Fri March 29, 2013
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Screaming and a Goat
Now that actress Ashley Judd is officially not running for U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell, critics have wasted no time to lampoon the next presumptive Democratic nominee—Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Grimes is being encouraged to fill the apparent void in 2014, and supporters argue she has a number of assets: no record for McConnell to attack, the daughter of a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman and a tight relationship with former President Bill Clinton.
It appears the best jabs circulating about Grimes for now are the secretary of state's speeches—where she often refers to herself in the third-person and shouts repteadly.
A new video featuring Grimes is making the rounds, and it pokes fun at her and other screamers, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a goat and Judd (in Normal Life).
It's unclear who produced the video, but the apparent attempt at humor is a McConnell trademark and it is being presented on publications such as Washington Free Beacon.
Earlier this week I talked to Republican strategist Scott Jennings about what the GOP attack lines on Grimes might be.
Jennings admits Grimes won't be as easy a target for conservatives to criticize as Judd's liberal views were, but being a relatively unknown secretary of state makes the 34-year-old attorney's potential bid just as difficult.
"Grimes doesn’t carry that same baggage but that’s because she’s inexperienced and untested. And I think that McConnell, one of the key items he brings to this campaign—love him or hate him—you have to respect the fact he is Kentucky’s fiercest advocate in Washington, and has been for some time," he says.
And the criticism that Grimes may need to "tone it down" doesn't just come from conservative critics either.
From LEO Weekly:
Minutes after being sworn into office as Kentucky’s new secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes compared herself to the most accomplished political figure in Kentucky’s history, Alben Barkley.
Grimes — who said she would follow in the footsteps of former Gov. Martha Lane Collins after her primary victory — is talented and has the potential to do great things. But that kind of ego-trip should probably wait until you’ve held public office for at least a few days.