Alison Grimes continues to refuse to state whether she voted for Barack Obama. She claims a right to privacy because the Constitution guarantees a secret ballot.
Comment One: Alison Grimes is running for office as a Democrat. Typically leaders when they are running for office let people know where they stand. She has no legal obligation to announce her vote. Candidates typically waive this privacy right.
Comment Two: The right to a secret ballot protects people from persecution. The Senate candidate from Kentucky does not need to be protected from prosecution.
Comment Three: President Obama is being vilified in a personal way that differs from the way politicians are typically treated. Alison Grime’s refusal to state whether she voted for President Obama plays into the Republican narrative that President Obama is different – perhaps even evil.
Comment Four: I have differences with President Obama but let’s face it he is not really as liberal as depicted. Alison Grimes whiffed on a lob. Here is a response:
Did you vote for President Obama?
Yes but this does not mean I support everything he has done.
I can’t imagine what America would be like if John McCain had won the 2008 election and the economy continued on the course that existed then.
Unlike my opponent I want to modify and not repeal the ACA. Repeal of ACA would lead to many (give number) Kentuckians losing their health care.
Yes I voted for President Obama. If in the future a Republican gets elected I will work very closely with the new President to help Kentucky and the nation. My opponent chose to put his partisan agenda ahead of the state and national interest. The results have been tragic.
Comment Five: Her inability to state that she voted for a two-term Democratic President is demoralizing. She is going to deflate her own turn out, especially among blacks.
Comment Six: Alison Grimes, like Hillary, believes that one can run for office and not tell the people where she stands. Where does Hillary stand on Keystone, on Social Security COLAs, on student loan debt proposals on charter schools, …….. The only way we will find out is if strong candidates -- A-list candidates – challenge her.
Comment Seven: Alison Grimes despite her relative lack of experience was not challenged for the Senate nomination in Kentucky. She was hand picked by the Clintons and is a child of privilege. This is what happens when nepotism guides the candidate selection process and you don’t test your candidates.
Concluding thoughts: Most Democrats don’t agree with President Obama on everything. This is a main difference between Republicans and Democrats. President Obama is a good man who took on a tough job and should not be vilified. Alison Grime’s inability to state she voted for the President plays into a Republican narrative that the President is evil. It is demoralizing.
Paint Kentucky red.