Another Commie Bites the Dust
The GOP Senate Wave Cometh
Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.
Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
“It’s ominous for the Grimes campaign,” said Al Cross, a longtime political commentator and journalism professor at the University of Kentucky. “This race has been slipping away from Democrats very slowly for about two months,” reports The Hill.
The DSCC made its withdrawal after Grimes repeatedly stumbled over the question of whether she voted for President Obama. Her dodge last week drew sharp criticism, yet she doubled down during a debate Monday by declaring the “sanctity of the ballot box” a “matter of principle.”
Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said Grimes “disqualified herself” by keeping her vote a secret. The McConnell campaign quickly turned his and other media criticism into an ad.
On Tuesday, it appeared DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet (Colo.) and other party leaders agreed with that assessment.
“She has not performed particularly well in the last few weeks,” said David Axelrod, a former top Obama adviser, who told MSNBC that he wasn’t “terribly surprised” Democrats had pulled their ads.
“To effectively take the Fifth on whether you voted for the president or not doesn’t seem like an effective strategy to me,” he said.
While a DSCC official said the party committee might jump back in, other strategists say that’s unlikely because the cost of television will soar in the next three weeks, and failing to reserve spots now would waste piles of cash.
“The DSCC has now spent more than $2 million in Kentucky and continues to make targeted investments in the ground game while monitoring the race for future investments, but is currently not on the air in Kentucky,” the official said.
McConnell holds a steady lead in the polls, and on Monday predicted Republicans would take control of the Senate and elect him majority leader.
Another One Bites the Dust