The announcement by Amy McGrath that she will run against veteran Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell sure generated a lot of media buzz this week.
It was all over the national news -- literally all over the place. Headline from The New York Times: Amy McGrath Opens Campaign to Oust Mitch McConnell. The Washington Post: Kentucky Senate hopeful Amy McGrath says she raised $2.5 million in 24 hours. Fox News: McConnell challenger Amy McGrath mocked for interview flub. More than six pages of news stories show up on a simple Google news search in one day.
To state the obvious, this is a high profile race. There are a lot of people out there who are interested. Their interest depends on one’s political perspective. Mr. McConnell has a lot of power. He is a true veteran and a very smart man. He is also an astute politician and veteran legislator. McConnell has clearly positioned himself -- without question -- as with Donald Trump and not against him. Are there examples of Sen. McConnell not agreeing with Trump on policy and votes? Absolutely. For the most part, though, he is viewed as a top leader of the Republican establishment. Who is the unquestioned leader, at the very top of the Republican establishment? Donald Trump. So, there is the resulting national interest that takes this above and beyond your average race.
On the McGrath side of this she is certainly a compelling candidate in our view. She has a military background as a retired Marine fighter pilot. She's smart and ambitious. She very nearly pulled off a major upset in her bid for the Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. We find her impressive: it is hard not to like her when you hear what she has to say. Still, it seems to us -- and pretty much everyone who has a pulse -- that she is a huge long shot in this race in conservative Kentucky.
We posted the story about McGrath's declaration of her candidacy on our social media spaces and we got quite a bit of feedback. A lot of feedback actually. One poster aid "Run Amy Run!!" with emojis representing strong women. Another poster said "Heck yes! She's got my vote and didn't even need to ask #DitchMitch."
A poster who is clearly supporting McConnell quoted McConnell as saying “I am further left, I am more progressive, than anyone in the state of Kentucky,” McGrath says in a recording obtained by the Barr campaign. Another poster wrote "Part of her platform is anti trump. This state is very much behind trump."
Very true. How will this all play out? We don't know. One thing we do know, though: this is going to be a fun race to watch.