Bob Farmer

That’s not an apology

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June 22, 2011
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The current clown of the Kentucky Democrats (this is a revolving prize), Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Farmer, apologized yesterday for saying in his stand-up routine that Eastern Kentuckians are a bunch of inbred toothless hicks. (we’ll also note the fact that Kentucky Democrats nominating a non-farmer stand-up comedian for this job because his name is “Farmer” isn’t the greatest rebuttal to the stereotype)

Only he didn’t really apologize. Yes, it’s the old “if you were offended” line:

“I apologize if it offends anyone,” Farmer said in a phone interview. “I don’t want to offend people.”

And it doesn’t help that he followed that remark with this, noting that Republicans found the video and made it an issue yesterday:

“When did they lose their sense of humor, when I got 15 points ahead?” Farmer said.

Yes, so Farmer is basically saying “I apologize if you were offended, but seriously, it was funny and if you’re offended you should get a sense of humor”.

FAIL.

And I reject the premise that Republicans did this because they are worried about Farmer winning. They brought this out so early because they know that Farmer is an embarrassing joke, and they want to tie him as fast as possible to the KDP and Steve Beshear, as David Williams and the rest of the GOP ticket continues to look doomed. The KDP did the smart thing by denouncing Farmer, but this incredibly lame “apology” might wind up giving the story more legs than it would of if he had just said “I was totally wrong and I apologize to all Kentuckians” without the “if’s”.

The issue here isn’t Bob Farmer, because despite the name and Beshear’s advantage at the top of the ticket, he just isn’t going to win this race. The issue is how well the RPK succeeds at tying the embarrassment that is Bob Farmer to the rest of the Democratic Party. Is it desperate? Yes. Can I blame them, based on the situation that is staring the KY GOP in the face come this November? Not really… they’d be stupid not to.

PS- I’ll never get tired of saying “I told you so” about nominating Bob Farmer…

The race to see who’s more awful in Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture race

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June 21, 2011
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Kentuckians have the rare opportunity this November to choose between two candidates that were endorsed by hate group president Frank Simon in the primary. Choices, choices!

James Comer, who is also endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life (a group that wants to criminalize abortion in cases of rape and incest, outlaw birth control pills, and says abortion causes breast cancer), bragged about consummating his hate group endorsement this weekend at the American Family Association candidate forum:

Comer also posted a campaign video on his Facebook page this morning, attacking his Democratic opponent that I warned you all not to elect, Bob Farmer. Here we see Bob Farmer speaking at a Frank Simon hate group forum about not being a farmer, and how people from Appalachia are inbred and toothless:

I’m ready to call my endorsement in this race. Skip it.

Last night’s winners and losers

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May 18, 2011
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OK, here’s my rundown from last night’s 2011 Kentucky primary results, looking at the big winners and the big losers:

Winner: Alison Lundergan Grimes

Not only did she easily beat an incumbent Democrat in a statewide primary (when’s the last time that happened?), but she managed to do so despite the opposition of Governor Beshear (and Grimes people claim the KDP, too). And while the Beshear/KDP event in Frankfort featured a C-list crowd, the Grimes event in Lexington featured everyone from Chandler and Stumbo to Jorts, crowning her as the New Great Hope of the Kentucky Democratic Party (I’m sure her Dad took a little pleasure in that). And she now faces Some Dude Named Bill Johnson in November (the man whose campaign bumper stickers once said “Obama Been Lyin”), which should be relatively easy. She claimed in her victory speech that she wanted to follow in the footsteps of Martha Layne Collins and be Governor of Kentucky some day, and that doesn’t sound the least bit implausible at this point.


Loser: Steve Beshear

When a Democratic Governor sticks his neck out to endorse and work for a candidate in a Democratic primary, he better be sure that the candidate wins, or else he’s going to look weak. Hello 10+% defeat! All Steve Beshear managed to do is alienate a lot of Democrats and look like yesterday’s news. The only bright spot for him is that his opponent in November is the only person that had a worse night.

Winner: Kentucky Tea Party

They’re not dead yet. David Williams was supposed to trounce Phil Moffett, the candidate with no money and no TV ads. Instead, he wound up limping to a 10 point victory, not even breaking 50%, while Moffett dominated the Golden Triangle. Bill Johnson had no money and no TV ads, whereas his establishment opponent Hilda Legg was all over television and supposed to win easily. Johnson won by 1,000 votes. John Kemper had no money, no ads, and was running for the state’s bookkeeping position while himself being in bankruptcy. And yes, he crushed his GOP establishment opponent by 14 points. The only thing stopping the Kentucky tea partiers from their second full sweep of the GOP establishment in one year was the horrible mismanagement of money in the Moffett campaign. If they had been able to get even a fraction of the airtime as Williams, Kentucky’s shocking upset might be the #1 political story in America today, and breathe some life into the intellectually and morally bankrupt political movement.

Loser: David Williams

Now that’s what you call limping into the general election. The man that was supposed to dominate last night wound up losing Lexington by 20 points and finishing 3rd place in Louisville. Between those two cities and all the way up to Boone and Kenton counties, Williams got his ass handed to him by Phil Moffett and his People of Tea. Not only does Williams look weak by not even coming close to getting the vote of half of Republicans last night, but he now faces bitter Teabaggers who are going to give a long hard look at The Last Free Man in America, Gatewood Galbraith. Getcha popcorn.

Winner: Overs

Despite reports all day of tumbleweeds sweeping across polling stations all over the Bluegrass, those who bet on double-figure turnout had a sweet payday last night (10.34%).

Losers: Kentucky democracy

10.34%? Pathetic.

Loser: BD Wilson

Wilson had three times the money of anyone in the Democratic primary for Commissioner of Agriculture, yet finished an embarrassing third place to a Bible-beater named “Farmer” and an old man’s cow. I guess that’s what happens when a candidate doesn’t listen to smart people on his staff. But enough about Elaine Walker…

Winner: James Comer

Bob Farmer? You can go ahead and tell Richie Farmer to hand over the keys to Mr. Comer, because there’s no way on earth that he is going to lose in November. He would have been a favorite even if Wilson or Lackey won, but now he’s a mortal lock.

Loser: Katie the Cow

John Lackey’s cow became Kentucky’s newest A-list celebrity, as she was the star of his ad that ran approximately 2.5 million times on MSNBC. But now that Lackey came up short, we’re sad to inform you that she will no longer be spotted in the trendiest Lex/Lville clubs, as she’s now “what’s for dinner”.

Winner: Frank Simon

Kentucky’s most prominent bigot only made 3 endorsements during the primary, but he was 100%, including longshot candidates Bill Johnson and Democrat Bob Farmer. Yes, Kentucky Democrats, you just nominated someone who sought and accepted the endorsement of Frank Simon and Kentucky Right to Life (i.e., no abortion even in cases of rape and incest). Pat yourself on the back. Simon also had two of his old buddies, Todd Hollenbach and David Williams advance to the general, so I’m sure that he’s a happy old disgusting bigot today.

Even: Adam Edelen

Edelen now faces John Kemper in November. Which, if you’ve followed Kemper since his Congressional run last year, is friggin hilarious. Edelen will sleepwalk into Crit Luallen’s office. The only downside to last night for him is that he now has some competition in the Young New Greatest Hope position for Kentucky Democrats in Grimes. You can almost hear the two fiefdoms taking sides and making their long-term battle plans for 2015, can’t you?

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