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The most significant Senate race of 2014.

Grimes v. McConnell.

I've made a study of Kentucky's Senior Senator. I call it. . . The Zen of McConnell.

A treasury of the wit, wisdom and folly of McConnell.

In this space I will draw from my work to illuminate his career. He has taken positions that are inconsistent. Troubling. Difficult.  That's what the Zen is about.

First up:

Gender Equity. From P. 21 in Zen of McConnell

A new U.S. attorney was needed for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 1991. McConnell had the perfect choice for the job that paid $106,300 a year at the time.

“I decided that it was time to have a female U.S. attorney. . . it is time to have a woman in a position of prominence in this state. They have been held back too long.”

McConnell’s choice: His then girlfriend of two years, Karen Caldwell. Caldwell was later appointed in 2001 to a lifetime position as a federal judge by President George W. Bush.

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