There may be some of you who weren't aware that the soulful, wistful song, "Smile" was actually written by the entertainment genius, Charlie Chaplin. The lyrics go:
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky
you'll get by.
If you smile through your pain and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through
Rumors are that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been feeling melancholy of late, and in the wee hours of the night, he's been heard coming out of his office, tearful, humming the song. He senses his days are numbered. That's looking more an more likely.
The ever-dour face of Mitch McConnell always appears as if he ate something which didn't agree with him. It could be his conscience with a side of ego. Despite all of the recent problems of leadership, he was spotted with what could be considered a new expression beyond his etched in stone scowl. Some ever think it's so much of a departure they're questioning if it could actually be a smile. You be the judge.
I have a different take on his expression. It's not a smile. It's actually a gasp for air. He's taking a real hit by his Tea Party competitor, Matt Bevin. Even the Senate Conservatives Fund has backed Bevin over Mitch. And he's not alone. The conservative wing of his party in Kentucky have had enough of the grump on the stump and decided to filet him and turn this chicken over to Colonel Sanders.
And if his own party hasn't all but deserted him, what about his stout adversary on the other side -- Alison Lundergan Grimes? She's not just running against him as a Democrat, she's leading him in the polls after the dyspeptic Senate minority leader has shown his true color -- yellow. He's afraid to do what's best for his state. And to cover up for that, his democratic opponent, should he somehow beat Bevin for the right to face off for the senate seat, has an internet commercial campaign that sums off the efforts of Mitch McGrumpy. And Lundergan Grimes is winning where it counts so very much -- she's leading McConnell in the very important fundraising contest.
McConnell is on track to become the first sitting Senate Minority Leader to lose reelection since Tom Daschle, nearly ten years ago and you have to go back 60 years to find the time before that. At least Daschle lost because of a personal scandal (failure to accurately report and pay income taxes). McConnell looks to lose because he was just a plain outright obstructionist.
So Kentucky is unfolding to become an exciting place to monitor in 2014. History just might be made. No sitting senate leader of either party has failed to make it through a primary. Mitch is looking to set that record. If he can out-maneuver Bevin, he's got his hands full with Alison Ludergan Grimes. His chances there are even less optimistic. In the end, we'll see who's left standing, and who has a smile on their face.