Tea Party Fanatic Matt Bevin Wins In Kentucky, Because Liberals Didn’t Vote

matt bevin drug testing seniorsRemember Matt Bevin, the Kentucky Tea Party candidate for governor who accidentally said he wanted to drug test seniors on government assistance? The same Matt Bevin who mounted a primary challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell because the Kentucky Tea Party thought McConnell was too liberal?


Well, guess what? Kentucky voters just elected that same Matt Bevin, a man with no real political experience, as governor of their state.

Via The Hill:

The Associated Press called the election for Bevin, a Tea Party darling who had previously been best known for his primary challenge of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014.

Bevin will replace outgoing Gov. Steve Besmear, a Democrat who was ineligible to run again due to term limits.

Bevin becomes just the second Republican governor in the Bluegrass State in four decades. (Source)

For the most part, people have overlooked 2015 and are so wrapped up in the latest shenanigans from Donald Trump that they haven’t bothered to vote in a year where there isn’t a congressional or presidential election.

By all political reasoning, Matt Bevin shouldn’t have stood a chance of winning the election, but he did anyhow. Even though Republicans hold most of the federal offices, moderate Democrats were in charge of the state government until now.

Like Louisiana or Arkansas, Democrats have managed to hang on to some state offices in Kentucky. Despite the refocused Southern Strategy by Republicans across the South, Democrats can and do win elections – when they actually turn out.

The problem is that Democrats and left-leaning independents aren’t as motivated as the religious right and the Tea Party which have steadily solidified their grip on state legislatures. Even as we pat ourselves on the back for electing President Obama twice and gloat about the inevitability of a Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton victory over anyone Republicans nominate in 2016, the GOP keeps on taking control of other political offices across the country.


This is why 20 states still do not have Medicaid expansion and this is why many other states have lax gun regulations that allow gun traffickers to purchase guns in places like Georgia and easily resell them in New York or Chicago. Republican legislatures are responsible for gutting labor laws across the country and cutting off women’s access to reproductive healthcare.

Yet despite the resurgence of the right-wing in recent years and their nationwide assault on decades of progress, we seem to be apathetic or distracted by the latest outrageous thing some conservative political celebrity has said or done. Kentucky should have been an easy victory for Jack Conway, who was the state’s attorney general, but it looks like only around 30% of voters turned out.

The point is that if the left continues to engage in apathy or refusing to vote until their perfect candidate comes along, we are going to see further assaults on worker’s rights and women’s healthcare across the country. We can elect Democrats to the White House every four years, but if we fail to vote in mid-term and off-year elections like the one that just put a Tea Party fanatic in control of Kentucky, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.



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  • VicGA

    “Remember Kentucky 2015” needs to be our 2016 slogan to get the people off their asses and out to vote.

    • Freedom

      The progressives better stay in their homes if they know what is good for them

      • VicGA

        Is that a threat. I have sent this on to the website.

  • bfryer

    The voter turnout in the last Congressional election was the lowest since WW II. This time the turnout was 18%. People who don’t vote, vote Republican.

  • Reynardine

    Same damned thing happens again and again. Yesterday, I had to vote for the lesser of two evils as mayor, because all the people who were pumping for the best candidate in the August primary forgot that yard signs don’t vote.

  • strayaway

    “Attorney General Jack Conway ran a strong campaign focused on the issues that matter to Kentuckians: good schools, good-paying jobs and economic opportunity,” “Unfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the year of the outsider” – Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association,

    I thought everyone was saying that Trump would drag other Republican candidates down.

    • Freedom

      He ran on immoral issues and he lost

  • cruisersailor

    It’s a national disgrace that left-leaning voters need a kick in the butt to get them to vote. Don’t these folks understand how politics actually work? I’m a liberal and I always vote in every single election. Voting matters!

    • Freedom

      It is a national disgrace to have left wing voters

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    I know it’s been a while for Kentucky but let’s face it, this IS Kentucky we are talking about here. Extreme and unqualified doesn’t scare the dimwits in Kentucky. Outside of Louisville and Lexington, the state is more small town, xenophobic, Rush / Fox listeners in the makeup of the people. The people will regret this one though, that is for sure, especially when they start losing access to affordable healthcare again. The free market fairy dust is about to be sprinkled all over Kentucky….yeah, that is sure to work wonders….

    But hey, if Bevins gets his way, “cockfighting” will be again be legal in Kentucky, so they’ve got that going for them. States rights, ya know

    • strayaway

      In an article written on September 14, 2015, Think Progress wrote an article “Kentucky is Obamacare’s Undeniable Success Story”. On October 9, 2015, Kentucky’s largest purveyor of (un)ACA insurance announced it was shutting down. Its 51,000 customers were dumped and lost their present access to health care. This failure might have worked in Bevin’s favor.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Make sure to vote Hillary / Sanders! Let’s make this happen.

      • Freedom

        Those who vote for hillary or sanders should be fired

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Fired for what? Are you OK?

      • Freedom

        Fired for voting to harm Americans

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Republicans have done more harm to this country than any outside entity could ever inflict. It’s hard work to clean up after idiots like that who ruined my country from 2001 to 2008. We are still cleaning up but things are immeasurably better now than they were.

      • Freedom

        Wrong again. It is people like you we need to rise up against and use weapons against

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        ooo…vewy scawey

      • Freedom

        For harming Americans

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        can you be any more vague?

      • Freedom

        Go eff yourself enemy

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Just get out of my country. You are obviously another traitorous right wing zealot who supports the traitors of the teabagger party and GOP. They and you have not done a single thing for this country. Just get out and go tear apart another country like you are attempting to do here.

      • Freedom

        Time for you to go, you can either go under your own will, or we will drag you out. The choice is yours

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I would love for you to try.

      • Freedom

        That is because the progressive obamacare is a failure

      • strayaway

        Progressive reasoning: If it doesn’t work, make it bigger.

      • Brewmeister

        Yep, a you’re a true conservative.

    • Freedom

      See this is why you are the enemy, what a bigot you are

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        How exactly am I a bigot? I lived there for almost 6 years and know the state very well. Have you ever been there? Can you speak to the mindset of the small towns in Kentucky? Have you been to Louisville or Lexington?

      • Freedom

        See there you go, being a bigot. What the small towns in KY should do is stop the supplies from getting into the cities, and let you leftists eat each other as the supplies run out

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        what supplies are you talking about? What makes you think small town Kentucky produces anything? Have you ever been to Kentucky? Can you jump to any more conclusions about us leftists? Do you always stereotype?

      • Freedom

        You are a leftist. And we can stop the food and water from getting into urban areas where the liberals concentrate, let them fight each other as the supplies become scarce, and do not let them out of the cities, build an armed fence around the cities until the liberals pass on Liberals have to go

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL…..yeah sure….good luck with that. I think you’ve been watching too many apocalyptic movies and listening to Glenn Beck a little too much.

        Let us know when you decide to try out reality. Really, it’s not so bad.

      • Freedom

        Oh no. You see you guys really have to go. There is no way we can allow you to live in society

      • loretta

        Like you are going to get out of your chair.
        sheesh

      • Freedom

        See you

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Oh, it just gets better…..LOL….How do you intend on getting rid of more than 50% of Americans? Make no mistake, you are the minority here. What is your strategy?

      • Freedom

        You do not make up 50%, more like 25%. Besides it will do the environment pretty good

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        We don’t? When was the last time you checked? HAHAAHAHAHA….
        So, how do you intend to get rid of us? You never answered.

      • Freedom

        You guys just suk

      • Freedom

        Oh, no. You leftists have to go, you deserved to be fired

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        lay off of Glenn Beck’s short and curlies for a while and check out reality.

      • Freedom

        Nah, people like you have to pay

      • Freedom

        See you hate the Christians, that makes you a bigot

  • csbrudy

    Its the voting machines, pure and simple. I’d like to see turnout numbers, but ultimately if a candidate is leading in the polls the day before and loses, its the machines.

  • FD Brian

    I bet a lot of those republicans voted against their own self interest.

    • Freedom

      No, only idiots that vote for progressives do that

      • FD Brian

        you obviously are trying to start an internet war. I shall see your post and raise you a “go fuck yourself” you fox viewing swine of a no information voting, gun toting, religious nut job who is against abortion but has never done one lick to help any unwanted child, reply.

      • Freedom

        No, I am telling people that we have to attack the progressives and liberals

      • FD Brian

        in the same way conservatives fought to keep Elvis’ hips off the tv screen.

  • Brewmeister

    30%??? Wow, KY you just f****d yourself.

    • Freedom

      No, they just got rid of the Progressives, that is a good thing

      • Brewmeister

        Guess you’re not one of the 400,000 that will lose their health insurance. Lucky you.

  • TxGirl4Liberty

    Good job Socialists! Stay at home! Then true Americans who believe in our Constitution and small government can get out country back sooner.

  • TxGirl4Liberty

    Good job Socialists! Stay at home! Then true Americans who believe in our Constitution and small government can get OUR country back sooner.

  • TxGirl4Liberty

    “Forward Progressives?” Is that an oxymoron, or just a rude progressive?

    • Freedom

      Progressives are just rude

  • Freedom

    This is great news, the people of Ky rejected the progressive message, and elected a person that will uphold Ky Law of marriage being between a man and a woman