Thursday, March 08, 2007

Don't like Fletcher's re-election campaign? Thank the Democrats

A fine team, Kentucky Democrats and the anti-Fletcher faction of the Republican Party make.

We have no doubt they trade notes and game plans, much the same way Southeastern Conference basketball teams trade tapes if one of the member schools faces an opponent another SEC school played during the season in the NCAA tournament.

The "theme for the week" this time around seems to be a shared complaint about Fletcher using the power of his incumbency to travel the state campaigning and allegedly buying votes and support from local officials through project awards.

This is the first time this scenario has played out since Kentucky approved gubernatorial succession, in large part because Republicans failed to find and field a credible candidate when Paul Patton ran for a second term.

Had Larry Forgy opted for another shot at Pikeville Paul, who here doesn't think the incumbent wouldn't have been criss-crossing the Commonwealth, passing out those oversized checks and posing for the photos taken by community newspaper editors who turn a gubernatorial visit into the year's biggest news story on their front pages?

We opposed gubernatorial succession when the constitutional amendment was voted on many years ago for precisely this reason. We felt that the public good would be better served if the governor knew going in that he or she would have only a four-year period in office, wouldn't be able to run for a successive term, and thus would be more interested in public projects than re-election favors. If that governor wanted another shift at the helm, then in four years he or she could go back before the voters and they could pass judgment on the first term at that time.

But these are the rules of the game as dictated by the Democrats, who had control of both chambers of the General Assembly at the time of the amendment's passage as well as a chokehold on voter registration numbers.

We don't like the designated hitter and we don't like the 35-second shot clock, but that's the way those games are played now and if you want to win, you have to adapt to the rules. Ditto for gubernatorial succession. We can't say we're wild about it, but it's here and if Ernie Fletcher wants to win a second term, he is obligated to work under those guidelines. Not to do so -- to yield the power of incumbency when you have rivals from both parties trying to defeat you -- would be foolish.

So the next time we hear a Democrat complain about this, our answer is, "It's your dog, You feed it and clean up after it." And to Republicans who are supporting Anne Northup (the biggest complainers about Fletcher's campaign tactics) we would say, "If she had an opponent in the primary who was running her down the way she's doing Fletcher, she'd be doing the same thing."


At 10:01 PM, March 08, 2007, Blogger jefferson poole said...

Anne Northup wouldn't govern the way Fletcher has. She wouldn't draw an opponent. If she messed up as badly as Fletcher has, she would not seek reelection because she is not selfish and full of pride and arrogance. Simple.

At 8:36 AM, March 09, 2007, Anonymous Loyal To The Bone said...

"Anne Northup wouldn't govern the way Fletcher has".

Are you kidding me?

First, what is it that you find so repugnant about the Fletcher Administration? Is it the so called hiring thing?

Come on man! The people who got Fletcher in trouble were the very ones hand picked by Mitch McConnell to be in his administration. They are the very ones who yielded to republican party leaders from around the state who pressured them to end years of discrimination and do a little "affirmative action". They were promised these things by McConnellites who raised money for the Fletcher campaign. This was McConnell's doing, trying to keep the party faithful happy.

When Fletcher balked at McConnell's heavy handed tactics trying to run the State with a puppet governor, McConnell jumped back and assumed a fighting stance. He sent one shot after another over the Governor's bow trying to warn him that if he didn't let Mitch have a bigger role in running the state that he would come to regret it.

The Governor decided that Mitch was asking too much, had been the cause of too many problems and wanted too much control. He didn't give in to the brazen threats.

So Anne wouldn't govern the way Fletcher has?

I guess not. She'd give in to McConnell. I mean she has become a turncoat, disloyal, potty mouthed, attack dog for Mitch, why would we expect her to resist like Ernie did?

You are right Mr. Poole. Anne wouldn't govern the way Fletcher has. She wouldnt have the guts.

Wake up.

At 8:46 AM, March 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry loyal.

Anne is judging her chances by what she is hearing at home in Louisville.

When you get outside of Jefferson County, the picture is quite different.

In Louisville Fletcher is not well liked. But every where else he is seen as a hero.

At one Lincoln Dinner after another Anne gets polite applause, the Governor gets a standing ovation both before and after his talk.

Anne jumped in with both feet and Pence jumped in after her. Both of them owe their existence in public life to McConnell.

But they are really small fish in a much bigger ocean once they swim outside of the "Jefferson Pool".

At 3:38 AM, March 10, 2007, Blogger KentuckySteele said...

RINO Anne criticized for perpetual negative campaigning. Plus, Jeff Hoover’s “John Kerry moment”…

At 12:00 PM, March 10, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

"loyal to the bone" and anonymous 8:46, do you want to start blogging here?

You get it EXACTLY right. You nail the facts as they exist.

One of us was privileged to sit down with Ernie Fletcher recently when he was in our community for a few minutes of private time. He made exactly these same points, that they had attempted to end the good old boy system, not only as administered by the Democrats, but as fancied by some Republicans too.

The governor also made a few other points that have never come out in the statewide media or elsewhere for public consumption. Those points reinforced some opinions we'd held for a long time on the merit system scandal and also provided some additional, corroborating information that we didn't know but makes perfect sense.

At any rate, "loyal to the bone" makes some salient points and is it any wonder that some of those party leaders out in the state who were putting pressure on the McConnell placements are the ones who have switched their support from Fletcher to Northup?

At 2:28 AM, March 13, 2007, Blogger KentuckySteele said...

What Kentucky wants… Plus Governor Fletcher curses Ford and Anne Northup a RINO? Fuggedaboudit.

At 11:15 AM, March 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am never voting for Fletcher! He is joke to the republican party!


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