Monday, October 13, 2014
Tonight's debate between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat candidate Alison Lundergan-Grimes is like the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics.
This is Grimes' last chance. Nothing she has done to date suggests that she has what it takes to upstage McConnell tonight. If she was fleet-footed enough to debate, she wouldn't have been so tightly scripted this entire campaign.
McConnell's mastery of the facts of every issue of public policy that will come up will be insurmountable for Grimes. We saw a preview of this when, at the Farm Bureau Breakfast, she did not understand the subtleties of agricultural price supports. And again, when she opined that Israel's iron dome protected against Hamas's tunnels. McConnell, therefore, wins in the contest of who looks best informed and most able to lead now. This will reinforce the public's suspicion that Grimes is just not ready for the task at this juncture.
Look for Grimes to feign outrage at McConnell supposedly condescending to her because she is a women. He would not do such a thing -- he is married to a former Cabinet member, for heaven's sake -- but Grimes will make the accusation nonetheless. She will probably say something about not being an empty dress. (In point of fact, that's exactly what she is). This exchange will probably occur when she is advocating equal pay for equal work or talking about the Violence Against Women Act.
Let's review. It has been illegal since the 1960's to pay women less than men for the same work. This is a fake issue, wherein Grimes purports to solve a problem that does not exist. Likewise, McConnell was an original co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women.
Grimes is doing so poorly among Kentucky women because we see through her War on Women rhetoric. Nor does the Democrat strategy or warning that Republicans are coming for our Lady Parts work in Kentucky. Most of us -- unlike Grimes -- are pro-life. Maybe someone should ask Grimes about the Democrats' War on Unborn Women.
Kentucky women are worried about our children's future. We don't want our children to be on our health insurance at age 26 -- we want them to move out of the house, become gainfully employed, and start their own families. The fact that Democrats boast about Obamacare permitting 26 year old children to remain on parents' insurance policies shows the degree to which Democrats just don't understand our values of hard work, personal responsibility and independence.
Kentucky women smell a phony in Grimes. The robotic hand-gestures, the doe-eyed innocence, the hair carefully coiffed to fall over her left shoulder, the ceaseless platitudes, generalities and lack of substance. She is a daddy's girl of the highest order. Some daddy's girls convince daddy to buy them a pony. Grimes convinced her daddy -- the notorious Jerry Lundergan -- to buy her a campaign bus. She is no woman of the people. For her to pretend that she speaks for Kentucky women is beyond laughable, it is offensive.