, and she has come out in rejecting right to work laws.  Also, she came out against the TPP, which I wish she would stress as a GOOD sign that she is not an Obama clone.  Finally, she is all for Warren's Student Loan bill.

  •  there's still time (1+ / 0-)
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    and as the above comments state quite well, she's running a good, potentially winning campaign. If she has to avoid that topic for the time being, it's understandable.

    Imagine a Senate without McConnell.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:21:22 PM PDT

  •  and then there's coal. (0+ / 0-)

    I see the Blue Dog - more Democrats - crowd jumped right in there. I thought I'd do my small part to provide balance in support of better Democrats.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:28:37 PM PDT

    •  I wrote the campaign (1+ / 0-)
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      about my disappointment over the overly pro-coal crap they pulled.

      Kentucky is a state that will do well with both wind and solar.  Not so well with black lung or the ridiculous amount of toxins dumped in coal slurries.  

      Are the coal nuts that stupid?  Unfortunately the fracking fans in Pennsylvania are numerous.

      I think Israel (and/or AIPAC) has a large and problematic influence on our foreign policy and legislation as it relates to Iran and the Middle East. Since I've been hidden for saying this, I expect to be hidden every time I post with this sig.

      by Black Mare on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:17:57 PM PDT

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      •  Coal's importance was sold to Kentuckians (3+ / 0-)

        As I have mentioned to another person on Daily Kos, the coal companies and possibly the state government ran positive ads about coal in the 1970s.  I remember the content of the ads.  Supposedly, coal provided cheap and abundant energy.  Also, the revenue from coal kept taxes low, especially the state sales tax.  They showed an old register ringing up a bunch of groceries for someone during the commercial while they did the voice over about the benefits of coal.

        If you wonder about the effectiveness of the ad, I still remember it to this day, and I saw it as a young boy.  I'm sure many a Kentuckian saw it or heard about it, so most people in Kentucky were sold on the benefits of coal production.  No one ever talked about the costs of coal production.

        Meteor Blades had a diary about the fact that coal is now a drag on state revenues, but Kentuckians are not aware of this.  In fact, most of the political establishment does not want to talk about the financial and environmental costs of mining and burning coal.  And the local and state media in Kentucky is abysmal about covering anything that doesn't involve crime or sports.

        •  Krugman has a related column (0+ / 0-)

          First he covers the job losses caused by the coal companies themselves, then ties in libertarianism and anti-science.

          Here's his conclusion:

          So the real obstacle, as we try to confront global warming, is economic ideology reinforced by hostility to science. In some ways this makes the task easier: we do not, in fact, have to force people to accept large monetary losses. But we do have to overcome pride and willful ignorance, which is hard indeed.

          I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

          by Just Bob on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:15:36 PM PDT

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          •  The job losses have been noted by others (2+ / 0-)
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            But Kentucky politicians cannot discuss coal mining job losses, unless to blame someone else for them.  And there will be continued job losses for coal miners just because of economics.  Unfortunately, Kentuckians do not want to admit this to themselves.  I'm not entirely sure of the reasons for the denial, except it is more economic pain for Kentuckians.  And who wants to hear about more economic suffering?  It does prevent the political establishment from addressing the potential end of the coal mining industry in Kentucky.

            Thanks for the link though.

    •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      While I can see the points of some who have taken the time to read my diary on this issue, I still think that ignoring kynect because it is is associated with Obama is not a winning strategy, even if it is Kentucky.

      And as for playing it safe in Kentucky, I've seen this tactic utilized before by a number of Blue Dogs and moderate to conservative Democrats running for federal office in KY.  It has a poor track record of success.  For those who believe it is, I would point to the failure of Blue Dogs Weaver and Lucas in 2006 (2nd and 4th District candidates), Ben Chandler in the 6th in 2012, and Jack Conway for U.S. Senate in 2010.

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