Kentucky Conservatives have BVSPosted by Scott Hofstra on October 23, 2014
You can tell who the Kentucky Conservative voters are this year by their ten mile stare and their bent over posture. They’re suffering from BVS or “Battered Voter Syndrome” and they may need a 12 step program to break free of it.
In this year’s Kentucky Senate race, the Republican Party is playing on Conservatives fears that they absolutely don’t want Alison Lundergan Grimes, Barack Obama’s surrogate, as their Senator. The GOP is threatening voters that if they don’t vote for Mitch McConnell, Grimes will become our Senator and the world will end. This election boils down to voting for McConnell, not because he has earned our vote, or that he would be any different than Harry Reid, but that he simply isn’t Alison Grimes.
Never mind that replacing Harry Reid with Mitch McConnell would simply be trading one tyrant for another. Never mind that Mitch McConnell and the GOP haven’t articulated a credible, detailed plan to undo the damage caused by the past six years of liberal governance. Never mind that Senator McConnell and the Republican leadership have spent the past four years openly attacking their own Conservative base. Never mind that Mitch McConnell gave $65,000 to run ads in Mississippi that called the Conservative base and Chris McDaniel racists and told the black community that we wanted to take away their voting rights. Never mind that Mitch McConnell and other establishment GOP incumbents have received campaign support to the tune of $50 million dollars this cycle to get themselves re-elected, so that they can help Obama pass amnesty. Never mind that Senator McConnell refuses to hold open town hall meetings to hear from Constituents, but grants audiences and influence to those corporations who are willing to pour millions into his campaign. We are supposed to look beyond this and thank our lucky stars that Mitch McConnell isn’t Alison Grimes and that alone should be enough to make us want to vote for him.
The Republicans are trying to convince the conservative voters that if they vote for Senator McConnell, somehow the attacks on the base will stop and he will love them again. The same empty promises an abusive spouse makes after they’ve abused their partner and they’re trying to avoid going to jail.
The only way that a chronically battered spouse can break the cycle of abuse is to send the abuser to jail. The only way the Conservative voters in Kentucky can break the chronic cycle of abuse by Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party of Kentucky is for Senator McConnell to lose his job, thus breaking his hold on the state party and the Conservative base.
While I’m not advocating for anyone in the Conservative base to actually vote for Mrs. Grimes, I am asking Conservatives in Kentucky to think long and hard before they pull the lever for Senator McConnell. When an arrogant career politician like Mitch McConnell refuses to hold open and unscripted town hall meetings to hear from his constituents, doesn’t listen to his constituents, and then automatically EXPECTS our vote, it’s time to show him some tough love and NOT send him back to Washington.
If we don’t have the courage to stand up to an abusive politician who doesn’t deserve our vote, we can only expect more of the same abuse. Don’t vote for McConnell out of fear or because he isn’t Alison Grimes. McConnell has done nothing to deserve your vote and everything to not deserve it. Don’t allow McConnell and the GOP to strip you of your right to vote for a politician who has earned and deserves it. This year, please consider sending a strong and clear message to Mitch McConnell and the GOP. Don’t vote for either McConnell or Grimes. After 36 years of McConnell, its time to break the cycle of abuse.
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