Election Day is almost here, thank God. The choices are pretty clear for Kentuckians in the two biggest races: the one for the U. S. Senate and those for the Kentucky state House of Representatives.
If re-elected, Republican Mitch McConnell will lead his party and very probably the Senate as its Majority Leader and will be well-positioned to help Kentucky. If elected, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes won't lead either her party or the Senate and, instead, will be a back-bencher in the minority party with no power.
Grimes will vote for her fundraising patron Harry Reid for Majority Leader even though he is rabidly anti-coal and is the cause of Senate gridlock by limiting amendments and refusing to schedule votes on bills passed by the House. McConnell won't, and, instead, as Majority Leader will make the Senate function more effectively and schedule votes that Reid blocked on bills to protect Kentucky coal.
McConnell will fight to reduce government borrowing, mandates, regulation, spending, and taxing. Grimes won't and, instead, will work for bigger, more powerful federal government.
Grimes, an Obama delegate who helped elect him, will be a dependable vote for the President's liberal policies, which he says are “on the ballot” in this race. McConnell won't and instead will help check Obama who is using executive power like a dictator to run roughshod over the Constitution.
McConnell will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that expands coverage while protecting those with pre-existing conditions, but controls costs, protects individual liberty, and respects religious freedom in the process. Grimes won't, but will instead protect Obama's bureaucratic, expensive, and intrusive healthcare entitlement.
Grimes will do the bidding of the Hollywood elites, rich anti-coal progressives, and liberal, big city newspaper editors who have funded or promoted her campaign. McConnell won't, but will instead continue to promote the interests of Kentucky business, coal, distillers, farmers, police, sportsmen, and other regular folks who have honored him for his service on their behalves.
McConnell will be ready from the first day on tough, complex issues like agriculture, budget, defense, energy, foreign policy, highways and infrastructure, national security, and tax policy, all of which he already knows as well or better than anyone in the Senate. Grimes won't, but will instead face a steep learning curve on all these topics at a time when American cannot afford a beginner.
Grimes, who has effectively abandoned her current job as Kentucky's Secretary of State to run for the Senate, will be a political hostage to Hillary Clinton and her presidential ambitions. McConnell won't, and his Senate job will be his first priority instead of presidential primary politics.
McConnell will defend the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and robust political campaigns. Grimes won't, and will instead back proposals to ration political speech for some while giving more power to the government and the press to influence elections.
Grimes will try to deceive Kentuckians and duck tough issues as she has demonstrated with her ridiculous refusal to answer whether she voted for Obama. McConnell won't, and he has already answered hard questions and taken tough votes by the thousands in his career.
If Republicans win a majority in the state House of Representatives for the first time since the 1920s, the GOP will change the failed policies Democrats have forced on Kentuckians for almost a century that have left the state at the wrong end of so many rankings of the states. Democrats won't, but will instead stay with the same stale, stagnant status quo that has kept Kentucky back for so long.
If Democrats cling to power in the state House of Representatives, they will keep trying to cover-up their serial scandals just like Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and his cronies did during the sleazy sex harassment episode involving a Democratic state representative and document shredding that disgraced the legislature recently. Republicans won't, but will instead bring fairness, honesty, and openness to the chamber.
A Republican majority in the state House of Representatives will pass a bill to tackle the scourge of heroin that is ruining or taking so many lives across Kentucky. Democrats won't, at least not based on their past performance of blocking such badly-needed legislation.
A Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives will continue taking orders from labor unions and resist business, education, and tax reforms that have worked in other states. Republicans won't, but will instead put the prosperity of the people before the demands of the special interests.
All the ads, contributions, debates, endorsements, mailers, news stories, opinion pieces, polls, yard signs, and other aspects of this long, hard campaign are almost over. It is time to choose.
John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and a political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jddyche.