He’s “hangin’ in there like a sack of oats,” Dizzy Dean used to say of a tough out on the CBS Game of the Week.
The same might be said of Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. A recent PPP poll has her up by a point – 45-44 over Sen. Mitch McConnell, her all but certain GOP challenger in the November election.
Grimes has no serious opposition in next month’s Democratic primary. Polls show McConnell way ahead of tea party darling Matt Bevin in the GOP primary.
Polling on a Grimes-McConnell matchup tells a decidedly different story. The Democratic-leaning PPP poll follows a GOP-tilting Wenzel Strategies poll in February that had McConnell on top, 43 to 42.
That poll came not long after an independent Survey USA Bluegrass Poll that had Grimes out front, 46 to 42.
Money is breaking her way, too. Grimes outraised McConnell in the first quarter of this year, raking in a cool $2.7 million. Grimes also collected more cash than he did in the last quarter of last year.
Any way you crunch the numbers, Grimes is “hangin’ in there like a sack of oats.”
Grimes is 35 and in her first term as Kentucky secretary of state. The five-term McConnell, more than twice her age, probably figured she’d be an easy out.
He doubtless expected to fan her with the dreaded curve ball, “liberal.”
Grimes is a moderate by Bluegrass State standards. Measured against a national yardstick, she’s moderately conservative.
But compared to the GOP of McConnell, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and “Asparagus” Ghomert, Grimes is Che Guevara crooning The Internationale.
Anyway, the righty McConnell keeps serving up hanging sliders and she keeps knocking ‘em out of the park.
“If the doctors told Sen. McConnell he had a kidney stone, he would refuse to pass it,” was her first round-tripper.
Team Mitch seems to be swinging and missing a lot lately. After the CPAC flintlock fiasco came the campaign commercial clunker with the Duke hoopsters.
The other day, Grimes swatted another one into the cheap seats after McConnell got the expected NRA endorsement. She promptly tweeted a renewal of her months-old challenge to the senate minority leader to meet her on a gun range.
Mum is still the word from McConnell and Team Mitch about the shooting match.
Meanwhile, Grimes and Team Switch have nicknamed the McConnell campaign “Team Glitch.”
A lot of Democrats said all along Grimes was the candidate to ditch Mitch. Time will tell. But right now she’s proving to be a tough out.
A commenter on Gawker’s article “Study: The U.S. Is an Oligarchy” wrote and I quote “No shit Sherlock” but for me it’s comforting to know that researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities affirm what many of us have known for a long time. The U.S.A. is an oligarchy.
Gawker A new study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America's government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens. Read more.
oligarchy |ˈäliˌgärkē, ˈōli-| noun (pl. oligarchies) a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution: the ruling oligarchy of military men around the president. • a country governed by an oligarchy: the English aristocratic oligarchy of the 19th century. • government by oligarchy.
DERIVATIVES oligarchic |ˌäliˈgärkik, ˌōli-| adjective. oligarchical |ˌäliˈgärkikəl, ˌōli-| adjective. oligarchically |ˌäliˈgärkik(ə)lē, ˌōli-| adverb ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from Greek oligarkhia (probably via medieval Latin).
Last week, I came across a post at People for Bike, called Four Simple Lessons from Austin's Brilliant Bike Plan Update ... and after reading the post, I clicked on through to the overview of the Bike Plan Update that they were referring to, and it was even better than they said. Once I saw that, I know that Sunday Train was going to talk about both Austin's Awesome Bike Plan and the Four Key Lessons that People for Bikes draw from it:
1) The point of bike plans isn't to appease bikers, it's to make bikes useful to everyone.
2) Good biking makes good transit better.
3) You're not going to turn every long car trip into a bike trip - all you have to do is turn short trips into bike trips.
4) A good bike network increases the capacity of your entire road system.
So follow me below the fold to consider both these four important points and also the general Awesomeness of Austin's Bike Plan Update.
In a move to squash the freedom and local political autonomy of Nashville residents, the Koch Brothers-finded Americans For Prosperity turn out to be supporting a proposed State of Tennessee law outlawing Bus Rapid Transit systems that have dedicated lanes. From ThinkProgress:
On Thursday, the Tennessee Senate passedSB 2243, which includes an amendment that "prohibits metropolitan governments and any transit authorities created by a metropolitan government from constructing, maintaining or operating any bus rapid transit system using a separate lane, or other separate right-of-way, dedicated solely to the use of such bus rapid transit system on any state highway or state highway [right of way]." The amendment is aimed at Nashville's proposed $174 million rapid bus system called the Amp, but would apply to any mass transit system proposed in Nashville.
The Amp, a proposed 7.1-mile bus rapid transit system that would cut commute times along one of Nashville's major corridors, has been staunchly opposed by the Tennessee branch of Americans for Prosperity, a lobbying organization founded in part by the Koch brothers. AFP's Tennessee director told the Tennessean that SB 2243 was the result of a conversation he'd had with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Jim Tracy. In addition, AFP pushed the Senate to vote on the bill - efforts that led to StopAmp.org, one of the lead groups opposing the Amp, thanking AFP in a press release after SB 2243 passed the Senate. The transit system's opponents say it would create traffic problems and safety issues due to its middle-lane location, a claim that a spokesman for the Amp Coalition disputes.
One thing we know is that the claim of traffic problems and safety issues from a middle lane location is a red herring ~ not because its patent nonsense, though it is, but because that's not what the bill restricts. The bill does not ban center lane Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), or side lane BRT, it bans effective BRT. If passed by the House and signed into law, it requires that any BRT system run exclusively in mixed traffic ... which means that its not likely to be a BRT at all, but would be, instead, a new coat of paint on city buses and some improved facilities at some city bus stops.
So more on why the Koch Brothers are against Tennesseans having effective BRT and so also against improved traffic conditions in Tennessee cities, below the fold.
Miscellaneous Mysteries In the twisted ideology of the Nazis, Jewish people were seen as being “sub-human” so were incapable of genuine intellectual creativity. As a consequence, when the Nazis took power in Germany during 1933, they declared the “Jewish” theories of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to be wrong. Devoid of these two towering intellectual achievements, the Nazis had to find purely “German” theories to describe how the Universe works. Read more.