KENTUCKY: GOP Exploits Kim Davis & Marriage Backlash To Spur Evangelicals In Gubernatorial Race

How entirely unshocking. The Washington Post reports:

Trailing narrowly in the polls ahead of tomorrow’s Kentucky gubernatorial election, Republicans are trying to motivate evangelicals by invoking the case of county clerk Kim Davis and the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing gay marriage. Republican Matt Bevin planned to emphasize economic issues in his campaign, but he discovered that voters preferred to talk about social issues, including gay marriage and defunding Planned Parenthood. “I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else,” he said. “This is what moves people.” As Bevin traversed the Bluegrass State the past few days, his body man handed out postcards that described him as “the only candidate for governor that has stood up for traditional marriage and religious liberty.” In his stump speech, Bevin asserts that only 25 percent of born-again Christians vote compared to 75 percent of “agnostics and atheists.”

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, refused to defend his state against a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. Outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear then hired outside counsel.

  • Piercedchrlz

    ..

    • Mister Don

      My cousin Patty to a T, you could always tell how skeptical she was of something when she’d let out with an OK like that.

  • Stev84

    Once more showing how stupid people there are

  • LonelyLiberal

    Wait a second. Overall, Kimmy doesn’t have a lot of support, and I doubt very much that’s any different in Kentucky. This sounds like a desperation move.

    Two, evangelicals are actually highly reliable voters. It’s the Democratic side that usually isn’t. This argument runs the risk of backfire by motivating a few fence sitters to get out and vote for Conway.

    • Craig S

      It is a move designed to motivate their base and get them to vote. But I would imagine the GOP has already motivated those who are likely vote and this will garner few new votes for them.

      • LonelyLiberal

        Tru dat. It would seem that voter drives, registration drives, and carpooling to get people to the polls would be more effective.

        Last minute rhetoric rarely moves the needle, and only if it involves a last second reveal about the other candidate. Even that fails more and more often lately as people simply don’t believe it.

        • Let’s hear it for mandatory voting.

    • bkmn

      They are desperate. Bevin is trailing, thanks to being such a major idiot.

      • Robincho

        Watch John Oliver take Bevin apart… It’s like taking candy from a baby,
        but still…

        • tristram

          How many Kentucky voters even know who John Oliver is? This is a state where idiocy is a credential. And unfortunately, this issue is probably going to work for Bevin.

          • Jim E.

            Upvoted for idiocy is a credential. Great turn of phrase.

  • Bj Lincoln

    BFD! This is not a surprise. I am looking forward to Davis being voted out of office.

    • Mark

      Anybody know how long her elected term is??

  • bkmn

    It’s not the first time the GOP has done this.

  • Kim Davis Karma is a bitch.

    http://i.giphy.com/3oEduJo6FrFnEqf7Lq.gif

    • Porkie

      Thank-you my life is now complete.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Cat Vengeance is Swift and Painful.

      • vorpal

        You have NO idea.

        • David Walker

          Alas, I do.

        • vorpal
        • LonelyLiberal

          Heh. My cat used to do that. Constantly. Usually with something that was either important or expensive.

          • Tor

            I do that all the time. Its hella fun.

          • vorpal

            We make our choices based on the look of horror on your face.

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          • I learned early on to cat proof the apartment: nothing pokable out in the open.

          • LonelyLiberal

            Mine knocked a rather large pottery figure off the table and broke off the foot.

            I never found the foot.

        • Piercedchrlz

          ..

        • koolaidyarn

          I had a friend in college who always described that as “playing with gravity.” 🙂

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        • NMNative

          Please remove the picture of my cat Cuddles, He does not like to be seen in public.

    • Tor

      LOL! Can’t stop watching!

    • zhera

      Serves him right!

    • tristram

      Hilarious gif, but how does karma play into this story? There’s a good chance this issue will win the election for Bevin.

      • Only karma will decide how it will respond. You have to wait and see.

  • LovesIrony

    If that bigot wins, I will change my drink of choice from bourbon to something else. I

    • Dale

      Try Seagram’s VO. It’s Canadian.

      • grumpyoldman

        I’ve turned to rye myself – I hope that is not a hipster thing

        • Brian Burleson

          VERY hipster! Pull up your skinny jeans and sunglasses, that’s one of many drinks of choice among you chaps.

        • rusty57

          Don’t forget to twist up your man bun!

      • Steve Teeter

        I’m drinking Canadian right now. How’s that for a vote?

    • ab

      Give up booze all together and switch to weed. 🙂

      • LovesIrony

        If weed were as easy to come by as booze I probably would, but it’s been hard to get lately. bourbon easy to come by even the gas stations sell it here.

      • Brian Burleson

        Winner de jour! Twist another for me.

      • canoebum

        Weed? Without Cognac? It just won’t do.

      • It’s legal in Washington now, and I wish I liked the stuff since it’s less fattening than booze, but ugh…that’s stuff hits me WAY wrong.

        I’ll stick to bourbon, gin and wine.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Weed might be less fattening, but the munchies that come with it are what get you.

    • Scotch — but it has to be at least 12 years old.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    It’s good to know that Kentucky has no homeless people, no mentally ill people, no vets needing treatment, no infrastructure that is failing, top education, and no poor people to worry about. Oh, wait ….

    • LonelyLiberal

      Those things require real plans with real dedicated resources to show real results. The Republicans have none of the three.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Hard to have those things without an education or brains, LL. I’m convinced the tea party is just like the religious extremists with their goals; grift as much money as possible no matter how you need to do it.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Ain’t no argument here. 🙂

        • No, it’s only “grifting” if someone else is doing it.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I’m sure they see it that way.

    • MDB

      Kentucky ranks 35th nationally in child well-being, 35th in Economic well-being, 30th in Education, 28th in Health, and 40th in Family and Community. it’s poverty problem is fifth worst in the entire U.S. Kentucky ranked 40th in child poverty among all states and the state ranked 47th in median household income, 47th in high school graduation rate and 48th in percentage of the population below the poverty rate.

      GTK that the fundie GOP’ers have solved all of those problems in just 36 months.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        New Mexico has a very large Native population which accounts for many of its problems. I’m aware that Kentucky ranks nearly at the bottom in every category that counts. For them to focus on issues such as marriage equality is total bullshit give their rankings. Don’t you agree?

        • MDB

          Yes except for the continued poverty outside of the Pueblos, where the Native American population only accounts for 10.4 percent of the State’s total population (2014).

          Child poverty rate: 29%
          Senior poverty rate: 13%
          Women in poverty: 23.1%
          Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 42%
          Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 197,000
          Teen birth rate per 1,000: 53

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            That’s still a very large population and certainly accounts for some of the poverty. I lived in NM for two years, so I do understand some of the problems. Frankly, in a nation as rich as ours, this type of poverty is inexcusable.

      • That’s why they’re harping on so-called “social issues” — they haven’t solved those problems and they don’t want to try because any workable solution is going to offend their major donors.

        This way, they can scare the livin’ bejeezus out of their constituents and stay in office without actually having to produce results.

    • vorpal

      Remember that these people WANT the status quo. Any change – even positive – scares the high hell out of them.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        That is certainly true, Vorpal. I’ll just say that in my experience people that are making the kind of money Davis is in an area not known for excessive wealth and for an easy peasy job that she refuses to do will annoy many people. If anything gets them to change that status quo, it is that someone is getting over on their neighbors.

    • Stev84

      Who cares about those moochers! They aren’t job creators

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        I know that’s the GOP attitude, Stev. But, how we treat our most vulnerable members of society says much about a society.

        • vorpal

          ^ This. This, absolutely. This is what I always say and why I cannot fathom how anyone is opposed to universal health care.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Because those at the top think those beneath them have no value. They are without morals. It’s the only explanation.

        • I’m inevitably reminded of my basic question: Why do people form societies? I somehow doubt that it’s so the greediest and most dishonest can take everything.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Was that a rhetorical question? I could answer it, but it’s complicated. But, no, it isn’t so the greediest among us can get fat off the land. Although that has happened throughout history.

          • Not rhetorical at all, and not as complicated as it might seem: it’s obvious that sociality confers an evoutionary advantage on some species, particularly those like Homo sapiens that aren’t physically specialized (i.e., no big teeth or claws, not too big to be prey, etc.). The advantage is that social animals, particularly we and our relatives, take care of each other and engage in cooperative behaviors for the advantage of the group– a “strength in numbers” sort of thing.

            Short answer: For the benefit of the members of the group as a whole.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Well, I’d certainly agree with that answer if I were speaking on a board like this or with someone who wasn’t looking for an in depth answer, because that is the short answer. However, I’m degreed in anthropology and it becomes a bit more complicated (or a lot in some cases) for me.

        • olandp

          Who was it who said, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”?

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            An interesting fictional character if memory serves.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’d like to remind the sane people in Kentucky that Davies makes 80,000 grand a year for NOT doing her job. Can you all say the same? Priorities, folks, priorities.

    • Jmdintpa

      yeah but if you vote Democrat you side with the black man in the white house….. so they will vote for the republican even if the republican ate a baby dressed as hitler in drag on live TV.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        It’s been my experience that money changes everything and is the most important thing in the lives of many. More important than their children and their politics.

    • Stev84

      It’s ok, she’s a Republican now

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        It sucks that we’ve been paying members of Congress to do nothing for the last seven years. It’s a total outrage.

  • mjcc1987

    Will it work?

  • Mark Ross

    And in the role of Kim Davis…. Ms. Tippi Hedren

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4DHknZNTwQ

  • MattM

    That’s the face of an extremely dim woman. Poor thing really doesn’t understand just how much she’s being used. It’s going to come as a shock to her (and only her) when she stops being relevant and the GOP stops calling her.

    • Jmdintpa

      all she knows is the first time in her miserable life she is liked, wanted and important to some people. she is to stupid to understand what really is going on.

    • David Walker

      Perhaps this Wednesday? They really won’t need her after Wednesday until maybe September 2016, and surely there will be someone just as stupid and easy to manipulate as Miss Kim. (Sorry. I didn’t mean to call you Shirley.)

  • KnownDonorDad

    Of course they used the one clerk who went cake martyr, since the thousands and thousands of clerks and magistrates across the country either did their jobs or, in very rare cases, resigned after Obergefell.

    • LonelyLiberal

      There were several. What’s really scary is that Kim was the least controversial and most appealing of that rather motley crew.

  • Gustav2

    Bevin asserts that only 25 percent of born-again Christians vote compared to 75 percent of “agnostics and atheists.”

    Citation please…and not David Barton.

  • Jmdintpa

    i predict republicans will win. why….. because if its anything like here in florida on off elections like this the only people who vote in measurable numbers are old white people.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Beshear (D) has been a pretty popular governor, and looks like Conway is doing well in the polls.

    So this is desperate GOTV pabulum for the GOP.

  • This is a choice between “bad” and “horrific”.

  • James

    What’s a body man? Is that like a page of the excretorium or whatever they were called?

    • Steve Teeter

      I believe a body man is the guy on your staff who’s always right beside you but always two steps ahead of you. He always knows where you’re going next, always has the letters or articles or briefings you need to read before you get there, has bottled water for you when you need it, and always politely but firmly fends off those who want to grab your hand but whom you don’t want to see.

      Obama has a body man. I don’t remember his name, but he’s been a totally loyal operative since Obama’s days in Chicago. Of course, it helps if you have the Secret Service and the military to handle the real bodyguard stuff.

  • RLK2

    American voters are low information voters…what do you expect?! Consensus says Republicans and conservatives are destroying the America (which I agree), however, I would venture to state that the average American voter is doing a much better job by electing them.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I want a body man!

  • TampaZeke

    When it’s close the conservative wins because progressives like to bitch more than vote.

  • Silver Badger

    Is the adulteress fated to be one of the Iconic faces of her generation? What a strange world we live in…

  • delk

    “I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else,” he said. “This is what moves people.”

    YOU are supposed to LEAD people you fear mongering piece of shit. Not kowtow to what mentally ill people are moved by.

  • JCF

    Here’s something to entirely wash the taste of this biotch (and her Rethuglican friends) out of your mouth: my friend got (equally) married! In TEXAS!!! 😀

    http://tavernwall.proboards.com/post/1201/thread

    Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy! Mazel Tov!!!

    • rusty57

      Felicitations on your friends nuptials!

  • Porkie

    What even is a body man – does he do the ass shots?

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  • GayEGO

    It seems to me the Kentucky GOPs are going to insure that they lose. Not being able to keep church and state separate indicates they have been brainwashed by their religions and cannot think logically. This is a civil, legal, issue, not a religious one, but Kim Davis and her ilk cannot figure that out.