Jake at Page One attributes Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's loss to Bruce Lunsford as primarily the fault of the Kentucky Democratic Party leadership for not working harder.
I see it differently. Sure, the KDP leadership makes silly mistakes on a regular basis. But if Bruce Lunsford could not win in this political climate, the ultimate fault is the candidate's. Lunsford lost because he is Lunsford. In a little state, too many people know him and have felt his sharp elbows; he could not reinvent himself.
Crit Luallan or Ben Chandler, on the other hand, could well have won this race this year, and must be kicking themselves for not running.
Lunsford didn't lose because of lack of money or effort. Sen. Chuck Schumer recruited Lunsford to self-fund, and Lunsford obediently ponied up his millions. Lunsford worked hard and waged a very aggressive campaign. Whatever help the KDP failed to provide was more than offset by the ads from national Democrats, 527's and labor unions and Lunsford's vast personal fortune.
Though Lunsford's campaign was aggressive, it was a vacuous campaign. He mimicked the Obama rallying cry for change, but never gave us specifics, and wouldn't even take a position on the financial bailout for a month. It was aggressiveness for the sake of aggressiveness, and all the voters could be sure of -- in this, Lunsford's third campaign -- is that he really, really wants to get elected to something, anything. Any benefit to Kentucky would therefore be incidental to Lunsford's personal aggrandizement.
Kentuckians understood that without McConnell, as far as the elites in Washington are concerned, our state might as well not exist. Kentuckians picked the man who can prevent our state from being invisible and forgotten when the pork is served. And under and Obama administration, make no mistake, the amount of pork will be stunning.
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