Sunday, February 14, 2010

The dark horse candidate in Kentucky is breaking out of the pack.


February 14, 2010

Is There A Fascinating Story Developing In Kentucky?

The Republican primary race for the US Senate in Kentucky has all of the ingredients for the development of a fascinating story which could suddenly capture the attention of the entire nation and give real hope to millions of frustrated Americans impatient for real change in Washington.  All the story needs in order for enough people to hear it of course, is for someone to tell it.
It is a story filled with intrigue, and begins with the covert plot to end the career of a United States Senator crafted by none other than the most powerful republican in America, the senior senator from his own state.
The plot was launched with the help of the chief elections officer of the state, an ivy league banker's son groomed for higher office by the Commonwealth's party elite whose reward was supposed to be the very Senate seat he conspired to clear.
But the plans of the power broker and his hand picked candidate were shaken as political unrest began growing across the nation.  TEA party groups, independent candidates, and even third party candidates, as in NY 23, slowly began awakening ordinary citizens to the promise that real power still resided in the people, and was exercised by their vote.  For once the power of the people threatened an end to the schemes and political games of political insiders which were rapidly becoming despised.
There arose out of that discontent an unprecedented level of support for a first time candidate whose following was dismissed as an insignificant hodgepodge of fringe libertarians, excommunicated republicans and kooky independents.  Confident that the party structure and reliable sources of campaign funds would carry the day, as they always had, the conspirators ignored the growing threat of this new comer.  But then things changed.
The newcomer began raising money from non-traditional sources.  He out worked the establishment ivy leaguer, criss crossing the Commonwealth delivering hundreds of speeches at town hall meetings, Lincoln dinners and other events.  Soon he caught the attention of the national media and in a flurry of appearances on television and radio he caught up with the presumptive nominee in name recognition, and passed him in the polls.
All the while, a third candidate was beginning to attract attention.  He made it clear that if the party wanted an outsider, it wasn't one of the other two.  He pointed out how the establishment candidate was a career politician, and a political opportunist who had no accomplishments outside of politics which would qualify him for such an important role in running our government.  He pointed out how this candidate had been groomed for office by the very officials against whose politics the nation was revolting.  He pointed out how that candidate was once a democrat who had switched parties in order to improve his chances of winning a government paycheck and was now, at best, a moderate. 
As for the challenger who had become the "media darling" this third candidate pointed out how he was not the outsider he claimed to be, that he had worked for, traveled with and involved himself in his father's campaigns for Congress and for the presidency of the United States.  He pointed out how the so called "outsider" and his entire campaign was the product of the Libertarian party in the United States, how his views on issues of importance to conservatives were a moving target, that he had to explain himself too much to be credible and how he was perhaps pursuing an agenda of his own, rather than that of the conservative republicans who were clamoring for a candidate with the same reliable, trusted conservative views of the Senator he would be replacing.
He pointed out that the other two candidates were merely exploiting the opportunity created by the current atmosphere of discontent and neither should be the choice of conservative republicans.  His campaign reminded voters that one of the contenders was born out of democrat politics and was the choice of those whose policies America was rejecting, and that the other was born out of libertarian politics, whose policies conservative republicans would not tolerate having themselves tricked into adopting.
And then something amazing happened.  At Lincoln dinners across the state where all three candidates appeared, the reports started coming back that the third candidate "owned the room".  The state wide newspapers began to report that while the other two candidates sniped at each other, this third candidate received loud applause and was "the clear crowd favorite".  Party leaders began to say that after private conversations with all three candidates the one they trusted most was the guy with no media attention, no big donor base, the guy who has never been involved in a political campaign nor run for office, and who regrettably had little chance to win.
Many began to look carefully at his education, his life work and the principles he articulated and slowly there began to develop a sense that this was the right guy to send to Washington, but that the attention, the money and the organization of the other two made the chance of that seem impossible.
And then the national media took notice, they began to follow his "underdog campaign", support from the other two began to peel away, money began to flow into his campaign and the story being told all across America was how an ordinary citizen, a military man, had once again stepped up when his nation needed him and answered the call.  Before long people were donating to his campaign.  He became the focus of the national media.  His story of rising from nowhere to having the potential to win gave hope to millions.  His message was clear and millions saw him as the embodiment of the American success story, and he won the nomination.
Of course the paragraph next above is the only one which is not yet fact.  But don't you think this is a fascinating story which is developing right here in Kentucky?
Tune in tonight at 6pm eastern to "The Marcus Carey Perspective" at, where my guest will be former legislative director and chief counsel to then Congressman, later US Senator and baseball hall of fame pitcher Jim Bunning, Rick Robinson.  Rick was a Congressional candidate himself and is now the author of two books Sniper Bid and The Maximum Contribution.  We will be discussing what some have said could be the battle for the heart and soul of the republican party being waged right here, in Kentucky, this year.
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