In selecting the “Looker” for this week, TGR turned its attention to politics. Of course, this decision stems from last week’s heavily followed primary elections held around the nation. One race in particular right here in the Bluegrass State gained national and international attention. I’m talking about the Republican bid for U.S. Senate between Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, and Trey Grayson, the Secretary of State. As the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the day after, Paul “thumped” Grayson by almost 25 percentage points. I recall watching the results last Tuesday evening, and, quite frankly, the race was over after only about one-third of the precincts had reported. It was amazing.
The significance of Paul’s overwhelming victory pertains to the fact that he represents the new face of the Tea Party movement, while Grayson represented the GOP establishment. More specifically, Grayson had the support of Kentucky’s own Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Minority Leader and top Republican in Congress. McConnell just won his fifth re-election in 2008, which made him the longest serving Senator in Kentucky’s history. To say the least, the man has a lot of clout in both Kentucky and Washington.
Yet, Paul’s victory last week may have put McConnell in a “bind.” See, Paul and his Tea Party followers adamantly oppose the “business-as-usual” politics that have ran Washington for the past several years and in which McConnell comprises. This was not a good thing for the GOP and McConnell. It even landed him as this week’s candidate for “Worst Week in Washington.” Ouch!
In my humble opinion, I think Mitch receiving any bad press is a good thing. It makes me smile. The man may be one of the best political strategists and articulate members of Congress, but he definitely wore the clown suit on this one. So congrats, Mitch, your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt is in the mail. I sure hope you wear it proudly.
And as always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know. Until next time, my friends, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.” Cheers!