MSNBC ratings boom as ‘KSR Effect’ upends Kentucky Senate race

The numbers on last night’s cable news ratings are pretty staggering. Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio and Joe Sonka of InsiderLouisville were on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” to discuss Mitch McConnell’s unhinged performance on KSR yesterday morning and it seems the Big Blue Nation tuned in — big.

The Kentucky Sports Radio edition of MSNBC’s 10PM show resulted in nearly twice as many viewers on Wednesday night as they’d had on Monday night, and one and a half times the numbers from Tuesday. During the 10PM hour, the Jones/McConnell story helped MSNBC soundly defeat CNN in the nightly ratings war. (And that was despite CNN’s huge ratings coup with Mike Rowe’s new show as a lead in — people simply switched the channel at 10PM).

The Last Word’s 740,000 viewers represents a 230,000 increase for MSNBC over the previous night — and the real question here is how many of those extra 230,000 viewers were voters tuning in from the Big Blue Nation.

For some perspective, Lawrence O’Donnell’s show averaged 569,000 viewers in the 3rd Quarter of this year. On Monday night, the Last Word had 442,000 viewers — just 58,000 of them in the 25-54 demo.  On Tuesday night, the Last Word pulled 511,000 viewers.

To put this in some further perspective, FOX News enjoyed its best quarter ever over the last three months. Sean Hannity’s 10P show averages 1.6 million viewers. On Monday night, as on almost every night, Hannity nearly tripled MSNBC’s 10P ratings. On Tuesday he more than tripled MSNBC’s 10P ratings. But on Wednesday, opposite Matt Jones, Hannity only doubled MSNBC. That may not seem like a big deal, but in cable ratings world, that’s huge. More important to Kentucky, it may well indicate a significant number of Big Blue Nation viewers deciding that for one night, at least, they didn’t want to get “Hannitized.”

These KSR/MSNBC numbers also likely reflect the fact that large numbers of people who normally ignore politics and never watch cable news — decided to tune in.

Last night, with Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones (and Insider Louisville’s Joe Sonka) leading off the show to discuss Mitch McConnell’s truly weird and very angry appearance on KSR Wednesday morning, MSNBC’s ratings boomed, with nearly three times as many viewers in that key demo (and likely more, given that the ratings breakdown when added up doesn’t actually make demographic sense unless all the rest were under 25 — KSR broke the ratings system).

It’s just the latest example of the KSR Effect. Here’s the MSNBC interview, if you missed it (and judging by those numbers, it’s unlikely that you did):

(If you’re curious, the two of them are sitting in a tiny room and are being instructed by producers to attempt to look at each other — which is why the two shot is a bit uncomfortable and entirely hilarious.)

And here’s McConnell’s unhinged call in full where at times it seemed like he might be doing a Kentucky Joe impersonation:

As we discussed on Monday, it is well within the realm of possibility that the 6-point swing in the Kentucky Senate race that put Alison Lundergan Grimes ahead 2 bigguns was due not to her laughable gun ad but rather to the three weeks preceding during which Mitch McConnell was running scared from Matt Jones and Kentucky Sports Radio.

That cause/effect — otherwise known as the KSR Effect — would clearly explain Mitch McConnell’s bizarre decision to place a surprise call in to KSR on Wednesday morning.

After weeks of dodging the most listened to radio show in the Commonwealth, despite having given his word to appear on it, McConnell called Jones directly (rather than scheduling in advance and coming into the studio) demanding to be put on the air immediately. What followed was a surreal 13 minute interview (McConnell claims it’s been 30 minutes before abruptly hanging up) during which the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate seems unhinged, screaming at the radio host over largely inoffensive questions. McConnell was pissed, and the whole state heard it.

If the KSR Effect that created the KSR Bump in last night’s MSNBC ratings is the same KSR Effect that caused the swing in the Senate race’s poll numbers, then there’s no telling how McConnell’s belligerent and simply rude behavior on the state’s most listened to radio show will effect the next poll.

The McConnell people spent today trying desperately to change the subject to Grimes’ largely lackluster streaming performance at the Courier Journal editorial board — but the simple fact is, no one was watching that.

Everyone was listening to KSR… and McConnell and his campaign team blew it. They should have just gone on when they promised they would — instead, they got burned for three weeks and then Mitch went on the air live and burned himself. Like so many political mistakes, it was entirely preventable, and simply stupid. What’s with the screaming?

If there’s an October surprise in this race, right now it’s the KSR Effect.

With six point swing, Grimes leads McConnell (also: guns, the KSR effect, and the 6th District)

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That is the latest SUSA poll result, leaked out this morning, and as you can see in that surging blue line, Alison Lundergan Grimes has picked up steam in the past month — or Mitch McConnell has lost it.

Grimes is up four, McConnell’s down two, Patterson lost two and the undecideds are now at seven rather than eight. It’s a six point swing for Grimes and while a series of other polls have shown her down but within the margin of error, her own internals have put her ahead and based on this, obviously she is.

Mitch McConnell has attempted at every single turn to tie Grimes to Obama but that strategy has a clear drawback: Mitch McConnell can’t run from himself. Mitch is inseparably tied to McConnell and Kentucky voters dislike Mitch (48% unfavorable, 35% favorable) and Barry (55% unfavorable, 29% favorable) in almost equal measure.

Some are crediting the poll results to Grimes absurd gun ad. That’s simplistic. The gun ad was followed very quickly by the re-emergence of Alison’s grandmother in an ad that personalized Alison and since then the Grimes camp has been on a tear, releasing so many ads one week that the McConnell aligned Kentucky Opportunity Coalition dark money group claimed it was evidence that she was “flailing” — despite the fact that the KOC dropped more ads than ALG in the week after that “flailing” claim. In fact, while Grimes has been concentrated in releasing a series of ads, it is the McConnell team that’s been flailing and these results may also reflect a voter fatigue as every single commercial break is loaded down with McConnell ads and ads from his supporting outside billionaire-funded groups… all of them reminding voters how overwhelmingly tired they are of the very unlikeable Mitch McConnell.

Another precipitating event that’s been unfolding over the past month? Alison Lundergan Grimes appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio three weeks ago. Since Grimes went on the state’s most listened to radio show and actually answered questions for possibly the first time in the entire campaign, her numbers have gone up. At the same time, over this same period, Mitch McConnell has taken a beating not for any of his political positions but rather for his refusal to be a man of his word. McConnell agreed to go on KSR but has now spent three weeks running from Matt Jones and the single largest audience in the state. For thousands upon thousands of Kentuckians who aren’t particularly political one way or another, Mitch McConnell is broadcasting himself as a liar who is not a man of his word and who refuses to speak to actual Kentucky voters. Mitch McConnell and his campaign have done that to themselves — all they had to do was keep their promise, instead, they’re getting roasted for running away. They’re afraid Mitch will blunder badly under actual questioning, but they’re bigger blunder has been to go back on their word.

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The McConnell campaign is calling this new poll “an outlier” because the previous polls had the results essentially inverted. They can call the poll whatever they want and so can the Grimes people but what is clear, has been clear and will likely remain clear is that this is a tight race and will, barring a surprise, end up separated by only a few percentage points either way.

That’s part of why the Grimes campaign and heavy state donors and many powerful national groups have made to this point a serious tactical error in not doing more to activate the voters of Kentucky’s 6th District Congressional race. At an event last Thursday in downtown Lexington, for example, Grimes spoke just minutes after the Democratic 6th District candidate Elisabeth Jensen but made not one single public statement about the importance of supporting both their candidacies. Big donors have been getting squeezed by everyone and the fact that some Democratic candidates for Governor next year have been siphoning off money in this district is further evidence of the tactical mistake in the Democratic Party — and while the homophobic candidacy of Andy Beshear can pat itself on the back for taking a record haul for a down ticket race next year, all his daddy’s friends who are opening their wallets are passing up a far more important opportunity in central Kentucky.

The point here is not that ignoring the 6th District Congressional race is itself a massive oversight (though it may well be), but that ignoring it could ultimately help Mitch McConnell pull out a victory. Grimes needs to trounce McConnell in the 6th District. Barr is currently polling well ahead of Jensen in part because he has about a billion times more money — Andy Barr is getting massive support from predatory payday lenders, shady investment firms and Too Big To Fail Banks, and Jensen’s getting small donations from actual voters while the big money folks who are pouring cash into the Grimes campaign (and races that won’t happen for another year) are sitting this one out, in some foolish self-fulfilling prophecy.

The problem with that is that if Grimes ends up losing by 1%, 2% or 3% and Jensen loses by 6%, 7% or 8%… then all the Smart Guys who made their “smart” analysis to sit out the Sixth… will have no one but themselves to blame.

Time’s a wasting. Grimes can win without Jensen, but every point Jensen gets closer to Barr moves Alison closer to beating Mitch. If you want Grimes to win, then you want Jensen to win.

There’s no good reason not to support Elisabeth Jensen. She’s working hard, good on the stump, and right on all the issues. The only reason not to? If you just don’t care about the results of the Kentucky Senate race.

Ignore the 6th District if you like, but you do so at your own peril.

Mitch McConnell & Andy Barr are lying about the Minimum Wage

Ladies and gentlemen, Garland Hale Barr IV:

Andy Barr’s model for Kentucky is North Dakota proving yet again that Andy Barr doesn’t understand the basic economy of Kentucky — or, for that matter, North Dakota. But we’ll get back to that…

A week ago, Mitch McConnell told a group of TV advertising professionals (McConnell’s campaign and their aligned groups are dropping over a million dollars each week in TV advertising so it was nice of him to talk to them) that if he makes it back to the US Senate as the Majority Leader, he will allow votes on the minimum wage:

He promised to restore order to the U.S. Senate, allow votes on legislation he might not support, force President Barack Obama to sign or veto legislation for “a growth agenda,” and joked about the expense of running a U.S. Senate campaign. […]

[D]oes that mean he’d allow votes on such things as the minimum wage which Democrats generally support (including Grimes) and which Republicans generally oppose?

“Yes,” McConnell said.

Mitch McConnell’s can’t have it both ways. Either he’s going to allow votes on the minimum wage or, as he said at the Koch brother’s secretly recorded Billionairepalooza, he’s going to grind the government further to a halt and block votes on the minimum wage and a host of other “gosh darn proposals.”

We’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage.”

One way or another — Mitch McConnell is lying.

Last February, Mitch McConnell made clear that if there ever is such a vote, he would vote against any increase in the minimum wage — not even a penny.

Despite the fact that poll after poll shows overwhelming support among Kentucky voters for raising the minimum wage to $10/hr, this is not a new stance for Mitch McConnell.

Throughout his thirty year career, McConnell has worked to block raises in the minimum wage time and again, each time claiming that such a wage would only help people who didn’t need help and would absolutely cripple the American economy. It’s the argument he made in February 2014 and it is the exact same argument he made in 1988:

Raising the minimum wage above $3.35/hr will utterly destroy the economy!

The argument that raising the minimum wage to $3.35/hr in 1988 would have crippled the economy is provably false given that it’s now 26 years later and of all the things that have come close to crippling the economy, none of them has been the minimum wage.

Mitch McConnell was horrifically wrong in his analysis in 1988 and there’s no reason any serious person should trust he’s correct this time. Twenty six years later, Mitch McConnell is using the exact same argument to explain why this time raising the minimum wage will cripple the US economy.

Think about that for a second. Mitch McConnell has been making the same arguments against raising the minimum wage for 26 years — there are now eight years worth of new voters who weren’t even born in 1988. Mitch McConnell’s argument isn’t just stale, it’s been sitting in the way back of your grandmother’s closet inside a box of mothballs.

Mitch McConnell isn’t just recycling his own 26 year old argument against raising the minimum wage, he’s recycling the original argument against raising a the minimum wage — a 76 year old argument against even having a minimum wage:

The minimum wage has been controversial since it was established at 25 cents an hour by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which also banned most forms of child labor. Business leaders at the time warned the law would ruin the economy. It “constitutes a step in the direction of communism, bolshevism, fascism and Nazism,” said the National Association of Manufacturers.

On the one hand, that’s laughable. On the other, it’s overwhelmingly sad.

Either Mitch McConnell believes that bolshevism has destroyed the American economy for the past 80 years (a post-minimum wage era which saw the rise of the middle class)… or Mitch McConnell is lying.

It’s not just Mitch McConnell. That passage above comes from John Cheves’ recent must read report on the stark differences between Republican Congressman Andy Barr and his opponent Elisabeth Jensen.

In an age when political races are often run too safely, devoid of any actual vision and consisting only of a battle between idiotic talking points and an even dumber volley of attack ads, the 6th District Congressional contest between Andy Barr with his Wall Street millions and Elisabeth Jensen’s grassroots pull-em-up-by-the-bootstraps campaign offers two very distinct and very different world views.

One such differences between Barr and Jensen is on the minimum wage. As you saw in the video above, Andy Barr is opposes the minimum wage.

Andy Barr and Mitch McConnell are clearly playing out of the same playbook. Both men like to claim that raising the minimum wage will “kill” half a million jobs, and to claim this, they point to a CBO report from earlier this year.

Here again, Andy Barr and Mitch McConnell are lying. For a party that claims to be economically sound, their inability to understand statistics and economic analysis is astounding.

The CBO report, which Republicans love to selectively quote, offers a range of outcomes for potential job losses, and that range runs from basically zero to one million. The 500,000 figure that’s in the CBO report, as the CBO makes clear, is — and this is advanced mathematics here so bear with me — simply the plucked midpoint of their potential forecast. Raising the Minimum Wage could cost 500,000 jobs, but it could also cost essentially zero.

Regardless of whether 5 jobs are lost or 500 or 500,000, that loss is a tiny fraction of the overall benefit. Even if 5 million jobs were lost, and the CBO sees absolutely zero evidence to suggest that anything even remotely close to that outcome is even within the realm of possibility, the overall effect of an increased minimum wage is positive across the board.

The CBO report clearly states that 16.5 million workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.

Andy Barr and Mitch McConnell either have a reading comprehension problem, or they are lying.

The CBO report clearly states that an additional 8.1 million workers who now make slightly more than $10/hr now would also receive a raise thanks to a spillover effect.

So that’s now 24,000,000 Americans who would benefit from the raise. Mitch McConnell and Andy Barr are using an uncertain “guesstimate” from the CBO to block raising the incomes of a considerably more certain CBO estimate of 24 million people.

Fun Math Fact: The “500,000″ jobs Barr and McConnell are pretending to “save” is just 2% of the 24 million Americans who would benefit. 

The Barr/McConnell lie about jobs “killed” is not only erroneously plucked from a February report, it’s also statistically questionable based on numbers made available in July. All 13 states that raised the minimum wage on January 1st showed higher rates of job creation over the first six months of this year than states that did not raise the minimum wage. Based on these numbers, not only is the selectively plucked CBO number inflated, it could be completely incorrect. Raising the wage, based on available evidence, actually creates jobs.

Barr and McConnell are also lying about who would benefit. While they claim that those who would get a raise are just about bunch of lousy teenagers, the fact is — again, the CBO clearly states — just 12% of these low wage workers are teenagers, 10% of them have a college degree and more than half work full time.

Fun Math Fact: 88% of the American workforce earning at or near the minimum wage are 20 years old or older. 

The same CBO report that Barr and McConnell are selectively quoting also makes clear that 65% of the increase in income from an increased minimum wage would go to families with incomes three times below the poverty line.

And the CBO also made clear that 900,000 people would be lifted out of poverty simply by raising the minimum wage. That’s a net gain from the CBO. Other serious economists say it may be over 5,000,000 Americans.

In opposing an increase in the minimum wage, Andy Barr and Mitch McConnell are also denying help to 1,000,000 of Americas veterans.

Now… let’s get back to that video of Congressman Andy Barr at the debate with his opponent, Elisabeth Jensen.

Here, Garland H. Barr IV argues that while it’s factually accurate that the thirteen states that have raised the minimum wage have created jobs at a higher rate than states that haven’t, Andy Barr points to North Dakota.

This is classic Andy Barr.

North Dakota has indeed seen job increases despite the fact that the state refuses to raise the minimum wage. But the fact that North Dakota is enjoying job growth isn’t due to “fiscal conservatism” or “getting back to the economic principles that founded this country” but rather due to luck and technology. North Dakota is enjoying a massive oil boom. They’re producing so much oil that they are in the process simply burning off over a billion dollars worth of natural gas each year. Kentucky doesn’t have that market — and it’s not because of the government, it’s because the coal in the hills is running out and natural gas has become cheaper than coal and coal in Western states has become more abundant and the jobs and the suppliers and the manufacturers are all going to go to the places where those jobs are… places like North Dakota where many of the jobs barely require a high school degree and where oil companies are making a killing via horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing… none of which are viable options for Kentucky. Andy Barr’s comparison is either economically naive, fiscally ignorant or… yes, he’s just lying about the minimum wage.

“It wasn’t me!” — Andy Barr claims he didn’t vote to keep the government shut down

Andy Barr and Elisabeth Jensen are engaged in series of public meetings and a couple debates — the other day in Frankfort, Andy Barr made the absurdly false claim that he did not, in fact, support the government shutdown. Here’s the video:

What’s funny is that when Andy Barr cast his vote to keep the government shut down last fall, he told the Herald Leader that he thought about it long and hard and decided, “You know what? I don’t care.”

Based on the performance in the above debate, it seems like Andy Barr has changed his mind. Now that he’s not actually casting the vote but rather seeking votes, Andy Barr cares? Please.

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After voting Wednesday night against the final deal that reopened the government and extended the debt ceiling, Barr told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he had reflected on his campaign promises and his daughters who stand to inherit a massive national debt. He was adamant that he had not considered the political ramifications.

“You know what? I don’t care, and I am not focused on politics,” Barr said. “This is not about politics. This is about the next generation.”

You’d think he’d be proud of his vote, instead, he’s running away from it and lying to voters, claiming it didn’t actually happen.

Maybe this will refresh his memory:

 

The upshot to all this? Andy Barr’s got a new campaign theme song. To be a true player, you got to know how to play.

Is Kentucky Rise trying to Submerge Kentucky?

***Update — INSIDERLOUISVILLE GOP activist admits involvement in Ashley Miller attack site, declines to say who is behind it ***

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Last week WFPL’s Phillip Bailey reported on an attack website, SubmergeKentucky.com, that featured ridiculously offensive smears of Ashley Miller, the Democrat running in the state’s 32nd House District. Miller’s opponent is Phil Moffett, the Tea Party Gubernatorial candidate who lost to David Williams in 2011 but who won the Republican Primary for this seat in May by defeating a former head of the Jefferson County Republican Party.

Moffett’s victory was one of the few bright spots for Kentucky’s Tea Party on primary night, although as B&P, WFPL and InsiderLouisville later reported there were some interesting donations to Moffett’s campaign from some of Mitch McConnell’s biggest boosters that helped get Moffett into the General. Moffett, unlike most other members of Kentucky’s Tea Party, remained silent in the Republican Senate primary, endorsing neither McConnell nor the Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin.

The SubmergeKentucky site is not currently available, directed instead to a GoDaddy.com holding page. As Bailey reported, the site was registered on August 4th of this year but the identity of the person or group who made the purchase and set up the site is not available.

Bailey reported on screenshots of the site which he’d been given:

Referring to the political newcomer as “Trashley Miller,” the page claims she is involved in providing “abortion referral services” for Planned Parenthood. It also slams Miller for appearing on a 2012 album cover by the Kentucky-based hip-hop group Nappy Roots.

“Nappy Roots is a popular gangster RAP group based in Bowling Green, Ky.,” the site said above two pictures of the album, which is titled “S—’s Beautiful.” The dual covers show Miller sitting in a bathroom stall. One version shows her sitting there with her underwear around her ankles.

“Ms. Miller is featured on the cover of their mixtape CD! But she ain’t just a model,” the site said. “(S)he’s a bad “MF” model!”

Should she be elected, as Bailey reported, Ashley Miller — who is a former Ms. Kentucky, a model, and an accomplished professional — would be the first African American elected to Kentucky’s State House in more than a decade. Phil Moffett told Bailey that he is not behind the site and does not know who is.

Some Googling around, however, may reveal the source of the site’s deeply offensive — and, frankly, racist and misogynistic — content.

The site is currently parked on a generic GoDaddy hosting page used by thousands of separate domains.

But if one searches for “trashley” and the site address, the following is returned:SubmergeTrashley

If one searches only the site’s address, two more interesting details emerge (or, submerge). First, in the second result you can see that the Google index still has some of the site’s content:

“The Kentucky Democratic Party’s structured program to ruin the lives of liberal, white-collar young women across the Bluegrass!”

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More interesting is that third result. It indicates that the domain’s IP is 70.32.68.192, and indeed if you punch that IP and that site’s address into Google, you see several sites have results the same information:

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A site’s IP address indicates where it is hosted, and can be searched to find that site’s “neighbors.” At a given IP address, there will be many websites, and the fact they are served there does not necessarily mean they are connected. For example, B&P’s IP is apparently the same as JohnBoehner.com. Among the hundred or so domains at a particular address, you find the usual flotsam of the internet. However… often when multiple sites are being run out of the same account, they will be served from the same location.

If you search the IP neighbors of SubmergeKentucky’s apparent IP address, there are 90 or so sites being run on 70.32.68.192, and if you look through those sites, a few interesting neighbors show up:

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Sarah Durand is a leader of the Louisville Tea Party. She was the spokeswoman for Matt Bevin’s campaign. A WhoIs search on SarahDurand.com shows that site is registered to a Sarah Durand in Louisville. Sarah Durand also is the registrar on record for KentuckyRise.com and GOPRoundtable.com.

What’s particularly interesting here is that KentuckyRise.com is the home of the Kentucky Rise PAC which belongs to Cathy Bailey. Bailey is widely expected to join the Republican field in the 2015 Governor’s race but has told press that right now she is focused on efforts to win the State House for the Republicans through her PAC, Kentucky Rise.

Bailey was the ambassador to Latvia under George W. Bush, and she and her husband Irv have strong ties to the Republican Party establishment, with both Cathy and, apparently, Irv serving on Mitch McConnell’s various campaign committees — and both Cathy and Irv have given generously to McConnell over the years.

Kentucky Rise PAC was formed earlier this year and it promptly have $2,600 to Mitch McConnell and another $2,600 to Andy Barr.

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Another $5,000 went to RAND PAC, the Rand Paul presumptive campaign for president. Cathy Bailey maintains very close ties to Rand Paul — in fact, Bailey has played a central role alongside Doug Stafford and others in building Rand Paul’s political network.

In a February 2013 op-ed published in the Courier Journal, Cathy Bailey wrote of her “dismay” with the Republican Party as it became clear in the wake of the 2012 elections that the GOP has a real and worsening relationship with women — and Cathy Bailey offered her guiding principles on how to close that gap and make more women relate to the Grand Ol’ Party:

When I talk with women in our state, these are the issues that they care about. To convince them to vote Republican, we have to stop viewing elections solely as referendums on our opponents’ records and ideas. Instead, we must present voters with a meaningful choice between two different sets of values, policies and programs. We must prove that our agenda can better solve the pressing problems that keep women awake at night.

Of course, it’s not just the message; it’s also the messenger. One of the best ways to attract women to the Republican Party is to change the face of the Republican Party.

The SubmergeKentucky attack site is a “spoof” (and really, that’s giving it far too much credit) of EmergeKentucky, the program that has produced a slew of wonderful and very able female candidates who are now running in races across the state. Ashley Miller is one such EmergeKentucky graduate, as is Elisabeth Jensen who is running for Congress in Central Kentucky against Andy Barr — who has taken money from Cathy Bailey’s Kentucky Rise PAC.

The fact that the SubmergeKentucky attack website is hosted at the same IP address as Bailey’s KentuckyRise.com could just be a coincidence — but it begins to stretch the bonds of ones imagination to see how.

Cathy Bailey, who hopes to be the Republican nominee for Governor and who started a PAC in the meantime to help win the State House for the state GOP, has a stated mission of countering the Democratic Party’s efforts to mobilize and empower women voters and women candidates.

SubmergeKentucky, which seeks to anonymously smear these politically active Democratic women via misogyny and, where possible, racist attack appears on the internet directly alongside the website for Bailey’s Kentucky Rise PAC.

And Bailey’s Kentucky Rise PAC has given $1,000 to Ashley Miller’s opponent, Phil Moffett. In fact, Bailey herself has also personally given $1,000 to Phil Moffett.

Among Kentucky Rise PAC’s biggest donors is Terry Forcht. Forcht runs Forcht Bank, the official bank of both Mitch McConnell’s campaign and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC which is deeply intertwined with the McConnell aligned Super PACs Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition — which are currently spending millions of dollars each week to attack another female candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Forcht and his associates at Forcht bank have given Moffett at least $6,000.

(In fact, many of the heavy donors — Jones, Brown, etc — to Kentucky Rise PAC are also big givers to the McConnell campaign and are also generous donors to Ashley Miller’s opponent, the Tea Party surprise of 2014, Phil Moffett.)

The website for Kentucky Rise PAC, as well as various other Kentucky campaign websites (Howland, Pate, etc), and a site called GOPRoundtable.com are all apparently hosted at the same IP address as SubmergeKentucky.com.

KentuckyRise.com and GOPRoundtable.com are both registered to Sarah Durand — and SarahDurand.com is also hosted at the same IP address as SubmergeKentucky.com.

And, to close this lovely circle, Sarah Durand is on the payroll of Cathy Bailey’s Kentucky Rise PAC:

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While it is possible the racist, anti-woman website SubmergeKentucky.com just happened to be hosted at the exact same IP address as Cathy Bailey’s own Political Action Committee and Sarah Durand’s personal website it does seem that a coincidence here is wildly unlikely.

While Phil Moffett has gone on the record to explicitly claim that he does not know who put up this site, the available signs appear to point toward Kentucky Rise PAC, Cathy Bailey and her employee, Sarah Durand.

It could be happenstance that the McConnell-backing Rand Paul confidante Bailey employs the Bevin backing Tea Party leader Durand and that Bailey and the rest of the folks behind Bailey’s Kentucky Rise PAC are generous backers of Ashley Miller’s campaign and that all those parts just so happen to come to rest on the internet alongside this truly despicable anti-woman SubmergeKentucky website — but it could also not.

The funny thing about calling folks “trash” is that it can cut both ways. Sometimes the trashiest people are actually the ones who smell the rosiest.

Nappy Roots, play us out.

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