Thursday, May 22, 2014

Is Mitch Overconfident or Scared? Challenges Grimes to Three Debates

Conventional wisdom in Kentucky was that Mitch would refuse to debate Alison Lundergan Grimes to debates. The man's drone puts insomniacs to sleep, and Grimes is pretty quick on her feet.

But maybe the old tortoise is laying a trap for our jumpy repug-lite hare.

From the Herald:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, fresh off his primary win against Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin, is challenging Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.

In a letter signed by McConnell, which the Herald-Leader obtained Wednesday morning and the McConnell campaign confirmed would be sent to Grimes, Kentucky's senior senator congratulated his Democratic opponent on winning her party's nomination and challenged her to a series of debates — with several conditions.

"In order to present our views fairly and without interpretation by traditional media filters, I believe we should participate in three traditional Lincoln-Douglas style debates moderated only by a single timekeeper/moderator," McConnell wrote. "By conducting these debates without an audience, without props and without notes, it will allow for an unvarnished exchange of views for Kentuckians to evaluate."

At a campaign stop Wednesday, Grimes said she would welcome the debates with McConnell. 
 "My team will get with his campaign to work out the details of that, but that's something that I have always been open to," she said. "I look forward to holding him accountable."
Alison, honey: how are you going to "hold him accountable" for positions and votes which you claim to share?

All you have to do to win these debates is identify three issues on which you would vote differently from Mitch.

Too bad you can't name even one.

So maybe that's Mitch's game plan: expose her to Democratic voters as a repug-lite they shouldn't waste their time voting for.

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