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First, take a look at county-by-county uninsurance rates in Kentucky before Kynect, its implementation of Obamacare:

Map of Kentucky uninsurance rates before Obamacare shows much of state had rates above 17 percent

Now take a look after Obamacare:

Map of Kentucky uninsurance rates after Obamacare shows all counties had insurance rates below 17 percent

And finally check out these numbers from CNN's new poll of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race:

Regional breakdown of KY-Sen contest shows Grimes trailing McConnell statewide but leading every region except eastern Kentucky
Notice how McConnell's lead comes from eastern and western Kentucky and yet eastern and western Kentucky have seen a bigger drop in uninsurance rates from Obamacare and Kynect than the other parts of the state? Now, it's easy to laugh at the people who are benefiting the most from Obamacare for being willing to vote for McConnell as though they were fools because it's obvious to us that McConnell wants to repeal their health care—but don't forget that McConnell is trying to sell them a different story, telling them that even though he wants to repeal Obamacare, he'd leave Kynect intact.

That's a lie, but Grimes, with the exception of a couple of statements here and there, has completely and utterly failed to hold McConnell accountable for it. Apparently she's afraid of being associated with Barack Obama, which makes it seem like she thinks the people of eastern and western Kentucky are too stupid to realize that even if they hate Obama, repealing Obamacare and Kynect would hurt them.

Maybe that's true, but if so, she's never going to win anyway. So instead of trying to pull a Kentucky two-step, she should hit the issue head on, and make it the centerpiece of the campaign: If you want to keep your health insurance, she should say, vote for me. If you want to repeal it, and go back to the way things were, vote for Mitch McConnell. That message not only has the virtue of being true, it can also work. And based on the way things are trending, it's the only way she is going to win this campaign.

If she wants to win, running on Obamacare and Kynect is the way to do it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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  •  Perhaps she needs Governor Beshear (33+ / 0-)

    to point out to Kentuckians that without the Affordabale Care Act, there is no KYnect.  Have HIM call McTurtle out on his bull as a validator for her.

    Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:38:13 AM PDT

  •  Yes, she should. But then (10+ / 0-)

    all Democratic candidates should be running pro ACA and against the Obstructionists.

    The numbers have to be in their favor with voters on both issues.

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:40:30 AM PDT

  •  Agree....She should nail his ass to 'Repeal' now (7+ / 0-)

    before he starts mumbling incomprehensible BS.

  •  Grimes and her campiagn are going to BLOW IT!!! (9+ / 0-)

    She's to busy trying to run as a republican like and not running on democratic party principles.My guess is she isn't going to run on Obamacare because she's to scared to utter the word Obama in that racist ass state where they hate the President.

  •  Obamacare? No. ACA, yes (12+ / 0-)

    I don't think she ever wants to mention the name Obama in Kentucky.  A lot of Kentuckians don't even know Obamacare is the same as kynect.

    Language is going to be important in this tight race so it's the ACA not Obamacare.

    •  I understand the ODS in KY (0+ / 0-)

      but clearly from the polls above, those in E. KY and W. KY already associate her with Obama, and Mitch is reinforcing it every chance he gets.  

      She gets 40% and 34% in these areas.  How does she get more?

      1. Bring back Bill Clinton every week (another poll had his approval rates well above 50% in both areas)

      2. Continue to do what she's doing -- which will likely keep her at 40% or less in these areas

      3. My solution -- come up with a well focus-group tested ad emphasizing the point of this diary -- (a) KYnect has helped you by reducing uninsured rates by 50% (or whatever number is appropriate), (b) it is linked to the ACA, so if Mitch gets his way, the repeal of the ACA will mean the repeal of KYnect, and (c) Mitch is trying to pull a fast one on you by saying you can keep KYnect even if the ACA is repealed.  He's lying, I tell you -- Ditch Mitch!  

    •  The people the ACA helped (3+ / 0-)
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      DON'T VOTE.  The people who do vote are furious because they're paying for those "other people's" healthcare.

      People who keep telling Alison to run on Kynect are, unfortunately, wrong.

      "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

      by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 08:50:29 AM PDT

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      •  how about she (1+ / 0-)
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        run on the McConnell vote to block some money for veterams?

        Racing the Night: I'm a realist. See you in 20

        by GideonAB on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:28:32 AM PDT

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      •  I respect your opinion as someone in KY (2+ / 0-)

        But I wonder about Grimes... she's down in the polls, and it feels like she is running a far too cautious and small-c conservative campaign.  She needs to do something to shake it up, at least from my POV far from KY.

        Can she make the case that Kynect saves the state money by reducing ER costs and hospitalizations?  Can she make the case that repealing ACA hurts middle class voters in their pocket-books?  

        It seems like she needs to attack and attack hard.  I recognize that KY is not quite ripe for change, but she does seem like a very good candidate and it is heartbreaking not to see McConnell get away without the sort of gut punches he so richly deserves.

        As a Kentuckian, what would you advise?

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:49:56 AM PDT

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        •  Probably what she's doing now is (2+ / 0-)
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          the best she can do, absent a major push literally to get voting day transportation to the poor who are on Medicaid - and the logistics of this are hell in rural areas.  Talking about how important it is to get money to the hospitals will help, but this is a complex economic argument, and runs head on into those conservatives who say the way to keep hospitals from providing uncompensated care is to let sick indigents die.  (These people aren't as rare as I'd like them to be.)

          I like her jobs argument, and I like her ads about vet funding issues.  I like the "mitch is out of touch" ads, because they're hitting a lot of people's buttons.  It's ad hominem, but that's politics.

          But she's actually being quite brave courting the unions outright, appearing on podiums with them, and pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.  She's probably running the most liberal statewide campaign seen here in years.  

          The thing that really scares me is the possibility of losing the Kentucky House of Representatives.  The Rs are running on repealing the Medicaid expansion.

          "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

          by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:09:08 AM PDT

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  •  But the trick is: (4+ / 0-)
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    McConnell isn't running against Grimes, he's running against Obama.
    Grimes can't campaign on KYNECT because it is "Obamacare".
    And Obama polls something like <30%.
    McConnell's campaign manager resigned in scandal last week and polls over the weekend showed McConnell still up by 4.
    That's the power of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:42:06 AM PDT

  •  Need to do something (0+ / 0-)

    This one looks like it is slipping away

  •  Grimes (9+ / 0-)

    Can have it both ways. First, as the supreme court stupid points out she needs the Governor to blanket the state with that message that Knect is Obama care is the ACA.

    Second, she should pin him to being another Washington liar. He will say and do anything to help himself while abandoning the people of Kentucky. He tells his rich and powerful friends and lobbyists one thing and the people of KY another. Etc.

  •  Grimes needs to be a Democrat. (8+ / 0-)

    Even if she can't utter the word "Obama," she needs to run on Democratic principles.

    Mitch McConnell has not stood for anything affirmative - even when it demonstrably benefits the people of his state! - since 2008.

    Call the guy out for being Mr. Negative for the good people of Kentucky.

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    by TRPChicago on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:50:51 AM PDT

  •  Too bad (3+ / 0-)
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    Ky DEM, ichibon, Matt Z

    Democrats can't say things like "that republican (McConnell in this case) has been scamming you and s%&ting you out of affordable and accessible health care among many other life saving things for decades!

  •  Polls have shown (4+ / 0-)
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    that a large majority of Kentuckians really do believe Kynect and Obamacare are two totally separate things.

    Yes, its ridiculous, but those are the facts on the ground. Electorally Grimes is screwed on this issue.

    •  But if so she can make the case more easily (0+ / 0-)

      In my view.

      No need to ever utter the hated name of Obama (I really hate ignorant racist fucks).

      •  And she has been (2+ / 0-)
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        the problem with this diary is it's asking Grimes to make her campaign about an issue that isn't high on voters minds. The reason she's losing is Eastern and Western Kentucky is voting on coal and race. She can scream about healthcare until the cows come home, if people aren't interested, they aren't going to listen.

  •  The idiots in Kentucky (4+ / 0-)
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    . . .won't jump to Grimes side because of Obamacare, even if it is helping them. I know people in my area that are benefitting from the plan too, but still hate Obama and Obamacare. You are assuming those people can make an intelligent connection between their plot in life and policies that benefit them. These are areas that benefited majorly years ago from the Democratic push for the Tennessee Valley Authority, yet they still vote Republican.

  •  I thought she was (0+ / 0-)

    I was under the impression that was she was running on Kynect, but not on "Obamacare"

  •  You've never been to Kentucky have you? (1+ / 0-)
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    which makes it seem like she thinks the people of eastern and western Kentucky are too stupid to realize that even if they hate Obama, repealing Obamacare and Kynect would hurt them.
    See the problem with liberals is they are either too ignorant or too idealistic to understand that this is true.  
  •  Too bad the Democrats in neighboring WV (0+ / 0-)

    were too chickenshit to set up a state Exchange like Kynect.
    We are about to lose this senate seat to Shelley Moore-Capito because Natalie Tenant is so busy bashing Obamacare and Obama.

    Meanwhile, Capito is running ads that state she supports most of what's in Obamacare, just not in those exact words.

    The Chickenshit Dems in WV are paving the way for their own rapid extinction. and they have no one to blame but themselves.

    The one bright spot for us  is that Capito is not a complete right wing nut job...

  •  Should. Probably won't. (0+ / 0-)

    A chickenshit loser.

    I fully realize the dilemma she faces but come on.  If you can bring in Elizabeth Warren you can make the teed-up-on-a-platter case for Kynect, without looking like you 'love the black prez.'

    An opportunity being wasted as that chinless, soulless fuck will most likely prevail.

    •  You are the chickenshit loser (0+ / 0-)

      as you can sit back in your easy chair and lob insulting remarks without having any of your own skin in the game. You belong on Politico or some place like that.

      Meanwhile, Grimes is doing pretty damned well, and she's no doubt smarter than you are. She also has a lot more knowledge about the race than you do, too.

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:29:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Is "chickenshit" the word of the day or something? (0+ / 0-)

      Hillary Clinton's Liberal Ranking http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/10/122232/619

      by tigercourse on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 11:17:21 AM PDT

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  •  Huge Grimes supporter, I think it's safe to say (4+ / 0-)
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    she can run on Kynect. Steve Beshear was able to get Kentuckyians to believe Kynect was better than Obamacare even though it's the same thing. Grimes has been running a great campaign, running on populist issues, is proud to have Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton on the campaign trail and has distanced herself from Obama just the right amount as to not alienate the base. But I agree, take a chance, run on Kynect. In Georgia, I can understand why Michelle Nunn can't completely run on this issue but she's smart enough to know Medicaid Expansion is a winner there.

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    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 08:38:32 AM PDT

  •  Those maps are stunning (0+ / 0-)

    I just hope the people of Kentucky know a good thing when they see it.

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 08:40:02 AM PDT

    •  Emotion, not intellect (0+ / 0-)

      is what throws the lever...

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:31:38 AM PDT

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  •  I don't think I'll ever forgive the Democrats (4+ / 0-)
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    for their treatment of this President and their continuing cowardice in the face of "polls."

    Of course the effing polls show hatred of "Obamacare" and of the President - the only people talking are the Breitbart disciples and talk radio!

    it disgusts me. How about running a damned campaign where you just plainly tell the truth? Is that so hard?

    I had lunch out in the midwest a few weeks ago with a dear friend and his son (who's about my age). his son is a very smart guy, successful, well-spoken, small businessman.

    he was lamenting how he might have to buy Obamacare. This guy, who again, is clearly very intelligent, didn't even understand that there IS NO OBAMACARE INSURANCE! Or that his small business is exempt from any responsibilities under ACA, or that he can take his insurance payouts as TAX CREDITS instead of deductions now, or any of the rest. In 15 minutes, he was nodding and promising to look into it.

    Where he lives is a constant barrage of Fox and talk radio.

    Grimes hasn't impressed me from the beginning - I listen to her speeches and see her playing "politician" instead of seizing this moment to create a massive wave of change across Kentucky on the very things she obviously agrees with (Kynect/Obamacare).

    Look at the poll numbers - she's NOT going to lose any votes by taking the Kynect/PPACA route, as the very popular governor does. The people who are voting for her now almost certainly understand the connection.

    But she will gain points, without a doubt.

    Political strategists often remind me of marketing types who have been in their jobs too long to understand things like, you know, social media...

    •  There's a difference (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a reason you and I can convince someone to look into Obamacare and someone like Grimes or Obama can't.

      They're politicians, we're friends. People hate politicians, they love their friends.

      How about running a damned campaign where you just plainly tell the truth? Is that so hard?
      Very. You know what we call it when a politicians tells the truth? A gaffe.
  •  I'm sure that Grimes herself has considered this.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...many times.  The key question - left unanswered by the OP - is: How to explicitly leverage the success of the ACA in Kentucky (aka "Kynect"), while minimizing the effects of the toxic cloud of ignorance, superstition and fear, generated by the GOP about "Obamacare"?  For once again, Republicans have created an environment in which it is politically dangerous to state the actual truth.

    To follow the OP's strategy would be for Grimes to believe that the popularity of Kynect is sufficient to compensate for the negative associations with the term "Obamacare" that the Republicans have so carefully nurtured among the general public.  And that, in turn, would require a very significant, very substantial public education campaign to change the minds of the voters - with a scant two months to go before Election Day - a very, very difficult task under the best of circumstances, given the extremely long developmental time and the fundamental demographic / psychographic forces that tend to determine one's political orientation...and how impervious to change the resulting viewpoints are, especially within a mere two- month window.

    No doubt the McTurtle campaign would LOVE to flush out Grimes on this issue, as they believe that they can simply bury her in a mudslide of fierce, unhinged opposition, the moment she even utters the word "Obamacare".  Whether they could or not remains to be seen.  But most assuredly, they would try.

    I'm actually not taking sides on this question.  I'm simply playing devil's advocate, to see if somehow an ENTIRE and COMPLETE strategy could be devised, that would allow Grimes to take advantage of this potential opening...without leaving her unreasonably exposed to a fatal fear and smear initiative in return.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 08:50:03 AM PDT

  •  I'm always surprised at the lack of backbone (1+ / 0-)
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    displayed by Democrats.  Republicans lie through their collective teeth about pretty much everything the Obama administration has accomplished and they bash everything President Obama says or does and yet the majority of Democrat representatives are as spineless as a wet noodle and say or do nothing to counter them.  If I were a Democrat politician or for that matter the President himself I'd be dropping the gloves!  Come on Democrats grow some balls, fight back!  Tell everyone what a bunch of lying assholes those Republican politicians are!

    •  The sad truth is that most (0+ / 0-)

      "Democrats" aren't.

      They're DINOs.

      They're just the other fascist right-wing alternative to the other fascist right-wing alternative.

      REAL Democrats - ones that consistently put Main Street and We The People ahead of Wall Street and The UltraRich whenever their interests are in conflict - are damned rare, well less than 50%.


      This is something WE need to fix via paying MUCH better attention - and getting MUCH more involved - in the primaries!

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:39:42 AM PDT

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  •  Republicans have demonstrated weakness by (1+ / 0-)
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    their abandonment of the obamacare repeal campaign theme.  It's time to exploit this obvious weakness.  Grimes needs to run the ad claiming Republicans want to repeal Affordablecare, medicare and social security.  If Dems don't run it, Yertle undoubtedly will.

  •  Doesn't matter (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure a high percentage of Kynect folks will still vote for Senator Turtle.  Lotta dumb folks in that state

    •  A high percentage of Kynect folks won't vote. (1+ / 0-)
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      Period.  They never do.  This  is one reason it's so damn hard for Democrats to do the right thing.  

      Please remember that most of Kynect is the Medicaid expansion, and people prepared to vote against that are not ignorant, they're cruel and selfish.  

      I attended a continuing legal education course in Louisville(where Alison enjoys a lead, and where Obama won, by the way) on the ACA a couple of years ago.  It was difficult to hear the speaker.  A couple of people kept yelling out imprecations while the guy was trying to explain the law, and a gang of lawyers in front of me wouldn't stop yapping about how their tax dollars will be going to help a bunch of losers.

      This is how they think.  Education won't help.

      "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

      by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:52:33 AM PDT

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  •  Another thing is to... (0+ / 0-)

    hammer down and be consistent with the terminology...
    The Affordable Care Act [and Kynect].
    Leave the term "Obamacare" out of it.
    It has been shown that people react negatively to the latter simply because of the President's name, while being more open to the first two.
    (Nevermind the fact that there is no difference).

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    by kevinbr38 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:01:52 AM PDT

  •  KY is the perfect case... (6+ / 0-)
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    for not running for Obamacare, but running against repeal. Obama, and Obamacare, will never play in KY, never has, never will. But having your healthcare taken away will.

    I can see the ad now:

    > Avg KY middle class Mom w/family, "Finally we have healthcare for our family."

    > McConnell clip, "I vow to repeal healthcare!"  

    > Ky Mom, "Mitch McConnell wants to take away Kynect, my healthcare, from my family."

    > Voiceover, "Mitch McConnell the Washington outsider, who voted 50 Times to take away your Kynect healthcare.  Hasn't he served Washington long enough!"  

    > Voiceover, "Allison Grimes, From KY, For KY."

    So let's call out the dogs, and hang "taking away your healthcare" on Mitch McConnell's neck.

  •  FALSE (0+ / 0-)
    "it's the only way she is going to win this campaign.

    If she wants to win, running on Obamacare and Kynect is the way to do it."

    FALSE.

    Right now it's basically a tie. She COULD squeek this one by via GOTV combined with R frustration / apathy, not to mention that Libertarian dude taking some of McTurtle's vote.

    If she wants to ESTABLISH A  CLEAR LEAD this might be the way to do it!

    Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

    by RTIII on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:19:08 AM PDT

  •  I think the likely reason for McConnell's lead (1+ / 0-)
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    in Western KY is that Obamacare benefits people who don't vote.  Grimes can't convince died in the wool GOPers, but she can convince people who don't vote and have benefitted from Obamacare to vote in this election.  However, that type of grassroots effort takes months to organize in advance and I don't know if she or the KY Dem party has done any outreach into GOP counties.

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    by khyber900 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:24:20 AM PDT

    •  Of course they've done outreach in GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      counties - that describes MOST of KY!

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:42:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  sorry...meant to say 'DYED in the wool' (0+ / 0-)

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      by khyber900 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 11:25:17 AM PDT

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  •  i am guessing (0+ / 0-)

    grimes is too kentuc & conservative to do the things needed to win the seat from mcconnell, too bad but thems probably the facts maam.

  •  Gotta say, I'm KEEPING my donations to her (0+ / 0-)
    If you want to keep your health insurance, she should say, vote for me. If you want to repeal it, and go back to the way things were, vote for Mitch McConnell.
    until she does this.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:28:03 AM PDT

  •  CNN's poll is skewed (0+ / 0-)

    CNN has McConnelling polling 50 percent, which is not accurate. McConnell has not polled well in KY for two years, but CNN and Rasmussen say he is. I know better.

    Yes, Grimes should make the race about KYNECT. Perhaps she will, closer to the election.

  •  This is a very unusual situation - a red state ... (1+ / 0-)
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    This is a very unusual situation - a red state that has embraced the ACA and has a well established track record. If the Dems can't run on this track record in Kentucky - where can we?

    We always shake our heads at how disengaged the low information Faux news voter is from reality - but if Grimes fails to tell them otherwise, then who do we really have to blame? They're not on Daily Kos where they would be able to learn how hood - winked they've been by their Republican overlords all these years. So, it's up to Grimes to get the word out and educate them all. To paraphrase Bill Clinton, "It's the ACA, stupid!"

  •  I've been saying this for literally months. Pla... (0+ / 0-)

    I've been saying this for literally months. Playing it safe isn't cutting it. She needs a game-changer and KyNect has been handed to her on a silver platter.

    She has two options:

    1) not run on KyNect, and almost certainly lose.

    Or

    2) run on KyNect and have a fighting chance

    •  Grimes needs to ... (0+ / 0-)

      * Grimes needs to hammer away on Mitch's quote, "it's not my job" to create jobs for Kentuckians.  Make those words that came from his own mouth haunt him on a daily basis.
      * She needs to pound on the fact that the Affordable Health Care Act, through KYNECT, has made it possible for HALF A MILLION Kentuckians to have access to quality health care - and that Mitch wants to take it away from them.
      * She needs to hammer away at Mitch's record of turning his back on and voting AGAINST our deserving Veterans, whether it be health benefits, jobs, unemployment compensation, etc.
      * She needs to pound on Mitch's obsession to become the next Senate Majority Leader - instead of focusing on the needs of the Kentuckians he was elected to serve.
      * She needs to hammer away at the staggering wealth that Mitch has accumulated while being a "public servant" in the Senate for the past 30 years - while most Kentuckians wages have stagnated, if they still have jobs.
      * She needs to pound on the fact that Mitch has consistently voted against women's interests for his entire term of 30 years in the US Senate.
      * She needs to pound on his voting record in general, particularly when it comes to not helping Kentucky students and on higher education issues.
      * She needs to hammer away at the fact that this is a US Senate race for Kentucky.  Neither President Barack Obama nor Senate majority leader Harry Reid are on the ballot.

  •  We can live worlds apart in the same neighborhood (0+ / 0-)

    Kentucky's KET is the finest educational TV networks one could ask for and has most of our favorite programs. It has transmitters in enough locations that it is available to anyone who knows how to set up an antenna. I recently spent an entire work day figuring out why I still couldn't get KET's channel 53 even after replacing my lightning damaged antenna booster. It turned out to be a broken connection between the top, Bowling Green facing & bottom, Nashville facing antenna. My nephew stopped by while I was at work and couldn't figure why I was so intent on getting back that one channel, if we were getting all the Nashville stations. He had never even heard of channel 53. I didn't try to explain why Nashville's PBS station was insufficient because it didn't have House of Cards. He wouldn't have heard of House of Cards. He also rarely watches anything on Nashville's PBS station. He has Direct TV and watches mostly cable channels. I wish I knew how Alison Grimes could get her message over to people like my nephew but I'm afraid there is a huge swath of our electorate whose media reality doesn't contain any information at all pertinent to making a voting decision. Neither good information nor false.

  •  Full speed ahead (0+ / 0-)

    In Lexington: I stopped by both Grimes and Democratic headquarters this morning and both were humming with volunteers. Credo organizers have been canvassing and running phone banks going after Mitch. The key is going to be which side is more motivated to get out to vote on 11/4. I'm betting that those opposed to Mitch have stronger feelings than those opposed to Alison. VoteVets and Moveon are both running hard hitting ads going after Mitch and additional donations to keep them on the air and Credo organizers on the ground would be incredibly helpful at this point. Send lawyers, guns and money....

  •  I Wish She WOULD.... (0+ / 0-)

    No better way to turn red voters blue than to directly point out why their red vote hurts them right in the pocketbook.

  •  Great info. Hope Grimes uses it (0+ / 0-)

    in a state where 45% of the voters are Evangelicals and  75% of those vote Republican no matter what=35% before any thinking starts.

    The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

    by Incredulousinusa on Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 12:15:23 PM PDT

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