AHH! The DNC Weekend Terror! Run & Hide!

Ugh. How scary is that?


WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 31: Protesters rally as the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee prepares to meet at the Marriott Park Wardman hotel May 31, 2008 in Washington, DC. The committee is meeting to determine how to count the primary votes for Michigan and Florida. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) 12:04 p.m. ET, 5/31/08

Okay. We’re Calling It a Week.

It’s 5:32 P.M. Nothing is happening in the news or politics in Kentucky. We’re just gonna go ahead and head out for the weekend.

By the way– you’d think that with all the traffic we’re sending to our struggling mainstream newspapers, the least they could do is give us credit when we give them a story.

Since there’s nothing going on, here are a few popular stories from the past few months:

We’ll leave you with Laura Bush & Jenna on Ellen’s homosexualized television program. The only thing better would have been Barbara Bush making an appearance.

Oh, it appears Bruce Lunsford has launched a new video about Mitch McConnell’s 24 years in Washington:

See the rest of the videos starring people like Andrew Horne and Joni Jenkins by clicking here: 24yearslater.com.

You kids take it easy and let us know if anything crazy happens.

Gas Prices Dampen, Well, Everything

Fancy pants elitist (journalist) Ronnie Ellis, who spends far too much time in the reality-based community, says gas prices have both Democratic and Republican voters in a sour mood.

And he says things are rough for folks running for office:

It’s not a good climate for candidates, especially incumbents and even more especially for Republican incumbents. A recent national poll showed 80 percent of respondents think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats think it’s their year, and it probably is, but in places like Kentucky some worry about running on a ballot headed by Barack Obama. Republicans point to Democratic control of Congress and try to shift the blame to them. But Republican President George Bush – who isn’t on the ballot – is the face most voters see when they feel threatened or angry. That must worry Republican Mitch McConnell and boost the hopes of Democrat Bruce Lunsford as they battle for McConnell’s Senate seat.

McConnell is encouraged by results of the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary in which Obama won only two counties and Lunsford must worry about running on a ticket headed by Obama. Republican John McCain is heavily favored in Kentucky, but if voters are angry with Republicans and uncomfortable with Obama, will they turn that anger instead on McConnell? Will prices at the pump reach $5 before the election? Is a financial crisis looming or will things go badly in Iraq?

These are tough times for those running for office. That’s why many are running scared. If they’re not, they should be.

This may seem silly, but Business First has conducted a poll all week asking readers if rising gas prices and the economic downturn (*cough* recession *cough*) have affected their dining-out habits. A whopping 55% of readers say they dine out less frequently.


And that’s from the business community in the wealthiest city in the state.

Oh, forgot to include this. Reuters reports that consumers’ mood has hit a 28-year low. The 59.8 rating is the lowest since the June 1980 rating of 58.7. You’re all effed with inflation.

Polling & All That for Beshear, McConnell

Mark Hebert reports that Governor Steve Beshear’s approval rating has improved by 6 points in the past month. Survey USA says 44% of Kentuckians approve of Beshear’s job while 50% disapprove. That’s up from 38-54 in April.

The survey shows a majority of men approve of Beshear’s work (50%-46%) while a majority of women do not (39%-53%). And Beshear is still suffering the pain of that state senate seat campaign and loss in eastern Kentucky.

On the U.S. Senate front, Hebert reports that Senator Mitch McConnell’s approval rating jumped 11 points. 57% approve of the job McConnell is doing and 37% disapprove.

The breakdown on McConnell’s Survey USA job approval numbers shows his biggest support coming from eastern Kentucky (62%-32%) and among men (65%-33%). McConnell is even polling fairly well among democrats (45%-50%) and African-Americans (57%-40%).

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

You’d think those fancy tv people would learn their lesson and stop putting us on the air– but no! We’re way too powerful and important or whatever.

This week Rick referred to Larry Clark as Perry Clark (Perry: at least he didn’t refer to you as Doug Hawkins), made fun of Jerry Abramson’s budget and yammered about various other politically incorrect topics. Ruh ro.

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