Living in northern Kentucky, I’ve watched the Senate campaigns of GOP incumbent Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Eastern Kentucky’s economy relies heavily on the coal mining industry. Obama has been waging open warfare against the coal industry by trying to place so many expensive regulations on them that they are forced out of business. Without coal, Obama is hoping that will force power companies to turn to far more expensive green energy sources. Obama’s policies would leave thousands of Kentucky coal miners out of work which would devastate the entire eastern part of the state.
Obama is also pushing his immigration policies which would provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and pave the road to citizenship for them. Polls taken in Kentucky indicate that the majority of Kentucky residents are opposed to Obama’s immigration policies.
A number of campaign ads for McConnell point out Grimes history of supporting Barack Obama and his policies. Grimes, currently serving as Kentucky Secretary of State, has been caught on video responding that she fully supports Obama.
Once these ads starting showing, Grimes has been desperately trying to backpedal and distance herself from Barack Obama, even though her own words convict her of being an Obamanite follower.
Last week, Grimes’ interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board appeared on the Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show. During the interview, she was asked three different times if she voted for Barack Obama and all three times she avoided answering the question.
Since the airing of that interview, a number of political pundits began already attacking Grimes for her lack of response. They all agree that her refusal to answer the question was the same as if she had said yes, that she voted for Obama.
Chuck Todd, with NBC’s Meet the Press said that he believes Grimes disqualified herself by refusing to answer the questions. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Todd stated:
“If you can’t find a way to stand behind your party’s president — you can disagree with him, but you can’t answer that basic question and come across looking that ridiculous — I think she disqualified herself, I really do.”
“She was visibly nervous about having to answer that question and by not answering it she did answer it.”
“And Todd accurately stated that how can Kentuckian’s trust her to make tough decisions where she has to alienate some people if she refuses to do so in the heat of a campaign?”
“The bottom is really dropping out for her among support in the press, which really is to be expected.”
I’m not a huge fan of Mitch McConnell, but with control of the Senate up for grabs next month, his seat is vital to the GOP. In that context, the McConnell campaign needs to make sure that as many Kentuckians see the Grimes interview and her refusal to answer the question of whether or not she voted for Obama. This needs to be aired in the coal country part of the state and let them see just how supportive Grimes is of Obama’s desire to destroy their jobs and lives. I really hope this comes back to bite her in the butt on Election Day.