I guess overall your point is 100% fair. It just isn’t what I was getting at in this particular piece. Obviously the heart of the issue is the complexities of Kentucky in terms of education, resources, population, etc. as you laid out, but my point is that I just don’t think McGrath is the right candidate to change the conversation around those issues, or defeat a right wing political behemoth in that kind of environment. As I said, that task is going to require widespread nationwide grassroots support, and I don’t think she’s going to generate it with this strategy. I haven’t implied that the state will suddenly become enlightened, at all. I don’t know what you’re getting that there. Just because I said some messages might resonate better doesn’t mean I expect the state would change overnight. I literally said I don’t even know if someone to the left there could win either, but it just really seems like she’s going with a losing strategy. She could prove me wrong though, and I said time will tell. Kentucky is tough. I think that you can’t contend with ignorance by pandering to it. You have to organize and shift the conversation, and I don’t know that she will be able to generate that kind of movement.

As for talking about Pelosi, that is absolutely irrelevant to this piece. I have plenty of problems with her and how she operates, and I’ve written multiple articles on the topic.

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