Southern Strategy prevailed in Ky.
Kentucky's Democrats seem to be tripping over themselves to explain their historic losses in the 2015 election.
We are seeing the inevitable result of President Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy, which saw the realignment of Southern Democrats into the Republican Party. As a result, the parties today are much more ideologically pure.
Kentucky Democrats tend to be "blue dog" Democrats, but there isn't much room in the modern Democratic Party for conservative Democrats anymore.
Consider that at the height of their power, the Blue Dog coalition held more than 50 House seats. Today they hold just 14, often losing to more liberal primary challengers supported by the Democratic National Committee.
Many of Kentucky's Democrats are fiscally and socially conservative, being pro-gun, pro-business, pro-life and pro-coal. How accepted are these positions in the national party?
The Republicans have been steadily closing the gap in registered voters, and if Democrats can't carve out a space for conservatives they might lose the state entirely. As chairman of the Southeastern Kentucky Young Republicans, I hope they don't.
Upset at nonvoters
More than 3 million people are registered to vote in Kentucky. Just less than 31 percent took the time to go to the polls. The only opinion that really matters is the one expressed in the voting booth. Upset about the upset? Look in the mirror. Grrrrr.
Don't blame the poll
The Herald-Leader might have been a bit premature in firing its polling company. There is the possibility that the polls were correct within the margin of error and that vote count was in error as in the 2004 Ohio presidential vote count.
One indicator, as pointed out by radio host/blogger Brad Friedman, it is unusual for a down-ticket candidate of the same party to receive substantially more votes than the candidate at the top of the ticket. A notable exception to this occurred in 1958 when Wilson Wyatt was elected to be lieutenant governor.
Teachers wary of Bevin
The election of Matt Bevin has teachers greatly concerned. On MattBevin.com, the Bevin Blueprint says, "All current employees should be required to make increased pension contributions in order to help secure their own pensions and make the system more financially sound."
Teachers already contribute 11 percent to 13 percent of each paycheck toward their retirement, and teachers do not get Social Security.
Our elected officials on both sides of the aisle have failed to do their part by not funding their portion. Teachers shouldn't be expected to contribute more to correct problems they didn't create. Teachers have acted in good faith and expect our elected officials to follow through.
Another concern is the statement that he will "incentivize and support an education system that results in a highly employable workforce." Translated, that means promotions and raises no longer are in the hands of educators but a mixed bag of student tests, bureaucrats and political correctness.
I urge lawmakers to watch Bevin closely and, more than ever, be the guard dogs of the voters and taxpayers of the commonwealth.
The paper ran a recent article about the death of Carol Brown Hubbard. Excuse me, it was not about her death, and it was not about the positive aspects of her life, her contributions to her community or her sweet family. It was about her past mistakes, and thank you so much for dragging up the "news" from the 1990s at a time when her children and grandchildren are grieving. Very classy. I'm sure there were readers just waiting on pins and needles to read your "news."
Nasty Vols fans
As a University of Kentucky fan, I was very disappointed by the lopsided football loss to Tennessee. But more disturbing were the three Tennessee fans who sat behind us. I'm all for cheering for your team, but their filthy language and taunting made the elderly couple in front of them leave at halftime. In the third quarter, when our player was injured as a result of targeting, one of them yelled, "I hope he's dead."
Really? I'm sure most Vols fans would be embarrassed by such ignorance and lack of class.