Monday, February 11, 2008

The Left Reacts to Horne's Departure

Several themes emerge from comments on Demo-blogs in the hours following Andrew Horne's announcement that he is ending his campaign for U.S. Senate.

First, this wing of the Democrat party -- aggressive, vocal Horne backers -- had no idea that Horne planned to drop out. None. That led to much speculation as to the reason behind Horne's decision, with no explanation from Horne at this point. "Mar Ty" comments on Page One :

I am astounded. Yesterday the campaign was excited and planning ahead…800 volunteers…Andrew was upbeat and confident…what happened????I don’ t understand this at all. We supported Beshear…he was obviously better than Ernie. Is money that important…Andrew was fundraising and if he won the primary, there would have been netroot money coming in…like Obamas. This makes no sense. Wen were devoted slaves to the Horne enterprise.

Second, for all the confusion as to why Horne quit the race, there is initial consensus among the "progressive" bloggers that Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's prospects for reelection could scarcely be brighter. As "Dude" comments on Bluegrass Roots, "In a related story, Mitch McConnell was re-elected as the Senior Senator from Kentucky."

Third, Gov. Steve Beshear is the target of all the wrath and despair of these Horne activists. Beshear's role, like Horne's motivation, became the subject of intense speculation. Beshear brought much of this upon himself when he urged Bruce Lunsford to run, and Horne has drawn more attention to Beshear by indicating in his withdrawal statement that he spoke with Beshear before quitting the race.

Finally, the comments reiterate that this faction of the Democrat Party despises Lunsford -- both because he has given money to Republicans (including McConnell) and because netroot bloggers perceive Lunsford as scheming with Beshear to shape the primary -- just like Beshear did in the 30th district senate race.

Greg Fischer quickly issued a Come to Daddy statement to the Horne supporters. The initial reaction to Fischer's overture was frigid -- much like that of Mitt Romney's supporters who are debating whether they can back John McCain or should just take a pass on this election.

1 comment:

Sassie said...

Ya know, I've about had it with Kentucky politics. I've lived here for over 15 years, and my opinion hasn't changed much - Kentucky politicians have their collective heads up their collective butts. I'm about done. I'm surprised, literally, that the people running some of these campaigns are even still in the business. What I'm most upset about is that good people seem to care so much about the money that they're blinded to anything else.
Well, I can tell you, I probably won't be voting for the first time in over almost 40 years. There's NO ONE left to vote for! This is the problem when there isn't public campaign financing - only the rich get to run. And the rich don't give a rat's ass about the poor. And you can take that to their bank. I'm disgusted. And I'm done. I've never lived in a state where so many people don't vote and are proud of it. I've never lived in a state where so many people are so ignorant, not because they're stupid, but because they just can't see the forest for the trees. And I'm really, really fed up with that good ole boy network that at present is headed by Beshear. No more money, no more volunteering from me, not in Kentucky.