Mitch McConnell & Alison Lundergan Grimes Battle Over BBQ

Mitch McConnell & Alison Lundergan Grimes Battle Over BBQ

Part barbeque, part celebration and a whole lot of Kentucky-style stumping – the Fancy Farm Picnic wrapped up earlier this month after a boisterous day of feasting and politicking. The event saw Rand Paul out in support of Mitch McConnell as he prepares to battle democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes this year for his senate seat. But, what would normally be another dry round of speech battles was anything but at the iconic and boisterous Fancy Farm.

To attend Fancy Farm is to step back in time. Think the rollicking flesh pressing of the early 20th century meets an all out day of barbecue and family fun. Despite all the shouting, there’s a sense of good old fashioned fun at Fancy Farm. Heck, maybe it is even because of the shouting. It is a day when parties can try and out-heckle and out-shout one another in a hilarious show of one-upmanship. Even Mitch McConnell gives it a shot.

I know it can be hard to picture this as fun. But you have to understand the camaraderie of Kentuckians. In a state with five Republican Representatives and a Democratic governor – Kentucky can at the same time be divisive and inclusive in a way only this strongly political state can. And Kentuckians have a seldom outdone joy of loud, raucous politics. How people can spend a day of listening to sharply at-odds candidates stumping and all walk away with a big, happy smile is a little beyond me. But I’m getting some barbecue next time I sit down to watch C-SPAN as a Kentucky social experiment to see if that is the secret to happy politics.

On the political front, we did see Paul come to the aid of McConnell to support his campaign. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no huge McConnell fan. Saying you have 30 years in the Senate is not necessarily something you want to say to impress me – considering what the Senate has been up to for the last few decades. Let’s face it, “I’m a career politician” is just slightly less grating to hear than your doctor telling you you can’t have fried foods anymore (still thinking about that barbecue). But, at the end of the day, McConnell has been a stalwart, long time voice for conservatism and, truly, what are the other options? Are we going to let Grimes shut down one of the main businesses of her own state? Last I heard, no one was banking on the future of Kentucky wind farms.

In spirit with the boisterous nature of Fancy Farm, Paul stated his argument against Grimes as an actual, honest to goodness poem. I kid you not. It is the Fancy Farm way. Watch the video to see for yourself.

And that, my dear friends, is how politics is done at the Fancy Farm Picnic. As for me, I’m hoping the next immigration bill comes in iambic pentameter – at least if the bill is killed, we’ll have a good read. I’d ask for a limerick, but politics still has some standards of decorum.

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Written by Mark Davis



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