Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Grimes Insults KY Women
When I went through the mail last night I was astonished to saw that Alison Lundergan Grimes had sent me a campaign mailer, addressed to me. I could not decide if she is desperate or just not very smart. Of course, these two explanations are not mutually exclusive. And there is a third possibility: she is a rich girl accustomed to Daddy getting her whatever she wants -- even a campaign bus! No need to pinch pennies!
Asking around, it became apparent that Grimes is sending direct mail to women who are registered Republicans. Apparently she is so awash in money that she can squander it on people who will never, ever vote for her. If Grimes is this bad a steward of her own campaign's resources, imagine what she would do with a federal budget.
Even more bizarre, Grimes is mailing Republican women who live in the suburbs. To the extent that Mitch McConnell has not closed the gender gap among women of all ages, it is beyond dispute that married women overwhelmingly prefer McConnell. Memo for Grimes: registered Republican women who live in the suburbs are more than likely married. They are McConnell voters. Again, she is just profligate with her own resources in total disregard of common sense and reality.
It is insulting that Grimes thinks that Kentucky women will vote for her simply because she is a woman. Her invocation of the so-called war on women will not work. She keeps accusing McConnell of opposing equal pay for equal work in disregard of the fact that pay discrimination based on gender has been illegal since the 1960's.
Grimes is so busy purporting to solve phony issues that she ignores the biggest issue of the election: the Obama "recovery" stinks. Those of us who are parents are worried about our children's future. We worry that what Obama has done to this country is on the brink of becoming irreversible.
If Grimes wants to show what a "strong Kentucky woman" she is, how about starting by standing up to Daddy Lundergan. How about asking him why he objectifies and demeans women with his "Hugh Jass" burger restaurant. Perhaps Grimes should request Daddy Lundergan to take off the menu "Charlotte's rack" -- the name of her own mother's breasts. Grimes's sister gets a shout-out on the menu as "Abby's hugh ass."
If a Republican did that, the Democrats would be screaming about misogyny. Where are the feminists to complaint about this sexism?
It is insufficient for Grimes to respond that it is not her restaurant. She is the company's lawyer. If any of my clients publicly referred to my mother's breasts, I would give them a peace of my mind pro bono.
Then there is Grimes's hypocrisy about the minimum wage. She wants to raise it, but her family restaurant pays its waitresses a whopping $2.13 an hour. So much for charity beginning in the home.
I just hope that Grimes doesn't run for governor after she loses next week. As McConnell has said, she is a "new face for the status quo." That is true regardless of what office she sets her sights on.