All the votes have been counted and the last of the political yard signs have been washed away by this week’s torrential downpours.
“What does this all mean?” is a question we like to address this time of year. The answers are important. If you’re like me, you’re going to need to know this stuff if you’re going to defend your political turf over turkey with teabaggers.
First and most obvious: Kentucky remains, at the federal level, a rural backwater in a mad dash to the political right.
While other states are beginning to jam on the brakes and reverse course by voting out the Tea Party, Kentucky is still at full-throttle trying to elect them. The state’s 4th Congressional District just elected another Tea Partier in Thomas Massie.
There is only one Democrat left in Kentucky’s congressional delegation (3rd District Rep. John Yarmuth) following the humiliating and widely-expected defeat suffered by Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s 6th District at the hands of Republican Andy Barr.
Chandler, a conservative, spent so much of his time running away from the Democratic Party, voters seemed to say they’d rather have someone who was honest about their party loyalties.
So, from the outside, Kentucky looks like a pretty “Red” state. That is, until you look at who is running the show in Frankfort.
Even if in name only, they’re all Democrats.
Last November, while Republicans were claiming ascendancy, only one was elected to statewide office. James Comer won his race for Commissioner of Agriculture, but it isn’t clear if voters liked him or simply hated his opponent.
To some, Louisville remains an island of reality in an ocean of reactionary delusional thinking. The most liberal city in all of the South, Democrats rule here, too.
Louisville has a higher percentage of minority residents (21 percent) who traditionally vote Democratic. Labor unions are stronger in Louisville than anywhere else in Kentucky and traditionally support Democrats on working issues.
Population density is greater in Jefferson County – an indicator of a more left-leaning society. We are better educated, have better jobs and make more money than people outside of the “Golden Triangle” of Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky. And Louisville’s Democratic Party is more organized than in rural counties.
Louisville is the economic engine of the state and gets very little back from Frankfort without a fight. It is coming to the point where it is no longer worth it.
News reports this week have described the efforts by some in Texas (and in Kentucky) to peacefully secede from the United States because of Barack Obama’s re-election. There are also reports claiming Puerto Rico is on the path to statehood following a referendum there.
We should beat all to the punch: Louisville should secede from Kentucky and become the 51st state.
It doesn’t fit in Kentucky or Indiana.
Neither of them deserves us.