Perhaps the most watched of the Senate battles this election was in Kentucky, where incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell faced some tough competition from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Initially I had high hopes for Grimes, but as with many Democrats during this year’s election, she made the fatal mistake of distancing herself from the Obama administration. And I believe that’s what ultimately cost her this race.
Early exit polls showed a clear advantage for McConnell and his win was instantly announced by CNN as polls officially closed.
While she faced an uphill climb as it is battling longtime incumbent and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, numbers had remained fairly positive for her throughout her campaign.
But when your opponent’s only campaign slogan is essentially summarized as “Obama is bad” and you essentially say “I don’t fully disagree with that,” why would Democrats turn out in large numbers to support you? And that’s more or less what Grimes did during her campaign.
And for someone like Grimes, running in Kentucky, it was especially frustrating considering Kentucky is one of the states that’s benefitted most from Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” if you’re a conservative.
The law has been so effective in the state that even her opponent essentially stated as much during one of their debates.
Out of all of the candidates this election cycle, Grimes might be the one who embodied what was so idiotic with many of these Democratic candidates. Someone who had a great chance to pull off a win, but ultimately failed to do so because instead of selling all the great things we’ve seen accomplished these last 5+ years – she essentially agreed with her Republican counterpart.
What does it say to the American voter when your opponent is saying how awful the president’s policies have been and you essentially agree with them? Not only does that push voters to your opponent, but it destroys any hope of building any kind of prolonged enthusiasm among liberals to get out and give you their vote.