Saturday, December 8, 2007

Daily Kos Gnashes Teeth Over Crit

There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth at the Daily Kos, the left's national blog, over Crit Luallan's decision not to run against Mitch McConnell: "Luallen would likely have been our strongest candidate for the seat, and losing her is a major blow to our chances of defeating McConnell next fall."

Here's the Daily Kos's take on the rest of the field.

Horne has an impressive bio (which includes serving on the board of advisers of VoteVets), but has never held elected office, his name recognition is limited outside of KY-03, and he lost in the Democratic primary in his Congressional race last year (to future Rep. John Yarmuth).

Mongiardo was only elected to his new job in November, and it would look pretty bad for him to declare his candidacy for Senate before even being sworn in as Lieutenant Governor.

The Daily Kos dismissed a Stumbo candidacy, noting that Stumbo has said he may seek his old job in the Kentucky General Assembly.

In sum, "[w]ith Luallen out, we currently don't have a top-tier candidate for this race."

For the Daily Kos, Crit's decision not to run is particularly embarassing given that this national blog infuriated local liberal blogs by backing the draft-Crit movement.

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