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.
— Joe Pounder (@PounderFile) April 4, 2014