A few weeks ago, when the end was nigh in the shutdown and the Republicans’ ratings began to squarely tank, there was some talk about whether or not Democrats would have the wisdom and cojones to capitalize on it in 2014. The answer, it seems, is a solid yes…and no.
Yes, Dems like Alison Lundergan Grimes, alongside democratic PACs like the Democratic House Majority are proving that they know to strike the dragon’s belly when it rears. And no, they’re not waiting until 2014.
This ad from Kentucky’s former Secretary of State Grimes pulls no punches when it comes to Mitch McConnell, who has landed directly in her sights when she declared her run for Senate in July, 2013.
Specifically, Grimes’ ad targets the Kentucky Turtle’s assertion that he and he alone played Neo to Obama’s Architect, shutting down the shutdown and saving us all from extinction. Mitch:
“I’ve demonstrated, once again, that when the Congress is in gridlock and the country is at risk, I’m the guy who steps forward and tries to get us out of the ditch.”
This commercial from the Grimes campaign, though, begs to differ:
It’s worth noting the the Aging Gridlock Ninja Turtle is still pretty far removed from reality, even after the video. Or, at least, he wants to believe his voters are. His press secretary Allison Moore responded to the video with this statement:
“For days on end Alison Lundergan Grimes criticized Senator McConnell for fighting to delay Obamacare during the shutdown talks and now she has embraced his view when it becomes politically convenient. She reversed course only after her Democrat bosses in Washington told her to. If you need a glimpse into the kind of partisan follower Alison Lundergan Grimes would be in the Senate it doesn’t get clearer than this.”
So, the primary criticism here is…what? Grimes listens to “her Democratic bosses” instead of McConnell’s “TEApublican bosses?” Gotcha. This comes on the heels of a statement that he gave earlier regarding a poll showing that he was already trailing Grimes. Taking a page from Rand’s playbook and rejecting reality, he called the poll “fictitious,” and his campaign manager Jesse Benton said this:
“George Soros and the Obama Allies are up to their same old tricks. They have concocted another fictitious poll that has no basis in realty, held it for ten days, and released it at the perfect time on the news cycle to help their upstart liberal candidate. This poll has zero credibility and should be ignored out of hand.”
Granted, Grimes’ lead was within the poll’s 2.8% margin of error, making the race a dead heat at the moment. But that’s only if you acknowledge reality…and reality never has been the TEApublican’s best friend.