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Bill Straub:Mitch在另一个术语中并设置记录,但“可爱”作为他真的不是温暖的小狗


As if running up the score on an overfunded and overrated Democratic opponent wasn’t sufficient, supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell now apparently want you to believe the lawmaker who revels in being called the Grim Reaper is really as lovable as a warm puppy.

斯科特·詹宁斯是一家顶级诺克斯维尔的顶级GOP运营商,最近为洛杉矶快递杂志刊登了op-ed,其中他颂扬了我们的男孩米奇的美德,坚持他是“现代历史上最受欢迎的肯塔基政客”,而且his smashing re-election victory over Amy McGrath by almost 20 points on Nov. 3 established that “the myth of Mitch McConnell’s unpopularity is finally dead.”

“Accept the truth, guys: Kentuckians love McConnell and reward his conservative positions, stature, record, and calm disposition (a frequent target of scorn by the dumb pundits) with their votes,” Jennings wrote. “He’s not a backslapper, but he gets stuff done, keeps his wits about him, and has firmly planted Kentucky at the center of the political universe.”

现在没有人应该嫉妒一个家庭跑步,以与米卡尔一样靠近McConnell作为詹宁斯的任何人,无论结果如何沾沾自喜欢。事实上,OL'oT'n-Branch已经利用了一系列压倒性的胜利,因为他继续作为英联邦历史上最长的服务参议员。


NkeTribune的华盛顿专栏作家Bill Straub是肯塔基州肯塔基邮政的法兰克局长11年。他还是前白宫/政治记者的Scripps Howard新闻服务。他目前驻留在肯塔基州新闻名人堂的成员,他居住在马里兰州,马里兰州,经常写下联邦政府和政治。ope体育滚球门户给他发电子邮件williamgstraub@gmail.com.

McConnell’s vote-getting ability has never been disputed, at least since his razor-thin upset victory over Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston, D-Elizabethtown, way back in 1984. No one who took even a passing gander at his most recent race against McGrath thought she had as good a chance at winning as a two-year-old has trying to hit a Nolan Ryan fastball.

But winning isn’t enough for Jennings and other McConnell folks who find themselves chasing the ghosts of previous Kentucky pols like Sen. Wendell Ford, D-Owensboro, Vice President Alben Barkley of Paducah, and others who really were beloved by their constituents.

But that sort of magic ain’t there for McConnell. Kentuckians will head to the polls in droves to perform what they view as their duty to vote for the man from Louisville on Election Day but it’s a stretch to say they’re doing so with love in their hearts.

Polls generally show McConnell is more popular than the gout but not by much. A survey conducted by Morning Consult, released in January, showed him coming in 99th in the 100-member Senate in popularity among his constituents, with only 37 percent of Kentucky voters expressing their approval while 50 percent offered their collective thumbs down, giving the GOP leader a net approval rating of minus 13.

But there’s a saving grace – he picks his enemies well. McConnell is definitely viewed with greater affection by most of the Commonwealth’s residents than the Democratic Party, which seems to be viewed with the jaundiced eye one might expect for COVID-19.

啊,会有摩擦。

There’s an old joke, often told, about two men hiking in the woods who find themselves being chased by a bear. The first man asks “How are we going to outrun this bear?” The other guy replies, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”

Mitch McConnell has proved more than capable of outrunning the Kentucky Democratic Party, hence his success. It’s certainly not his glowing personality.

事实是肯塔基州现在是一个彻底的共和党国家。民主党的崩溃,并产生了GOP的崛起,将成为一个极为胜利的博士论文。在这个得分,从共和党的角度来看,McConnell值得世界上所有的信誉。但是,在过去的20年左右拖累的音乐椅的政治比赛是令人难以置信的,肯定是他的优势。

简而言之,从1927年到2003年,肯塔基州从1967年到1971年到1971年。在过去的17年里,英联邦有两个GOP国家元首 - 两者都被击败了,因为他们的选举彻底的反应而被击败了伟大的switcheroo的说明。

民主党人controlled the state from the post-Civil War era to the turn of the 21st Century. Now you’ll find that five of the six members of Congress are Republican. It’s been eight years since Democrats held as many as two seats in the lower chamber. Republicans have maintained both Senate seats for almost 22 years. Republicans claim 75 seats in the 100-member state House of Representatives, 30 of 38 in the Senate.

McConnell的选举成功与他成为一个可爱的腐败无关,我们都无关。它与选民对民主党的反感有关。

这是从哪里来的?它通常是不ed that there really are only two issues that mean anything to the Kentucky electorate, abortion and guns – they’re agin the former and fer the latter. Democrats have been depicted as the party that favors aborting fetuses even after they’ve been delivered – a neat trick, I must admit – and invading the sanctity of your homes to confiscate the Uzis, AK-47s or whatever else is in the gun case.

这些在肯塔基州没有受欢迎的意见,McConnell和其他人已经利用了他们的优势问题,他们走了很长的路要改变河流的流动。

还有其他因素。在各国中,肯塔基州以居民的百分比排名第三,他们将自己描述为福音派新教徒。2019年报告中的PEW研究将总额达到49%,只有田纳西州,只是阿拉巴马州后面的蜱虫。

Evangelicals are heavy voters and they pull the Republican lever like it’s nobody’s business. Surveys of early voters and exit polls this year showed between 76 and 81 percent of white evangelical and born-again Christian voters supported Republican President Donald J. Trump, aka Loser, and they naturally followed up by voting for down-ballot GOP candidates like McConnell. When you’re talking about a state where almost half of the population characterizes themselves as Evangelical, and about 80 percent are Trumpists, that ends up being a whole lot of votes for Republicans.

On the other side of the coin, in favor of Democrats, is the African-American vote. According to the Associated Press, about 90 percent of Black voters went for President-elect Joe Biden (heaves a sigh of relief) while eight percent went for Trump. It figures that those African-Americans voting for Biden would also vote for Democrats down-ticket.

The problem, of course, is that the Black population in Kentucky, according to the latest Census Bureau estimate, was only 9.2 percent. And they don’t vote as religiously (yes, it’s intentional) as Evangelicals.

然后有区域问题。肯塔基州曾经是一个民主党的堡垒,这归功于联合矿工,新的交易和代表等人的影响。卡尔珀金斯,D-Hindman。

During a coal strike many years ago I was in Stone in Pike County and happened upon a huge old man, wearing a construction helmet, with hands as big as bear paws. I asked his assessment of the situation and he placed one of those catcher’s mitt-sized hands on my shoulder.

“Honey,” he said (I’m 6-2 and probably weighed 275 at the time and he called me Honey), “I believe in three things. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, he’s above all, I believe in the Democrat Party, and I believe in the United Mine Workers of America.”

Best interview I ever had.

你找不到这样的人了。山地尼斯责怪前总统巴拉克奥巴马,这是一个民主党人,即使文化在抵达前长时间忘记文化,也是煤炭行业的衰落和工作的丧失。像特朗普和麦凯内尔这样的政治家,抓住机遇并透过他们的牙齿,答应了那里的人们不担心,相信我们,如果你给我们投票,煤就会像菲尼克斯一样崛起。

Eastern Kentucky bit. And the residents there find themselves like Evangeline sitting beneath the oak tree. They’re still waiting. But Republicans now have their votes.

因此,努力将McConnell描绘为女性,儿童和男子男子心爱的亮,闪亮的物体,这缺乏巨大的标记。考虑:如果他如此珍惜,为什么他一直拒绝与他的崇拜会面?米奇最后一次举行了Townhall会议是什么时候?When did he last make a public appearance that wasn’t staged in some manner, safely choreographed to assure that a member of the public who views him as the true American Idol doesn’t step forward to pose a question he doesn’t want to answer?

It’s hard to believe that a man like McConnell, the human equivalent of dirty dishwater left overnight in the sink, maintains the sort of attraction described by Jennings. Republicans have to work hard to lose a Kentucky election these days, although that blithering idiot Matt Bevin showed it can be done. Candidates like that are the Democratic Party’s only hope.


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