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Friday, October 28, 2016

Mitch McConnell

According to a new Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will face a very difficult re-election battle in 2014.

The poll finds that McConnell and Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, would be tied at 45 percent in a hypothetical 2014 Senate race. Grimes has not yet said whether or not she plans to enter the race.

The PPP poll, which was conducted on behalf of Senate Majority PAC, suggests that McConnell’s greatest opponent may be himself. Kentucky’s senior senator holds a mere 44 percent approval rating in his home state, with 47 percent disapproval. While Grimes’ favorability is just 34 percent, 42 percent of Kentuckians are still unsure of their opinion of her.

McConnell’s standing has been deteriorating over time; two previous PPP polls had McConnell leading Grimes by margins of 7 points in December and 4 points in April.

McConnell supporters immediately lashed out against the survey. National Republican Senatorial Committee strategist Brad Dayspring, for example, argued via Twitter that questions such as “Mitch McConnell has voted to cut taxes for millionaires like himself, while supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare for hard-working Kentucky seniors. Does this make you more or less likely to vote for him, or does it not make a difference?” are indicative of a push poll. Notably, PPP does have an extremely accurate record.

McConnell’s campaign has long prepared itself to run against Grimes. In April, a secretly recorded tape obtained by Mother Jones exposed McConnell and his aides discussing ways to discredit Grimes, along with actress and activist Ashley Judd, who was considered a likely challenger at the time. On the tape, Team McConnell considered hitting Grimes for “blatantly endorsing the 2008 Democratic national platform” and suggesting that she “definitely has a very sort of self-centered, sort of egotistical aspect,” due to her tendency to refer to herself in the third person.

The SuperPAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has also attacked Grimes, in a series of online ads. The ads equate her to Democratic leaders such as President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), saying “When Grimes promises ‘new leadership,’ it means she doesn’t agree that Kentuckians like McConnell should stand strong against: Obamacare, Higher Taxes, Wasteful Stimulus, Cap and Trade, EPA’s War on Coal, and Gun Control.”

Even if Republicans like Dayspring dismiss the poll’s results, all signs point to a difficult fight for McConnell in the coming election year. The combination of McConnell’s deadlock with Grimes — despite her low name recognition — and his even lower approval rating make it clear that Democrats will have a strong opportunity to take down their number-one political target in 2014.

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  • Cynthia Holck Simpson

    Time needs to be up for McConnell. What a lousy excuse of a human being.

  • 1standlastword

    The number of decent folks who aspire to a career in politics is very small and I’d hope Grimes is a decent person and may she have all the good fortune there is to unseat the calloused Mitch McConnell

    • DurdyDawg

      That’s just it 1stand.. The word ‘career’ should never be associated with politics as it brings on pompous asses who mooch off tax payer monies and demand we continue to support them in high regard after they finally leave the stump. Get elected, do your term then get out so some other elected official can (hopefully) better this nation (unless of course the super majority nation chooses to re-elect without being mesmerized by media manipulation), oh! and as far as retirement.. live on social security as other retirees do and invest your own damn money into 401k’s if you think you can’t survive on the monthly checks (brouhahahahaha!).

      • 1standlastword

        I appreciate the negative connotation assigned to the concept “career politician” and a decent person with a career dedicated to public service can hold various and sundry occupations as a public servant towards the definition of “career”.
        That said if a politician can be considered a career politician there are and have been a few that stand for the common good of average Americans which I don’t put Mitch in that role.

  • Similar prognostications were made about Sanford, and we all know how that ended up. Let’s not confuse our rejection of McConnells actions – or inaction – with Republicans objecting to his obstructionism. Most of the Republicans I know approve of the positions taken by the party of NO and are convinced that the key to victory is to derail President Obama’s second term agenda and project an illusion of governmental and socio-economic chaos. The GOP-TP strategy is designed to convince fellow Americans that a change in direction is desperately needed. The most incredible facet of this issue is that millions of fellow Americans have taken the bait and are convinced that all the signs of economic improvement and job creation that should be evident to everyone are just a chimera and that Armagheddon is around the corner.

    • sigrid28

      The promotion of Armageddon is indeed a factor, as I just learned from my son, a millennial. His generation is very worried about the environment: they face a life-not-as-we-know-it, justifiably, with dread. They are also very well informed, and most will not be susceptible to the anti-science campaign on the far right. They may be inclined to become one issue voters, for the ticket that proposes effective measures that have a scientific basis. I think many millennials can see Republican obstructionism for what it is, especially within their age group, which includes the majority now serving in the military–individuals who would not enlist if they perceived government as total chaos. Latinos, Hispanics, Blacks, and other minorities are tuned into social grapevines that will not countenance Republican lies or vote liars into office. Women, likewise, who have a stake in the future, might just think, “Chaos? What else is new with men running things.” I think many will dismiss Republican candidates as long as misogyny is part of the Republican platform. So these potential Democratic voters are all for electing a party that will propose solving problems, and reject the party of “the sky is falling,” or as Dickens’s called its nineteenth-century British equivalent, “the party of how not to do it.” Republicans will be left with the 2% and the percentage of low information voters who have not yet understood that they have been duped by leaders in the party with which they identify.

  • ScottM1

    WOW! What a shocker, a left leaning polling group that questioned more Dem’s than Republicans and Independents to create a poll so they could make up a news story!

    Since KY in a Right leaning state, why not conduct a poll that reflects the electorate?

    Dishonest liberals –

    • d3clark

      We all know that the right-leaning polls are extremely accurate. Just ask President RMoney.

    • Howard15

      The only poll that matters is the one on election day. You are right – Mitch has nothing to worry about. You just keep thinking that.

    • DurdyDawg

      Your right.. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so why don’t you become a better example and cease the right wing fascist polls as well.. We know they’re also filled with political feces.. I don’t ever pay heed to polls because the only one’s that count aren’t polls but the realities after elections.

  • docb

    His opponent must be a woman..and SoS is good…He bludgeons his opponents when male and is a nasty piece of work who hasn’t a clue how to deal with a strong attractive and well educated woman.

    He is an albatross of the extinct kind with any luck.!

  • Mike Kercher

    When even the republican mainstay, that is people with an I.Q. of 75 or under, are starting to finally see through their b.s. (which was bound to happen sooner or later, as they slowly discovered that the money they used to make was gradually being whittled away and ending up in the pockets of the super rich) then the republican party is in real trouble.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Even dumbasses dislike the smell of shit,especially when they are up to their necks in it.

  • Mark Forsyth

    Well,considering who we’re looking at here I don’t want to come down too hard on his personal brand of ignorance.After all,that’s what is going to do us the favor and lead to his political demise.Keep on keepin’ on Mitch!

  • Jack Lemen

    Hopefully this will mark the beginning of the end for the sorry piece of human excrement.

    • ma

      Once I find out that those polls stick, I am going to donate all I can against him. We all should…..even go to KY to work for his opposition.

  • To be very honest there are so mant pathetic figures that we need to weed out but only problem is there are many and we have few tools to get them , take them to the courts and see that the law is on them I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

    • sigrid28

      I look forward to your posts because we need to know that the effect of austerity is a problem worldwide, not just in the United States.

  • DurdyDawg

    Pubs don’t believe it because (1) the poll doesn’t favor them and (2) Just like the dinosaurs, had they been neo-pubs, wouldn’t have believed they were about to become extinct. Mitch McConnell.. Just another Letterman’s:

  • ON UK AND EURO I have no idea if this will save the elderly who have little saved cash and the new ones coming out from the schools trying to save for the future A series of Government departments have signed up to fresh cuts of up to 10% as George Osborne pulls together his spending review for 2015.

    The Chancellor has confirmed provisional agreements with seven departments, although the details will not be revealed until the spending review next month.

    The departments involved include justice, energy, communities, the Foreign Office, the Northern Ireland office, the Treasury and the Cabinet Office.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government has agreed to cut running costs by moving into the same building as the Home Office and adopting further restraints on staff pay. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Sand_Cat

    Don’t count on it!

    There are two things of which there will never be a shortage unless there is an unexpected extinction: @$$holes and stupid people.

    • kanawah

      Yes, deputy dawg McConnell is an a$$hole, and Kentucky has a massive over abundance of stupid people.

  • I am afraid you have a point Thom Allen. Just hoping Dems are able to find someone who can beat this clown.

  • edwardw69

    Kentucky: # 4 moocher state for people drawing disability. (I don’t use that terminology–just quoting the Tea Party people. Maybe they really are disabled.)
    Number 5 is Mississippi. Number three is Alabama. Two….Arkansas. Number one is West Virginia. All are Tea Party states. I guess they are such hard workers that they wore out their parts. And now, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, et al, can pay their expenses.

    • kanawah

      It is not hard work for the most part. (some of the older minors have black lung, but most of them are dying off) Most are the result of eating 2 to 3 times the recommended number of calories a day, and many have and still support the tobacco industry with their lungs.

      If you took a close look at some of Randy Paul’s campaign rallies, half the audience was either in a power chair, on oxygen, or both. (with Randy saying he was going to cut Social Security and Medicare, until the republiCON dog catcher put a muzzle on him, I cannot believe the people were stupid and bullible enough to elect another a$$hole to congress.)

      I go to eastern Ky to see family 3 or 4 times a year. The average person there is big enough to equal my wife, my son, and me, with some left over. Also, well over half of the people there chain smoke . My dad died from emphysema after many years of “puffing the weed”. Most all of the disability is self inflicted.

  • g_man954

    These congressmen really need to start working for the good of the American people and not for a few extremely wealthy individuals….and that means a tax structure that puts more money into the middle class, the real supporters of, and investors in, the American economy. Very wealthy individuals tend to invest more money overseas when in fact they have made a lot of their money from tax breaks in the USA.

  • Archie’s Boy

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  • James Michael McDaniel

    Alfred when you stoop to personal attacks you need to watch things like “their” should be “there” once.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Wow. Old Purneface is finally realizing people in KY may not like him. Whoda thunk it?

  • Allan Richardson

    I hope the polls are right, but it seems that DISapproval ratings for entrenched R’s in gerrymandered states are meaningless. No matter how much a voter dislikes an incumbent of the voter’s own party, there is no way to vote AGAINST that incumbent in the general election except to vote FOR the other party’s candidate, and so far, most of these R’s have won re-election DESPITE low approval ratings because those voters would, as a farmer once said to Lincoln, “rather vote for the Devil than” the other party. You could have Satan as a Republican and Jesus Christ as a Democrat, and they would vote for Satan (actually, Jesus Christ would be perceived as too LIBERAL; love Him as a Savior, but hate his liberal commie Beatitudes).

    Only when the voters in the Tea Party red states wake up and see that Republicans are ENABLING “private” sector corporations (how much would they make if they got NO help from the government in tax breaks and contracts?) to keep them poor, will there be any change in how they vote. And the statistics show that the “commie” blue states are productive enough to send Washington more in taxes than they get in services, while the “free enterprise” red states (except for Texas, because it is SO DARNED BIG) take more in services than they pay in taxes. On a pure economic basis, not counting things like geography and world geopolitics, the blue states would be better off if the red states seceded (except the blue state voters would be compassionate to feel sorry for the poor in that suddenly third-world country to send it almost as much in foreign aid).

  • Mike

    Prior to Mark Sanfords election to Congress last month, his opponent was touted to have upwards of a 10 percentage point lead. He won by 10 points going away.

    Ms. Colbert Bush,had nary a chance did she?

    What the folk here have missed, is, much to the chagrin of the progressive left, (small p, small l) our form of Representative government, has three branches that by design, counter each other. Get used to it, it isn’t about to change.

    Thanks Mr. Mitch…ya’ll have kept a lid on this mess in DC.

  • Jack Ragan

    My greatest bad feeling towards Mitch came when he openly stated that his main goal was to oust Obama. As a Kentuckian, from his home town, I thought his main considerations should be to do all he can to help Kentucky, not acting as a kid who is angry at losing something and trying to get even.

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