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Mitch McConnell's Kentucky State GOP Spokesperson Arrested

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Oh, Mitch. What are you up to now?

Well, first comes the attack on his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell and company thought they had found a new angle to use against her. A way to get women to vote for McConnell and not his female opponent. Truthfully it's going to take a lot of mass hypnosis to make that happen, but if anyone can do it, its the suave and debonair Senator Mitch M.

The formulating attack is interesting, if not a confused one. The Republican party in ol' Kentuck is going to paint Grimes as anti-woman. Yes, they're saying that the Grimes, the female Kentucky Secretary of State, doesn't care about protecting women. Here's how The Hill put it:

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to return a $500 donation from director Woody Allen, who has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over the reemergence of sexual abuse allegations against him.

Now I don't know about you, but these are charges that are more than a decade old and have been revived recently and rebuked by the victim's own brother, Moses. But another brother, Ronan Farrow (MSNBC) supports his sister's claims. So there isn't even consensus within the family whether or not these heinous events ever happened.

Most likely we'll never know the truth. And it's always so much easier to believe the alleged victim and despise the accused predator in sexual cases like these. But many times they pan out to be nothing more than manipulations of angry individuals. What's worse than being accused of committing a sexual crime? Committing it on a minor.

This may be a true accusation against Woody Allen. Then again it could be the work of a manipulative parent, in this case actress Mia Farrow, wishing to destroy the reputation of her former partner. Daughter Dylan Farrow may be telling the truth, or the truth as it was pounded into her by a manipulative mother. Like I said, we'll probably never know.

But what is certain is that no official charges have been levied against Woody Allen. And therefore, why should Alison Lundergan Grimes return a $500 campaign donation from someone who's never been charged with a crime?

Yet the story gets better.

“If Alison Lundergan Grimes really cares about standing up for Kentucky women, she should return both former Representative John Arnold’s and Woody Allen’s donations to her campaign," said Kelsey Cooper, communications director for the Kentucky GOP.

Spokesperson for the Kentucky GOP and Mitch McConnell operative Kelsey Cooper is spearheading this attack. Never heard of her before? Well, maybe here's a quick education on this fine woman from Kentucky.com

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FRANKFORT — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension after being arrested Saturday night in Lexington for driving under the influence, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said Monday.

She failed multiple field sobriety checks and a Breathalyzer test, which showed her blood alcohol level at 0.184, according to the citation. It is illegal in Kentucky to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

"She obviously made a mistake and she knows that," Robertson said of Kelsey Christine Cooper, 23. "I hope she learns a valuable lesson from this. She has been an important part of our team. We'll just go from here."

I would say that making unsubstantiated claims against Woody Allen by Ms. Cooper, a criminal herself, is a bit hypocritical. If McConnell thinks Grimes should return the money, don't you think he could have found a better spokesperson? Driving under the influence as his State Party operative, Cooper did could have injured or killed many innocent people. Should all of her donations to the Republican party be returned and perhaps she step down for her endangerment to the entire state?

I think not -- yet unlike Woody Allen, Kelsey Cooper was found guilty.

Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned here. When you've spent years in the Senate as Mitch McConnell has, and voted so often against women's best interests, it might behoove you to find a better way to attract women to your campaign than putting a convicted drunk woman out there as your image of a representative to draw in the female vote.

What's next Mitch, will your new posters have a barefoot, pregnant woman making her man breakfast  before he goes out to work in the dirty-coal mines?

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Harry Reid's Sneaky Plan To Destroy Mitch McConnell's Reelection

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According to Talking Points Memo:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he won't campaign against his arch rival, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is up for reelection in 2014.

"Oh, no. No, I -- that -- I'm a traditionalist here, and that isn't anything I've ever done and will not do," he told Bloomberg's "Political Capital with Al Hunt" in an interview set to air Friday night.

At first I was a bit surprised, even disappointed. First, there's no love lost between Reid and McConnell. And secondly, Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is really in a winnable dogfight that the would knock the sitting Senate Minority leader not only off his chair, but out of the senate all together. This contest sets up to be the most watched in recent history at the Senate level.

As Ludergan Grimes is hardly a household name, even in her own state where she serves as Kentucky's Secretary of State, you would think that she could benefit from the current Senate Majority Leader's support. So when he declared he's not going to actively take part or campaign on her behalf, I was wondering what's going on. Ginning up interest for the Democratic candidate, by a powerful Democratic leader, to knock off the most powerful opposing senator seems like an important endeavor. But Harry publicly says, "no."

Then I got to thinking about why Reid would sit this one out, tradition be damned. Leader Reid says it's customary for leaders of opposing parties not to take a direct shot at their cross-party counterparts. Tradition. Well, so was the filibuster rule in the Senate and Harry had no problems sidestepping tradition there. So why would this be any different?

For a long time I've heard that the generally laconic Harry Reid didn't become Senate Leader without having some political savvy. And then it occurred to me, he is using it right now.

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Reid is being cagey like a fox. He's not avoiding this showdown. He's actually, by drawing attention to his not taking sides, helping Alison Lundergan Grimes. What he's doing is very smart. He's appearing to back his comrade McConnell by not only ignoring the urge to say politically damaging things about the Minority Leader, he's making it sound like they're friends. They agree on a lot of things. They can work together. Talk about backhanded praise. There isn't a conservative Republican or Tea Party member in Kentucky who wants to accept compromise and a willingness for their representative to work WITH the Democrats.

Therefore, a vote for Mitch is to vote for the democratic way of thinking and of compromise. Or at least that's the vapors Harry Reid is putting out to Kentucky.

Republicans would rather stay home, than vote for a Mitch McConnell republican the way he's being painted. Democrats will turn out to support a change -- to Alison Ludergan Grimes.

You go Harry, you sneaky fox. Keep saying nice things about your ability to work with Mitch McConnell. Alison Ludergan Grimes, the more Harry "stays out of your campaign," the easier your path to the Senate Chamber is going to become.

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McConnell & Ryan Vow To Become Hostage Takers

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Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader is saying that he feels there won't be a clean debt ceiling bill. He's not alone. Two days ago Paul Ryan said the same thing. And you know something, they may be right. McConnell cites a few examples of significant legislation that have been attached in the past to raising the debt ceiling. Four of them, actually. Considering there's been scores of debt ceiling raises in the past, giving four examples is good for demonstration purposes, but not necessarily a mandated need based on past actions.

“I think the debt ceiling legislation is a time that brings us all together and gets the president’s attention, which with this president, particularly when it comes to reducing spending, has been a bit of a challenge..."

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. You're nose is starting to grow. You know that during Obama's residency in the White House, the deficit has SHRUNKEN by nearly a half. So I'm not sure where you're coming off making that kind of bold face lie. Wait. I take that back. You're a Republican leader. You possess that inbred trait to rise to leader.

Okay, putting that aside, I will agree that this debt ceiling approval should be accompanied with some sort of demand and I've got just the one. How about a joint request from you and Paul Ryan for the President to accept your letters of resignation. Save yourself the embarrassment of being the first sitting Senate Majority Leader since Tom Daschle to lose in general election. As for Ryan, he's proven himself worthy of a trip to the sidelines when he sold the conservatives down the river with his recent budget bill. If the Democrats wrote it themselves, they couldn't have done much better. Way to go, Paddy Murray.

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A-List Help To Defeat An A-hole Obstructionist

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Think of this collection of talent: a who’s who of A-list Hollywood stars — Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller and Ben Affleck. Add to that group Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Jon Hamm, Nicolas Cage, Leonard Nimoy and director Woody Allen. There's more Oscar's there than at a de la Renta boutique. It's bound to be a hit, no matter what they call the project.

Well, it's not a movie. It's not a play. It's real life and these are among the many Hollywood venerables who have made contributions to the Alison Lundergan Grimes senatorial campaign in Kentucky. Her opponent? Mitch McConnell.

Yikes, talk about the battle of the heavyweights. Hollywood vs. McConnell. How did Mitch stir up that kind of hornets nest?

The outpouring of celebrity support comes amid a concerted effort by Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of Hollywood’s most prominent Democratic donors, to put Senate Minority Leader McConnell in the electoral bull’s-eye. HuffPo:

In a recent email drumming up support for Lundergan Grimes, Katzenberg cast McConnell as the chief Republican roadblock to Democrats’ agenda. He wrote that the Kentucky contest is “a pivotal election that can get the Senate working again.”

“There is no more important election being held next year in this country,” Katzenberg added, according to the email, per The Hollywood Reporter.

“As the Senate’s minority leader since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 420 times to block legislation and appointments that were supported by a clear majority of senators. ... We are talking about outright obstruction of the democratic process.”

And just so you know that the democrats aren't alone in their disdain for Mitch which rhymes with... Here's how the conservative Republicans, McConnell's own meat and potatoes supporters look at him:

This certainly is shaping up to be the must see film, campaign of 2014, don't you think?

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