Berry Craig: Once more, the social issues – what one of my union buddies calls “the three Gs – God, guns and gays”– have helped elect a reactionary union-buster in my home state.
Berry Craig: I’m wondering if at least some establishment Republicans are a tad worried that the tea party-tilting, uber-conservative Bevin could be the sequel to One Term Ern.
Berry Craig: Democratic candidate Jack Conway called the Kentucky governor’s election a race “between the mainstream and the extreme.” The extreme won.
andidates commonly ply campaign volunteers with free food and soft drinks. Barbecue and sweet tea are big in my neck of the deep western Kentucky woods. Anyway, the Kentucky Democratic Party has come up with a novel inducement to boost volunteering for its down-to-the-wire, get-out-the-vote effort: an online contest to update “the famous KDP Billboard.” […]
Berry Craig: Politics is a holy war to Bevin. Democrats are not just the other party to this guy — they are the enemy who deserve no quarter.
“…Matt Bevin proved why Republicans called him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and a “Pathological Liar.’ Just like he always does, Bevin is lying to Kentuckians—he said on video that seniors on Medicare should be drug tested.”
Berry Craig: The Democrats’ sign seems a sign of the times for Bevin. A trio of polls suggest he might be headed Davey Jones’ way. He was up by three in June, down by three in July and now down by five.
Berry Craig: “I have a message,” Paul also said in his victory speech, “– a message from the people of Kentucky, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: ‘We’ve come to take our government back!’”
Berry Craig: Paul, who beat moderate Democrat Jack Conway, ran unabashedly as a tea party Republican. In Kentucky and elsewhere, a lot of latter day Johnny Rebs seem to be tea party Republicans.
Paul Loeb: Suppose the phone calls you made, money you donated, doors you knocked on, and conversations you initiated helped swing a critically close race, or two or three.
Berry Craig: So, the stark choice for Kentucky voters is this: a moderate Democrat who understands Kentucky’s problems and needs and has a plan for creating jobs versus an ideologue Republican/Tea Partier with no record, no understanding of the state and a chain saw for a plan
Paul Loeb: To stand back in the next critical weeks and hand victory to the most greed-driven interests in America seems an unconscionable moral lapse. Far better to help make what difference you can in electing the electoral allies you most respect, and then keep on with all the other organizing that needs to be done.
Berry Craig: Kentucky’s Tea Party-tilting Republican U.S. Senate candidate recently stopped in Louisville and Pineville for “meet and greet” sessions with voters. In Louisville, he pulled a speak and scram. In Pineville, Paul just skedaddled.