Since Ashley Judd declined to run against the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell he has yet to draw a big name challenge from the Democratic side. Thus far also, the Kentucky Tea party has whined and bickered but have shown themselves as all talk and no backbone and have failed to produce a primary challenger. So far only two candidates have stepped up to attempt to take this seat back from the Communist Chinese. Louisville musician and music promoter Bennie J. Smith and former Congressional candidate and contractor whom we respect greatly here, Ed Marksberry. That could be changing soon.
While Mitch McConnell whines to the FBI today about the tapes that show the inner workings of his campaign the campaign to defeat him is still in high gear. The Senate Majority pack is up with a website showing just why Mitch is so wrong for Kentucky.
One thing we have always been sure of around here. Mitch McConnell is a Washington politician that will do anything to keep hold of his power he uses to destroy America and the interests of American workers. One need only look at his record of bailing out the bankers, but refusing to allow any funds to be used to create jobs in our country. Indeed, after obstructing progress for America as a whole and enriching himself in the process McConnell has seen his favorability plummet. Now, it has come to light just how low this piece of garbage would seek to continue shipping jobs overseas and redistributing wealth upwards.
After much hope and fanfare among national Democrats and many in Kentucky Ashley Judd has decided not to run against Mitch McConnell in 2014. While she is definitely an intelligent, compassionate lady that would have made a great Senator it appears as if she probably did not want to go through the meat-grinder that would have been the hypocritical Republican propaganda machine and the millions of dollars of mud that Mitch McConnell would have slung her way.
Mitch McConnell knows he may be a man in trouble. After four years of using the filibuster rules to obstruct moving our country forward after the failed policies of the George W. Bush years, policies he was instrumental in enacting he is sensing that Kentuckians are catching up with Americans in being sick and tired of his antics. Indeed, he is beginning his reelection bid earlier than ever because he knows one thing. We are tired of his brand of politics that would sacrifice most of the folks in our country at the reward of the very few, himself and his ilk.
Immediately after their drubbing on Election Day a Republican talking point quickly emerged to excuse them from doing the will of the American people. The dust had not even settled when we heard Republican "leaders" stating that indeed Obama had won re-election and Democrats had retained the Senate, but since Americans voted also to keep a majority of Republicans in the House that meant that we did not really want the wealthy and Corporations to pay their fair share, we really wanted healthcare repealed and we actually wanted trickle-down economics to continue. Well, as with everything Republicans try to shove down America's throat a Republican majority in the House is just another myth dreamed up by Republicans.
With the election now merely weeks away several downticket races deserve noting. One of the worst things that happened for our country in the last several years was the taking of the House by a bunch of extreme, right-wing zealots. Now this year Democrats will be fighting to keep the same thing from happening in the Senate. One race that personifies this effort is in Missouri.
Due to redistricting two Democrats who would have been locks in their old districts are forced to face off in a primary with only one being able to remain in the House. This is a bittersweet moment for us here at Hillbilly Report as both these candidates, Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich are members of the Progressive caucus and have done good work in Congress fighting for our ideals.
Here in Kentucky we have one Congressman with guts, John Yarmuth. Besides him in other districts in the Commonwealth we have little chance of having another. That is why we need to support another Congressman with guts from Florida in his quest to retake his seat:
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Well, with the election results yesterday one can only conclude one thing. Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it is pretty safe to conclude that most of America has definately gone insane. While I believe the Corporate elements of our own party blocking progress had a lot to do with our resounding defeat, I can only say this. America electing the very folks who crashed our economy to somehow fix it without giving Democrats much of a chance to clean up a mess inherited definately makes our country ready to be fitted for a strait-jacket.
Election day has finally rolled around for America once more with both chambers of Congress to be decided tonight. The general consensus as of this morning is that Democrats will retain the Senate but lose the House. While it is stupifying to consider that Americans so soon are ready to give the Corporate Republican Party which raped and nearly destroyed our economy another chance at some sort of power one can only show disgust not at them alone, but at a Democratic leadership that simply refuses to fight for the folks that elect them and for their ideals. Indeed, Democrats deserve as much blame for their cowardice in the last two years in creating this environment and indeed we seem poised to pay the penaly for becoming a Republican-light party on the national level.
What do you do when you are the disgraced "architect" of a failed agenda that nearly drove our country off a cliff?? If you are Karl Rove, you do what you do best. You solicit contributions from the very people who helped you destroy your country's economy and use the millions of those who crashed the economy and were bailed out to circumvent Democracy and attempt to buy an election for the greediest and least patriotic among us. Worse yet, if you are the "Turd Blossom" from the last Administration you lie through your teeth about folks who unlike you play by the rules.
Here at this site and in many Democratic circles we have been known to call the Republicans the Party of No. No to healthcare for children. No to healthcare for the sick. No to American jobs that create a middle-class. No to any kind of compassion for their fellow citizens and any concern for their country's infrastructure. No to anything that seeks to foward the interests of America as a whole over the profits of the very few. Besides all this, they are also the party of no ideas, and no vision at least none that they want you to know beforehand.
We have the controversial ad run by Jack Conway against tea-party zealot Rand Paul on the front page and now it seems that despite the heat Conway has taken for running it, this ad may be effective. Now, with Rand Paul endorsing a $2000 deductible for Medicare, wanting to cut drug funding for Kentucky, and wanting Americans to work for less going unnoticed if this ad can undo the Mad Doctor and keep him from robbing Kentuckians of federal funding then so be it. It is the truth after all.
While the House is still very much in the air new polling is showing that Democrats may indeed keep a majority in the Senate. One race that we have been watching here is the Pennsylvania Senate race. In that race Joe Sestak, who defeated Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary is facing off against Pat Toomey. After some discouraging numbers earlier as we get closer to election day it now seems as if Keystone voters are waking up and realizing the danger of a Republican Senate.
It is no huge secret to working Americans that for several decades their wages have stagnated. This is because under Republican and Conservative leadership it is considered much more important to throw our country's wealth away to the very few while giving more Americans less money to spend. In their never-ending war to starve the beast and stop the government from preventing businesses to prey on their workers despite stagnating wages the Republican solution appears to be eliminating the minimum wage. They will not tell you, but they hope that America will become like China and they can pay an oppressed people whatever they see fit.
With the sorry slate of far-right hypocrites Republicans are running this year one begins to wonder how any American can vote for such anti-American hypocrites. Candidates like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle and Michelle Bachman really have no problem with government spending. They rail against it if you benefit, but when the government opens it's coffers they are the first to slop at the trough. They want to end Medicare, Social Security, and and abolish the minimum wage. The latest Republican hypocrite to oppose American ideals for Americans is John Raese.
The first Kentucky Senate debate took place today and in many ways it showed a lot about what is going on in national politics. The Republican candidate, Rand Paul represents an extreme out of touch ideology while the Democrat Jack Conway sounded much more intelligent and reasonable but really just a Blue-Dog at best. While it is pretty clear that Conway is much more qualified and would be a much better Senator, one cannot help but feel a little sadness once again as Democrats sell out to Republican ideals.