The Herald-Leader rips Mitch McConnell’s latest attack ad apart in an editorial. McConnell blames opponent Bruce Lunsford for high gas prices in the ad, which is reportedly responsible for serious health problems plaguing thinking people. Injuries from eye-rolling accidents are on the rise in Kentucky emergency rooms.
From the H-L:
Kentucky’s gas tax, 8 cents below the national average, is a negligible part of the price of gasoline.
McConnell’s commercial is essentially dishonest.
But that’s not the worst of it.
McConnell’s misleading ad isn’t unexpected. Manipulation has long been his strong suit, and the senior senator must be very pleased with the way his ad uses Lunsford’s own words against him.
But this dishonesty from McConnell is disappointing all the same. It’s a discredit to his lofty position and an insult to the people who have kept him in Washington for 24 years.
You may view the ad in question by clicking here.
The Courier-Journal also has an editorial today:
Sen. McConnell’s criticism is simply irrelevant. This is a Senate race, and most individual senators cannot influence fuel costs.
An exception would be Sen. McConnell himself as the Senate muscle of the Bush administration’s party. But Sen. McConnell has been President Bush’s enabler — declining to demand a coherent national energy policy, failing to push for effective alternative energy sources and clinging to the fiction that drilling for more oil in Alaska and offshore will produce meaningful relief.
A leader would tell the truth about oil. Kentucky, and America, will need someone other than Sen. McConnell to fill that role.