The Obama Factor: Kentucky Democrat Repeatedly Refuses To Admit That She Ever Voted For Obama

President_Barack_Obamaimages-2The Washington Post is reporting it as one of the most painful 40 seconds of this election cycle. Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) was asked a simple question: did you vote for President Obama. What followed in the clip below was one of the most revealing 40 seconds of how bad this election is becoming for Democrats and how radioactive the President has become. Grimes refuses to answer. She is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and these mid-term elections tend to reflect the view of the incumbent president as some voters try to either add support or resistance to a president in Congress. Obama’s popularity stands at a dismal 30 percent in Kentucky. The clip is particularly interesting given the recent public statements of the President that this election is about his policies. It was an effort to rally Democrats but candidates who have been increasingly fleeing associations with the unpopular president cringed across the country. Given Obama’s national polling, an election based his policies and Administration would magnify the already great expected losses in November, including the possible loss of both houses. Even long-time ally and former campaign manager David Axelrod said that the President’s framing of the election as a vote on his policies was a huge mistake. The deer in the headlights look of Grimes reflects that point vividly.

The President’s words actually started out reflecting the national strategy of the Democratic National Committee to minimize his profile and policies in this election but he then veered directly into the wall that the Democrats are trying desperately (and unsuccessfully) to avoid:

“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

You could hear Democratic candidates collectively moaning with the last part of the message. Grimes vividly illustrates the fear of association with Obama. Grimes repeatedly refuses to even admit that she voted for the leader of her party in 2008 and 2012. It was, as the Post notes, an easy question to address. Just say that you voted for him but you are disappointed in him. Instead, Grimes refuses repeatedly to answer the question from the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board.

She then takes an equally curious spin by insisting that she is a Hillary Clinton supporter, something that is only marginally better in Kentucky.

I continually find such transformations among politicians fascinating. They will flock around a popular president as they once did with Obama but have no hesitation to treat him like a pariah once his polling numbers fall. It does not play well, as shown on this video, but they assume it is worse to admit even the slightest level of prior support for an unpopular president.

Civil libertarians have long been opposed to Obama, who quickly shredded his promised reforms from the first election and launched comprehensive attack on privacy, press rights, and other core values. However, civil libertarians remain a small part of the electorate, which is why they were the first to be jettisoned by the Obama Administration. Now there is a far broader level of opposition building around policies like immigration, health care, and international relations — the very policies that Obama highlighted as the real issue for races like that of Grimes.

220px-Alison_Lundergan_Grimes_2011220px-Mitch_McConnell_official_portrait_112th_CongressGrimes is the daughter of Charlotte and Jerry Lundergan, a former Kentucky Democratic chairman and state representative. She is also a law graduate of American University. Grimes was viewed as serious challenge to McConnell who could be attacked as the classic Washington insider. However, she has been criticized for a lackluster campaign. What is fascinating is that her lead among women is only one percent, according to an article in The Week.

There is still a possibility of the classic “October surprise” factor in shifting such polls and prospects. At the moment, Obama could be looking at the lamest of lame duck terms if both houses go to the GOP. He is not alone. Democratic candidates are even turning on Nancy Pelosi on the campaign trail. The wedge political issues advanced by Pelosi over things like immigration have not panned out. Instead there has been a back lash that led Obama to promise Democrats that he would not act on immigration until after voters went to the polls. Gwen Graham, one of the Democratic Party’s candidates in Florida ran an ad saying “Here’s what I believe: Congress is broken” — it showed a picture of Pelosi as well as John Boehner. Other candidates are doing the same — running against their own leader in the house. These are strange times indeed.

314 thoughts on “The Obama Factor: Kentucky Democrat Repeatedly Refuses To Admit That She Ever Voted For Obama”

  1. Olly, LOL about what you said earlier, we just saw more evidence. Scary place, but lot’s of room in that cabeza!!

    1. Olly – DBQ was pushing natural rights as being what made us happy. I offered an example to see if that fit within the definition of natural rights.

  2. What liberals don’t understand is that free thinkers can disagree. We don’t have lockstep thought police. They will never get that. They jump up and down and think it’s a victory, oblivious to the notion that when you use you’re entire brain, disagreements are bound to occur.

  3. Paul,
    Then it really wouldn’t matter to you if anyone considered your cohabitation plans a natural right or not.

    1. Olly – I don’t believe in natural rights, they are an artificial construct. I agree with Annie’s statement.

  4. In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

    The U.N. Resolution 2117 listed 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11.


    The Statement of Purpose from the Senate Bill reads:

    “To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

    The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms.

    The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and include language that would have implemented an international gun registry—now get this—on all private guns and ammo!

    Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 U.S. Senators were willing to give away our constitutional rights to a foreign power.

    This is one of those brief, glorious moments in history when everyone stands around reloading.

    Now, which 46 senators voted to destroy us? Let their names become known.

    If you vote in one of the states listed below with these 46 “legislators”, I suggest you vote against them during the next election.

    Here are the 46 perpetrators who voted to give your rights to the United Nations:

    Baldwin (D-WI)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bennett (D-CO)
    Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Cowan (D-MA)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Hirono (D-HI)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kaine (D-VA)
    King (I-ME)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Merkley (D-OR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murphy (D-CT)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schatz (D-HI)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Shaheen (D-NH)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Warner (D-VA)
    Warren (D-MA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    Not one Republican, folks.

    We have been betrayed by the looney lefties once again.

  5. When Jon Corzine put out ads mocking Christie’s weight it sealed his loss. Politicians who do ads on personal stuff like Davis and Corzine don’t make it in politics. The people who decides elections, independents like myself, reject those people.

  6. Both Grimes and Davis are long shots. Both are running in republican states. Grimes is doing surprisingly well.

  7. SWM,
    If you can’t explain how “allowing” slavery is unconstitutional or having the “belief” same-sex marriage is or is not acceptable is constitutional then you are unqualified to judge anyone, especially the Oathkeepers.

    Have a blessed day. 🙂

  8. The darling of Dem women, Wendy Davis, showed what she’s made of w/ that despicable ad. I watched some of the Sunday morning shows, Donna Brazile admitted it was a bad ad that she NEVER would have run. All agree it is an act of desperation. When the chips are down you learn what people are made of. We all know the “character” of Wendy Davis now. Not a good week for Dem women candidates.

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