On the one hand, it was a rough day for the Grimes campaign. Last night, by most accounts, Alison defeated Mitch McConnell in the one and only debate the curiously-baby-faced five-term U.S. Senator has granted the good people of the Commonwealth, and yet through most of this day the conversation has circled around Alison’s unwillingness to say whether she voted for the President of the United States. Then there was news that the DSCC was “going dark” in Kentucky and that MoveOn was pissed at Alison over her “illegal immigrants” ad.
On the other hand… the last poll had Grimes up 2 points, she just posted yet another record fundraising haul and stirring just behind the moronic laughter of people like Chuck Todd, there is a media-counterswing coming (see here, here and here) as attention turns to Mitch McConnell’s bald-faced lies about Kynect and his master plan to rip insurance cards out of the hands of 500,000 Kentuckians.
If you listen to the Jesse Bentons of the world, you would think that all is lost for Alison. In a wild midterm season with the balance of power in the US Senate on the line, the DSCC’s decision to move their money elsewhere could reflect many motives — perhaps they’re upset at the Obama dodging, perhaps they’ve seen some tea leaves that 2% lead otherwise hides, perhaps they’re seeking to demonstrate that Grimes and Harry Reid are by no means on the same page, or perhaps they looked at Grimes’ record setting fundraising numbers and they realized they could better spend their resources elsewhere. After all, the folks declaring this race done and pushing the story that national Dems have abandoned Grimes are very conveniently overlooking the fact that Sherrod Brown campaigned with her today and Hillary Clinton will be with her tomorrow. When the probable next President of the United States is coming to town, it’s more than a little far-fetched to claim Alison’s been abandoned.
I don’t agree with Alison on every issue (like, you know, I’m okay with saying I voted for the President and I think it’s pretty screwed up to call your fellow human beings “illegal”) but I’m not afraid to vote for her because the alternative, whatever you think of Alison Lundergan Grimes, is just another six years of getting rimracked by Mitch McConnell.
There are many keys to victory if Alison Lundergan Grimes hopes to win. She’s got to do well in Eastern Kentucky and in Northern Kentucky and she must dominate in Louisville and Lexington.
If you want Alison Lundergan Grimes to win this race, don’t give her any more money. She’s doing fine. Other people will take care of that. If you are someone who has cash to give and wants to say “Don’t let the door hit ya” to Mitch McConnell, then here’s what you want to do: You want to support Elisabeth Jensen in the 6th District.
Here’s how it works:
Grimes has a load of cash, she’s got a teeming staff and she’s got plenty of volunteers. The money they have is ready to be spent on even more commercials, some good and some terrible. But they have that all mapped out, plotted out… everything.
What the Grimes campaign needs help with is boots on the ground, GOTV folks, big turnouts and big energy in Kentucky’s 6th District — and specifically in Lexington.
Midterm elections often favor Republicans because people don’t turn out in the same numbers as in Presidential election years — that means, women voters don’t show up in the same way, Black and Hispanic voters don’t show up in the same way, working families don’t show up in the same way, and neither do college students.
Lexington is a hotbed of uncounted votes.
To unlock those uncounted votes, there needs to be some concerted local action. If Grimes has enough money already coming in, the clear answer is:
By supporting Elisabeth Jensen’s campaign against Tea Party Extremist Andy Barr, you would effectively be aiding the Grimes’ campaigns efforts against Mitch McConnell.
Andy Barr believes abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest; Elisabeth Jensen believes women should be paid the same amount as men for doing the same job.
Andy Barr wants to extend tax breaks for millionaires and pushes protective legislation for predatory lenders. Elisabeth Jensen wants to raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, invest in education and create jobs in Kentucky.
Andy Barr wants to destroy Kynect and kick 500,000 people back out into the ranks of the uninsured; Elisabeth Jensen is an unabashed defender of Kentucky’s health care marketplace.
Winning Lexington BIG is fundamental to defeating Mitch McConnell. Alison Lundergan Grimes is pulling in record amounts of cash, and as with many House races across the country, that focus on the Senate is tapping funds for the House.
If you want Alison Lundergan Grimes to defeat Mitch McConnell, then you want to give money to Elisabeth Jensen.
If you want Mitch McConnell to lose, then you need Elisabeth Jensen to win. Every ballot that looks just like this:
Is the ballot that Lexington and the 6th District needs to cast.
Grimes has the cash to air unlimited new commercials, she probably has a bunch of great ads about “illegals” and gun shooting already banked, and you can count on the fact that you will see them before you go and vote for her.
Every new voter you can find for Jensen is a new voter for Grimes.
And two final notes:
If you have an “Alison” sign in your yard, you need to go down to the Fayette County Dems office on Broadway and pick up a Jensen one to put right next to it.
The 6th District is big, wide and diverse. It ain’t just Lexington — it’s Frankfort, Midway, Paris, Versailles… the votes to Ditch Mitch are sitting next to you at the restaurant, they’re your friends and your neighbors, your lovers and loads of strangers. If you don’t have money to give, just reach out and touch someone.
The clock’s a-tickin.