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"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
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Mitch McConnell

She Drives A Compact But Votes Like It's A Cadillac

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 20:43:14 PM EDT

"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters." -- Abraham Lincoln.

About this time four years ago, I was driving past a western Kentucky Walmart and spotted a woman in a “Rand Paul for Senate” tee shirt loading groceries into an old compact car.

Based on her wheels, I guessed the shopper lives far from Easy Street.

I saw the same car pulling out of the Walmart the other day. A fresh “Team Mitch” sticker was on the back bumper.
 
I don’t know if the driver was the Rand Paul fan I saw in 2010. But a woman was behind the wheel.
 
McConnell is a millionaire. He is bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires who expect him to do their bidding.

The senate majority leader wannabe always comes through for the plutocrats. That’s ditto for Paul, the junior senator from my native Kentucky.

Paul isn’t running this time. McConnell is, so right now I’d ask my fellow working class Kentuckians to focus on his record.
 
The AFL-CIO says McConnell voted the union position on legislation just 17 percent of the time in 2013 and only 12 percent of the time since he came to the senate in 1985.
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40 Of The 1000 Briggs and Stratton Workers Attend Mitch McConnell Event At Factory

by: Hillbilly

Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 22:34:57 PM EDT

Mitch McConnell visits Briggs and Stratton factory in Murray, Kentucky and according to WPSD only 40 of the 1000 employees attended.

Also, according to WPSD, WPSD or the other television station and three newspaper crews were not allowed access to the event.
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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee And Alison Lundergan Grimes.

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 20:33:24 PM EDT

The news that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee evidently isn’t going to buy any more TV ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes has sent the celebrity pundits scurrying to their word processors to compose obituaries for Team Switch.

“Democrats are pulling out of the Kentucky Senate race. Here’s why that’s important,” trumpeted a headline on “The Fix,” Chris Cillizza’s Washington Post column (at least it was the headline on the Internet.

“The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped its TV advertising for the final three weeks in the Kentucky Senate race,” Cillizza wrote. “That decision effectively leaves Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on her own and is rightly read as a sign that national Democrats believe the race is effectively over.”
 
Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job, was up 46-44 over the senate majority leader wannabe in the last Bluegrass Poll. So Cillizza’s musing made me think of what Mark Twain supposedly said about reports of his death being more than a tad exaggerated.

Anyway, after reading Cillizza’s musing, this old reporter sought comment from Charly Norton, Grimes’s press secretary, I emailed her. “We remain confident and poised to win,” she emailed right back.

Campaign flaks get paid to say things like that.

Go ahead and call it home cooking if you wish, but here's how a Democratic party pro sizes it up: -- a DSCC “pullout” is not quite right. The DSCC isn’t -- for now anyway – buying ads beyond what the group already paid for. But the DSCC’s effort in the state is more than buying TV ads.

Check out Guy Cecil’s $300,000 (Exec. Dir. of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) Tweet.

The election will boil down to turnout. Team Switch is confident they have built a mega-horsepower statewide grassroots, get-out-the-vote organization that’s hitting on all eight cylinders.

Team Switch has $4.4 million in cash on hand and posted record-breaking fundraising totals on Tuesday: a cool $4.9 million.

Last – maybe first – is that Bluegrass Poll. Team Switch is especially happy with Grimes’s numbers among independents.

True confession time: I’m rooting for Team Switch. Nonetheless, I generally don’t bet on politics or sporting events and I leave the prognosticating to media stars like Cillizza.

But before golden October declines into somber November and election day, I would wager on a couple of things:

  •    Team Mitch doesn’t think their guy has the election in the jug.
  •    Whichever team wins, the vote will be uncomfortable close.
 
Norton’s rejoinder to the big league pundits reminds me of the immortal Bluto Blutarsky who famously declared: “Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is!’” (If you don’t know Bluto, Google him, or let me google that for you.)

Anyway, right now Team Switch is still on the field and clinging to a two point lead in one of the most highly regarded polls in Kentucky. She was four points down in the previous Bluegrass poll.

Admittedly, I don’t think Grimes helped herself by not revealing who she voted for in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. At her TV debate with McConnell, she still wouldn’t say. I wish she had all along.

Yet the fact that she he hasn’t – and apparently won’t -- doesn’t seem to be hurting her with the base, or at least among union families like mine, who are a big chunk of her base.
 
This lifelong Kentuckian who doesn’t think “liberal” is a dirty word and who voted for Obama both times he ran isn’t holding Grimes’s non-disclosure against her. None of my union buddies who voted for Obama are either.

Also, I didn’t detect any flagging ardor on Grimes’ part in her war of words with the captain of Team Mitch. It could be argued convincingly that she won on points.
 
Too, big-name Democrats are still heading to Kentucky to stump for her. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio came the other day.

Both Clintons have been here, Hillary is supposed to be back tonight. I hear Bill is due back next week.

No matter what the punditocracy is pontificating, to the captain and the rest of Team Switch I say, “Illegitimi non carborundum, y’all.” You can Google that one, too.
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It's Easy Work Talking About Self-Reliance While Living It Up On An Inherited Fortune.

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Tue Oct 14, 2014 at 02:37:08 AM EDT

In Monday night's KET debate, Sen. Mitch McConnell bristled at Alison Lundergan Grimes’s intimation that he became a millionaire by cashing in on his job.

No way, he shot back at the Democrat who wants his job. The senator protested that Grimes knows he and his spouse got rich as "a result of an inheritance that my wife got when her mother passed away."

Joe Raese was even more candid four years ago: “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that’s a great thing to do.”

Joe who? He’s the Republican another Joe, a Democrat named Manchin, beat in the 2010 West Virginia senate race. Raese’s remarks apparently didn’t play in Parkersburg, Philippi and elsewhere in the Mountain State.

I wouldn’t bet the farm that McConnell’s true confession will play in Paducah, Pikeville or anyplace else in the Bluegrass State.

McConnell says success awaits anybody who has initiative and works hard. George Babbitt called it “pep.”

In McConnell’s Babbitt world, unions and government help for people who need help – help like a boost in the minimum wage – kill jobs and destroy self-reliance.

“Americans take pride in solving problems for themselves,” McConnell once said. “And if we fail, we get back up and try again. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.”

So arise and get peppy. But it's easier work just talking about self-reliance while living it up on an inherited fortune.
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Mitch McConnell Slips In Back Door Of KET Debate To Avoid Press And Kentucky Voters Out Front Video

by: Hillbilly

Mon Oct 13, 2014 at 22:13:59 PM EDT

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Unions Rally In Paducah For Legislative Candidates, Back Grimes In Vote Controversy.

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Oct 13, 2014 at 17:00:23 PM EDT

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan doesn’t care if Alison Lundergan Grimes, the labor-endorsed Democrat who wants Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job, voted for President Barack Obama or not.

“This election is about Grimes versus McConnell,” Londrigan said. “He is the arch enemy of workers, and we need to be focused on that.”

Londrigan found agreement aplenty in the mostly union crowd at Saturday’s “Stand Up and Fight Back” labor rally in Paducah.

Veteran city union leader Larry Sanderson got up the rally to boost support for five local labor-endorsed Democrats for the state legislature. He said the crowd size “was at least 2,500.” The gathering was one of the largest union rallies in western Kentucky in a long time, said Sanderson, a retired UA international representative.

The weather was cool, but Grimes showed up to a warm welcome. The crowd’s faith in labor’s senate candidate seemed unshaken by the controversy she sparked by declining to tell The Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board whom she voted for in 2008 when Obama was elected president and in 2012 when he won a second term.

Charles Dempsey, a United Auto Workers retiree from Benton, didn’t mince words. “She’s a Democrat. Who the hell did they think she voted for?”
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Alison Lundergan Grimes Attends The "Stand Up, Fight Back!" Rally, In Paducah, KY. Photos.

by: Hillbilly

Sun Oct 12, 2014 at 17:24:38 PM EDT

Click here to view photos.

 

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Mitch McConnell, Medicare, The Fox And The Hen House

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Sun Oct 12, 2014 at 15:18:26 PM EDT

Team Mitch’s website claims, “As the next majority leader, Senator McConnell will fight to protect Medicare for all Kentucky seniors.”

I’ll believe that when hogs fly and kids don’t shoot hoops in Kentucky anymore – nah, not even then.

I’m a 64-year-old union retiree on Social Security. I’ll go on Medicare a little over a month after the election.

On Nov. 4, I’m voting for Alison Lundergan Grimes for a number of reasons, not the least of which is her pledge to safeguard Social Security and Medicare.

McConnell’s vow that he’ll protect Medicare reminds me of the proverbial fox who promised to protect the hen house – and smiled, revealing chicken feathers stuck between his teeth.

“I will never support means-testing for Social Security,” Grimes said. “Instead, I will look for ways to spend smarter and focus on reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system, improve coordination of care between doctors, hospitals and patients and allow Medicare to better negotiate prescription drug prices.”

I’ll put a Presbyterian “amen” to that.
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Mitch McConnell Blows A Fuse!

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Thu Oct 09, 2014 at 13:48:35 PM EDT

It looks like the fickle fellow of football and politics has gone over to Team Switch.

I mean Old Mo, Momentum.

It’s like we’re in the fourth quarter of a smash-mouth, slobber-knocking grid grudge match. Alison Lundergan Grimes has quarterbacked her underdog eleven to a slim lead over powerhouse Team Mitch.

A translation for non-football fans: Grimes is up 46-44 in the current Bluegrass Poll. In late August, the third quarter, the same poll had Team Switch down by four.
 
After his team blew the lead, quarterback Mitch McConnell blew his cool on the radio – more on that in a minute. Anyway, it’s easy to get testy when it seems you’re losing the big game you thought you had in the bag.

After all, Grimes was just an “empty dress,” according to a GOP bigwig in Washington. Team Mitch evidently figured her for a pushover, too.
 
I’d bet the farm that Sen. McConnell was sure by now he’d be in the equivalent of a blowout high school ballgame, one where the refs keep the clock going to bring a swifter end to the inevitable.
 
Who can forecast the final score in this nail-biter? But the football faithful know that when an underdog unexpectedly gives a powerhouse a run for its money, the latter squad sometimes gets rattled and starts fumbling and tossing interceptions.

It’s the same in politics.
 
The other day, McConnell journeyed to Georgia to hobnob with GOP senate hopeful David Perdue, a millionaire who said he is “proud” of making a ton of money as a big-time outsourcer.

Team Switch pounced on that fumble.
 
The Grimes campaign made Perdue and McConnell birds-of-a-feather. They added Mitt Romney to the flock. They pointed out that Romney was one of the first outsourcers and that he had recently come to Kentucky to help raise cash for Team Mitch.
 
Team Switch wants us to keep Georgia on our minds: “McConnell’s embrace of politicians who have earned millions in their business careers off of shipping jobs overseas tells Kentuckians all they need to know about his refusal to fight for them and their jobs.”

So after his rainy night in Georgia, McConnell returned home and got snarky on Kentucky Sports Radio, said to be the state’s most widely listened to radio program.
 
Host Matt Jones said the senator was "needlessly angry" and “unnecessarily combative.” He panned the senate majority leader wannabe as "the consummate politician."

Team Switch called a blitz. McConnell’s “combative and hostile appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio only further solidified Kentuckians' view of him as an untrustworthy Washington insider, willing to play dirty tricks in an attempt to hold onto his personal power,” said Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.
 
Press secretary Charly Norton sacked the quarterback: “Moreover, his abrasive, condescending interview was a stark contrast to Alison’s in-studio appearance a couple weeks ago, in which she deftly answered every question and welcomed the opportunity to debate McConnell on the show.”

Team Switch also emailed out a red-hued “Mad Mitch” graphic that shows the senator scowling and raising his fist.

Ire, of course, is often a mask for fear. McConnell might be at least a little scared that “his personal power” is waning. So he popped his cork on the radio.
 
Will he do likewise on TV? McConnell is supposed to debate Grimes Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television.

Can he keep calm and carry on?

Supposedly, McConnell has never trailed in an October poll. For sure, Old Mo has never been on the other side this late in a McConnell senate campaign.

The captain of Team Mitch is used to getting his way by buffaloing political foes. “His glower has usually been enough to dissuade those who consider crossing him,” Jason Zingerle wrote in Politico.

That “glower” has failed to faze Grimes, whom an admiring Politicususa website called “all Southern steel magnolia with her gorgeous smile and her sugar coated daggers.”

Whatever else happens in the debate, I’d also bet the farm that Grimes won’t wilt or blow her stack. But can Team Mitch doctors cure their quarterback’s bad case of fumbleitis?
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Kentucky Sports Radio Matt Jones Discusses His Mitch McConnell Interview With Lawrence O'Donnell

by: Hillbilly

Wed Oct 08, 2014 at 23:47:57 PM EDT

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Mitch McConnell Finally Calls Matt Jones Kentucky Sports Radio And He Didn't Seem Happy About It.

by: Hillbilly

Wed Oct 08, 2014 at 19:19:33 PM EDT

Senator McConnell finally calls Matt Jones over at KRS after being called out.


TMP
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had an unusually confrontational interview on Wednesday with Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones, who later described him as "needlessly angry" and "the consummate politician." Read more.

 

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Alison Lundergan Grimes: Barn Builder

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Wed Oct 08, 2014 at 17:05:16 PM EDT

A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” legendary House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously observed.

Kentucky unions think they have a master carpenter in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job.

The barn McConnell wants to bash is organized labor, says the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which endorsed Grimes last year.

Promises Grimes: “In the U.S. Senate, I will help create jobs in Kentucky by raising the minimum wage, ending tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, championing equal pay for equal work, sponsoring legislation to ensure our veterans have access to good-paying jobs, and fighting to reduce student loan debt.

“I also believe it is critically important to protect Medicare and Social Security for our seniors. We should keep our promise to Kentucky seniors who cannot afford to have their healthcare or benefits cut.”

Grimes, 35, is Kentucky’s secretary of state. She is giving hope to Kentucky Democrats who long for their blue and red “Ditch Mitch” bumper stickers to come true.
 
Bluegrass State union volunteers are phone banking, wearing out shoe leather canvassing neighborhoods, passing out fliers and doing all else they can to help Grimes “send Mitch McConnell back to Alabama,” his native state, as she likes to put it.
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Bluegrass Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes 46% Mitch McConnell 44% David Patterson 3%

by: Hillbilly

Mon Oct 06, 2014 at 13:43:09 PM EDT

Lexington Herald-Leader
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has regained a slim edge over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. Read more.
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Mitch McConnell: union-buster-in-chief

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 13:45:49 PM EDT

Hear the snickers?

Turn around. It’s Team Mitch and the Republican Party of Kentucky.

They laugh behind organized labor’s back every time there’s an election. Why? They always expect to sucker some union members into voting Republican.

In the presidential election of 2012, for instance, about a third of union members nationwide voted for Mitt Romney, according to AFL-CIO-sponsored election night polling. (Romney, who carried Kentucky big-time, recently was in Lexington helping raise money for Sen. Mitch McConnell, the captain of Team Mitch.)  

Oh, the Republican brass hats know most union members vote for labor-endorsed candidates. Usually they are Democrats. Sixty-six percent of Americans who pack union cards cast ballots for President Barack Obama in 2012, the AFL-CIO survey also found.

Hence, the Republicans are also happy when union members don’t bother to vote or even to register.

Team Mitch and at the RPK are old pros at splitting the union vote with hot button social issues like abortion and guns. The gun issue “is the one thing that will spin the blue-collar union member away from his union,” bragged the late Neal Knox, a GOP-friendly National Rifle Association board member.
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Mitch McConnell Needs Your Vote!

by: Hillbilly

Thu Oct 02, 2014 at 17:34:35 PM EDT

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Mitch McConnell's Top Priority: Mitch McConnell!

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Thu Sep 25, 2014 at 15:43:27 PM EDT

I don’t know if two big photos hanging on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office wall reflect cynicism or no sense of the ironic.

Maybe it’s both.

Anyway, a staffer for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants McConnell’s job, emailed a press release the other day that caught my attention more for what it showed than what it said.

The communique came with photos, one of them showing the senate majority leader wannabe grinning and standing in front of his desk. Black and white images of Sen. John Sherman Cooper and Vice President Alben Barkley peer over his shoulders.
 
Cooper, from Somerset, was a liberal Republican who voted for landmark federal civil rights laws in the 1960s. He supported Medicare and was generally friendly toward unions.

A World War II veteran, Cooper became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.
 
Barkley, whose hometown was Paducah, was senate majority leader under President Franklin D. Roosevelt before he was elected President Harry Truman’s vice president in 1948. He was a pro-union, New Deal-Fair Deal Democrat who didn’t duck the liberal label.

Both Cooper and Barkley believed that the federal government should play an active role in promoting economic, racial and social justice.

Neither Cooper nor Barkley were given to demonizing the other party. They didn’t believe that compromise necessarily meant craven surrender.
 
Young Addison Mitchell McConnell was a Cooper intern.

“John Sherman Cooper would be appalled at Mitch McConnell,” said Dr. Duane Bolin, a Murray State University historian and author.

Cooper wouldn’t have dreamed of bragging that his top political priority was making John F. Kennedy a one-term president. Bolin recalled seeing a photo of Cooper that mirrored the senator’s politics.
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Mitch McConnell And His Neo-Know-Nothings

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 11:42:47 AM EDT

Team Mitch is tooting the dog whistle again.

This time, Sen. McConnell is letting a fan club borrow it.  The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a group linked to Karl Rove, has put out a TV ad claiming that President Obama and Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants McConnell’s job, aim to give “amnesty” to “illegal immigrants.”

By tooting “amnesty” together with “illegal immigrants,” the KOC ad crafters knew a lot of Kentucky white folks would think Mexicans, not the 50,000 undocumented Irish and other white Europeans in the country.

Of course, the GOP’s pandering to anti-immigrant prejudice is also rooted in bare-knucks politics. Most Hispanic Americans vote Democratic. A lot of them are pro-union, too. Hence, the last thing the screw-the-unions Republicans want is a clear path to citizenship for immigrants who will likely swell Democratic and union ranks.   

At the same time, most African Americans also vote for Democrats, and many are in unions. Thus, Republican nativism dovetails with the GOP’s neo-Jim Crow voter ID laws, which are calculated to diminish minority voting.

Anyway, nativism is almost as old as the republic. Only the targeted immigrants have changed. In Kentucky of the 1850s, nativists singled out Irish and German Catholics, many of whom settled in Louisville, the state’s largest city.

George D. Prentice, editor of the Louisville Daily Journal, embraced the anti-foreign and anti-Catholic Know-Nothing Party, which became popular in the Falls City and many other parts of Kentucky. He editorialized against "foreign hordes” and warned of a Catholic takeover of the country.

On Aug. 6, 1855, election day, Know-Nothing mobs rampaged through German and Irish neighborhoods in Louisville, killing at least 22 people and injuring many more. The rioters burned down houses and stores and threatened to torch Catholic churches. Prentice’s editorials were blamed for helping incite the rioters.

The Know-Nothings are long gone. But their bigotry thumps in the chests of white Kentuckians of the send-’em-all-back-to-Mexico persuasion. Accordingly, Team Mitch and its buddies have shined up the dog whistle.

Long gone, too, is the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln. The Great Emancipator won the presidency in 1860 standing on a platform with a plank that declared, “…The Republican party is opposed to any change in our naturalization laws or any state legislation by which the rights of citizens hitherto accorded to immigrants from foreign lands shall be abridged or impaired; and in favor of giving a full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad.”

Five years before, Lincoln had roundly denounced the Know-Nothings in a powerful speech: “I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can anyone who abhors the oppression of Negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’

"We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except Negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty-to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
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Mitch McConnell's Mum Moment

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 00:57:52 AM EDT

“Do you repudiate Richard Fink’s remarks at the Koch retreat this summer?” a reporter asked Mitch McConnell the other day.
     
His chattiness was caught on tape at the now famous Father’s Day fund-raising conclave hosted by Charles and David Koch. But when the scribe aimed a mike at McConnell, mum was the word from the senate majority leader-wannabe.

McConnell had heaped high praise on the Koch sibs. He promised the billionaire Republican donors present that hogs would fly before a GOP senate under his reign would hike the minimum wage. Fink, a Koch political guru, compared any such pay boost to fascism.
   
“This is not just in Germany,” Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos quoted Fink. “It's in Russia, in Lenin, and Stalin Russia, and then Mao. This is the recruitment ground for fascism."

Fink’s bizzaro blather reminded me of a Kentucky senator who, in a 1962 speech at Yale, said that members of the far right-wing John Birch Society, the Tea Party of his day, “don’t know anything about history” and they “apparently have never read anything at all.”

The solon would become Addison Mitchell McConnell’s boss. He was Sen. John Sherman Cooper, a Bluegrass State mountain Republican who didn’t duck the liberal label.
 
McConnell was one of Cooper’s interns.
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Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Mitch McConnell, Dimitri Kesari, Jesse Benton. The Lone Star Bluegrass Mafia?

by: Hillbilly

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 18:19:16 PM EDT


Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.
- Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)

A tangled web indeed.

Dimitri Kesari, is currently in the middle of a 2012 Iowa payola scandal. He was deputy campaign manager for Ron Paul at the time and worked for Jesse Benton. Ron Paul’s campaign manager.

So what does this have to do with Kentucky? A lot. Jesse Benton has served as Ron Paul’s campaign manager, Rand Paul’s campaign manager and Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager. Jesse Benton is also married Ron Paul’s granddaughter. Dimitri Kesari served as Ron Paul’s deputy campaign manager and has performed work for Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign.

Many Kentucky political pundits were surprised by Senator Rand Paul’s rise in 2010. In 2010 Senator Mitch McConnell endorsed Trey Grayson in the Republican senatorial primary. Rand Paul was pretty much unknown at the time and Trey Grayson was Senator Mitch McConnell’s man. We all know what happened after that. Rand Paul won the primary and went on to defeat Jack Conway in the general election and left Senator Mitch McConnell scratching his head and impressed, all at the same time.

So how did Rand Paul defeat, Senator Mitch McConnell’s man, Trey Grayson? With a little help from his friends and daddy Paul, that’s how. Guess who showed up at the Young Americans for Liberty March 2010 spring break seminar, during the 2010 Kentucky senatorial primary. Dimitri Kesari. Now you can guess who the the Young Americans for Liberty supported after the seminar. Rand Paul that’s who.  

Freedom Works
An overwhelming majority of these students support Rand Paul for Kentucky’s next Senator. This should come as no surprise.

 
So what is the Young Americans for Liberty? It’s a group that’s headed by Jeff Frazee, Ron Paul’s former National Youth Coordinator and was funded with $25,000 in seed money from Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty.

In 2012 Jesse Benton served as Ron Paul’s campaign chairman and Dimitri Kesari served as deputy campaign manager for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign. It was during this time that Dimitri Kesari allegedly gave Kent Sorenson’s wife a $25,000 check dated December 26, 2012 to switch his, Kent Sorenson’s, allegiance from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. In other words, a bribe.

Fast forward to September 2012. Senator Mitch McConnell hires Jesse Benton as his 2014 campaign manager and in 2013 Dimitri Kesari’s Hyllus Corp. gets hired by the McConnell campaign and is paid about $73,000. A McConnell spokesperson said Hyllus was "contracted to consult and work on a specific field project involving initial field organization, regional mapping, voter history research, walk maps and voter canvass technology testing."

August 2013 the Kent Sorenson, Dimitri Kesari and Jesse Benton Iowa bribe scandal story breaks and Jesse Benton stays on as Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager until August 2014, when he resigns.

Senator Mitch McConnell has refused to answer questions about Dimitri Kesari and/or Jesse Benton and I can’t say that I blame him. Maybe the FBI will have better luck when they ask him.

So there you go. The Lone Star Bluegrass Mafia.
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Senator Mitch McConnell Praised Ex Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell In 2010.

by: Hillbilly

Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 18:43:36 PM EDT

 

Fox News
Mitch McConnell: “As the American people continue to ask, ‘where are the jobs,’ Gov. McDonnell has offered common-sense economic policies in stark contrast to Washington Democrats’ job-killing agenda. We don’t need a government takeover of health care or a ‘cap-and-trade’ national energy tax – we need a common-sense plan to help middle-class families and small businesses and allow them to keep more of what they earn so they can save, invest, and hire.”

“Gov. McDonnell understands that the American people are more interested in shrinking unemployment than expanding government. He is an impressive public servant and an excellent choice to offer Republican solutions for our country.”
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