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DYCHE | Democrats do the Darndest Things

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By John David Dyche
WDRB Contributor

The late, great Art Linkletter used to do a funny feature titled “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The way things have been going lately, someone should consider producing a sequel called “Democrats Do the Darndest Things.”

Just last year ultra-liberal U. S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville lapsed into a childish kicking and screaming fit about Republican U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell misstating some things about Obamacare. But Yarmuth has yet to throw a similar temper tantrum about his fellow Democrat and McConnell’s challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, airing a blatantly dishonest ad about McConnell’s voting record on Medicare.

The Associated Press performed a valuable public service by exposing the Grimes ad’s “shaky claims.” A retired coal miner whom Grimes uses as an unwitting prop in the spot says to McConnell, “I want to know how you could’ve voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000.” The AP flatly states, “McConnell cast no such vote.”

Trying to scare senior citizens with false attacks about Medicare is an especially desperate and dirty campaign tactic. Demagogic Democrats like President Obama and Grimes do it all the time, though. They dare not do what McConnell has courageously done: try to reform Medicare so it will cost less, work better, and still be around for people who need it.

Meanwhile, Kentucky attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway, has apparently assumed yet another persona. Conway did a convincing impersonation of Elmer Fudd when asked recently about the ineffectiveness of his “investigation” into the Louisville area’s high gasoline prices.

Conway got tons of positive press when he launched his gassy crusade in 2008. But WDRB’s Chris Otts recently reported that “no changes have resulted” from Conway’s efforts. Conway blames the federal government. His personal appeals to friends at the Federal Trade Commission and U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder have thus far proved futile.

Do not be surprised if Holder, perhaps the most politicized attorney general in history, takes action timed to help Conway’s campaign for governor next year. Meanwhile, Conway sounds a lot like the famed rabbit hunter from Bugs Bunny.

He told CN2’s Ryan Alessi that he is getting “vewy, vewy angwy” (actually, “very, very angry”) at the feds for failing to act. If the image of an angry Jack Conway does not throw a scare into Holder nothing will! What will an angry Conway do next? Cry? Cuss? Watch out, you Washington “wascals”!

The rascal-in-chief, President Obama, has promised to work “tirelessly” on many things, ranging from taking care of veterans, to creating jobs, to defending Israel, to lessening the nuclear threat, to saving the planet from global warming, to many other things that he is not actually doing at all. Despite all this tireless labor, Obama still somehow finds plenty of time for fundraising and frolic.

In Colorado to raise money for a Democratic U. S. Senate candidate who was understandably unwilling to appear with him at a public event, Obama staged a photo opportunity at a Denver bar. He drank beer, laughed when offered a toke of marijuana, and played pool. Even tireless workers need rest and relaxation, as Obama’s activities often remind us.

During the Texas leg of that same fundraising jaunt, however, Obama pointedly declined to visit the U. S.-Mexico border where many thousands of unaccompanied Central American children are pouring across. Oblivious to the obvious irony after his night out in Denver, Obama declared that he was “not interested in photo ops.”

Democratic U. S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas said what many Americans thought: “I hate to use the word ‘bizarre,’ but when he is shown playing pool in Colorado, drinking a beer, and he can’t even go 242 miles to the Texas border? If they are worried about putting a face, the president’s face, to this humanitarian crisis, I think it’s worse if he doesn’t even show up.”

When it comes to that border crisis it is difficult to determine what Obama is interested in. On NBC’s Meet the Press last week, host David Gregory repeatedly asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson if the administration’s goal was to deport these children or to settle them in America.

It was a direct, important question to which the American people are entitled to have a straight answer. Instead, Johnson put on one of the most contemptuous, disgraceful, embarrassing, evasive, non-responsive, and vague displays ever seen on a Sunday show.

With Election Day less than four months away, Democrats are doing themselves more harm than good.

John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and a political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is jddyche@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @jddyche.

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