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SHOCKER. McConnell Challenger Amy McGrath’s Campaign Video Is Built On Lies

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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath, a Marine combat aviator who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky, has set her sights on an even more formidable target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston,

Mitch McConnell’s putative challenger in the 2020 election is rapidly proving she is a total fraud as a candidate.

She announced her candidacy Tuesday morning in close coordination with NBC News which had run a nothingburger story on Mitch McConnell the previous night revealing that a century ago some of McConnell’s ancestors were slave owners. Apparently, this was supposed to be some kind of killer attack even though the exact same set of facts applies to Kamala Harris.

This is her 3-minute de rigueur introduction video.

It is the usual pap one expects in these things. In her case, she’s focusing, it seems, on saying that Mitch McConnell’s has a crappy constituent service operation. I’m not sure how much of a seller that is because it really isn’t true. The theme is a letter that McGrath probably didn’t write asking McConnell to let her be a fighter pilot and he didn’t answer it. I say probably didn’t write because there is no evidence that she did and the story reeks of Hillary Clinton writing NASA to be an astronaut. Also featured in the video are four other Kentuckians: a coal miner, a steel worker, a woman with diabetes, and student with big loans and they all want McConnell to kiss the boo-boo and make it better.

Funny thing is that McConnell’s office had a real good reason for not answering the letters:

The video implies that McConnell never responded, but it appears the letters were sent Tuesday, the same day that McGrath announced her bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge him.

A spokesman for McConnell told CQ Roll Call on Friday that the senator’s Louisville office received three of the four letters featured in the video on Thursday. They were postmarked on Tuesday.

“Throughout Senator McConnell’s entire Senate service, he has prioritized constituent correspondence and takes seriously his responsibility to hear from and respond to Kentuckians,” Kentucky Communications Director Robert Steurer said in a statement. “In fact, since he was elected to the Senate, he has sent more than 4 million pieces of correspondence to his constituents.”

McGrath spokeswoman Tina Olechowski said the video simply showed Kentuckians who had shared their stories with McGrath and “wanted to write and send a letter” to McConnell.

McGrath’s spokesman is simply lying. If you actually listen to the video beginning at 0:35 you hear:

I’m Amy McGrath, and I’ve often wondered how many other people did Mitch McConnell never take the time to write back. Or even think about.

And from that she segues into the four letters. There is never a word about wanting a conversation.

McGrath is a long shot for the Senate. That is a good thing. Because as much as McConnell is an avatar for what is wrong in DC, McGrath is a symbol of what is wrong in politics. She has shown that she will lie rather shamelessly to people. In a run-of-the-mill candidate that is not a shock. But McGrath was a career military officer and trades on that to make up for her lack of accomplishment, the core of the military ethos is integrity. That McGrath would so easily lie in her introductory video tells you all you need to know about how she will act in the Senate should she be elected.

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Roll Call: McGrath’s campaign video attack on McConnell sure looks faked

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And you thought the Ashley Judd proto-campaign was a joke. Fresh off the humiliation of her double-flip-flop on Brett Kavanaugh, Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski fact-checks Amy McGrath’s campaign launch video — and finds it’s based on a lie. The constituent letters that Mitch McConnell supposedly ignored didn’t get mailed out until the day the video was released:

Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath’s three-minute campaign launch video retells her personal story of getting no answer to letters to members of Congress, then features four Kentuckians writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for help with personal crises.

The video implies that McConnell never responded, but it appears the letters were sent Tuesday, the same day that McGrath announced her bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge him.

A spokesman for McConnell told CQ Roll Call on Friday that the senator’s Louisville office received three of the four letters featured in the video on Thursday. They were postmarked on Tuesday.

In case you missed it, the letters were the central theme of McGrath’s video. “Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start someplace,” McGrath says, “and it started with this man,” with grim pictures of McConnell in Washington. McGrath says McConnell made DC “a place where ideals go to die”:

McGrath then goes on to pontificate about “resetting the nation’s moral compass,” which is pretty rich after Lesniewski’s report. The campaign told Lesniewski that the letters were written in “real time,” while the video was being made, but the implication is that these were letters that had been sent earlier enough to have expected a response. Despite the clear implication in the video that McConnell had ignored the letters, Team McGrath now claims that all they wanted to show was how much people want to talk with McConnell:

“Their stories represent the concerns of thousands of Kentuckians and they would love the opportunity to sit down with Senator Mitch McConnell in person to tell them what they’ve been going through in their daily lives,” she said.

Even for up-against-the-wall spin, that’s pretty pathetic. At the moment, that also suffices for a good description of McGrath’s campaign, which as a CNN panel noted earlier this week, has been a rolling disaster since the word go. The Kavanaugh debacle demonstrated McGrath’s imcompetence, but this dirty trick hints at flat-out dishonesty and manipulation. Kentucky Democrats might want to keep recruiting for a challenger to Cocaine Mitch.

As for the Senate Majority Leader, his office claims he’s pretty busy with his pen:

“Throughout Senator McConnell’s entire Senate service, he has prioritized constituent correspondence and takes seriously his responsibility to hear from and respond to Kentuckians,” Kentucky Communications Director Robert Steurer said in a statement. “In fact, since he was elected to the Senate, he has sent more than 4 million pieces of correspondence to his constituents.”

Successful politicians usually take constituent services very seriously. The ones who don’t end up like Eric Cantor and Joe Crowley. In a deep red state like Kentucky, the only way McConnell gets retired is in a surprise primary like those two examples, or laughing on his way to voluntary retirement.

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McGrath’s Week Goes From Bad to Worse as Cocaine Mitch Capitalizes on Her Flip Flops With Appropriate Merch

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks back to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Monday started off on a bad note after NBC News engaged in “gotcha” journalism with a piece detailing how two of his great-great-grandfathers were slaveowners.

The piece was a blatant attempt at shaming the Kentucky Senator into supporting a reparations bill, which is being floated by some of the 2020 Democratic candidates for president – including Sen. Cory Booker (NJ).

But as the week progressed, it became clear that the story would only be a minor hiccup in an otherwise stellar week.

When McConnell was asked about the story on Tuesday, here’s how he responded:

“You know, I find myself in the same position as president Obama. We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners.”

For now at least, that issue is closed.

That same day, Democrat Amy McGrath announced her candidacy for McConnell’s seat. The media salivated. This is going to be a “blockbuster race” some said.

But in contrast to McConnell’s week, McGrath’s went downhill fast.

On Wednesday, she told the Louisville Courier-Journal that there were times where she may actually support President Trump on occasion if elected to serve in the Senate. Even worse, she flip-flopped twice within a span of about three hours on support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats were livid.

The McConnell campaign responded the rest of the week by trolling McGrath, her campaign, and other Democrats.

The campaign ended its week by offering up some new merch that capitalized on McGrath’s flip flops:

These might even be better than the Cocaine Mitch t-shirt. Heh.

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CNN consensus: McGrath’s rollout is a disaster and she’s toast against Cocaine Mitch

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“What a disaster!” Carl Hulse declared about Amy McGrath’s fumblaya on Brett Kavanaugh. How can McGrath could have not prepared for an obvious question,  CNN’s John King wonders.  at the beginning of this discussion. Sahil Kapur comes closest to the correct answer — Democrats can’t really compete in states like Kentucky any longer when they’re caught between party activists and actual voters:

“What a disaster!” said Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. “This is just a disaster. I’m not sure what was worse, being for Kavanaugh or then having to flip so quickly and say you weren’t.”

“You’re not going to raise any Democratic money if you’re for confirming Kavanaugh, and that’s her only hope,” said CNN host John King.

Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur argued that McGrath was forcing herself into awkward ideological positions by trying to appeal to conservative voters in Kentucky. “Part of Amy McGrath’s message is that President Trump won Kentucky by a big margin and she wants to work with him on things like infrastructure and draining the swamp,” Kapur said. “And she’s painting McConnell as a threat to getting Trump’s agenda passed, and saying she would better work with President Trump. None of it really computes here.”

Washington Post reporter and CNN political analyst Rachael Bade reflected on the national Democratic interest McGrath had gained since her close loss in the race for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District in 2018, but concluded that “really, after this, she probably can’t recover from this.”

The exchange between King and Kapur defines exactly what the problem will be for Democrats in red states, especially against McConnell in Kentucky. They can’t raise money with Democrats elsewhere without explicitly attacking Trump’s judicial picks — and they can’t win voters with those attacks. Judicial appointments are a big part of the reason red-state voters stick with Trump, and when you want to run in a state where Trump won by 30 points, you have to find a way to thread that needle.

Even apart from the difficulty presented, though, McGrath was spectacularly incompetent. Rather than pick a position and stick with it, McGrath let herself get pushed around — hardly in keeping with the “tough fighter pilot” political persona she and her allies hoped to build. In one fell swoop, McGrath became just another politician who tells people what they want to hear without any sense of a core set of beliefs in anything other than winning an election. You don’t have to personally like Mitch McConnell to have him come out as the better choice on firmness after this.

Can McGrath recover? We all should have stopped betting on “toast” statuses after the Access Hollywood tape, but Bade’s most likely correct. It’s not that this flip-flop-flip by itself will kill McGrath’s candidacy, but that the episode suggests that she’s at best a mediocrity in politics — and you don’t beat Cocaine Mitch with a progressive mediocrity, especially not in Kentucky. Case in point:

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McConnell’s new Senate opponent executes rare and difficult double flip-flop on Kavanaugh confirmation

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This move isn’t that difficult, actually, but it’s extremely rare because you’re guaranteed to end up landing face-first on the pavement. Only a complete political doofus would attempt it.

Congrats to Amy McGrath for having the guts, if not the brains, to think she could pull it off.

Remember that McGrath isn’t any ol’ Senate candidate. She’s a top Democratic recruit. She blew the roof off last fall in fundraising for her House race against Andy Barr and she blew the roof off again this week after she announced her campaign against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, pulling in $2.5 million in 24 hours. There is, or was, every indication that she would be the Beto of the 2020 cycle, a Dem running a longshot campaign in a red state who was lavished with donations from liberals nationwide because they hate her Republican opponent just that much.

And here she is on day two of campaign swan-diving onto the asphalt.

Last summer, in the thick of her House race, she was asked whether she’d vote yes or no on new SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She replied on Facebook:

I echo so many of the concerns that others have articulated over the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

He has shown himself to be against women’s reproductive rights, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and will be among the most partisan people ever considered for the Court. Apparently, he will fall to the right of Gorsuch and Alito on ideology, and just to the left of the arch conservative Thomas.

Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed and we are starkly reminded, again, that elections have consequences, and this consequence will be with us for an entire generation.

The word “no” doesn’t appear there but in substance it’s a “no,” especially the last line. Which was a defensible position politically for even a red-state Democrat to take: McGrath was forced to choose whether to keep her lefty base happy or to risk alienating her core support by pandering to righties, who were probably going to vote for her opponent anyway. She chose to stick with her base. She lost narrowly.

She was asked yesterday, a year later, whether she’s still a “no” in hindsight. Nope, it turns out:

CJ: Did you think Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation was credible?

McGrath: Yeah, I think it’s credible. I think this is — I think many Republicans thought it was credible. And —

CJ: That wasn’t disqualifying then?

McGrath: Well, I mean I think again, I think it’s credible but given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don’t think it would really disqualify him.

CJ: So you would have voted for him to be on the Supreme Court?

McGrath: You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him.

Ford’s allegation of attempted rape was credible — but it was a long time ago, so hey, confirm him. Is there any other person in America who holds that position? You can support Kavanaugh because you think Ford lied or that she misidentified her attacker; you can oppose Kavanaugh because you think he really did try to rape her and/or because he’s “extreme” ideologically or whatever. But how many people even on the right were of the view that he should be confirmed because Ford was credible but a lot of time had passed since he did it?

Or is McGrath saying that a lot of time had passed between the time of the incident and the time Ford came forward and therefore, while she seems credible, we can’t trust her recollection too much? That’d be more defensible — but it’s not not not what her lefty fans want to hear and that should have been patently obvious to McGrath before she said this. You can’t be Beto 2.0 siding with the right on the hottest culture-war flashpoint of the past year. McGrath seemed to understand that 12 months ago when she opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation *even before* Ford came forward. Now she doesn’t.

Did she think the left would cut her more slack to pander to the right just because they want to beat McConnell at all costs? Considering how much slack they cut Beto during his Senate race before turning on him viciously once he ran for president, that seems … not as crazy as it did in first blush.

Regardless, though, she miscalculated. She and her advisors must have gotten an earful from progressives after news broke last night that she was suddenly pro-Kavanaugh because she was on Twitter within hours, attempting the rare double flip-flop. From anti to pro to anti again:

Follow the replies to her tweets to see how well that explanation’s being received. “[I’m] going to bunt this slow pitch with my face,” said Ken White, summarizing McGrath’s inept handling of a softball question. The problem with the double flip-flop, of course, is that it’s a move guaranteed to alienate everyone. The righties to whom she’s pandering will find her obvious calculation and her reversal under pressure pitiful; the lefties whom she tentatively and temporarily abandoned will find her ideological commitment suspect going forward. Only a total amateur wouldn’t have seen the inevitability of the outcome. But that’s what she is, a total amateur. A great pilot and a heroic veteran! But a bad politician, who couldn’t avoid making that clear on day two of her campaign.

Will it hurt her, though? Warren Henry notes wisely at the Federalist today that for the left this election, like the Cruz/O’Rourke election, is less about actually trying to win and more about elections as protests:

Absent strong parties, the internet has shifted greater financial power to an activist class currently more obsessed with performative outrage than winning. And outrage culture is itself partly the product of a confluence of technology with the decline of institutions beyond Congress and the major political parties. People feel less connected to organized religions, civic organizations, or local government.

The effect of the internet, like radio and television before it, has been to further nationalize politics. But the internet, unlike these prior technologies, is corrosive to the idea of a common culture outside national politics. The Founders created an extended republic with the idea of countering faction; the internet puts the idea of faction on steroids.

In this environment, politics have become more symbolic, more religious.

It doesn’t matter (much) what McGrath says or does. The left will invest in her almost as a sort of religious donation, to broadcast its hatred for one of the most powerful and effective Republicans in the country. It’s basically tithing. Which makes it a bit more understandable why McGrath may have thought initially that they’d let her get away with a reversal on Kavanaugh. In the end, though, it turned out that that was a bit more serious of a heresy than she had realized.

A few days ago Nate Silver blew up the conventional wisdom by tweeting that he thought McGrath stood a real chance against McConnell, no worse than 25 percent. I thought that might be true if and only if Trump turns up in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book of “clients.” We’ll see.

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Beast Mode: Cocaine Mitch Campaign Smiles as McGrath Flip Flops on Kavanaugh Support in a Span of 3 Hours

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In spite of NBC News attempting to play “gotcha” journalism with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) on Monday, the man who embraces the “Grim Reaper” label without apology is having a pretty good week.

After the non-story about two of his great-great-grandfathers being slaveowners broke, McConnell was asked about the news. His response was classic Cocaine Mitch:

On Tuesday, the mainstream media salivated over Democrat Amy McGrath’s announcement that she was running against McConnell.

McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, even raised $2.5 million in the 24 hour period after she declared her candidacy. Things were looking good for her right out of the gate.

Except by Wednesday, things were going south for McGrath.

In a Tuesday interview she did with CNN‘s Jake Tapper, she had to walk back comments she made in 2017 comparing the election of Donald Trump to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

And on Wednesday, she did an in-depth interview with the Louisiville Courier-Journal that had liberal heads spinning. First off, she indicated she would sometimes actually support Trump – depending on the issue:

CJ: Are you a pro-Trump Democrat? And how do you separate people who will vote for Trump but may not for Sen. McConnell?

McGrath: This business of pro-Trump, anti-Trump — you’re just putting people in a box. Folks just aren’t like that. … I want to do what’s best for Kentucky, and when President Trump has good ideas, I’m going to be for them. To me it’s not about your political party, it’s not about wearing a red jersey or blue jersey, OK? And that was something I talked about last campaign. If President Trump has good ideas, I’ll be for them. At the same time, if I think he’s wrong I’m going to stand up to him and that’s the difference — one the of major differences — between myself and Sen. McConnell.

Naturally, this did not sit well with leftists who believe Trump is the greatest threat to mankind.

To make matters worse for McGrath, she also told the Courier-Journal she would have ultimately supported Brett Kavanaugh had she been in the Senate during his confirmation hearings:

CJ: One of the centerpieces for Sen. McConnell’s reelection appears to be his work in reshaping the U.S. judiciary. If you had been a senator, would you have voted for Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court — why or why not?

McGrath: Well, that’s a good question. I didn’t listen to all of the hearings. I don’t think there was anything, and I’m not a lawyer or a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I don’t know the criteria. But I was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh, what I felt like were the far-right stances that he had. However, there was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.

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CJ: So you would have voted for him to be on the Supreme Court?

McGrath: You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him.

(Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, McGrath tweeted that upon further reflection, she would not have voted to confirm Kavanaugh.)

In other words, she flip-flopped – within a span of about three hours:

As always, the Cocaine Mitch campaign was on standby and ready to respond. They tweeted out the donation refunds link for unhappy Democrats:

… along with this humorous image:

They also trolled McGrath supporter and pro-abortion/sex strike activist Alyssa Milano with this tweet:

As Bonchie noted in his post Tuesday about McGrath announcing her candidacy, the media were eagerly predicting a “blockbuster race.” It’s started off that way already, but not in the ways they’d hoped it would.

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‘Gotcha’ Journalism at Play in Conveniently Timed (Non) Story On Mitch McConnell’s Ancestors Being Slave Owners

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On Monday, NBC News broke what some media and political commentators viewed as a blockbuster story about Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) involving the slave-owning history of some of his ancestors.

The report centered around searches done of McConnnell’s family history by way of “ancestry and census records.” Here’s what they found:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to the descendants of American slaves, has a family history deeply entwined in the issue: Two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, U.S. census records show.

The two great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama — all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

The details about McConnell’s ancestors, discovered by NBC News through a search of ancestry and census records, came in the wake of recent hearings on reparations before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Asked about the reparations issue, McConnell, R-Ky., said he was opposed to the idea, arguing it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.

Even if you hadn’t read the story itself, the headline and subheadline to it tell you all you need to know about why the story was done in the first place: To shame the Senator for taking what the news network views as a conveniently calculated position against reparations:

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Screen grab via NBC News.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was incredulous that NBC News even found this to be newsworthy:

Former Red State managing editor Erick Erickson – now the editor at The Resurgent, called this story out for what it is:

There literally is no journalistic or newsworthy purpose for this article except to apply pressure on McConnell to not block slave reparations legislation. There is none. As the article itself notes,

Louis Cain, professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago and an expert on the economics of slavery, said more Americans have been stained by slavery than they realize. “I suspect with the mobility of the American population in the 20th and 21st centuries, most of us have ancestors that owned slaves, including many individuals who did not arrive until well after the Civil War,“ Cain said. “The responsibility for what happened was collective, not individual.”

This completely undermines the purpose of the article. If the responsibility is collective, singling out McConnell is ridiculous, but that’s exactly what NBC News is doing because it is not reporting news. It is working to advance the hucksters’ reparations agenda.

Similar point made here:

Bingo.

The journalism community – both inside and outside of NBC, were quick to share, write up their own versions, and/or praise the report and defend the journalists behind it from accusations of an agenda.

Here’s NBC News digital reporter Jon Allen trying to justify the report:

Tim Perone is an assistant managing editor for NBC News digital:

Here’s NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford, in one of the more obvious displays of agenda-driven journalistic commentary:

Move along, no agenda to see here.

Clay Travis notes that the Louisville Courier‘s headline was arguably worse than NBC‘s:

Key point from John Hayward and others surrounding this story:

And how convenient was the timing of this story? Very, very convenient:

Here are some more burning questions the mainstream media won’t answer about this story:

Related: If the mainstream media are so good at digging into family histories, how did they so badly botch the Sen. Elizabeth Warren fake Native American heritage story?

Doing a quick scan of reactions to the story last night and today on social media and other websites, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many rank and file leftists (not the ones are perpetually outraged) say they didn’t think story was fair to McConnell. ‘Blaming him for the sins of his ancestors isn’t right’ was the key take away I got from much of what I read in comments.

It’s very obvious why the media ran this story. NBC News and their defenders can try to explain it away all they want to, but it’s very clear what the agenda was here – and it wasn’t journalism.

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Amy McGrath Opens Campaign to Oust Mitch McConnell in 2020

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WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot whose star power in the Democratic Party in 2018 failed to capture her a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020.

Ms. McGrath, 44, made her intentions known with a dark video denouncing Mr. McConnell, 77, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has served as the central ballast for President Trump in Washington.

“Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start someplace,” Ms. McGrath said in the video. “It started with this man who was elected a lifetime ago, and who has, bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise.”

She also reprised a story she used in her 2018 campaign against Representative Andy Barr, in which she recounted that as a young woman she wrote to Mr. McConnell “telling him I wanted to fly fighter jets in combat, to fight for my country, and that women should be able to do that,” and noting that he never wrote back.

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Mr. McConnell is in some ways as loathed by Democrats as Mr. Trump. And he has arguably been more effective, maintaining a stronghold over the nation’s judiciary and largely refusing to cooperate with Democrats on major legislation.

Mr. McConnell’s re-election team has been anticipating Ms. McGrath’s announcement for months. On Tuesday, he responded with his own video with quotes culled from her House campaign, in which she expressed support for things like a single-payer health care system and abortion rights — positions he believes will be largely unpopular in Kentucky.

“Amy McGrath lost her only race in a Democratic wave election because she is an extreme liberal who is far out of touch with Kentuckians,” Kevin Golden, Mr. McConnell’s campaign manager, said in a statement. He said Ms. McGrath would have “a heckuva platform that we will be delighted to discuss over the next 16 months.”

Ms. McGrath’s decision to take on Mr. McConnell in a state that is generally not propitious for Democrats reflects the party’s enduring faith in military veterans, whose career paths and inspiring back stories can help blunt associations with its more liberal proclivities, and who also tend to be fund-raising juggernauts.

Mr. McConnell, Kentucky’s longest serving senator, is “one of the most powerful political machines that’s ever existed,” said Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and co-founder of VoteVets.org, a liberal political action committee that supports veteran candidates. “It takes someone with a compelling, nonpolitical profile to break through that. When you talk about Amy McGrath, you’re talking about someone who has the credibility, with her profile, to reach people outside the Democratic base, independents, even Republicans. That’s what will break the McConnell machine.”

Among the 67 new Democrats in Congress, 10 served in the military or intelligence agencies and were instrumental in returning control of the House to Democrats. The group has formed a tight bond in the 116th Congress. Many of those members, especially the women, campaigned with Ms. McGrath and are eager to see her run.

“I’m excited to support my friend Amy McGrath,” said Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, a former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who last year eked out a victory against a Republican incumbent. “Her race to defeat Senate Majority Leader McConnell should matter to any American, regardless of party, who wants to see us get stuff done in Washington for the American people.”

Other candidates may file to run as Democrats in the state next year, but Ms. McGrath is the only prominent potential nominee.

She put up a stronger challenge to Mr. Barr than he had faced in recent elections. And there are certainly no givens in American politics, especially for incumbents like Mr. McConnell who are associated with Washington’s enduring dysfunction. Still, Kentucky remains tough terrain for Democrats, and may be more so with Mr. Trump, who remains largely popular in the state, at the top of the ticket.

In 2014, Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who hoped to capitalize on Mr. McConnell’s lack of popularity nationwide, failed to topple him, securing just nine out of 120 counties in a race that was called moments after the polls closed in western Kentucky.

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Democrats Find a Candidate to Set Money On Fire Running Against Mitch McConnell

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Amy McGrath, right, with her husband, Erik Henderson, waves to supporters after being elected as the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Richmond, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Democrats have found their woman in Kentucky. Amy McGrath, who managed to lose the most winnable swing seat in the state in 2018 during an election that heavily favored Democrats, is going to challenge Mitch McConnell.

This of course has the media salivating. MSNBC even did a coordinated roll out, including a hit piece about McConnell’s ancestors owning slaves and a softball Morning Joe interview today. They aren’t even trying to hide that they are a campaign arm of the Democratic party at this point.

Here’s “journalist” Kasey Hunt fangirling over the news.

I’ll go ahead and spoil things. This is not going to be a “blockbuster” race.

This is a state that Trump won by 30% in 2016. Even in 2014, McConnell vanquished a much stronger candidate by 15 points. The difference between 2014 and 2020 is that Republicans actually like Mitch McConnell now, both because he’s shown backbone in major battles under Trump and because his social media team have managed to make him far more likable. If anything, he’s in a better position today than he was in his last election.

McConnell’s team is already hitting McGrath on her numerous weaknesses.

McGrath is just an awful candidate to run against McConnell. You don’t win statewide in Kentucky by saying you are the “most progressive person” in the state. That’s going to haunt her in a largely Republican state running against the Senate Majority Leader who’s suddenly earned a positive following, even the anti-establishment, conservative right.

The Beto O’Rourke comparison is spot-on, except the beat down will be much worse in the end. The media are going to pump this race, paint McGrath as historic figure, and present a narrative that McConnell isn’t going to actually beat her by double digits. In the end, it won’t be close and Democrats will set lots of money on fire to lose an already solidly red seat.

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Dems set to flush millions down the can in futile bid to beat McConnell next year in Kentucky

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If the name “Amy McGrath” doesn’t ring a bell it’s because she was one of the few Dems running last fall who *lost* a toss-up House race against her Republican opponent. She fell a few points short against Rep. Andy Barr in KY-6 despite her credentials as the first woman to fly in combat for the Marines and a viral campaign ad that made her a figure of national interest to Democrats. She raised big big big money as a result, making her a serious threat to knock off Barr in a rematch if the political climate is trending blue next fall.

Instead she’s going to challenge the most influential man in the Senate, who has the number of every major Republican donor in the country in his phone’s contacts and has had only one close-ish race in the last 25 years. That came in the Democratic Hopenchange wave of 2008; even with Obama fever at its peak, Dems couldn’t knock off Cocaine Mitch in Kentucky. Now here’s McGrath ready to challenge him in a presidential election year, with Trump at the top of the ballot in a state he won by just a hair under 30 points.

Why would she tackle McConnell instead of Barr, knowing that losing a second closely watched race will brand her as a loser who should step aside and let other ambitious young Dems in Kentucky take a shot? I’m baffled.

Team Mitch was prepared for her announcement and has already unspooled this lowlight reel for Kentucky’s conservative voters?

I understand why Dems want McGrath to run. Between her fundraising ability and her credentials as a vet, she stands more of a chance of winning some swing voters than, say, Ashley Judd does. She might be their strongest hand notwithstanding last year’s loss to Barr. And realistically, they have to give ousting McConnell the ol’ college try because the lefty base views him as a villain almost on par with Trump. (McGrath’s ad reflects that too, which helps explain why it’s already piled up a million views today.) Conceding another six-year term to him via a token opponent after the Merrick Garland blockade and the nuking of the filibuster to confirm Gorsuch would be unimaginable to progressives.

Critics are carping this morning that McGrath’s fundraising prowess will actually hurt Dems nationally by vacuuming up dollars that might have gone to more winnable races, but Chuck Schumer might see that differently. How many dollars wouldn’t be donated at all if the party surrendered to McConnell in his race without a shot being fired? McGrath’s campaign is a morale-booster for the left ahead of Armageddon with Trump, even though she’s destined to lose.

What does McGrath out of this, though? I’m open to the argument that she’s following the Beto O’Rourke/Stacey Abrams path of building her national profile by losing a tight race in a red state. Drew McCoy’s right that narrow defeat against a conservative who was heavily favored to win is something that Dems seem eager to reward these days. But (a) the Beto path isn’t looking so hot right now for Beto himself per the recent Democratic primary polling and (b) there’s no reason to believe McGrath’s race against McConnell will be particularly close. O’Rourke and Abrams each had the wind at their back in running during a midterm, in a Democratic wave environment. McGrath is sailing into strong winds with Trump at the top of the ballot, and she’s facing an incumbent with unusual power and long experience. Is the Beto/Abrams path really there for her if she loses by 10 points?

Even if she surprises by losing narrowly, it’s not as if she can quickly parlay the excitement of a near-miss into an instant presidential run a la O’Rourke and (maybe) Abrams. She’ll have to wait four years to capitalize. Four years ago today, Donald Trump had only recently declared his presidential candidacy. Four years is a lifetime politically, never more so than in this era.

Maybe McGrath figures that losing to McConnell is actually less risky than running — and losing — again against Barr. It’s one thing to be a two-time loser when one of those losses was to the Senate majority leader. It’s another to be a two-time loser when both were at the hands of an obscure congressman. McGrath might be able to put a loss to McConnell behind her and try for governor eventually, hoping that the political climate is more hospitable to Democrats when she does. Or she could cross her fingers and hope that Trump and/or the economy somehow implodes between now and November 2020, which would put every Republican incumbent in the country in some jeopardy. If nothing else, taking one for the team by serving as sacrificial lamb to McConnell will earn her some goodwill from her party. If they beat Trump next year, she might end up with a defense appointment as thanks. Secretary of the Navy, maybe?

Here’s McGrath trying to make the case to Kentucky voters that she’s the Trumpier choice in the race since McConnell is, after all, “The Swamp.” It’s amusing that she thinks populism, rather than hyperpartisanship, is the key to Trump’s appeal, but I guess she needs some sort of pitch to swing voters.

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