Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Hates Mitch Edition

Gay-hater and world renowned bigot Jesse Helms finally died. After 86 years of ruining the lives of everyone he could. He hated the homos, Martin Luther King, Jr. Naturally, king of the Republican hate mongers Mitch McConnell released a statement praising Helms as “a leading voice and courageous champion for the many causes he believed in” and “Senator Helms certainly was no bigot. He was a man, however, not into subtlety.” Nice. [ABC News and Houston Chronicle]

Mitch McConnell hates everybody with AIDS and wants them all to die. Especially if they’re in Africa. George W. Bush loves everybody with AIDS and wants to give them all kinds of money. [C-J]

According to Mitch McConnell, people in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas think oil rigs are pretty. He actually said that. In public. At the Commerce Lexington Public Affairs Luncheon on Tuesday. Like “pretty” has jack to do with expanded off-shore drilling in the United States. [PolitickerKY]

Lowell Reese, editor of the Kentucky Gazette, told Southern Political Report that he doesn’t know anybody who would consider Bruce Lunsford a liberal. Contrary to everything the McConnell campaign is spewing 24/7. Imagine that. [Southern Political Report]

The Courier-Journal editorial board must hate Mitch McConnell and David Williams. Check what the paper had to say about following the money while watching our state’s disadvantaged and disabled suffer neglect. “Real people are getting hurt, thanks to the no-new-tax marching orders that Sen. Mitch McConnell gave the General Assembly’s Republican majority when it took power, and that Senate President David Williams has followed.” [C-J]

Joe Roche wrote a nice, right-wing op-ed for the Herald-Leader about Eye-rack and how swimmingly swell things are going in that godforsaken country. Of course, he had to praise Mitch McConnell for “being central to our success” and for preventing Democrats from pulling out of Iraq 40 times. 40 separate instances of obstruction on Iraq! Roche says, “Were it not for McConnell, I’m not sure how Bush would have been able to maintain our success.” [H-L]

Remember Frank Simon confidant and right-winger who wants to abolish public education Jim Waters? Apparently he’s now an expert on free trade, Columbia and all things John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler. [Georgetown News Graphic]

Remember when Mitch McConnell blamed Bruce Lunsford for the negative (and true) attack ad the Sierra Club is running against him (McConnell)? Listen to the ad and then check out Trey Pollard’s well-researched debunking of everything the McConnell camp is spinning. He uses something called facts, apparently. [PolitickerKY]

Three-Wheel Electric Cars in Kentucky?

Heck yes. Senators Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) and Dan Seum (R-Louisville) are announcing their intention to pre-file a bill for 2009 that will allow three-wheeled electric vehicles to, you know, drive around in Kentucky.

They’re holding a press conference on Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 A.M. at the offices of Integrity Manufacturing in Sheperdsville with Larry Cottingham, founder of ZAP Electric Autos. The CEO of Integrity will also be there to discuss production of the cars in Sheperdsville.

The best part? Members of the press get to test-drive these things. It’s like Power Wheels for adults!

Yeah, THOSE little electric things. How cute.

UPDATE: Turns out not everything is rosy with ZAP. At least not with their ZAP-X automobile that’s allegedly sexy and fast. From Wired Magazine.

Yes. Slow news day. Everyone is on vacation.

Republicans Attack Yarmuth For Supporting Ford

Louisville Republicans are attacking John Yarmuth and Nancy Pelosi over their pending visit to a Ford plant tomorrow afternoon. The Louisville GOP claim the two are hypocrites for visiting Ford after pushing the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act which repealed a giant tax break for companies making SUVs. Large tax breaks were actually passed along to those purchasing the vehicles. Because we all know it’s in America’s best interest to waste as much fuel as possible.

Remember all those free Hummers (no pun intended) being written off at taxpayer expense for a few years? Yeah, that really worked out super-well for America.

What’s really surprising, though, is Republicans are blaming Yarmuth for high gas prices.

We’ll pause long enough for you to roll your eyes.

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Nancy Pelosi at Ford in Louisville Saturday

We reported a couple days ago that Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi would be in Louisville this weekend with Rep. John Yarmuth for several events.

Finally, we’ve confirmed that Pelosi will join Yarmuth at one of the Ford plant locations in Louisville for a closed door tour and roundtable discussion with Ford and labor leaders.

If you’re a member of the media? We hear media avail will follow the shindig at about 5:15.

Don’t Even Know Why We Legitimize Him

Brett Hall is at it again. Click here for the story.

We hear from very reliable sources that there are several (as many as five) Bruce Lunsford campaign staffers calling around looking for jobs.

Looks like there might be a mass exodus in the works.

Not true. Two people have given notice that they are leaving the campaign staff in order to take more stable (aka not campaign jobs) jobs. Two people out of dozens does not mean there’s a mass exodus in the works.

Nice spin, though.

While the campaign probably does need to bring in a new manager who is intimately familiar with Kentucky politics/someone who has experience with Mitch, there’s no major scandal going down in the Lunsford camp. There’s lots of discussion about current campaign manager, but that shouldn’t really worry anyone. It’s no secret that Achim Bergmann rightfully calls the shots, as well he should, and we’re confident that he’ll bring in the right people to help on all the right fronts.

Side note: We’ve been openly critical of Achim in the past but that doesn’t mean he’s not good at what he does. And it doesn’t change the fact that we consider him a friend. We didn’t consult him for this story, but we know for a fact he has all the right people on board and will be bringing on additional support.

So to make a long story short… the McConnell spin machine is at work.