Alison Lundergan Grimes (D CAND, Kentucky-SEN) is not really living up to expectations.

This does not surprise me at all:

On paper, Alison Lundergan Grimes was the perfect recruit to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell’s negatives are high, and Grimes is seen as an attractive (just me, or does she resemble Molly Parker?) young Secretary of State – with potential cultural crossover appeal in the “Bluegrass State.” And it also doesn’t hurt that she happens to be the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman (and Bill Clinton pal) Jerry Lundergan, either.

And indeed, the race is close. But that only belies the fact that Grimes has, thus far, proven to be a mediocre candidate, running a mediocre campaign. And this suggests that McConnell might just be able to survive.

As everybody knows, I try to stay out of Republican primaries. But Democratic ones are fair game – and it’s kind of significant that the Democratic bench in Kentucky (which is respectable) decided to let Grimes have the honor of facing off against (oh, just for example) Mitch McConnell. The general impression I get is that the Democratic nominee can expect to either run against the McConnell buzzsaw, or the Whoever Managed To Beat The McConnell Buzzsaw buzzsaw.  Neither is privately considered to be all that appealing.


Moe Lane

3 thoughts on “Alison Lundergan Grimes (D CAND, Kentucky-SEN) is not really living up to expectations.”

  1. That Buzzsaw needs electricity aka Voter enthusiasim ( I’m not confident in Mitch’s abilities there)
    It is comforting to know that KY is the only state currently held by a incumbent R that stands a chance of flipping.
    Back in 08 and 06 there were far more of those.

    1. I don’t think it has a chance of flipping.
      I do think there’s a chance Bevin can put ol’ Mitch out of a job, but ..
      I just don’t see where Kentucky would see the same kind of “sour grapes” reaction from the “establishment” types that Indiana saw after their recent challenging primaries.

      1. I think it could flip if Mitch is the candidate in Nov. But we’ve apparently lucked out on Grimes being the candidate.
        If she were a capable candidate she’d already be beating Mitch by a comfortable margin. She isn’t.

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