What a beautiful and thoughtful essay you printed by Jamie Lucke on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s “lost opportunities.”
I cast one of my very first ballots for the great statesman John Sherman Cooper in 1960. I remember the era distinctly as Kentucky chose some of the finest senators ever to represent this state, including Alben Barkley, Marlow Cook, Thruston Morton and Wendell Ford. Sadly, we have not elected such leaders to go to Washington since that time.
As an historian, I have often pondered why we could elect a string of great governors in a 50-year period but never find quality leaders to send to Washington. I have studied Kentucky history for over 60 years, especially political leaders like Cooper, and, as a Texas senator once said, I assure you that Mitch McConnell is no John Sherman Cooper.
Henry E. Everman