When a Democrat loses The Washington Post, she’s just plain toast!
40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama
By Philip Bump | October 9 at 4:56 PM
Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) this fall, appeared before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday to make her pitch for their endorsement. The life-long Democrat, whose father represented Kentucky for the party in the state House and who herself has been on the ballot in the state on the Democratic ticket, was asked a simple question. Did she vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012?
And she didn’t answer. Repeatedly.
In an interesting nod to the times, the interview was streamed live, meaning that it took no time at all for Republicans to clip the non-answer and put it online.
More at the link.
The Post article noted that President Obama is deeply unpopular in the Bluegrass State, and he never has been; in 2012, he received only 37.8% of the votes cast for president in Kentucky, even worse than the 41.2% he received in 2008. But Mrs Grimes, already an elected official as a Democrat — she’s the Secretary of State — would simply be assumed to have voted for the President, had the question not been asked. There wouldn’t have been any real damage to her prospects had she said that yes, she had voted for Mr Obama, and it could only have helped her in Kentucky to say that she had voted for someone else. The greatest potential damage was from what she did: refuse to answer, and looked scared at the time.
There are people in Kentucky who say that Mitch McConnell has been in office for too long, and that’s a valid position to hold. Trouble is, if someone wants to vote him out for that reason — and the Democrats have been running commercials promoting that reason — you still have to look at the only alternative, and that would be Mrs Grimes.
For someone who says that she’s going to stand strong for Kentuckians, she sure didn’t look very strong.