John Fund at National Review has a very interesting post concerning election results from yesterday’s Kentucky gubernatorial race.
For only the second time in 48 years, a Republican has won a governor’s race in Kentucky.
Further, the GOP nominee for governor, Matt Bevin, is a Tea-Party activist who has never held elective office and was considered by the Republican Establishment, Democrats, and the press as far too conservative to possibly win.
Oh, wait, this story only gets better. Bevin’s hand-picked Lt. Governor nominee (who also won handily) is a black Tea-Party activist. “Jenean Hampton is now the first African American elected to statewide office ever in [Kentucky’s] history.”
Hmmm. Two Tea-Party activists win statewide office? Democrats and the press (yes, I know, I’m repeating myself by referencing them separately) have been telling us for years the Tea-Party is dead. What is going on here??
More on Lt. Governor-elect Hampton from National Review:
…Hampton’s path certainly represents triumph over adversity. Born in Detroit, the 57-year-old Hampton and her three sisters were raised by a single mom who lacked a high school education and couldn’t afford a television or a car. But Hampton was determined to better herself. She graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and worked for five years in the automobile industry to pay off her college loans. She then joined the Air Force, retiring as a Captain. She earned an MBA from the University of Rochester, moved to Kentucky and became a plant manager in a corrugated packaging plant. Then she lost her job in 2012.
For those hoping to see conservatism triumph in elections a year from now, these past 2 weeks have been unpleasant. Instead of going after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the GOP presidential candidates have only gone after each other. Then the press declared Hillary Clinton “not guilty” on all possible charges and now certain to win her party’s nomination and the White House handily. The jubilation over proven liar and likely law-breaker Hillary’s alleged triumph is enough to make one sick.
But the story coming out of Kentucky and conservative wins in elections in other parts of the country yesterday are very encouraging indeed. Democrats can lie to themselves all they like but the mood of the electorate is no more positive for them today than it was in the 2014 midterm elections.