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As 'Working Class Revolt' Topples Kentucky's Trump-Backed Governor, a Warning to McConnell: 'You're Next'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/06/working-class-revolt-topples-kentuckys-trump-backed-governor-warning-mcconnell-youre

Poor Mitch is scrubbing his plastron with bleach as I type…

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We can only hope that as the GOP destroys America, that those who supported the GOP and Trump will realize it, and vote against them.
The arrogance, greed, and cruelty of the GOP could be what defeats them.
Let’s hope so.
Too bad that the Democrat running against McConnell is a corporate sellout and a proud killer for the Empire’s military.

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Unfortunately, unless one of the lesser known persons running gets some money behind them, we will be stuck with McConnell. Chuck picked the worst candidate EVER, to challenge His buddy Mitch.
Amy McGrath is a military vet. Her campaign message is “Mc Connell is not helping Trump enough.” She is campaigning on the belief that in Trump country, McConnell is not supporting Trumps administration and that she would back Trump if sent to Washington. McConnell is hated in Kentucky but you must run on healthcare and economic issues. She will lower democratic turn out and lose.
Chuck doesn’t want Mitch to lose. They are on the same side. Big money Donors spin their world.
Bernie Sanders is VERY popular there. He lost to Hillary by only a couple thousand votes.

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I’m very happy to see Bevin defeated. However… a few words of advice to “Democrats” including myself (no longer a DNC affiliated Democrat):
Don’t gloat. Many Kentuckians who see themselves as Republicans are working class, some deplorables like the coal miners and other whites who are barely surviving on Dollar Store and WalMart jobs. They are our allies. They are not reading these comments: they are trying to make ends meet. They can be won over with real programs (medicare for all, free college, etc) and real respect based on a powerful, humble, inclusive approach to grassroots organizing.
Do not continue to villify Trump. Let your proposals, your values and your actions form the contrast which will diminish him and other powerful figures in both parties.
Fight the DNC. They are as evil, deceitful and manipulative as Trump. Sanders and Gabbard know that which is why they are being marginalized.

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Let’s keep it real: Bevin was the least popular sitting governor in the country and the Dems only beat him by 4,000 votes. The Repubs easily won every other office on the ballot last night.

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Impeach Trump and Put the Republicans on the Record for ALL to See.

Health, Education, Jobs, Fair Taxation, Social Security, Integrity.
That is Enough to put you in office.
And the Republicans have been killing these for years.

Party before Country is indeed Treason.

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Someone ought to run over and squash that “turtise in the headlight” corporate owned scum heartless vulture capitalist.

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How does any Republican candidate accept Trump’s money considering the likelihood that a vague portion of it comes from Russia or worse?

It makes the whole damned party look guilty.

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He better quit staring at headlights.

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Excellent points, I for one will take it to heart.

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“…“hateful class warfare and communist ideology” of Sen. Bernie Sanders”

Don’t you just love the despicable, twisted rhetoric of the right? How thy can spin looking out for “We the People” as a BAD thing?
McConnell NEXT!!!

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As Kentucky ranks 47th in educational attainment, it may be difficult for the electorate there, to remember any other name than McConnell when they enter the voting booth next year.

But, here’s to them finding the intelligence necessary to bury another hateful dinosaur when that time comes.

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The media, no doubt, will claim this vote and the one in Virginia was about being against Trump.

They will discount the role of Bernie Sanders and his progressive platform. It my opinion Sanders played a role in these outcomes and the people are awakening to the promises of Socialism and a progressive platform. Yes the victory margin was not that great but the swing in votes was.

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I think your comment pertains to more than just the Kentucky electorate.
Look at those in office for confirmation of my statement.

Great post, the republicans running for cover, shocked, shocked I tell you(thanks Casablanca) that one of their own could be defeated by a Democrat of all people for christsakes!! Too good, too funny, hoping they all, republicans, end up in the trash bin s of history, and reality.

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Remember the hypocrisy of the gendarme in that clip?

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This election victory in Kentucky is another opportunity to drill into the word “socialism” when talking with neighbors, family and friends. The word “socialism” should be immediately linked to the concept of “public sector” which is much more accurate in describing our world: school districts, highways, fire departments, military, etc. Republicans have lots of explaining to do and we should make them do it: military, intelligence agencies are public sector. Taxpayers pay for those people just as we pay for public school teachers and fire fighters. The Iraq/Afganistan wars and occupations have cost us over $6 trillion. Can we afford more? That’s socialism, Hitler style.
First we need to re-frame the conversation about “public sector” issues. Then we need to identify and support candidates who we believe will support our position. Many WalMart workers, coal miners and Dollar Store employees are potential allies but they are put off by the DNCs RussiaGate and UkraineGate actions. Their addiction is to Fox News but ours is to MSNBC, CNN and smart people websites whose dialect is college educated English instead of Redneck English. We must look at ourselves and our information/propaganda addictions which build us up while at the same time talking with others who aren’t on “our” side. Humility, courage, inclusiveness, old fashioned values.

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Do not forget we had 3M votes for Clinton that did not count. The system is rigged by the GOP in many ways. They are expecting the same as 2016 with the fix coming out of the same places in the same ways. States where they have gerrymandered, machines they can fix and corrupt officials. Add the money Putin and Saudi’s pump in for corruption. Most important the GOP propaganda system has been in place for decades brainwashing the uneducated whites making the Trump base.

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In a real democracy my ole yellow dog would have beaten Blevins ten to one. But the democrats are not smart enough to get my dog on the ballot. As for McConnell, instead they back a corporatist warmonger (McGrath) that says McConnell has not done enough to back Trump’s warmongering?

Sounds like a winning strategy … to a wall street democrat and for McConnell.

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