Monday, October 27, 2014
Huckabee Rocks Turn KY Red Rally
Mike Huckabee did more than just encourage Kentucky to flip the state House: he made an impassioned argument as to why the country is counting on us to reelect Mitch McConnell.
It was perhaps the best Get Out the Vote Speech I've ever seen.
Huckabee pointed out that if McConnell becomes Senate Majority Leader, he will be in a position to set the agenda in the Senate. More importantly, he will have power to protect our state to an extent that all other 49 states would love that opportunity.
We all know that it is not often that Kentucky is the envy of the nation. With McConnell as Senate Majority, however, we will have an champion second to none to look out for us.
Huckabee explained how the current Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid, has prevented 360 bills passed by the House of Representatives from coming to a vote in the Senate. The back log is such that Harry Reid's desk is a fire hazard, Huckabee joked. Amplifying the point, Huckabee said that Reid has turned the Senate into a "roach motel" where bills from the House go in but never come out.
Noting a sign in the audience that read "I am pro-life and proud," Huckabee stated that McConnell is the pro-life candidate in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. He spoke on the issue with a moral authority that stilled the crowd. It was touching, therefore, after he finished speaking and greeted the crowd, that he gave extra time and attention to a number of individuals in motorized wheel chairs with severe disabilities. His time and attention showed how deeply he believes what he had just said: all individuals, even a Downs baby, are created in God's image.
Huckabee's background as a preacher came through when he made essentially an alter call for each person there to go out and bring 10 right-minded people to the polls. He conveyed an urgency for Kentuckians to do this not just for Kentucky but for America.
The man is a superb speaker, and he exudes such humility and decency. I was not a Huckabee fan when he first ran for president. I was wrong.
Former U.S. Ambassador Cathy Bailey's Kentucky Rise PAC put on a terrific rally. The hangar at Bowman field was nicely filled with approximately 400 people in a wide range of ages and even races. Sen. Paul's efforts to grow the party seem to be bearing fruit (a big part of this is Jefferson County GOP Chair Nate Haney's opening a West End GOP headquarters.)
Though Huckabee was the headliner, we heard excellent speeches from former Secretary Elaine Chao, Ambassador Bailey (who is quite a good stump speaker herself), Congressional candidate "Dr. Mac" and state and local candidates.
Altogether an impressive group of conservatives, worthy of a straight ticket vote
[Note: photos to follow].