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Kentucky: the Hobson’s Choice of McConnell and Lunsford

If you know another blog that has been more unkind to Miss McConnell than DownWithTyranny, please let me know. I was delighted when I found out that he was outed to the GOP base this weekend and I’d like to see him get zero votes on Tuesday. That leaves me with a real problem. I’d also like to see his opponent, Bruce Lunsford, a nominal Democrat from deep, deep in the bowels of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, get zero votes.

You don’t always get what you want and in this case we won’t be getting what we need wither, not even in the unlikely event that Lunsford wins. The Kentucky race has tightened in recent days– McConnell 47.3% to Lunsford 44.2%– and rates it a toss-up, all 21 public polls since May, other than 2 ties, show McConnell winning. McConnell is a singularly unattractive senator: corrupt, unsympathetic to the aspirations of working families, pro-war, a rubber stamp, and the Senate’s premier obstructionist.

The most recent Survey USA poll shows him running significantly behind John McCain. As of two weeks ago McCain was trouncing Obama 54-41% (Kentucky gave Bush 60% in 2004) but the same voters were evenly split between McConnell and Lunsford. Lunsford is easily the most odious Senate candidate the Democrats have running anywhere– and he is hardly the only reactionary the Democrats are running. But if I had to guess which Democrat would be most likely to pull a fence-jumping stunt ala Strom Thurmond/Ben Nighthorse Campbell/Richard Shelby, Lunsford would win hands down.

He’s already using McCain in his campaign ads, the way Gordon Smith used Obama in his. And even if the circumstance never presents itself to make a party switch advantageous, I have no hesitation in publicly predicting he will give Ben Nelson (D-NE) a run for his money in future years when it comes to tallying the most reprehensible party unity scores. And looking at substantive partisan votes in the current session of Congress Nelson voted just a bit over half the time with his own party. There’s no reason to think Lunsford will do any better. There is ample reason, on the other hand, to see Lunsford, who most Kentuckians have long seen as a personally corrupt man, pushing the Democratic caucus further in the direction of Big Business interests and away from the interests or ordinary working families and the middle class.

Tomorrow we’ll have a look at the Senate race that presents Democrats with the polar opposite– an inspiring, straight arrow progressive leader, and one who looks like he will win his race and go on to work with members like Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Ben Cardin and Patrick Leahy to bring integrity and progressive values to the forefront of at least the Democratic caucus if not the hopelessly corrupt and systemically reactionary Senate itself. Meanwhile Fox News took a fair and balanced look at the Kentucky race:

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Howie Klein

Howie Klein

Howie Klein spent much of his life wandering around the world living in places like Afghanistan, Nepal, Holland and Morocco. He moved backed to America when Richard Nixon resigned and promptly helped start the first punk rock radio show in the country and then a DIY punk rock record label. His adventures in the music business ended a couple of years ago when he retired as president of Reprise Records. He began blogging almost immediately, starting Down With Tyranny. Jane taught him html while he held one of her dogs at a party. He is a raw foodist, lives in L.A., swims and hikes every day, thinks Howard Dean could be a president as great as FDR and will never be completely happy until Bush and Cheney are behind bars.