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Thursday, September 29, 2016

A new poll by Public Policy Polling finds Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with a small lead over the incumbent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

When asked if they approve or disapprove of the way Mitch McConnell is handling his job, 51 percent disapproved, 40 percent approved and 9 percent had no opinion; 45 percent said they would favor Grimes if the election was held today, while 44 percent would favor McConnell.

The poll, conducted for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America, shows Grimes’ small lead is within the margin of error. But McConnell’s primary race, and attacks by fellow Republicans, may give Grimes a golden opportunity to expand her margin before the general election.

McConnell is being pulled right by the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, which may cost him in the statewide Senate election. He has thus far refused to state whether he supports a government shutdown until Obamacare is defunded. For Tea Party Republicans — including his primary challenger Matt Bevin — this is treasonous. “Mitch McConnell’s rhetoric on defeating Obamacare is nothing but empty promises,” Bevin said on Wednesday. “Obamacare is a disaster and if we can’t repeal it, we have a responsibility to the American people to defund it.”

Tea Party favorite Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) piled on: “There is a powerful, defeatist approach among Republicans in Washington,” Cruz said Tuesday. “I think they’re beaten down and they’re convinced that we can’t give a fight, and they’re terrified.”

At this point, Bevin poses no risk as a primary challenger to McConnell. But, as Bevin continues to receive right-wing support, McConnell will have to move right to drum up support from Kentucky’s Republican primary voters.

He’ll have to do so despite the fact that his staunchly conservative record is already unpopular with Kentuckyians. The same Public Policy Poll found that 51 percent surveyed disapprove of the way McConnell is handling his job, compared with 40 percent who approve.

While McConnell moves right to appease primary voters, Democrat Grimes can sit back and watch her poll numbers continue to rise.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

  • 4sanity4all

    Maybe Grimes can convince Kentucky voters to stop voting against their interests. I am certain that defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act would not be in the best interest of Kentucky’s people, and voting for Bevin would be a step backward. Since 51% polled said that they disapprove of McConnell’s conservative agenda, maybe some change for the better is coming to Kentucky.

    • Fern Woodfork

      Amen!!!

    • RobertCHastings

      McConnell’s obeisance to the conservative right is a change even for him. As the Tea Party has become the most vocal and most covered wing of the Republican Party, even though it is not reflective of mainstream Republican core values, people like McConnell are genuflecting before their altar and seeking their backing and support. It is funny to see how both Romney and Gingrich have fallen from grace with the Tea Party, and how even a nominal libertarian like Rand Paul is beginning to get their attention. The libertarian party has for years been mired in voter indifference, but Paul is now getting the attention of the Tea Party, not because their values are that similar, but because he, like the Tea Party, advocates less government. As Paul should realize, however, the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party are two entirely different animals. Be careful what you wish for, Rand Paul.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The underbelly in the south is beginning to realize just why their wage lag so far behind other states. It’s been a conservative concerted effort to keep wages in this region low even when profits are breaking records. That just doesn’t add up. If a corporation hires workers, keeps workers wages barely above minimum wage and offers no benefits, they are doing so to increase profits for those at the top. Figure it out for yourselves. These corporations don’t stagnate their pricing at the same time they are stagnating worker salaries, are they? In effect, what they are doing is charging higher and higher price for profits that don’t in any way affect the wages they pay employees. Is it now the regime of Corporata to jack prices and cut deeper and deeper into employee wages? And how will that work out for them when no one in the US can afford to buy what they sell? Or do they plan to rely solely on the 1% to be their chief source of profit…Yeah…that’ll work…among the biggest, most mercenary people in this country? Think again boi geniuses.

    • RobertCHastings

      While the depressed wages in the South have many more facets than you have mentioned, you are right in that the folks down here need to wake up and see what is being done (or not done) by their elected representatives. As money becomes the main driving force in politics, we begin to see why the wealthy are NOT job creators – all their discretionary cash is going to conservative PACs

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        The devil is in the details of that “discretionary cash.” It comes from corporations now being able to rely on billions of our tax dollars paid out in subsidies which creates “discretionary spending” on PACS. In effect, these corporations use taxpayers as cash cows from which to extort money whether as employees, consumers or taxpayers.

        For decades now, we’ve all heard the same moronic mantra that grates on me more than anything else. For example, At present CBS TV and Time Warner are cannabalizing each other using their consumers as hostages for their feast. And what is the moronic mantra they use most? Time Warner has the gall to claim that if CBS won’t pay higher rates for cable air time, they will just “have to pass the costs onto consumers.” “Just have to?” Just have to is more BS than the struggling middle class should have to tolerate. NO they don’t EVER have to pass these costs onto consumers.” What they HAVE to do is learn to live on salaries older than 90 days like they expect everyone else but themselves to do.

        That BS “just have to pass onto consumers” is the biggest, most criminal violation of our right to progress, economic stability and most of all quality of life. This greed of corporations has gotten too far out of control. Turned the mirror reflection inward on them for a change. Make them show how much of an increase in their salaries they hand themselves every time they “just have to pass on the costs to consumers.”

        • RobertCHastings

          Time-Warner is not the only provider that is holding the public hostage. DirecTV and other satellite providers do the same thing. 15 months ago we subscribed to DirecTV because we got the Golf Channel and OWN with our basic package. We lost the Golf Channel after two weeks, and we lost OWN about two months ago. We were told we could get them back by moving up to the next package, a modest jump of about $30/month. But the principle of the thing irritates my wife and I. We were required to sign a contract for what we got originally and, we ASSUMED, for what the provider was giving us. This is a reasonable approximation of the old bait-and-switch scam where they show you one thing but give you another. Of course, this is not restricted to media. Banks and airlines are promising a product, but by adding on fees and extra charges, the end product is something entirely different.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? All that kerfuffle over how all Americans of any income must have cable TV all at a time when air waves were free? Not it’s wall to wall commercials on cable we pay for and 15 minutes of actual programming and this is what cable honchos call “competition?”

    • CPAinNewYork

      Good posting, except for the last sentence, which shows that you’re still a jerk.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Bad posting which shows you are a jerk …off.

        • CPAinNewYork

          Still using dildoes to get your jollies?

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            That you manage to know what the word “dildo” means is amazing. Most CPAs bury themselves so deep in numbers. They can’t tell what a “genital” is. Or what to do with them.

          • CPAinNewYork

            You’re a “genital” and we know what to do with you. We expose your fanciful desire to castrate any male with whom you come into contact.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            And,,,,,There he is folks…Mr. Man .tries desperately yet again to have the last word. Face facts. Your pathetic rantings only prove your lack of civility and intelligence. As for knowing what to do with me…Try it and see if you don’t lose those family jewels like lightening.

          • CPAinNewYork

            My “lack of civility”? You started this exchange by objecting to my assertion that an all-woman Democratic ticket in 2016 would be doomed to failure and quickly degenerated into personal attacks.

            You posted that your ex-husband died of alcoholism. Being married to you probably drove him to the bottle.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            I had the temerity to disagree with you. YOu don’t like anyone to disagree with your ideas. Most mental patients in mental hospitals don’t. An all woman Democratic ticket in 2016 is inevitable. How dare you or any man think that women should wait another 235 plus years to have someone who represents our thoughts, ideas and futures? You men have had all of the supremacy you are going to get. Now…it’s our turn. If you don’t like that…go find a cave and play your Neanderthal games by yourselves.

            My ex started drinking at age 12. That’s what they do down in those DogPatch Red States. Sorry…MR. MAN…you Mr. Man routine isn’t working. Unlike the CPAs most of whom are all boozers, I don’t drink …Don’t need to…I can stand toe to toe with any man and bring his bloated ego right back down to size. Your posts prove what you really think of women. No woman is going to work and pay the bills while some CPA sits on his double wide and plunks away at a calculator all do. Get a life loser.

          • CPAinNewYork

            If your ex started drinking at 12 and you still married him, you rank as pretty stupid, or desperate. Anyone abusing alcohol that long has to show some adverse health effects.

            As to who started this contentious exchange: It began when I observed in a posting that if the Democrats put up a ticket of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, they would probably lose. That’s an unbalanced ticket, something that doesn’t seem to work well in America. You responded in a snotty way that I was showing prejudice against women. I don’t recall your actual words, just that they were snotty. You were picking a fight, so I decided to give you one.

            You are undoubtedly a man-hater, perhaps because of a difficult life and marriage, but it doesn’t matter. You are what you are. The words in your second paragraph are as hate-filled as I’ve seen and betray a pathological state of mind. Hopefully, you don’t have access to guns.

  • FT66

    Anyone who is thinking right can’t continue to vote in these old people while they are not doing anything to benefit people, just feeding their own stomachs only. People like Mitch McConnell have eaten a lot, BUT so long as no one gets satisfied with money, they continue to stick where they are. Wake up folks. At this age & time, no one should continue to lie and making fool of every one. If they have done very well the work you sent them to do, then reward them by sending them to Washington as much as they wish to, BUT if they haven’t done anything like Mitch McConnell who only says: “his role is to make Pres. Obama, the one term President”, kick them out. This is not what good people in Kentucky sent McConnell to do in Washington. He has abused his power you gave him and at the same time letting you down.

    • Alex Toliver

      mitch MUST GO and cruze as well do we have a fair two party systed are is the tea party #3 GRIMES IT IS YOUR TIME SO DON.T STOP NOW OUR COUNTRY NEED PEOPLE THE BELEVE THAT MADE IN THE U.S.A STAND FOR SOMETHING AND THE COLOR OF A PERSON CAN NOT TURN BACK THE TIDE LETS BE TRUE AMERICANS ONE FOR ALL /ALLFOR THE BETTER QUIALTY OF LIFE FOR ALL OF MAN BLACK,TAN,BROWN ,RED WHITE PEOPLE OF MANY COLOR I/E CORORED PEOPLE THAT CALL AMERICA HOME LETS START NOW BRINGING BACK OUT HOME STARTED JOBS AND IF WE CANT THEN LET IMPOSE A HEAVY TAX ON ANY JOB ARE GOODS THAT WANT TO MFG ELSEWHERE AND RESALE HERE IG IT IS NOT MADE HERE THEN YOU MUST PAY A HEAVY TAX TO BRING BACK HERE TO SALE

  • Mark Forsyth

    Time to send that old time confederate cracker back to his bluegrass farm.Good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

  • Budjob

    When the people in the southern states come to the realization that Republicans in ANY FORM are not their benefactors in any way shape,or form,then and only then will this country recover from the brutalization the Republicans have inflicted on the poor,minorities,and the middle class!

    • RobertCHastings

      While many Republicans would agree with us on some basic issues, the leadership manages to cynically concentrate on conservative issues such as abortion. By playing on racial fears, the conservative leadership has managed to put budgetary issues in an entirely different light. The large majority of conservative voters are in the same economic boat as the large majority of Democrat voters, yet smaller issues that become emotional rallying points serve to separate them from us. Gun control advocates are NOT pursuing an agenda of confiscating ALL guns, although Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and others have convinced conservatives that this IS the true agenda. Conservatives look upon public education as a way to control the minds and hearts of their children, but by refusing adequate funding they are turning this generation of children into a job force that will be unprepared for the workplace of ten years in the future.

  • RobertCHastings

    It seems that a recent tactic of conservatives is to move their agenda to the right in order to succeed in local primaries, and then become more centrist for the biggies, apparently playing to the claim that all politics is local. Romney did this all through 2012, for the primaries and for the debates. However, I don’t think he ever truly escaped his moderate credential from Massachusetts for passing The Heritage Foundation’s version of Obamacare, and wound up alienating the very conservatives he was courting. This is what will very likely happen with McConnell.