OK. This was a fuck up on McGrath’s part, and I am not going to sugar coat it because I support her.
Hours after telling the Courier Journal she would have voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath reversed course to say she would, in fact, not have voted for Kavanaugh.
The reversal came after liberals and conservatives alike slammed McGrath's comments on social media, with some saying they would not donate to the Kentucky Democrat's campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” McGrath tweeted about four hours after the Courier Journal reported her comments.
She admitted that she screwed up, which is something I suppose. But this was a serious stumble. I can only think of one Democrat who won re-election to the Senate because he voted for Kavanaugh, and it was Manchin, who already has a record in WV.
If you don’t think this is a fuck up, ask Phil Bredesen of TN how effective it was for him to say he would support Kavanaugh. Bredesen’s fundraising took a hit, and it cooled the jets of many of his supporters. And he got his ass handed to him.
I WANT McGrath to win. I NEED for her to win. But I will not be quiet when she says something that is obviously politically calculated to obtain the votes from those who will not give her a nanosecond of consideration. And it flies in the face of her previous message of abortion rights.
There is already talk of her becoming another Alison Lundergan-Grimes. For those of you who choose not to remember Lundergan-Grimes, her name is now synomymous with “inauthentic loser.” McGrath’s reputation is based upon authenticity, and her “for Kavanaugh” and then “Not Kavanaugh” screams inauthentic.
She cannot afford to keep making these kind of mistakes, especially against Mitch McConnell.
Think I am blowing this out of proportion? Listen to a very wise Democrat, Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky:
Kentucky's lone Democrat in Washington says Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a “pretty significant” mistake in saying she would have voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I have immense respect for Yarmuth because he is one smart and skillful politician. And he is now calling for others to jump into the Democratic Primary against McGrath.
But Yarmuth added that another Democrat might need to enter the race to strengthen any contender against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“I think a primary might be helpful in this situation,” he said. “Because whoever is going to face off against Mitch McConnell really needs to get their game in shape. Certainly Amy would be a favorite in any kind of primary, but I think it would help her and if somebody else could beat her they would have demonstrated their strength as well.”
And he is not alone.
Yes, I now that there will be those on Daily Kos who say that I am a Debbie Downer, but you cannot just cover your ears and go, “La, la, la” when a Democratic candidate is making this kind of mistake.