The swamp creature slowly raised his eyes above the slime and muck in Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is from Kentucky. Yet, the residents of this state do not see him as their representative. Something surprising has occurred.
McConnell has been Kentucky’s senator since 1985. In the past, he easily beat Democratic contenders in the deep-red state. He has defined himself as the “grim reaper” standing in the doorway to the senate and killing off over 100 House bills, a number of them bipartisan. When McConnell was not looking Amy McGrath stepped in behind him winning record-breaking donations.
McGrath, 44, was a former fighter pilot with 20 years as a Marine. She was the first woman to ever fly the F-18 in battle. The Democrat served in Iraq and Afghanistn, flying over 85 combat missions.
A combat marine sounded exactly like the person to take on the Washington-caked senator. When she was just 13, she asked McConnell to change a law, the one that barred women from being combat pilots. As CNN reported, she mused:
‘He never wrote back. I’ve often wondered, how many other people did Mitch McConnell never take the time to write back, or even think about?’
Thus far, McGrath raised 299,000 contributions averaging $36. Her third-quarter numbers out-ranked some of the 2020 presidential candidates. As McConnell’s leading Democratic opponent, she brought in $10.7 million in the third quarter this year, according to CBS News.
McGrath summed up Washington as:
‘[A] place where ideals go to die.’
‘Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start some place. How did it come to this, that even within our own families we can’t talk to each other about the leaders of our country anymore without anger and blame? Well, that started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago.’
McGrath’s campaign manager Mark Nickolas released a statement about an AARP poll of registered and also likely voters, which showed her beating McConnell by one point:
‘Mitch McConnell has never faced an opponent like Amy McGrath. Not only does a new independent poll show the race tied, but more than a quarter-million grassroots donations-from all 120 Kentucky counties-have provided us a record-shattering first quarter of nearly $11 million to take down McConnell and his self-serving special interest allies. Change is coming.’
The reason that Kentucky’s voters have been so unhappy with Moscow Mitch, as MSNBC’s Morning Joe [Scarborough] dubbed him, was that he has become detached from his voters and fully estranged from their needs. Donald Trump won Kentucky by 30 points in 2016. Yet, the Kentuckians considered McConnell as totally political and part of the Washington swamp — the one Trump promised to drain.
Then, there was the new aluminum plant a Russian oligarch built for McConnell so that he could claim he brought some jobs back home — but at what price? Needless to say, the grim reaper has been highly unpopular in his home state. His disapproval rating is 50 percent according to the latest Morning Consult Poll.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.
The Mueller Report Adventures: In Bite-Sizes on this Facebook page. These quick, two-minute reads interpret the report in normal English for busy people. Mueller Bite-Sizes uncovers what is essentially a compelling spy mystery. Interestingly enough, Mueller Bite-Sizes can be read in any order