|Another intersection of conservative politics|
The Kim Davis fight has been timed and located carefully to provide one last wedge-issue boost to conservative voter turn out in an off-year election in Kentucky. It's not about same-sex marriage or individual rights of religious expression, that is a red herring. Kim Davis is a pawn and a stooge trustingly serving the larger aims and agenda of the radical right. She might as well appear in public in a dunce cap, (as well as a scarlet letter).
It is always wise not to let the opposition define - or name - the debate, the argument, the issue, but to look at what is involved without their labels. That might sound cynical, and maybe it is -- but it is also realistic.
The governor's race to replace term-limited popular Democratic governor Steve Beshear takes place in a low turnout year that has neither a presidential race, nor any races for the House of Representatives or Senate. Even the state legislature elections take place in even numbered years.
|not an image of the real Kim Davis|
but VERY very similar
The first of several debates by the candidates for governor takes place Tuesday:
"It will be an opportunity to hear from the three candidates on a range of issues," said WKYT political editor Bill Bryant is among the panelists questioning the candidates. "I suspect everything from the controversy involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to underfunded pensions will come up during the debate."Conservatives do well in low-turnout elections; they do not do well when voters participate in representative government. To accomplish this, conservatives use wedge issues to turn out their voters, and they those wedge issues tend to be most effective with their most extreme and fringe voters. This is CENTRAL to the Kim Davis issue.
Going into the race, Conway was well-known for his recent high-profile, headline-grabbing failed battle against now Sen. Rand Paul and his emotional decision to not appeal a judge's order for Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries while Bevin most recently tangled with Sen. Mitch McConnell who defeated him in the 2014 Republican primary.
The latest Bluegrass Poll from July 30 showed Conway with a slight lead over Bevin.
In a two-person governor's race, Bevin suffered because 15 percent of those polled said they are "very conservative" but would cross-over and vote for the Democrat Conway. Bevin needs every one of these "very conservative" votes to win, according to SurveyUSA which conducted the poll which found 13 percent of likely voters remain undecided.
When all registered voters were asked which of the two is better qualified to deal with the state worker pension system, voters split: 37 percent named Conway, 36 percent named Bevin. When registered voters were asked who is better qualified to manage the state's budget, voters split: 38 percent said Conway, 38 percent said Bevin.
The legal battle of Kim Davis is nominally about individual religious freedom to persecute others citing sincere beliefs. Nominally, according to the reference site dictionary.com, means "
Given what he has done in Kentucky, democrats could do worse than put Bashear on the short lists for a possible VP running mate, especially if his successor in this election is another liberal. He is a man who understands the practical function of government for good, which is I would argue the highest praise one can give a person in elected office.