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!

 

Alison: Your aim is not true

So, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat running for Republican Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat, got hit with this ad for refusing to say if she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012:

Alison, it’s a simple yes or no. If you did, you piss off Republicans who aren’t going to vote for you anyway. If you didn’t, then Democrats should be pissed off because that means you thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be president if the old guy died, or you had no issues with Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of your state consisted of moochers who suck on the federal teat: You know, Republicans on Social Security who attend Sarah Palin rallies tugging oxygen tanks and riding wheelchairs they got from Medicare:

Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.

And for some reason, Grimes thinks running this ad in Kentucky is a good idea:

Look, there are a lot of immigrants in the Bluegrass State who want to support a Democrat because they know the GOP wants to send them south of the border, and that doesn’t mean to Tennessee. So go ahead and write off those votes so you can appeal to the previously mentioned Republicans who aren’t going to vote for you anyway.

Maybe the Grimes campaign is in the midst of some super genius strategy where it is convinced the voters of Kentucky are a bunch of barefoot, one-toothed hicks in bib overalls and straw hats who are easy to outsmart on Election Day. Maybe this is the path to a landslide victory for the Democrat.

I doubt it.

But, Alison, you have to know you are really pissing off registered Kentucky Democrats who were fired up about the possibility of getting rid of Mitch. Instead, you’re pandering to the cowards who say they’re “Independents,” the 2014 political designation for humiliated Republicans who don’t want people to know they voted twice for George W. Bush (the dumber).

As I’ve said before: If you’re going to run on a Republican platform, you should have challenged Mitch in the primary.

You might think a Democrat running as a conservative is a good idea. But the only Blue Dog in Kentucky that a rational person needs is the bakery and cafe on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville.

We don’t need a Blue Dog Democrat in the Senate who’s going to undermine everything progressives are trying to achieve. If you’ve paid any attention, you know that most Blue Dog Democrats have been voted out of office in recent elections. There used to be conservative Democrats in Kentucky’s congressional delegation in Washington. Do you want me to count how many there are today?

Zero.

Wait a minute, let me do a recount.

Yep. Zero.

Time to appeal to your base. Start acting like a Democrat.

Climate science, GOP style

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We’re joking, right?

Stockman also said he “can’t get answers” to how long it would take for the sea level to rise two feet. “Think about it, if your ice cube melts in your glass, it doesn’t overflow. It’s displacement. This is some of the things that they’re talking about that mathematically and scientifically don’t make sense.”

Holdren wasn’t given a chance to answer this question, but the answer is pretty simple. Stockman seems to be forgetting that not all melting ice is already in the sea. Melting land ice — glaciers, ice sheets, ice caps, and permafrost — are the major contributors to global sea-level rise as their water flows into the ocean. And even though melting sea ice doesn’t directly contribute to sea level rise, it does cause ocean temperatures to rise. This causes the ocean to expand and rise — a big component of sea level rise — and the added heat can ultimately cause more land ice to melt.

The exchange ends with an awkward silence over the length of ice ages, and Stockman eventually getting interrupted by the committee’s sitting chair to move on with the hearing.

Republican outreach: Offensive as usual

This is happening in Wisconsin:

I wonder what the GOP’s vice presidential candidate for 2008 is doing?

This is why we should never listen to John McCain again, because he thought this woman was qualified to be president of the United States if he died in office (Via Talking Points Memo):

Sarah Palin’s camp has finally weighed in on the Alaska birthday party brawl that put the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family back in the national spotlight this past week.

The website Real Clear Politics spoke to what it described as a “source close to the Palin family” who offered the Palins’ side of the physical, bloody altercation that took place on Sept. 6 at a house in Anchorage. The article said the source’s description “diverge[d] significantly” from what had been reported elsewhere, but the anonymous portrayal essentially confirmed the broad outlines of the fight, including that Sarah Palin herself was present and was shouting as it all went down.

On Friday, TPM published a detailed account of the brawl based on reports from several news outlets as well as our own reporting. Two named eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor at the party, including one who said he saw Palin’s husband Todd, son Track, and daughter Bristol were involved in multiple melees with other party guests that night. One anonymous source said Sarah Palin was “nearly crawling on top of people” while screaming and shouting profanities.

Stay tuned for the next episode of “Real Housewives of Wasilla.”