The fear of Mitch McConnell by the Kentucky liberal establishment—at least as manipulated by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal and TV stations WKYT (Lexington) and WHAS (Louisville)—is seen in their apparent partnership-for-polling-purposes for early propagandizing in this election year. These entities had something called the “Bluegrass Poll” ginned up by an outfit called SurveyUSA that virtually elects democrat Alison Grimes over McConnell in November even though the primary, in which both have competition, isn't until May.
SurveyUSA interviewed 1,200 adults with home phones and cell phones between January 30 and February 4, of whom 1,082 were registered to vote in the state with 404 being registered republicans, but with Primary questions asked only of them. Other questions were asked of all registered voters. Why no Primary questions of democrats? Answer: these media activists have eliminated the other three democrat candidates...the fix is in. And why count 118 who were not even registered?
Twice as many democrats as republicans were polled, the reason being obvious to even a fifth-grader. Kentucky votes republican in national elections even though democrats outnumber republicans in the state by 52%. The media (at least the newspapers) combining for this poll are arch-enemies of Mitch McConnell but haven't gotten him defeated since 1984.
Kentucky's junior senator, Rand Paul, is a republican, as are five of the six Kentucky congressmen, a circumstance not likely to change, especially since Obama has made Kentucky a personal enemy by trying to kill its signature coal industry (as he promised) and throwing thousands out of work in the name of a now proven hoax/fraud—man-made climate-change. Obama is Grimes' albatross.
A short while ago, the Herald-Leader brought on board a “political writer,” Sam Youngman, the author of a very uncomplimentary Politico piece about the Washington news establishment he inhabited for a decade or so. Huge headlines, pictures, graphs and two-thirds of the front page and half of the second page of the Herald-Leader were devoted to the glorious poll-news that Grimes is ahead of McConnell. Youngman wrote it all.
Youngman's role this year will be pushing the Grimes candidacy; otherwise, the newspaper (owned by the super-liberal McClatchy chain) wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole. His opinion pieces appear on the front or third page, not in the opinion section. He has the experience to introduce Washington tactics to central Kentucky, a smattering of truth mixed with a lot of “fluffernutter,” as Biden might have it when he described John Edwards' presidential pitch.
Here's a quote from Youngman's article: “It's only been three months, and I’m still trying to kick some of the bad habits that seemed normal after 10 years in D.C. Like relying on polls instead of talking to voters.” This is called exponential irony, cynicism or hypocrisy vis-a-vis Youngman's subject matter—a poll. He also has the gratuitous sex (nearly always too drunk to remember their names), booze, drug and rehab backgrounds to further solidify his worldly-wise bona fides, according to his tell-all Politico article.
Strangely (though I could have missed it), Youngman didn't mention that Grimes is (three fanfares, please!) a WOMAN, the first with a legitimate shot at the Senate from Kentucky. Anyway, the poll showed wicked and insensitive men favored McConnell while saintly women, especially those over age 50 (most likely to vote?), prefer their gal. Wish-washy independents favored Grimes, as did African Americans, surprisingly at just 65% to 25%. How could she lose?
It was a “bluegrass poll” so was the polling area just the “triangle” cornered by Louisville, Lexington and the Ohio River, a strong democrat stronghold that could skew the figures, though Lexington is represented by Andy Barr, a republican whom the legislature attempted to gerrymander out of his second try by unsuccessfully adding democrat counties to the sixth district? Polls are conducted to fit agendas when attached to politicians and activist media...so, a grain of salt, please.
The poll has been cited nationally, great for Grimes since it will attract money. She's millions behind McConnell. A huge selling point for McConnell is that he would be the powerful majority leader next year if the Senate is taken by the republicans, who have an excellent chance. He would be positioned to do great things for the state, while Grimes would be a backbencher just trying to understand the manipulative/corrupt game.
And so it goes.