Dems should choose substance over starpower

Originally published in The Kentucky Standard on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

I have to admit, I’m not sold on this whole Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell scenario.

It seems to me that many commentators in the media and in Democratic circles are a little star struck.

And they seem to think voters will be just as enamored at the ballot box.

There have been celebrities that were successful as candidates, and even a few who were successful at serving in office.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in California and Jesse Ventura in Minnesota both won governorships. The liberal firebrand and comedian Al Franken won a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 representing Minnesota. Continue reading Dems should choose substance over starpower

Careful what you wish for

This is a column I wrote for The Kentucky Standard, published on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. 

It was shortly after the 2010 primaries when I found myself on the phone with a good friend from Ohio talking about Kentucky politics.

Rand Paul had recently upset the political order of the Kentucky Republican establishment, beating U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s protégé, Trey Grayson. In an interview with National Public Radio, Paul had taken issue with the portion of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits private businesses from discriminating against people based on race, religion or national origin.

That was it, my friend was convinced. Chalk up a win for the Democrats in November. How, after all, could someone so far on the fringe ever carry a statewide election? Continue reading Careful what you wish for