GOP Hammers Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign At Starting Gate

Alison Lundergan Grimes, welcome to the big leagues.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, welcome to the big leagues. Grimes, Kentucky’s 34 year-old Secretary of State, announced she was running against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday and has already hit a wall of right-wing opposition.

A potential campaign website, http://www.grimesforsenate.com, just says “GrimesForSenate” in large blue Calibri font with a generic email address below. But the conservative PAC America Rising has ripped Grimes for having “The World’s Worst Political Website,” despite no verification that it is in fact hers. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee could not be reached for comment to figure out if she did have a campaign website. Alisonforsenate.com has been taken as well.

Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent around an email branding Grimes’ announcement as the “Worst Launch Ever.” The NRSC hit Grimes on everything from the timing (30 minutes later than scheduled), and backdrop (a hand-me-down from her 2011 campaign run for Kentucky Secretary of State), to the hastily constructed toilet paper roll microphone stand. Grimes spoke for less than five minutes Monday and took two questions from the press.

Mitch McConnell, one of the least popular and most powerful senators in the country, is known for his campaign savvy. As my colleague Alex Altman notes, McConnell managed to redirect criticism from himself after rogue liberal operatives bugged his campaign office last spring. The recording, which spurred an FBI investigation, left McConnell intact despite revelations that his team had strategized about ways to mark actress Ashley Judd, a potential rival, as “emotionally unbalanced.” Today McConnell’s campaign released a new auto-tuned political ad (produced so quickly it failed to correctly spell “McConnell”) “What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?” The answers: “Not ready for prime time,” “Sticks to party line,” and “Left wing mime.”

The election will be held 489 days from today.

11 comments
VirginiaMarieFett
VirginiaMarieFett

I know what rhythms with Allison Lundgren Grimes...It's about time!  

CarolGraffius
CarolGraffius

Totally unintelligible! Guess you have to be really stupid to understand it! DCCC already has her name out there. I received the email.  We do not need a site yet to know Allison Lundgren Grimes exist and if you think the nation is not watching, think again. We will have her name on facebook and twitter, before the site is up.  I can not stand McConnell! He is wasting time in D.C. and he never was all that brilliant.

drudown
drudown

No website! 

"Of all the nerve." - Judge Smails, 'Caddyshack"

What's that? Her economic agenda doesn't consist of diverting US taxpayer funds to destroy and occupy Arab sovereigns? Her fiscal policy isn't circumscribed by a "no revenue to the State, ever" lobbyist regime? Her loyalty to the People is not limited to their particular faith, color or sexual orientation?

Hmm. 

Wait, what were they saying?

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." - Saul Bellow

roknsteve
roknsteve

The modern Gee-O-Pee "hammers" everything.  All they know is destruction. 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

That's all they've got? Well, certainly enough to change my vote -- issues are for kidz.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

If that video is McConnell (and Alex's) idea of 'hammered', I'd hate to see his idea of 'inadvertently promoted'


anon76
anon76

Big league?  Rhyming your opponent's name? Making fun of the microphone stand?

I guess I hit the big league when I went to 1st grade recess.  If this is what passes for campaign savvy in Kentucy, the blue grass state should be humiliated.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

McConnell is simply the worst. Not just worst senator, but quite potentially worst human being. And since we're talking about politicians, that's a pretty low bar.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

It's like what happens around here. Certain people hear dog-whistles so loudly, they utterly fail to understand the reaction of people who don't.