Berry CraigBerry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, and the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and Hidden History of Western Kentucky. He is a native of Mayfield, Ky., where he lives with his wife of going on 36 years and their 21-year-old son.

The Big Dog Plays the Role of Senator No

Bill Clinton Supports Grimes

Berry Craig: Bill Clinton said McConnell “wants to make this about who voted for whom in 2012 even though he knows if you vote on how they’re going to vote for the next six years you will elect her and by a very healthy margin.”

Still a Dead Heat in the Bluegrass State

Grimes McConnell Even

Berry Craig: The new Bluegrass Poll seems to prove Team Switch’s contention that the last Bluegrass Poll wasn’t an “outlier,” pollster-speak for a survey that’s the exception, not the rule.

Allison Lundergan Grimes Hardly Done

allison lundergan grimes ahead

Berry Craig: The election will boil down to turnout. Team Switch is confident they have built a mega-horsepower statewide grassroots, get-out-the-vote organization that’s hitting on all eight cylinders.

How Mitch Got Rich

How Mitch McConnell Got Rich

Berry Craig: So arise and get peppy. But it’s easier work just talking about self-reliance while living it up on an inherited fortune.

‘Mad Mitch’

McConnell Blows Lead

Berry Craig: It’s like we’re in the fourth quarter of a smash-mouth, slobber-knocking grid grudge match. Alison Lundergan Grimes has quarterbacked her underdog eleven to a slim lead over powerhouse Team Mitch.

Bluegrass State Barn Builder

Grimes Beating Mitch

Berry Craig: Bluegrass State union volunteers are phone banking, wearing out shoe leather canvassing neighborhoods, passing out fliers and doing all else they can to help Grimes “send Mitch McConnell back to Alabama,” his native state, as she likes to put it.

Mitch the Cynic

Cynical Mitch McConnell

Berry Craig: Whatever their shortcomings, Cooper and Barkley were earnest servants of all Kentuckians, not just the well-heeled and well-connected folks whose dollars McConnell happily takes and whose bidding he gladly does.

McConnell’s Neo-Know-Nothings

Mitch McConnell Race Baiting

Berry Craig: The Know-Nothings are long gone. But their bigotry thumps in the chests of white Kentuckians of the send-’em-all-back-to-Mexico persuasion. Accordingly, Team Mitch and its buddies have shined up the dog whistle.

Mitch’s Mum Moment

McConnell and Koch Brothers

Berry Craig: The Birchers are still around. But they’ve been eclipsed by the Tea Party and like-mined white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion.

Right-to-Work Republican Sparks Quick Response in Kentucky

Right-to-Work Kentucky Republican

Berry Craig: I was so angry about Bridges coming into our house and saying what he said that I was awake half the night thinking about it. It’s like somebody coming into your house and taking the food off your table.”

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