Alison Lundergan Grimes has been running for U.S. Senate for five months, roughly a quarter of the time she has been elected as Kentucky's secretary of state. Yet in those five months, Barbra Streisand has heard more about Grimes' views than the Kentuckians she's trying to persuade to vote for her.
Obviously the Grimes braintrust has concluded that illuminating her views in Kentucky would be detrimental to the success of their campaign. Considering that her one entre into public discourse was to cite that the existence of the "donut burger" as justification for Obamacare, it is hard to argue with that strategic advice.
Yet the overarching dilemma with that approach is that an informed voter can reach basic conclusions about what she believes based upon who is supporting her candidacy. In other words, while she's not telling Kentucky what she believes, the monolithic laundry list of left-wing activists supporting her would indicate that she's sure talking to someone.
Last September, a list of Hollywood stars a mile long contributed the maximum donation to Grimes' campaign. To a person, they all have a long and rich history of supporting liberal causes, liberal candidates and general viewpoints that are inconsistent with the vast majority of Kentuckians.
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"Second Amendment my a**," crowed Danny DeVito less than a year before scratching a check to Grimes. "Melt 'em," he suggested in another tweet as his preferred method of gun control.
Very few of her biggest supporters have any interest in Kentucky and even fewer have ever expressed an opinion on politics in the commonwealth. The notable exception is Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio who urged his fans to call senators in opposition to an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell. The amendment he sought to kill would've prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing job-killing regulations on Kentucky's coal industry. A little more than a year later, DiCaprio is now a maxed-out donor to Grimes.
Unless Grimes had a previously undisclosed child-acting career, it is reasonable to conclude that Hollywood supports her candidacy because they agree with her politics. As a practical matter, people who write $5,000 checks to someone they've never met probably don't do it because they disagree with the candidate.
It was all cleared up for us this past Monday when we finally got a window into what Grimes and her major supporters talk about. At a fund-raiser in New York with Michelle Obama, the first lady proceeded to inform donors they needed to write a "big old fat check" to Grimes and her cohorts to ensure the Senate will implement Obamacare and pass gun control, immigration bills and stimulus programs among other things.
After the event, when given the opportunity to assure Kentuckians that the first lady was not speaking for her with that agenda, she chose to attack McConnell instead. Well, there it is folks.
If you don't understand that Grimes intends to vote in lock-step with President Barack Obama and Sen. Harry Reid to the detriment of Kentucky, then you weren't paying attention. She doesn't need a press conference to make it any clearer than this.
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