A New Bluegrass Poll, commissioned by The Courier-Journal, WHAS-11, The Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT, was released today showing Senator McConnell up by five points with less than a week until election day. This is the same poll that was previously dead even when other polls showed McConnell up by several points.
The poll also finds that only 27% of Kentuckians view President Obama favorably. As Obama's Kentucky Candidate, it's no surprise that Grimes is struggling to find support in a state that has been so disproportionally harmed by Obama's policies. Kentuckians also understand the significance of Senator McConnell potentially becoming the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, a position that no Kentuckian has held since 1947. As Governor Huckabee pointed out last week at the Turn Kentucky Red Rally, every other state, big or small, would do anything for the influence that comes from having the majority leader as its senator. On November 4th, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard and restore this nation, starting by reelecting Senator McConnell.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Alison Lundergan-Grimes showed up to the KET debate with a prop: her supposed job plan. She clutched it and waved it at very points; she has done this on the campaign trail, as well. But she never says much about what's in the plan.
So I checked out her website for the specifics. Like the entire Grimes campaign, it's just platitudes. She asserts that Kentuckians are hurting. This is not news. Grimes attempts to pin that pain on McConnell rather than the Obama economy -- just like Obama has spent the last six years blaming everything on George W. Bush. At some point, Obama and Grimes cross the line of reality.
She promises to cut red tape. I am all for cutting red tape. Yet when was a Democrat ever in the history of the two parties better at cutting tape than a Republican? Not even Bill Clinton can triangulate that issue.
She says she will remove " federal regulation of Kentucky's energy sector, allowing our state to create new middle-class jobs across the state." This cannot be squared with the EPA regulations that Obama has issued by Executive Order. Not only do those regulations make it impossible to build a new coal plant, regulations to be implemented in the coming months call for 18 coal plants, including in Kentucky, to be closed. That is, Democrats plan to take the depression that plagues Eastern Kentucky and bring it to Western Kentucky, as well. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told the coal miners of Western Kentucky to not think they'd evaded the scrutiny of Obama's EPA: they are coming for you.
Even if Grimes sincerely opposes what Obama's bureaucrats in the EPA are doing, she will have no seniority, no clout to stop them. None.
Grimes says she wants to bring manufacturing back to Kentucky through tax reform. Again, this is cheap advice. McConnell has pointed to tax reform as an area where Congress might be able to get something done, if Obama moves to the center. The difference between Grimes and McConnell, however, is that he will not use "reform" as a pretext for a tax increase. America's corporate tax rate is now the highest in the developed world. No wonder corporations look to other countries to base their operations.
It is the same within this country as states compete with other states: jobs flow to the lowest tax rate. That's why Kentucky is losing out to Tennessee. That's yet another reason why Kentucky must #fliptheHouse.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I attended Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's rallies in Somerset and Liberty to see not just McConnell but Lee Greenwood, best known for singing "Proud To Be An American." McConnell and Greenwood hit 14 cities in two days. I don't know how they have the stamina.
At 72, Greenwood's voice is still clear and powerful. He had the entire audience singing by the end, many moved to tears. That song has always given me chills, ever since I first heard it on the Reagan '84 campaign trail.
As McConnell pointed out, Greenwood's composition encapsulates conservative American values, beyond the lyrics. That song conveys American exceptionalism, pure and simple, in a way that no book or speech or think tank ever could.
Greenwood singing "Proud To Be An American" was a fitting epilogue to McConnell's speech. Although McConnell hit hard on the damage that the Obama-Reid Democrats have done to the country, McConnell encouraged the audience not to give up hope. It is not too late: we can turn this around, save our country. The only concrete action we can take this year, however, is to make Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader.
Greenwood and McConnell stayed and met with every person in the audience who wanted a photo or an autograph. Both seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd.
A note about the crowds at these rallies and the liberal narrative that McConnell's support was astro-turf. Many people, like me, had taken the day off of work to hear McConnell and Greenwood. Despite the rumors that McConnell was paying people to attend, I certainly have yet to receive a check!
I would expect and hope that the campaign staff who set up the microphones and the like were paid; they appeared to be working hard. When liberal media refer to McConnell campaign staff attending every rally, this is to whom they are referring. It is no different than any other campaign I have seen. Indeed, I would expect that Alison Lundergan-Grimes has paid campaign staff to set up her podium at every stop. We wouldn't want her to chip a nail.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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.
Monday, October 27, 2014
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].
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Host Mike Huckabee will headline a rally Saturday, October 25th at Bowman Field in Louisville. The rally is free and open to the public at 5:00. (Enter off of Cannon's Lane and follow the signs.)
Huckabee will appear on behalf of the Kentucky Rise PAC in support of its efforts to give Republicans our first GOP House in Kentucky since 1922. Kentucky Rise PAC is chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey. "In a year that is extremely crucial to our country's future, we cannot ignore the opportunity to win the Kentucky House in 2014, " Bailey said. "Governor Huckabee knows first-hand the importance of Republicans controlling both chambers of the statehouse and is committed to helping us here in Kentucky. It's imperative we create a pro-business state that could allow Kentucky to serve as a regional economic powerhouse, encouraging job creation and is committed to helping our educational system, which will provide a strong Kentucky workforce."
Now that the DSCC has fled Kentucky after Alison Lundergan Grimes's embarrassing refusal to admit she voted for Obama, it is time to focus on the State House. Huckabee's appearance comes just ten days before the election -- perfect for rallying the base to make a historic change in who governs in Frankfort.
Given that a veto by Kentucky's governor can be over-ridden by a simple majority, control or the legislative chambers is more significant in Kentucky than in most other states. It is key to transforming the Commonwealth. Huckabee and Bailey deserve our gratitude for their efforts to flip the House. Thank them in person on October 25th, 5:00 at Bowman Field.
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.
From the campaign of Dr. Michael MacFarlane, Congressional candidate for Kentucky's 3rd district. I share Dr. MacFarlane's concerns (though his take is informed by him being a medical doctor). My C-J column this week also addresses the administration's response to Ebola.
Yesterday, Dr. Macfarlane wrote a thoughtful and timely Op-Ed piece in the wake of breaking news from Dallas, TX. The Courier Journal has responded this morning that they will not run any more pieces from Dr. Macfarlane before the election. Just to clarify, Dr. Macfarlane had only one article published by the Courier Journal in June. This is the letter to the editor that you will not see published.
Ebola virus and politics
Each new Ebola infection triggers an elaborate and expensive protocol of contact screenings and monitoring of hundreds of potential people in addition to decontamination procedures by hazardous material professionals. Routine care at a hospital with infected patients will be impaired. Texas Presbyterian has temporarily halted new emergency room admissions. It should be apparent that the situation could easily become overwhelming if more cases are encountered. We are presently out of the new experimental drug ZMapp, which has already been credited in saving the lives of other healthcare workers. The medication is a biologic of monoclonal antibodies and it takes time to produce.
Unfortunately, the Ebola topic has become a part of the political debate for the upcoming midterm elections. Is the federal government doing all that is necessary to prevent a major out break in the United States? Presently the disease is endemic only in a few West African nations where presently over 4,000 have already died.
The Federal response at this time is to set up screening facilities at major airports in the U.S. for travelers who have already entered the country. Each passenger will need to be evaluated based on their most recent travel destinations, undergo a mini-medical examination, and then have a decision made whether or not to allow them entry, begin further monitoring, a quarantine or hospitalization. I do not envy anyone who must make that call. Public health is at stake.
Common sense on the other hand would suggest treating such a deadly disease at its source rather than bringing it into the US. Common sense would also suggest curtailing unnecessary travel to and from these endemic countries temporarily, at least until we have more immunoglobulin and better procedures in place to ensure infected individuals do not get on planes. To be clear, travel bans would not restrict aid and humanitarian work in endemic countries or travel for medical professionals who are working to stop a pandemic at its source. We need a common sense approach and we need it quick.
Unfortunately common sense seems to be lacking in our government at every level. Fortunately for us, the people still have it and will soon weigh in.
Michael Macfarlane, M.D.
Candidate for KY 3rd Congressional District