The Rude Pundit rips Kentucky’s Democrat for Senate

I just had to see if anything was pissing of the Rude Pundit recently (the language, as usual is NSFW):

Look, you can cavil all you want about Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’s refusal to answer whether or not she voted for Barack Obama. You can sit there all self-satisfied and pat yourself on the fuckin’ back that you support the sanctity of the secret ballot and that, really, it’s not all that important that she answer. You can pretend all you want that Grimes is correct to stand on principle or that, if she said that she voted for Obama, it would be used in attack ads endlessly by that unrepentant, smug cuntface, Mitch McConnell. You know that it’s far, far more important that McConnell refuses to say if he thinks climate change is human-caused or that Kynect, Kentucky’s Obamacare exchange, would be harmed if you got rid of Obamacare, something the governor of Kentucky ripped McConnell for. That’s shit that affects the daily lives of Kentuckians, not what Grimes did in a voting booth.
But you know in your heart of hearts that what you’re really thinking is “Oh, fuck, Grimes, just fucking answer the motherfucking question.” Because, see, you know what else makes a good ad? Grimes hemming and hawing about her vote, looking like she just got caught drinking milk out of the gallon jug. And you know that that’s what’s gonna get the headline after a debate because the media isn’t allowed to say that climate change is real and that you’re a goddamn moron or a lying sack of shit if you say otherwise.
Nice to know I’m not the only one waiting for this Democrat to act like a Democrat.
By the way, the headline on this Rude Pundit piece is:

The exception is Wendy Davis in Texas, who’s being criticized for fighting back. But Wendy is right, and Alison is wrong. At least Wendy acts like a Democrat should act.

Till debt do us part

According to this chart (click to enlarge):

marriage-stability-wedding-expensesThe more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you are to get a divorce.

OK, let me do a little math here.

When my wife and I decided to get married, our plan was to go City Hall and have a justice of the peace do the deed. Just seemed like a normal thing to do. Until my mother said, “Nope, you’re going to have a ceremony.”

So, here’s what we did.

We had the ceremony at our house, which at the time was a two-family building shared with a museum.

We bought flowers.

We had live music. There was a piano in our house, and my wife’s sister wanted to play the wedding march.

The wedding dinner was essentially a toned down version of a Thanksgiving dinner.

We didn’t send out invitations. Just called some family members and said “We’re getting married at our house.” So members of my family came in from New York and New Jersey and members of my wife’s family came in from Kentucky and Colorado. More than a dozen people. Fewer than 20. A couple of friends. Our landlords were taking a walk in the neighborhood, so we invited them in.

My mom found the minister to conduct the survey. I think I gave her $50 to $100.

For our post-wedding “reception,” a bunch of us hopped on the Staten Island Ferry (round trip, 25 cents a piece), and did a walking tour of Greenwich Village. I was the guide. I think we might have stopped for ice cream.

Everyone from out of town stayed at our house for the weekend.

So, adding this all up, I think the expense was in the low to mid-hundreds. Factor in time married (26 years), multiply by the likelihood of getting divorced (looks like nil) and carry the 1 … the calculator says we’ll be married …

Forever.

(And I do know a few couples who spent a lot more and are now divorced.)

Equivalence in Kentucky: Healthcare and votes

Mitch McConnell did this during the recent debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Monday he wouldn’t mind if the state healthcare insurance exchange known as Kentucky Kynect stayed but reiterated his call for the full repeal of ObamaCare.
Policy experts have questioned the feasibility of preserving the popular state exchange while also repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which set it up and similar exchanges around the country.

“Kentucky Kynect is a website. It was paid for by a two-hundred-and-some-odd-million-dollar grant from the federal government. The website can continue but in my view the best interests of the country would be achieved by pulling out ObamaCare root and branch,” McConnell said in a debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Senate.

Now Mitch knows that Kynect and Obamacare are the same thing. And he knows that if you repeal Obamacare, you repeal Kynect.

He also knows that Kynect is popular in the Bluegrass State, which is why he says keep the Web site.

Which is meaningless.

Mitch thinks Kentucky voters are idiots. Unfortunately, some are:

Greg Sargent gets a great nugget from Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who “recently conducted a statewide poll in Kentucky for an unnamed client and found that Kynect polls very positively, in contrast to Obamacare, which is underwater.”

Kynect is the Kentucky version of the Affordable Care Act exchange. To the extent the polling is correct, these results are another example of people loving the ACA but hating Obamacare.

Which just isn’t very surprising. People still don’t really know what “Obamacare” is. Why should they? There’s nothing labeled “Obamacare” that anyone has to deal with; almost nothing labeled “Affordable Care Act;” and there aren’t even all that many noticeable parts of the new system. Of course, Kynect is one of those new things, but there’s no reason for anyone in Kentucky to know that it has anything to do with the national law.

Alison should have been able to kick his ass on this subject. But she’s too busy not saying whether she voted for Obama. So her mealy mouthed stance on her vote is being treated as the equivalent of Mitch taking healthcare away from people who were never able to afford it before.

Oh, and when Alison was asked about Obamacare in May, here’s what happened:

Alison Lundergan Grimes made big news the other day by refusing to say whether she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act. She did say: “I am not and will not be for taking away insurance that 400,000 Kentuckians just recently got access to.” But Grimes’ position remains careful. She subsequently followed up by clarifying that the law would look “different” if she’d been in the Senate.

And that’s why Alison is screwing up this election.

Act like a Democrat, already!