Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

June 7, 2014

OUR VIEW: McConnell, Grimes making noise but nothing more

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Only two weeks after U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes both cruised past primary challengers and formally entered the November race for McConnell’s Senate seat, it’s already apparent that the next five months could be highly frustrating for Kentuckians who cling to the romantic notion of substantive campaigns for major national office.

There are significant state and national issues that demand serious discussion from McConnell, Kentucky’s longtime Republican senator and the Senate minority leader, and Grimes, the young Democrat who some consider the strongest re-election threat McConnell has faced in years.

So far, however, the campaigns are mired in an uninspiring, silly cycle of rhetoric about debates, about which candidate supports the coal industry most passionately and – perhaps most eye roll inducing –about which campaign advertisements use stock photography from foreign countries.

We’re not surprised the candidates are apparently content to while away the early summer by making much ado about absolutely nothing. Increasingly, this is how the political process unfolds. But unsurprising as it is, we’re still disappointed that McConnell and Grimes seem so willingly and easily distracted from actual issues.

Futile as it probably is, we are holding on to hope that as fall approaches, the race will shed the nonsense and focus on topics that matter to Kentucky voters. There is plenty of time left for the candidates to embrace the weight of this election and to give the voters the respect they deserve.

Sad as it is to say, though, we’re not holding our breath.