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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
9:24 pm
South Carolina 1
Been watching the special election tonight in the 1st Congressional Distrcit in South Carolina. Mark Sanford won despite being outspent at least 3-1, his opponent receiving national support, his National support vanishing, the adultery scandal making the news again when his mistress showed up at the victory rally after the primary and him being dragged into court over a trespassing violation of his divorce decree with a court date after the election day.


He still manages to win by a decent margin

It's going to be a long two years for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Friday, March 1st, 2013
8:33 pm

Ashley Judd starts to call various Frankfort Democrats. It would help if she left messages on the right phone. She left a message for Rocky Adkins on Greg Stumbo's phone. That's the kind of mistake you do not want to make when running against McConnell.

Stumbo's comments on a potential race by Judd. Notice what he said about her chances in Eastern Kentucky.


I personally think that she needs to be making appearances in Kentucky instead of Washington if she is actually serious about a run.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
11:40 pm
Now we find out if Mitch has gone and gotten himself a primary challenger in 2014.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
8:01 pm
Senate developments
First off, good news for McConnell. Governor Beshear says he will not run against McConnell in 2014. Beshear has run against McConnell before and decided he didn't want a second go around. He would have been a credible candidate, knowing what it would take to win statewide and also knowing what he would be in for.


Second Rand Paul comments on Ashley Judd for Senate


He doesn't hold back, that's for sure.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
4:42 pm
Reasons I don't take Ashley Judd seriously as a Senate Candidate in 2014.
Reasons I don’t take Ashley Judd for Senate in 2014 seriously

1. She lives in Tennessee and Scotland- To run in Kentucky you need to live in Kentucky. Judd lives in Tennessee and also has a house in Scotland with your Scottish husband (Dario Franchitti who is a race car driver, not NASCAR mind you which would have actually helped, but the other type of driver) It goes beyond living in Tennessee, she was actually a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention from Tennessee. The last couple of years she was mentioned as a candidate for Senator from Tennessee or Governor of Tennessee.

Now I am sure some people will argue that she is a eighth generation Kentuckian and all that. However, she has laid down roots in Tennessee to the point where people wanted her to run for office there. She has time to move back to Kentucky before the election, but it will be seen as a move to get residency and for political gain.

2. War on Coal meme- Talk to Ben Chandler. He just got trounced in a Congressional District with NO, repeat that to yourself, coal mines on the grounds he was hostile to the Coal Industry. It was the issue that seemed to dominate the campaign. This was against Ben Chandler, a seasoned statewide politician with multiple campaigns under his belt. This is an issue that anyone in Kentucky with political ambition needs to tread carefully around. Judd actually attended and headlined rallies against the Coal Industry. She used the term “Rape” in referring to the Coal industry back in 2010. What happens when the race takes place where there are Coal Mines.

Now, she could very well argue she was criticizing mountain-top removal instead of the whole coal industry. Chandler tried to finesse his support of Obama’s policy of cap and trade and other coal related measures. We saw where that got him, and he had a history with the UMW, Judd? not so much of a history.

To quote Dan Logsdon, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman, from a recent interview in Politico “that’s a tough issue to finesse in Kentucky”

3. Mitch McConnell has $7 million in the bank right now and is still raising money- He has almost three times money in the bank as any other Senator right now, a little less than two years out from the election. He is still raising money and will no doubt continue doing so until November 2014. He also will have the resources of the Republic party backing him up as realistically the Republicans will only have maybe McConnell and Susan Collins in Maine to defend. Expect this race to cost in the neighborhood of 20 million dollars. Anyone who wants to play in that game, needs to start fundraising right now.

Ashley Judd, the self-funding candidate? Somehow, I don’t think Judd wants to write a check for $20 million for the chance to be savaged by McConnell in the 2014 race.

4. Mitch McConnell takes nothing for granted- Mitch has been the dominant feature of Kentucky politics since Wendell Ford retired in 1998. He has a well run machine and is knowledgeable about all aspects of Kentucky politics. True, he has had a few missteps, but none when it comes to his own campaigns. No doubt he already has a storeroom of information to use if Judd chooses to run. To paraphrase a statement from Comment on Kentucky a few weeks back “Imagine the commercials McConnell would run about Judd tweeting from the South of France while on vacation.” Indeed.

Does anyone doubt that Mitch, if he gets in a political knife fight, won’t use everything he can to get the smallest advantage? She has never really been subject to the type of examination of statewide politician in Kentucky would undergo in a race.

5. Obama- 2014 will be the sixth year of Obama’s administration. The sixth year is notorious for being rough on incumbent Presidents, let alone as on someone with the dismal ratings that Obama has in Kentucky

6. Political/Liberal activist- Judd has campaigned on issues that puts her the opposite side of the issue from most voters in Kentucky – not just coal mining, but other issues, abortion rights and gay marriage come to mind real quick.

7. Hollywood and her friends- see above. #3 and 6. In order to compete she needs to raise money fast. Where can she do that? Her friends in Hollywood. In order to do that she will have to adopt positions which are not held by the majority of voters in Kentucky. Being seen as a Limousine Liberal is not a good thing in Kentucky.

8. Kentucky Democrats- Other than John Yarmuth up in Louisville. I have not heard one Kentucky Democrat talk up the prospect of a Judd senate run. Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo actually pointed out the war on coal problem Judd would face. When asked about Judd for Senate, State Auditor Adam Edelen responded by talking up Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes (a more realistic candidate.) Democrats with statewide experience seem to want to ignore Ashley Judd for Senate. As for Yarmuth, the Representative from Louisville, once you leave Jefferson County’s borders his influence is limited at best. I bet good money he doesn’t know the name of the Democratic Party Chairman in Grayson or Floyd counties. I will also bet you money that McConnell does.

The Politico story I referenced earlier talked about who Judd is supposedly consulting about a Kentucky Senate run- New York Senator Kristen Gilligrand and Jefery Pollock, A New York-based Democratic pollster. Neither has an office in Kentucky.

9. Ashley Judd’s grand mother says she isn’t going to run and also talks up the good things that Mitch McConnell has done. If you have to worry about your family. You’ve got problems.


There you are, my top reasons that I don’t take Ashley Judd for Senate seriously.
Friday, November 9th, 2012
10:28 pm
Ashley Judd in 2014 for Senate

Lets get serious, I doubt that will happen.

Even if she did run, just remember how bad Chandler got hurt by the "War on coal" argument- and he didn't actually protest against coal mining the way Judd has. It's something to talk about until next year when the real preparations begin.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
9:18 pm
Coming election night
Well, I really don't know what is going to happen on Tuesday night.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
9:07 pm
Thursday night at the GOP convention.
So I watched the final three speeches at the GOP convention last night.

1- Clint Eastwood, actually watched this twice. First time, I was scratching my head, then DVRed it to see if I was mistaken. The second time it made some more sense, but still it was not as polished as I would have expected from Eastwood. I think some of the criticism of it really comes down to a different political viewpoint. Some of the criticism was on point (23 million unemployed?). It reminded me of that fellow at the coffee shop you see in the morning who has an opinion on everything and has some gems mixed in with the offbeat stuff.

2- Marco Rubio, after watching him speak, I understand why the Democrats are afraid of him.

3-Mitt Romney, A good speech. He did what he needed to do and I didn't see any glaring mistakes. I liked the line about wanting to help you and your family. Was it enough, we'll soon see.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
7:58 pm
I am so freaking frustrated with Todd Akin right now that it is not even funny.
A deadly combination of arrogance, stupidly and ambition.
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
7:38 am
Yesterday at CPAC, Romney announced that he was a severe conservative. Now, just what does that mean?
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
8:09 pm
So after the events of the last day or so, Republicans have to be pondering two bad choices-
1)Obama gets reelected or
2) Spending the next four years defending the stupid things that Romney keeps saying.

Oh, only if Mitch Daniels had run.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
5:32 pm
South Carolina
Voting in the GOP South Carolina Primary today. According to the polls, we may actually have a race developing there.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
9:46 pm
Mitt Romney
Just how tone deaf is Mitt Romney?
Monday, January 16th, 2012
7:08 am
Sad, but to be honest, I just didn't see path to the nomination for him. A missed opportunity for all of us.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
9:20 pm
Well, not to rain on Huntsman parade, and I really don't want to, but I just don't see how he has a valid road to continue the campaign.
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
9:43 pm
The New Hampshire primary is approaching. We had a double debate this weekend. The first one was relatively mild for Romney, but the second one was harsh for him. Maybe the other candidates finally realized that the front-runner has to be defeated for one of them to win.
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
4:19 pm
Let me get this straight. One of Romney's most visible supporters in New Hampshire, who is attacking Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich, is John Sununu. This is the same John Sununu who was the White House Chief of Staff who in 1990 was one of the masterminds of the 1990 Bush Tax increase and also was the prime sponsor of David Souter as a Supreme Court Justice during the same time period. Also remember how he left the White House, because of scandal involving his use of government resources for personal matters.

If I was running Romney campaign, that is someone I don't think I would want to as the public face of the campaign to the world and conservative Republican primary voters.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
9:54 pm
And that's a wrap
9:50 pm
Cain gets in a good line "No I should be President."
9:49 pm
Now back to the Perry-Romney fight.
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