Barefoot and Stupid

Wow. This video is just… awful. (h/t Jake) This kind of makes me think that Twain was off about 150 years.

If you’ve lived in Kentucky as long as I have, you KNOW these kinds of people. It’s just generational ignorance, passed on from generation to generation. And then you have the brain drain where the smart and talented ones who are immune to this idiotic nonsense move away from the mountains when they can, leaving the stupid behind to breed.

What is it about Appalachia that makes it soooo much different from the southern and midwest plains of rural America? There’s racism there, but you don’t see the insane 90% to 10% results like we’ve seen in the KY and WV mountains. Is it the mixture of mountain culture not liking “outsiders”, (or “flatlanders” as I was once called before almost beaten to death for daring to venture in there) with the prejudice towards blacks? Is it the total lack of opportunity in Appalachia that causes the talented to get the hell out of there?

The media tries to exaggerate this a lot (and often times they blatantly do), but those numbers in Appalachia shocked even me. It’s scary.

So what does this mean for our prospects in the Fall against McCain?

Go West, young man. (soon to come)

(oh, and this swishy blogger goes on TV to talk about it:)

Senate Primary Number crunching (corrected)

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
Bruce Lunsford D 316,760 51.1% 51.1% percent of the vote
Greg Fischer D 209,721 33.9% 33.9% percent of the vote
David L. Williams D 34,339 5.5% 5.5% percent of the vote
James E. Rice D 20,384 3.3% 3.3% percent of the vote
Michael Cassaro D 17,344 2.8% 2.8% percent of the vote
Kenneth Stepp D 13,443 2.2% 2.2% percent of the vote
David Wylie D 7,515 1.2% 1.2% percent of the vote

– The polls appeared to be right on, with Fischer narrowing the gap due to Lunsford not even trying some type of GOTV effort.

– Williams beats 4 other candidates. Amazing. James Friggin’ Rice beats Michael Cassaro. The Cassaro Girls weep tonight… (But at least he held off Stepp)

Fayette County #’s

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
Greg Fischer D 18,878 47.0% 47.0% percent of the vote
Bruce Lunsford D 17,039 42.4% 42.4% percent of the vote

Fayette was the only county Fischer won.

Actually, that’s way off. Fischer won in the in the Paducah market and almost took Frankfort.

Jefferson County #’s

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
Bruce Lunsford D 62,728 48.4% 48.4% percent of the vote
Greg Fischer D 50,549 39.0% 39.0% percent of the vote

Those were Fischer’s 2 best counties, Bruce cleaned up elsewhere, up 20-30 points in most other counties.

See correction, above.

But check out the Republican side:

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
Mitch McConnell R 167,956 86.1% 86.1% percent of the vote
Daniel Essek R 27,159 13.9% 13.9% percent of the vote

That’s 27,159 Republicans who took time out of their weekday to go vote against Mitch McConnell. And Jefferson County? – 5,719 Republicans voted against him.

How do you think Anne Northup feels about the fact that 5,719 Louisville Republicans felt the need to give Mitch McConnell an FU vote? The fate of the Republican Party in Louisville is starting to mirror the rest of the country. People are fed up with the incompetence of the Republican Party and they have had enough.

Random stuff you should read

This is the kind of scum that WHAS puts on the radio in Louisville.

If you actually want to support the troops, please read this and call/write your Congressperson.

Dear media: if you thought Rev. Wright deserved all of that attention, how about that McCain guy seeking out the endorsement of the man that said Hitler was fulfilling God’s Will? Any takers?

Creationuts. In ur kidz skools, teechin em shite.

RDemocrat passed his goal and raised $1,750 for Heather Ryan for Congress. Woot, to all those who got involved.

Post election night wrap-up

A strange night.

Delusional candidates. Hard working staff. Delusional top-staff. Angry asshole top-staff. Blue blood Democrats. Less horrible tiny DINO. Fallen beauty queen. Drunken staff. Jerry Lundergan.

Yep, let me recap as best I can from where I left off –liveblogging last night for the primary return “parties”.

First of all, one of the top Lunsford people, named Brad I believe (young, thick black glasses, black hair… looked kind of like the penguin from the 2nd Batman movie), was a complete ass to all of his staff. I witnessed him repeatedly berating people to the point that it was embarrassing. I saw him cursing out a female staffer loudly in front of the entire press corps… W.T.F. Young?? Elections may be stressful, but that behavior was blatantly obvious and unprofessional.

Then again, I’m not a professional, so who am I to say…?

Faces in the crowd afterwards: Liz Fossett of Draft Crit, who still hates me. Jerry Lundergan! Here I am posing with my best buddy.

Good times! Tiny Bruce mingled amongst the Blue Bloods, and then it was time to go to Molly Malone’s where the Obama party was.

Hurricane Lisa Tanner and Jon Wright were among the notables there.

A.J. Carrillo, Greg Fischer’s campaign manager, stopped by. I said hi to him (being friendly, like I can actually be sometimes) and A.J. wasn’t exactly pleasant. He immediately told me that he thought I was on Bruce Lunsford’s payroll. Seriously. Funny stuff. Judging by the shape of my 1989 Corolla and the debt collector calls I avoid, Bruce isn’t doing a very good job of paying me off. He also defended Crazy Shark Lady, saying how bright she was. So was Ted Bundy… just saying. (I should also note that A.J. told me “I wasn’t registered to vote”, which means that Crazy Shark Lady was trying to dig up dirt on me in the voter files of the Fayette Co. Party HQ, and fed A.J. the phony info. Classy operation, that one)

After about 15 minutes of back and forth on the race (I won’t get into all the good stuff), he said “well, you’re just a cynic”. I said “no, that’s called being a realist”.

It was almost like patchouli was in the air.

One of Fischer’s field guys, Josh Mather, (who was harassing Lunsford people the entire campaign and being an ignorant asshole) was there trashing Lynn Fischer to pieces to everyone who could hear it. Classy guy.

Anyway, a fun night. I’ll have a more recap/analysis thing up soon.

Liveblogging election night 5/20!!!

(post election wrap up here)

9:50– Lunsford just finished his acceptance speech.

Joni Jenkins spoke first, then Chris Sanders of Change to Win.

A women came out (didn’t catch her name) and talked about how things were so different in 1984 when Mitch came into office. (And she called a woman a “shero”… I’m going to put that into my vocabulary too, Justin). Gas was $1.3o a gallon. “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” was the #1 song. And in terms of the price of gas, and everything else falling apart, we must ask ourselves, what’s Mitch Got to do with it? (nice zinger)

Another women came out who was apparently a childhood friend of Bruce. Told us how Bruce always talked about his mom growing up. Talking about how their mothers were always taken care of. (what the…). More talk of taking care of old people. (Jesus, is this a Fischer plant?). Then talks about the 2003 Vencor attacks on Bruce. Says that anyone who would do that to “someone with a family” is basically scum. Yikes, calling out Ben and Greg, not by name but called them liars, basically.

Steph Horne came out and gave a great speech (she told me she’s never done that type of thing before). Laid into Mitch, and told how Bruce will bring the troops home, take proper care of them, bring universal health care, etc… (and she told me that she stole a line from a Jack Johnson song in the speech! She’s hip to what the kids are digging, too!)

Heather Rene French Henry came out and prowled all over the stage scaring people. Selling Bruce like milk. I felt a bit nauseous.

Bruce came out.

The man is tiny.

Says Fischer ran a “spirited campaign”. Fischer told him on the phone that he would support him against Mitch. Great news, I hope his supporters will join him and Ditch Mitch. Said Fischer has a great career in politics ahead for him if he so chooses, and he will “learn from his mistakes” just like Bruce did when he ran as a rookie in 2003.

But his “Mission is not Accomplished yet”- Ditch Mitch (chanting), home from Iraq, Veterans health care. Fix economy and all of Bush’s other disasters.

Said he’s apologized many times for “crossing party lines” sometimes, and “if Bush and McConnell did that every once in a while, we’d be much better off.

Mitch will spend millions against him calling him lots of names, “but I don’t care what names he calls me, because in January, he’ll call me Senator”.

9:04- Will Kenneth Stepp pass Cassarro? 2.8 to 2.2. That’s the only drama at this point.

Cue Cary Grant.

9:00- latest results-

(86% in)

Lunsford- 51%
Fischer- 34%
Williams- 6%

Rice still beating to Cassarro. by .5. Judy, Judy, Judy.

(92% in)

Obama- 30%
Hillary- 65%

With 93% of Louisville in, Obama now leading Hillary 51-46%. That’s more like it, but still, I thought he would take it by more. He won Lexington by the same margin.

Every county in Appalachia had Clinton winning about 90% to 10%. Wow. I mean, wow.

We gots some messed up mountain folks…

8:53- Fischer about to give his concession speech, apparently.

8:50- I’m the only person in the room not wearing a suit, besides the Union folks. And the only one wearing a trucker hat (KY for Obama 08).

8:41- Oh my. Somebody stepped to the mic and said it’s no long a cash bar. It’s open bar.

Excuse me for a second.

8:40- (76% in)

Lunsford- 51%
Fischer- 35%
Williams- 5%

Rice still beating to Cassarro. Always listen to Judy.

(80% in)

Obama- 31%
Hillary- 65%

8:30- Just went in to see Hillary speak. Boring. I’m back now.

On the way back, Jake and I passed Heather Rene French and Steve Henry. There was almost a flat out cat fight between Heather and Jake. Jake received a mean look. He split, laughing. Kids walking by, “do you think Chelsea is there?!?”. Cute. “Is Hillary this way?”- Unfortunately.

Such cynicism.

Hillary done speaking. Should be time for Bruce’s speech soon.


55% in

Clinton- 59%
Obama- 37%

47% in

Lunsford- 50%
Fischer- 36%
Williams- 5%

Rice is beating Cassarro, 3.1 to 2.9. You should have listened to Judy at the Christmas party, Mike…

8:00- This place is dead. Far less than 100 people here. Took some pictures but I don’t have a cord to upload them. Rats.

People watching: Crit Luallen is here getting interviewed on TV. Giving congrats to Bruce, I imagine. John Y. Brown III and swishy Jake chatting. Lauren Biggs and Stephen Shepard. Richard Becker. Nathan Dickerson. Allsion Haley giving a nice smile for the camera. Joni Jenkins I think? Brandt!!!!

So boring… I need to start some trouble or I’m gonna go mad.

7:50- The results of the Sec. of State’s site appear to be going backwards now and Hillary’s gone up by a zillion. Weird. Time to roam the crowd, I guess.

Well, CNN has 43% in

Clinton- 58

7:43- Goddamn! Jake looks really thin. I mean, like, sickeningly thin. And that suit! The man can dress.

(oh, and there’s this green thing around my wrist now, which has nothing to do with Jake, I assure you.)

7:40- Ron Paul representing in Lexington like I thought he would! 13%, not bad at all. The Gold Standard!!!

7:35- 32% in

Clinton- 55%
Obama- 42%

Obama cut the gap by taking Lexington 51-46 so far (76% in). Nowhere but down from here though, as Appalachia gets set to thump him.


Fischer closes a bit, taking Lexington 47-42 (76% in). Western and Eastern should widen the margin a bit, but it’s looking like he’ll keep the margin under 20, which is respectable.

7:30- With 85% in the 3rd Dist. of Lexington- Lawless-45, Thomason-24.

Congrats Eric!

7:25- Looks like Fischer in going to win Fayette County. Pretty impressive. Lunsford might have to actually, like, visit the city sometime in the next 5 months. If that’s not too much trouble for him.

7:20- 29% in

Clinton- 58%
Obama- 39%


54% of Fayette in Obama winning 51-46, Fischer winning 48-42.

7:12- As Schankula notes in the comments from Lexington’s 3rd Dist.-

Urban Council – 3rd – Fayette (69.2 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate Votes % Votes
Diane Lawless 1,021 47.9
Don Pratt 266 12.5
Garry Weston 130 6.1
Daniel Burton 0.0
Eric Thomason 533 25.0
Jonathan Rodgers 181 8.5

Congrats, Eric!!!!! (finishing 2nd means he goes on to the general election to face Lawless)

(Jonathan Rodgers is an excellent host though, sorry I couldn’t make it tonight. And the voting booth is a very private place…)

7:07- 22% in

Clinton- 54%
Obama- 43%


87% of Louisville is in, and Obama only won 49-48. It’s all downhill from here, with the exception of Fayette, which is still trickling in.

Lunsford won Jefferson 48-40, which means that Lunsford is the Democratic nominee to face Mitch McConnell.

Yep, I’m calling it.

Hillary Clinton and Bruce Lunsford win Kentucky.

(yea, I know, not exactly stopping the presses…)

7:00- 21% in


Looking close, but Louisville is 90% in, which should be Fischer’s best county (exception perhaps Fayette), so I assume it’s no place but down from here as East and West KY rolls in

6:58- 19% in


6:56- If anyone can find where the fayette county ditrict races are, please comment or email me.

6:55- Northup up 77-20 in her primary over Theinman, 36% reporting.

6:52-9% in



6:44- Forgot to mention it, but Steph Horne told me this afternoon she’s been asked to speak. If she can get here from her kids’ soccer game in time, she will. I can imagine her being the first to publicly tear into Mitch, and she deserves it.

6:38- Results finally coming in.

7% reported

Unfortunately Louisville’s 35% is already in (and Obama only up 49-48, bad news). Only 2% in Lexington.

(8% in)

6:33- Hillary ain’t dropping out. She’s having a private fundraiser tonight in the Marriot.

6:30- It is DEAD in here. Much more dead (deader?) than I thought it would be. Wonder what it looks like elsewhere.

6:00- The Wi-Fi Gods have smiled upon us!!!!

We’re up and live from the Marriot in Louisville.

The Marriot is the site for both the Lunsford and Clinton victory parties (different rooms of course). The Fischer party is a couple miles away. The Obama party is at Malones on Bardstown. Hopefully I can get into all of them, we’ll see.

Right now I’m sitting in the “Press Room” at the Lunsford event… a long table in a big empty room right next to the event room, with dirty rabble bloggers Jake Payne and Trey from Politicker. Also Gabe Bullard from NPR. The actual room is pretty sparse at this point… just staff. I’ll let you know when I spot a non-staff/Party big shot in the room (odds on that- 2:1).

Hillary has a line outside.

More to come.

Victory Party Liveblogging?!?

I shall be in Louisville tonight, trying to cover all of the Clinton / Obama / Lunsford / Fischer “victory” parties. Wi-fi Gods willing of course.

Will Clinton hang it up?

Will Obama declare victory in Oregon?

Will Lunsford have anyone who’s not a staffer or Party official there?

Will Fischer kick me out like the poll worker kicked him out this morning?

All good questions. Stayed tuned to your Gonzo Correspondent for all the juicy details. (Starting around 5:30)