Monday, May 24, 2010

What Happens In The Beltway Stays In The Beltway

The Atlantic's Joshua Green observes that the DC-centric firestorm surrounding Rand Paul's manifest right-wing crankery isn't exactly making many waves in Kentucky. This, I think, more or less to be expected. If Paul's candidacy is to be viewed as a disqualifying event for Bluegrass State Republicans, the disqualification will probably have to come at the hands of ... Kentucky Republicans, who probably aren't interested in such things. What this says about the moral bankruptcy of elite institutions is left as an exercise for the reader.


Blue said...

Well I imagine if nothing else, his fundraising has suffered this week. Especially compared to the rosy glow they'd like in the week after the primary.

low-tech cyclist said...

Massey, the operator of the WV mine where 29 miners recently died, has two big mines in Kentucky, and is preparing to open a third.

The two mines in operation in KY have incurred literally thousands of violations during the past decade - a decade where GWB's crew was in charge of regulating the mines.

Rand Paul has specifically referred to the Massey disaster (along with the BP blowout) with his 'accidents happen, why should we look to find anyone at fault' rap.

If I were Jack Conway, I'd be going after this in a big way. What happens in the Beltway may stay in the Beltway, but what happens in Pike County, Kentucky is a whole 'nother story.

Helen Bushnell said...

He is down in the polls in Kentucky. He may not be down with Republicans, but I believe that he is down with independents.

I think that you will find that the African-American vote is much more energized than is would be otherwise.