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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new TV ad on Monday, distancing herself from President Barack Obama and mocking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in one fell swoop.

In the 30-second ad, Grimes explains her differences with President Obama while skeet shooting in an open field.

“I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal, and the EPA,” Grimes says in the ad.

“And Mitch,” she adds as a photo of McConnell gripping a rifle at CPAC appears on screen, “That’s not how you hold a gun.”

The ad makes Grimes the latest in a long string of candidates to pitch herself to voters while firing a gun. Even the White House has released photos of President Obama shooting clay targets (he appears somewhat less comfortable with a rifle than Grimes, although he’s at least holding it right side up).

It’s also the latest in a series of attempts by Grimes to distance herself from the president. In addition to their policy differences, Obama’s dismal approval rating in Kentucky — a recent CNN/ORC International poll found it at just 29 percent — makes him a serious liability to Bluegrass State Democrats.

Kentucky’s Senate race remains close, although the latest polls show McConnell gaining strength. He leads Grimes by 5.2 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

Screenshot: Alison for Kentucky/YouTube

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  • Stuart

    I always cringe at these Dukakis moments. I wish Democrats wouldn’t do this crap. Nobody believes it.

    Look, McGovern was a battle-tested World War II bomber pilot, and Nixon was a rear echelon Navy clerk. Didn’t help the Dems then and won’t help now.

    • dtgraham

      Agreed. That’s the way it’s always been. When John Kerry was killing guys in the Mekong Delta, George W. Bush’s daddy was insuring that Texas wouldn’t lose one square inch to the Viet Cong due to W. being in the local Texas national guard.

      One of Kerry’s fellow lieutenants, James R. Wasser, described him admiringly in these words: “Kerry was an extremely aggressive officer.” “I liked that he took the fight to the enemy, that he was tough and gutsy—not afraid to spill blood for his country.” Kerry had a number of kills on his belt but refused to ever talk about it publicly, saying later that he’d simply “dealt with it.”

      Yet in the 2004 Presidential election, I clearly remember that George W. Bush was somehow depicted as the military strong man while Kerry was relegated to the status of traitor and weakling, who couldn’t be trusted to keep America safe. That was the genius of Karl Rove at the time, and what the Republicans have always done.

      • ps0rjl

        That is so true. I remember Saxby Chambliss using the same tactic on Max Cleland. Saxby was a well known Chickenhawk who won the Georgia senate seat from Max by painting him soft on defense and as such threw into question Max’s patriotism. This even though Max lost both legs and a hand in Vietnam.

        • dtgraham

          I had forgotten about that one but do remember it now. It seems to me that there was a lot of controversy over that at the time, but not enough to cost Saxby his seat even though he was running against a guy who lost close to half his body in combat.

    • Liberal never seem to get much of anything right when they start talking about firearms. You don’t shoot sheet or trap with a rifle. That would be a shotgun. I guess if it was black they would call it an assault shotgun, a weapon of war, that fires so many rounds in such a short time that it just has to be banned and confiscated. When will liberal gun grabbers at least learn a little about what it is they want to ban?

      • sleepvark

        KKKenboobs, I hear you’ve got quite an arsenal on your property. Boogymen everywhere, and you feel so insecure and even scared, as so many of your pusillanimous wailings here has asserted.
        You might go on to assert how your military service qualifies you to handle such an arsenal, even though you spent all your service time in an airconditioned office behind a grey desk, heroically going thru the high threat paperwork of the day.
        What a pathetic little wuss you are.

        • I will again extend an invitation to meet up asshole. Of course, you will have to get your mommies approval.

          • sleepvark

            KKKenndebbie, just what is it you are proposing here? Please be explicit and give details.

  • Joe Richardson

    If I lived in Kentucky id certainly vote for Grimes because I see and understand that Mitch has been the single biggest cause of the Republican obstructionist movement during this Presidents time in office, hell McConnell said it himself ! And, I believe its because the President is black. and McConnell is just another old time red neck bigot. But, I’m so disappointed in Democratic candidates like Grimes that lack the courage to stand up and stand with the President. Instead of treating the citizens like thinking adults that can learn the facts and make informed decisions they cater to those that think like McConnell. Why not invest some time educating the uninformed instead of just trying to keep them ignorant with your golly gee aw shucks routine. Sometimes I don’t know who is worse the lying bigoted Republicans or the Dixiecrat politicians that enable them by offending and pushing thinking Democrats away.

    • I think your term “thinking democrat” is an oxymoron. No such animal exists anymore. They seem to be extinct.

      • Joe Richardson

        In some parts of the country your right. I’ve always suspected the Republicans ate a lot of them with their possum stew.

        • Possum is bad enough alone. I can’t imagine adding a vile liberal to that. Yuck.

          • Joe Richardson

            Having come from a long line of possum eaters I have to agree. As much as Republicans try to push possum to the poor and ignorant as “tastes like chicken”, nothing can make it taste good. Not even a good Democrat. Fortunately for me, my father saw a long life ahead of us of eating the possum crap Republicans were feeding us in the south and we ran away singing, ain’t gonna eat your possum crap no more. Ah enlightenment, which is where we started.

          • I’m not too sure there are any good democrats left. All I see in my party are liberal communists. That isn’t good for anyone.

          • sleepvark

            KKKboobs and another joline, a richardson this time. You ladies are so cute! All this discussion of eating out your fellows and their various body cavities goes right along with your membership in the teabagger’s clique, enjoying having certain unmentionables dangling in your mouths and lovingly sucking on them. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it is what you claim to be your own thing, and that’s okay. We don’t want to be too judgmental here.

          • Do you take pills that make you is stupid? You just attacked one of your own moron.

          • sleepvark

            Kennboobs, you still care! I just got done changing the kitty box, so as long as I’m dealing with filth, I’ll deal with you. Then I will certainly need to go clean up.
            One thing for sure, I’ll never mistake you for a decent human being. You always have been, and always will be a douche bag.

          • Joe Richardson

            Your a fool and possibly the only real argument for censorship on the web.

          • sleepvark

            Joey, there’s a bit of ambiguity as to who it is you are addressing here. But whether or not it’s me, you should become a bit more conversant in the difference in use between your and you’re. You lose a lot of credibility with such lousy third grade grammar mistakes, especially when you are (you’re) trying to call someone else a fool. A bit of the old pot calling the kettle black sort of thing.
            I lumped you in with that pitiful old grandma kenndebbie after a quick reading of your (!) posting. kennboobs asserts that this was a bit of fratricide on my part.
            How do you see it?

      • sleepvark

        kennboobs, your self education on being a moron, oxy or otherwise is readily obvious to one and all.

  • tdm3624

    Makes sense to be pro-gun in Kentucky, whether you are an R or D.

    • Allan Richardson

      And she probably comes by it honestly, having grown up in Kentucky.