This and that, the Rally to Restore Sanity vs. the March to Keep Fear Alive Edition:
Finally, a Washington, D.C., gathering presided over by a couple of guys who know they are clowning rather than the usual clowns who take themselves seriously.
Now, the nation must decide whether to back Jon Stewart of The Daily Show by taking it down a notch for America or Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report by freaking out for freedom. Swing voters can alternate between the two.
Let's hope the Oct. 30 dueling rallies draw a crowd big enough to put the clowns who take themselves seriously to shame. Of course, there is always the possibility a "Million Moderate March" would be so quiet and peaceful no one would notice.
Just two weeks into its campaign, the Republican gubernatorial slate of state Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer already has some explaining to do in regard to campaign finance rules.
State law requires candidates to file a letter of intent with the Registry of Election Finance before raising or spending money. A complaint filed with the registry last week alleged the Williams-Farmer campaign already had an operating Web site featuring a professionally produced video on Sept. 1, the day the two filed their letter of intent. In addition, the complaint cites a statewide poll conducted in July for the "Williams/Farmer Ticket."
Sounds like the ticket that relies heavily on the popularity of Farmer, a member of the University of Kentucky "Unforgettables" basketball team, may have tried to start a fast break before checking in at the scorer's table.
With Williams favored to be the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, the 2011 General Assembly might as well gavel "sine die" as soon as the two parties elect leaders in each chamber. All other issues may contract a fatal case of gubernatorial politics.
Good thing Kentucky has no pressing problems. Just think how grisly the carnage would be if there were real work lawmakers needed to do.
Tea Party movement darling Rand Paul keeps out-polling Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. Conway seems to be trying to pull off a repeat of the Democratic primary, where he never led in any poll but the one conducted in voting booths and used a late ad blitz to build the momentum for that win.
But neither Conway nor his opponent, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, took the hit for voter anger channeled through the Tea Party in the primary. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the mainstream Republican candidate, did. As the mainstream candidate in the general election, Conway may find it considerably more difficult to pull off a late comeback win.
Still, he has to be thankful Paul is his opponent, rather than Grayson. Most of the polls indicate he has a shot, albeit a long one, against Paul. Against a mainstream Republican in this election year, he would have no shot.
Indeed, when all is said and done, Democrats nationally may wind up very thankful for the Tea Party's decimation of mainstream Republicans. It could allow them to retain control of the Senate.
Thanks to the reader who directed me to the Web site of the Kentucky Bankers Association, which says the 119th annual KBA convention is currently underway at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.
Let's see, what does French Lick Resort have that Kentucky convention sites lack? Ah, yes, a casino.