Surprise: Grimes won’t condemn top supporter’s McConnell/Nazi comparison
posted at 11:19 am on January 20, 2014 by Guy Benson
Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to condemn remarks by a top lawmaker in her state that likened Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Nazis. When introducing Grimes at a campaign event on Thursday, Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, said learning Grimes would run against McConnell “reminded me of the feeling our troops must have had when they liberated the European nations after World War II. Can you imagine what it felt like that you were liberating a country?” he said. When asked about his comments on Friday, Grimes declined to denounce Stumbo’s remarks.
Grimes accused reporters of trying to put “words in her mouth” by asking her about Speaker Stumbo’s incendiary remarks. Will the press give her a pass on this? I’m generally not a fan of manufactured outrage and endless demands that candidates disavow every little un-PC thing someone on their “team” says. But this is the standard Democrats have erected. Recall that virtually every Republican under the sun was asked to denounce Todd Akin’s rape comments in the 2012 cycle. And even then, his statement was exploited by Democrats to tar the entire GOP as anti-women. I’m also reminded of the firestorm that erupted when Bill Cunningham — a hard-hitting radio talk show host — introduced John McCain at a campaign rally in 2008. Cunningham referred to McCain’s opponent as “Barack Hussein Obama” (his actual given name, mind you) three times, which Democrats and the media furiously rebuked as a racial dog whistle. The Republican candidate apologized “profusely” and immediately for the incident, according to an ABC News report. In last week’s episode, the dynamics were nearly identical — except Stumbo, unlike Cunningham, is a high-ranking elected official. His invocation of Nazi imagery was just as gratuitous as anything Cunningham said, and can’t be justified by any innocent explanation. If the party roles were reversed, Grimes would have been raked over the coals for days in the national press, and Republicans from Oregon to New Hampshire would be asked to comment on what was said in Kentucky. I’ll leave you with another prominent Democrat casually shrugging off nasty attacks leveled by supporters. You stay classy, Wendy:
Wendy Davis’s campaign is mocking Greg Abbott for being in a wheelchair. No, I am not kidding. Wendy Davis can only claim she raised $12 million by including the fundraising totals of “her Senate account, gubernatorial account and a political action committee formed with Battleground Texas that’s dedicated to her election. Battleground Texas was formed to help Texas Democrats, who have not won a statewide election in 20 years.” It is very important for the media to note that Davis is including Battleground Texas as her money. Back in October, Battleground Texas mocked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for being paralyzed and in a wheelchair. At the time, Wendy Davis’s campaign said that they could not be held responsible for Battleground Texas, because they were separate entities. Today, Wendy Davis wants to claim Battleground Texas’s campaign cash as her own to hype herself. She can’t have it both ways. If Wendy Davis is going to join herself at the hip with Battleground Texas, she’s going to have to own Battleground Texas’s foot in mouth disease too.
They play by different rules, and they know it.