Berry Craig: McConnell is a conservative whose bane is “big government.” Barkley didn’t duck the liberal label. He ardently supported FDR’s Depression-fighting New Deal program of massive federal action to put people back to work and to boost the economy.
Berry Craig: The Kentucky GOP very publicly promised to put the Bluegrass State in the right to work column if they flipped the Democratic-majority state House of Representatives. The Republicans came up short.
Berry Craig: Today, the Republican Party is largely what the Democrats used to be, notably in the South and in border states like Kentucky: the white folks party.
Berry Craig: Grimes looked at 92-year-old Democratic activist Hazel Demaree and asked her if she was better off with Mitch McConnell in the Senate for 30 years. “No!” she and the crowd responded in unison.
Berry Craig: Simply put, McConnell is a millionaire, bare-knucks, Social Darwinist union-buster. His definition of free enterprise means free of unions, free of government help for people who need help.
Berry Craig: I’d be embarrassed to make a career – and a pile of money – crooning about patriotism and sacrifice in war when I knew I had a chance to fight for those same values and chose to let others go in harm’s way.
Berry Craig: If I were a retiree on the fence wavering between Team Mitch and Team Switch, I’d give what McConnell said – or, rather didn’t say – some serious, if not prayerful, consideration before I voted a week from Tuesday.
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.”
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.
Berry Craig: McConnell is an old-time Social Darwinist who thinks employers ought to have the right to run their businesses pretty much as they see fit, and if workers don’t like it they can quit and get a job somewhere else.
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.
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.
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.