Cultural Revolutions

Six of One

Since his election to the Senate in 1984, Mitch McConnell has been the bête noir of Kentucky progressives.  Like Halley’s comet, the slogan “Ditch Mitch” has appeared again and again, and McConnell’s adversaries have made a recurring cathartic ritual of venting hatred upon him.  Time after time, Mitch has come out on top, forcing even his foes to concede his skill at organizing political machinery.

As of this writing Mitch contends with attorney Alison Grimes—Kentucky secretary of state and daughter of Democratic Party stalwart Jerry Lundergan.  No amateur, Grimes has wisely distanced herself from the current U.S. president; in lieu of cosmopolitan radicalism, we are offered a true bluegrass girl next door, cute as Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island.  Alison shoots guns, is a friend of coal, and just loves those sleek Kentucky thoroughbreds.  Y’all get out and vote for her, y’hear?

To understand the Grimes campaign we must remember that Kentucky isn’t, say, New England, where Democrats can openly trumpet their project of transforming mankind beyond recognition.  Here she has to pass herself off as quasiconservative.  Here the party needs collaborators who can appeal to farmers, to truck drivers, to people with no more use for the principled enemy of their religion, traditions, and roots than they have for the Wall...

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