At the Urban League, Rand Paul says he’s a minority because of the “shade of his ideology” (VIDEO)

Rand Paul addressed the Urban League this morning in Cincinnati and in a TelePrompTer speech that included a quote from Malcolm X, Kentucky’s junior Senator and famed opponent of the Civil Rights Act declared himself a minority.

Apparently opposing the Civil Rights Act is the same as being Black or Hispanic. And according to Rand Paul, all of his libertarian and Tea Party supporters are just as punished as actual minorities because of the “shade of their ideology.”

Seriously.

To dig deeper into Rand Paul’s new brand of minority — aka, the White Male Liberty Patriot — see Twitter, #RandPaulMinority:

And if you need a refresher, here’s 2010 Rand Paul, speaking out against the Civil Rights Act and in the process becoming the minority’s minority due to the shade of his racist ideology:

Map Shows How Kynect & Obamacare Have Decimated Kentucky with Protective Blanket of Insurance Coverage

For everyone concerned about how Obamacare and Steve Beshear’s Kynect health care marketplace would lead the entire Commonwealth straight down the road to hell where we would all exist in Obama-controlled internment camps, this map of expanded insurance coverage since the introduction of Obama’s Affordable Care Act should terrorize you:

Death by Insurance Coverage!

That’s a staggering image. For Mitch McConnell and Andy Barr, who are jointly running on a platform of destroying Kynect and Obamacare and ripping those new insurance cards out of the hands of the newly insured, that map also represents a problem. Barr and McConnell are declaring war on insured Kentuckians in one breath and begging for their votes in the next.

Sad.

Sadder still… Barr and McConnell are opposed to this: Refund checks being sent by insurance companies to individuals and working families for services not used. Thanks, Obama:

Kentucky families will receive $6.2 million in refunds, an average of $43 per family, under a provision of the Affordable Care Act known as the 80/20 rule.

The refunds announced Thursday by the federal government are the result of the rule requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the money paid in premiums on patient care. If the companies don’t reach that amount with spending on bonuses or red tape, it must be refunded to their customers.

According to a news release from the federal Department of Health & Human Services, consumers nationwide will receive $330 million.

 

Absurd! Andy Barr celebrates his birthday… with Wall Street lobbyists

Most of us celebrate our birthdays with our friends and our families. If we’re lucky, we get nice little check for twenty bucks inside of a cute card from our grandmothers.

Andy Barr is not like most of us.

Today is Andy’s birthday and he’s celebrating it in grand fashion — with his close friends in the banking industry. The checks they’re giving Andy… would make your fixed-income grandma blush.

Courtesy of a kind bird, here’s the info in case you’re in the neighborhood:

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The Theodore Company organizes fundraisers for Republicans, bringing Congressmen together with lobbyists and special interests at fancy DC venues. Andy’s birthday party will take place tonight Monday night at a bourbon bar south of the Capitol — where patrons can consume various aged fineries or some of the bar’s selected great non-Kentucky whiskey.

The Theodore Company organized a similar fundraiser a week ago for Andy — that one was a little more explicit about who was invaded. It was billed as a “Banking Dinner” and was held at the Oceanaire Seafood Room where main plates average about $40/entree. There doesn’t seem to be any particular occasion… just a regular old Tuesday night for Garland H. Barr IV. The cost of admission was the same as that of Andy’s b-day bash.

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If you invited people to a birthday party and demanded that they pay $1,000 to get in the door… how many of your friends would show?

It must be nice to have friends in Too Big To Fail places.

Back in May, Barr’s opponent Elisabeth Jensen called out Andy for his banker bankroll and his allegiance to special interests. Jensen said her campaign “may not have a Wall Street bankroll or a whole slew of special interests throwing checks at us, but we have a lot of passion and we have boots on the ground.”

The Barr campaign’s response was classic:

Catherine Gatewood, a Barr spokeswoman, said it’s “absurd” for anyone to call Barr the Wall Street candidate. “Andy Barr has the support of so many people in the 6th District, and that’s because he represents their interests,” Gatewood said.

In this election cycle alone, Andy Barr has already taken over $290,000 from special interests in real estate, commercial banking, investment firms and credit and finance corporations. That is absurd.

And Monday, Andy’s gonna take some more.

Happy birthday, Garland.

In lieu of a check, here’s a special song for your special day.

Andy Barr attacks the Lexington Herald-Pravda and doubles down on absurd taxpayer funded campaign mailers

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr says he supports the 1st Amendment… but does he really?

Two weeks ago, Barr signed on as one of the chief co-sponsors of a new bill “reaffirming the commitment” of Congress to the First Amendment and its vital freedom of speech protections. Andy Barr spends a lot of time and energy, and as it turns out, taxpayer money insisting to voters of Kentucky’s 6th District that he’s working hard for them in Washington DC, but this type of frivolous legislation proves otherwise.

Fourteen days after it was introduced just 31 other members of Congress have signed on to support Andy Barr’s laughable 1st Amendment “affirmation” bill – and not one of the other representatives from the Great Commonwealth of Kentucky has joined him.

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Barr’s bill is not the work of a serious Congressional Representative. It’s the kind of pandering “lawmaking” that’s straight out of the Ted Cruz and Michelle Bachman playbook. It’s a joke. And yet, this is what Andy Barr’s busy doing up in Washington.

The 1st Amendment isn’t really under attack. Or… if it is, the one attacking it is Andy Barr.

In the sort of supreme satire that’s come to define Andy Barr’s time as central Kentucky’s congressman (recall his “Earth Day” message), earlier this week the self-declared Constitutional scholar attacked the Lexington Herald-Leader, alleging that the McClatchy news organization is publishing articles penned by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi under the bylines of complicit journalists.

Andy wrote:

The Herald-Leader’s distortion of my office spending is just the type of negative, political, business-as-usual attack by Washington Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama I am fighting to change. 

What is this vicious collusion Barr has uncovered? What proof does this sitting Congressman have that our media is state-controlled? What terrible lies did the Lexington Herald-Pravda print?

Well, it turns out, Garland H. Barr IV has got Duckheads all in a bunch over a news article published by a journalist in what the Founding Fathers called in that ol’ 1st Amendment the “free press.”

Apparently, Andy Barr has a problem with the free press. Perhaps he should reaffirm his commitment to it.

The Herald Leader’s Matt Young had published an in-depth report on Andy Barr’s use of taxpayer money to send out campaign style mailers and conduct campaign style telephone town hall meetings. In just 15 months in office, the supposedly fiscally conservative Andy Barr spent over $190,000 in taxpayer money.

Barr wasted more taxpayer money on this activity — known in DC as “franking” — than 411 other members of Congress. As the Herald Leader reported, Barr’s 15 month total was more than 10 times the amount Rep. Brett Guthrie spent on the same taxpayer funded activity, and Guthrie had the second highest tally in the Commonwealth. Barr’s waste of Kentucky’s tax dollars was colossal.

Andy Barr, of course, didn’t like this report because it revealed a greater truth about the Congressman. Barr responded in a letter to the paper and a note posted online by claiming that this “Herald Leader distortion” was not an act of original reporting but instead “is just the type of negative, political, business-as-usual attack by Washington Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.”

That’s right. Matt Young, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the McClatchy news organization had explicitly colluded with the White House to smear, distort and attack poor ol’ Garland H. Barr IV.

Except that, as Matt Young clearly wrote, this report was the result of an exhaustive and original Herald-Leader analysis of the Congressional public record:

Overall, a Herald-Leader analysis found that Barr’s spending on franked communications, in which members of Congress use their signature as postage or to authorize electronic contacts, ranks him 26th among 437 representatives in the U.S. House for which data was available from January 2013 to March 2014. Barr has used taxpayer money to reach constituents more than 9 million times since taking office, which is nearly 15 times more than any other Kentucky congressman.

Rather than respond to the substance of the Herald Leader’s report, Congressman Andy Barr attacked the messenger — in this case, the 1st Amendment-protected free press — and claimed that the paper had directly published a coordinated attack put together by his political enemies. That’s not just Michelle Bachman territory, that’s some pure Richard Nixon paranoia.

Pro Tip: Don’t piss off journalists. If you attack their trade, they will come after you with more investigations. Like librarians and hornets, you should think twice before angering them. 

And that’s not all! After the Congressman hilariously attacked journalists, journalism, and the free press Andy then doubled down on his taxpayer funded franking!

First he posted a series of photos to Facebook to demonstrate that his taxpayer funded campaign materials were not really campaign materials — in the process, clearly demonstrating that his mailers are in fact taxpayer funded campaign materials!

Push Polling Questionnaire: Do think Andy Barr should be re-elected? Yes or Yes?

Push Polling Questionnaire: Do think Andy Barr should be re-elected? Yes or Yes?

Andy Barr Works for You, And He Doesn't Even Thank You for Paying for His Campaign Material

Andy Barr Works for You, And He Doesn’t Even Thank You for Paying for His Campaign Material

The example mailer Barr posted above includes a series of loaded questions, worded to push voters toward Andy’s own Tea Party point of view. Andy wants to repeal Kynect and kick the 400,000 people who now have insurance thanks to the state’s marketplace back off it… rip that insurance card up and send them back to the ranks of the uninsured. His loaded questions on Obamacare try to lead you to that heartless point of view, delivering zero facts with zero substance and offering zero chance to make an informed decision. On the “debt ceiling” Barr’s question is worded in such a way that you’d think his vote to keep the government shut down last October was a principled stand rather than a reckless move that was far out of touch with even most mainstream Republicans, to say nothing of independent voters.

Two weeks ago, Andy Barr’s opponent in this November’s election, Elisabeth Jensen, challenged Barr to join her in pledging to reject wasteful congressional perks — one of which was the abuse of campaign-style communications at taxpayer expense.

Yesterday, voters across the 6th District received in their mailboxes yet another taxpayer funded campaign style push-mailer from Andy Barr. Barr’s latest piece of campaign material at taxpayer expense featured a series of questions asking voters/”constituents” if they were for or against a set of bills that he’s already introduced, as if your answer might make some difference:

Andy Barr doesn't care about your opinion, that's why he's asking for it *after* the fact.

Andy Barr doesn’t care about your opinion, that’s why he’s asking for it *after* the fact.

The point, of course, of this latest waste of taxpayer money is for Congressman Barr to tell you on behalf of the Barr Re-Election Campaign that Andy Barr is doing stuff in Washington. It’s insulting enough that he’s spent nearly $200,000 on communications just like this, far more than almost every other member of Congress, but it’s even more insulting that he’s asking your opinion and doesn’t care what it is.

If this wasn’t actually a campaign style mailer and it was really a survey of constituent opinion by which to guide his actions, then why is he only asking for your opinion after the fact?

Barr has already introduced these bills. If enough constituents bothered to take the time to rill this out and send it back to Andy with the answer “No” — what would Andy do? It’s not like he’s going to change his mind and remove the legislation he’s already introduced. The ship has sailed — and like your tax dollars spent on this campaign mailer, there’s no getting it back.

And as one final Andy Barr punch to the face of 6th District voters, the campaign style mailer that your tax dollars paid for doesn’t come with return postage. That’s right! If you actually want Andy to hear your answers to the questionnaire you paid for then you have to pay again to send it back to him:

Andy Barr is wasting taxpayer money at an egregious rate, using your money that could be better spent on… really, pretty much anything, to run for re-election. When questioned about this spending, Andy’s response is to proclaim that the local paper is controlled by his political enemies. And then he doubles down and sends out yet another campaign style mailer.

Andy Barr’s not stupid. But apparently, he thinks you are.

In New Ad, Mitch McConnell Goes to China

The McConnell campaign has a new ad that attempts to claim Mitch has a strong record of standing up to Chinese trade practices that have cost Kentucky tens of thousands of jobs. The ad features Cardinal Aluminum and discusses the 400 jobs there that were saved by a 2012 trade bill signed by President Obama.

The good folks at Cardinal Aluminum are correct that for the past 10 years, unfair trade practices by China have done untold damage to the American job market, but what the ad fails to mention — and what Mitch McConnell won’t tell you — is that the unfair trade environment is of Mitch McConnell’s own making.

As B&P has noted before [here, here], McConnell’s record on Chinese trade and the exporting of good American jobs is abysmal. McConnell spent the 1990s arguing forcefully for an open trading relationship with China. The trade rules McConnell fought to create and that McConnell has spent the past dozen years defending have lead to the loss of over 35,000 Kentucky jobs — and 2.7 million jobs nationwide.

McConnell has consistently stood up to defend China’s trading status and in 2011 sought to block a bill that would address the Chinese currency manipulation that helps create this negative job environment. In that instance, some of McConnell’s fellow Republicans in the US Senate abandoned him for his efforts to protect the Chinese economy at the continued cost of American jobs. It is convenient that after two decades of pushing the free trade that put Cardinal Aluminum’s 400 jobs at risk — in the process, losing 35,000 other Kentucky jobs — McConnell decided that he must do something proactive just as his re-election campaign began to heat up. Unfortunately, McConnell’s record doesn’t just exist around one business and it’s 400 jobs… McConnell’s record has lead directly to 35,000 job losses due to the Chinese trade deficit alone.

Here’s the McConnell ad:

And here’s the response from the Grimes campaign:

“Under McConnell, Kentucky has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs. His Washington record includes supporting tax breaks that encourage companies to ship good Kentucky jobs overseas.” 

McConnell’s record on jobs will continue to be a focal point of the Senate race. He infamously told a Kentucky newspaper earlier this year that it’s “not my job” to create jobs. Several years ago, McConnell told another Kentucky paper that the Chinese trade deficit was “not a huge problem.”

Yesterday the Grimes people released an ad of their own, targeting McConnell on jobs:

McConnell’s allies at the Kentucky Coal Association attacked the Grimes ad. They claim that blaming McConnell for 7,000 jobs lost over the past few years is unfair and that it’s all Obama’s fault. But what about the 6,000 coal jobs lost under just four years of President George H. W. Bush? Or the 16,000 coal jobs lost under Ronald Reagan? Were those Obama’s fault, too?

Since Mitch McConnell entered the US Senate, he’s overseen the bleeding out of over 22,000 Kentucky coal jobs… and apparently none of that is his fault. But it is Obama’s. [more here]

More to the point: the Grimes ad features a coal miner who’s lost his job talking about McConnell’s terrible record on job creation. Neither the ad, nor the miner, attack McConnell for not bringing coal jobs to Kentucky — the ad attacks McConnell for saying that it’s not his job to bring any jobs to Kentucky.

So the Coal Association’s overly-defensive response is doubly off-base. Or perhaps after 30 years in office, Mitch McConnell only thinks the people of Eastern Kentucky can do one thing. If so, that would explain why after five terms in DC, McConnell’s done nothing to diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

So what has Mitch McConnell been doing in Washington all this time?

And how has that worked out?

 

Kentucky, Karl Rove’s Last Stand.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd addressed the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce yesterday and had some views on the Kentucky Senate race. Todd pointed out correctly, per KET’s Bill Goodman, that one key to a Grimes victory is that she must run away with Fayette and Jefferson Counties.

As noted here at B&P, this reality puts the oft-overlooked 6th District Congressional race between Rep. Garland H. Barr IV and his Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen at Ground Zero of the epic statewide Senate race. For Grimes to win, voters will have to come out en masse for her in Fayette County. If she’s successful, it’s likely that Jensen will be as well. But if national Dems can’t stanch the unfettered flow of big GOP money to Andy Barr, it is possible that Andy’s bankroll could spell Grimes’ defeat. Barr currently has $1.3M on hand, the majority of it coming from big national funders and an orgy of Too Big To Fail Wall Street special interests.

The 6th District (and Andy’s Too Big To Fail cash advantage) is just one part of a larger view. Chuck Todd apparently also claimed that the Kentucky Senate race isn’t really in the national playbook for Democrats and that their interest in the Grimes/McConnell race is simply in riling up the liberal donor base outside Kentucky. On this, Todd seems wildly out of touch. The Kentucky Senate race is the most expensive of the year, possibly in history. If the Dems were just using the race to raise money, why would they then be spending that money? Setting aside Todd’s conspiracy theory, consider that one person who was really excited to spread it was J. Scott Jennings, the former Karl Rove deputy and Mitch McConnell aide who now helps run two Karl Rove connected groups that are dumping massive amounts of money into the race on behalf of Mitch McConnell:

Much of the dialogue about the Kentucky Senate race has focused on the race as a referendum on Mitch McConnell. After all, McConnell has a 30 year record of helping himself to power while his home state languishes further and further behind. McConnell is so wildly reviled as a person that he has actually managed to clock lower approval ratings in Kentucky than Barack Obama.

But if this race is a referendum on Mitch McConnell’s leadership, it’s just as much a referendum on McConnell’s monied establishment allies at American Crossroads, the Karl Rove Super PAC.

Rove has a well documented series of advocacy failures. In 2010, he and his Crossroads groups failed dramatically to defeat Harry Reid in Nevada, spending big and wasting it all. Two years later Karl Rove fared so abysmmally — Crossroads spent nearly $200 Million in 2012 and lost 21 of 30 races, including the White House — that Rove’s election night meltdown on FOX News, in which he pathetically insisted that the sky was not blue, was almost the death knell for America’s favorite turd blossom. In the wake of that horrific failure, Republicans (finally; it’s like an abusive relationship over there) began to turn on Karl Rove (like here).

But by the beginning of this year, some of those big money donors who’d handed Karl wads of cash in previous cycles only to see him blow it had returned for more punishment. Rove and his Crossroads groups are already spending big in the Kentucky Senate race and between now and November, they will play a central narrative role in this election — and the central part of that narrative is: If Karl Rove can’t win this one, can he really be trusted again?

In some sense, the Kentucky Senate race may be Karl Rove’s last chance. This is a referendum on Rove’s future.

Rove’s electoral model at this point consists of siphoning millions out of the wallets of super wealthy Republican donors, then wasting it on bloated attack machines with hefty personnel salaries without delivering results while simultaneously usurping the energy of the conservative grassroots. If Rove’s strategy fails yet again, it’s hard to see him getting yet another chance in 2016.

Yesterday, WFPL’s Phillip Bailey took an in depth look at the ongoing rift between McConnell and the Tea Party and conservative base of the Kentucky Republican Party. While McConnell avoided a primary loss in May, he still watched as 125,000 registered Republicans voted against him. For conservatives looking to rid themselves of Mitch McConnell, there’s not likely to be a better chance  than this November — and the McConnell/Rove alliance only makes them despise McConnell further.

In Bailey’s report, he spoke with Republicans county leaders who hold such disdain for McConnell that some were already pledging not to turn out for him. This disdain was strong leading up to the Republican Primary but has only grown worse as McConnell’s role in the subsequent Mississippi Republican Primary has become clear. McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee was one of those (along with Rove’s groups) heavily supporting an establishment Republican over a Tea Party favorite. McConnell (and Rove) ultimately worked with Democrats to defeat the Tea Party candidate, enraging grassroots conservative activists and risking their ire.

It is a significant risk. If even 3% of voters don’t show up for McConnell (or more terrifying to Mitch, cast votes for Grimes just to be done with him), he could lose this race on his Mississippi antics alone.

In an effort to prop up Mitch McConnell, his campaign and its Karl Rove aligned surrogates have been busy trying to distract voters from their strong dislike and disapproval of the Senator. For a man who’s been in office for three decades, the campaign ads in support of Mitch are shockingly short on accomplishments. Mitch can’t run on his record because he doesn’t have much of one and he can’t run on like ability or charm because he doesn’t have that either.

So Karl Rove and his Crossroads groups have swept in to attack and smear on McConnell’s behalf — but that’s a problem in itself. While McConnell’s approval numbers are below Obama’s, Rove’s are even worse… he’s almost universally reviled with strong negative numbers even among lifelong Republican voters.

Now Karl Rove’s here in Kentucky to save Mitch McConnell and in the process try to save himself. Kentucky’s conservative voters are already enraged that McConnell spent big to destroy the conservative voice in Mississippi and they’re likely even more enraged that Karl Rove’s Crossroads group did as well. Crossroads’ role in Mississippi is perhaps more galling since they flat out lied to Republican voters there, pledging not to get involved in the runoff and then funneling in last minute cash to crush the Tea Party.

In a way, Kentucky voters hold in their hands the power to dispense with both Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove.

While Rove’s dark money groups are dumping megabucks on Kentucky, the question may well become: At what cost?

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition this morning dropped a new ad on the state, spending three quarters of a million dollars to spew a series of Karl Rove style smears in the direction of Alison Grimes — basically they call her a liar 30 times in 30 seconds. The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is a Karl Rove group. Its public-faced adviser is Soctt Jennings, the Rove deputy and former McConnell aide, and the “Coalition” uses Crossroads’ media group for its messaging.

Another Rove group, Kentuckians For Strong Leadership, is also outwardly faced by Jennings and utilizes almost exclusively the same vendors as Rove’s Crossroads groups. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership isn’t actually funded by Kentuckians — their finance reports routinely demonstrate that their money is pouring in almost exclusively from outside the Commonwealth — but it does maintain some ties to the state.

Among the board members of Non-Kentuckians for Strong Leadership is Steven Law. Steven Law spent over a decade working side-by-side with Mitch McConnell, starting out as an intern, later as a campaign manager then as Chief of Staff. Steven Law, the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership board member, is the head of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.

And speaking of interns — 6th District Congressman Andy Barr worked under Steven Law when Barr was an intern for Mitch McConnell.

Before heading up Rove’s Crossroads Super PAC, he was general counsel for the Chamber of Commerce. In the current election cycle, the Chamber of Commerce has already jumped in to both the Senate race and the 6th District Congressional one, heavily supporting Barr and McConnell. To make matters worse for McConnell’s efforts to woo back conservative voters, the deeply McConnell-alligned Chamber of Commerce worked alongside Mitch, Karl Rove and American Crossroads to buy the Mississippi Senate race out from under the conservative movement.

Under the direction of former GOP head and longtime McConnell fundraiser R. Michael Duncan, American Crossroads began funneling its considerable campaign contributions through the Kentucky-based bank of Terry Forcht. Duncan is the founding chairman of American Crossroads.

Since 2010, these two McConnell and Rove allies — Forcht and Duncan — have given at least $130,000 to Kentucky’s Republican Party. (Mitch McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee has given another $50,000). This is part of why it is so difficult for those disgruntled members of the state’s Republican Party to wrest control away from McConnell: McConnell and his Karl Rove allies hold the keys.

Forcht, his associates and Duncan have given at least $30,000 directly to McConnell over this same period; and together with McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee, Forcht, his associates and Duncan have given 6th District Congressman Andy Barr in excess of $110,000 over the last three cycles.

In 2012, the Rove/Duncan/Forcht/Law Super PAC American Crossroads spent heavily in the 6th District — indeed, Andy Barr’s victory was one of the only bright spots for the group (remember, they only won nine races out of thirty that year, at exorbitant cost).

It’s very clear that Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell are working together in this cycle just as they have in the past. Rove and McConnell shared the same #1 Priority in 2010 (achieve Majorityship for McConnell) and again in 2012 (the defeat of the President) and the two men failed hand-in-hand each time, in shocking fashion.

Now Rove is trying to help McConnell buy his way back to DC for a 6th term. For the two men, this election may be unlike any other. It’s a referendum on Mitch McConnell and a referendum on Karl Rove.

If McConnell loses, if his 30 year record of looking out for his own interests instead of his state’s finally comes back to bite him; if his repeated efforts to, as he vowed, “crush the Tea Party” come back to haunt him, then he got very close to his life goal but came up oh-so-tragically short.

If McConnell loses… then Karl Rove loses, too. Kentucky may be Karl Rove’s last stand. Rove is once again raking in hundreds of millions of dollars, using the Kentucky Senate race to rile up the Republican mega-wealthy donor base. He’s already spending heavily in the Senate race and there should be little doubt that he will soon be dumping money into the 6th District as well, just as he did in 2012.

Karl Rove is desperate to win this race. He can’t afford to lose it. A record of losing race after race at massive expense, and at the expense of the wishes of the GOP’s conservative base, will become too much. Rove has ostracized and maligned the true conservatives and he is well on his way to finally losing the faith of the establishment GOP billionaire funders.

While Rove will spend massive amounts of other people’s money to try to save his own blossomed behind, blanketing airwaves with his tired Rove attacks, he also opens the door to a powerful counter-visual.

McConnell, Rove and their cross-germinated dark money groups will air ad after ad trying to link Grimes to Obama, to Harry Reid, even to Tom Hanks. If the Grimes, Jensen and national Democratic groups know what’s good for them, they’ll be hitting McConnell and Barr with ads of their own, with Karl Rove’s face plastered all over them.

Rove was lucky to survive his 2012 debacle, but if Kentucky’s liberals, moderates, independents and its disenfranchised patriots on the Right line up against Rove and McConnell, then Kentucky could end up being Karl Rove’s last stand.