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Carol Perkins: Kentucky politics. Mitch v. Ashley

Whether or not an Ashley fan or a Mitch supporter, most of us do not smile at anyone who tears down his/her opponent for personal gain. As a matter of fact, most of the time that strategy comes back to bite the person. For instance, gaining a promotion in the work place seldom happens by demeaning a person to the boss who might also be a candidate. I certainly would not trust someone who builds herself up by tearing down others - CAROL PERKINS
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By Carol Perkins


My normal morning consists of having my first cup of coffee around seven and flipping from Good Morning America, CNN, and Fox and Friends. Most of the news is exactly the same on all stations. North Korea, stabbings and gun control-the topics seldom vary.

Often I mute the sound, watch the people and read the current headlines running across the screen. However, on Wednesday morning when a split picture of Ashley Judd and Senator Mitch McConnell flashed before me, I listened. What now? Has she decided TO run?

For those who may not know this "news" yet, someone secretly taped a strategy session featuring McConnell and his team planning how to take down Ashley if she ran against him.

Although unflattering to the Senate leader, it was not surprising. Having long been known to do what you have to do to get where you want to be, most career politicians find no shame in sharpening the knife of character assassination to cut out the opponent. His ploy, according to the words I heard, was to discredit her "mentally" by using her own words from her books and interviews where she admitted suffering from bouts of depression, fighting with other demons and embracing aspects of religious beliefs she has encountered on her journeys. HMMM.

I guess he felt we Americans would not want such a person representing us. I guess that means that all those we elect are free from depression, demons, and what we consider "unusual" religious beliefs. I guess he wanted us to believe that Ashley Judd was another Hollywood nut that had fallen from a wacky liberal tree.

Whether or not an Ashley fan or a Mitch supporter, most of us do not smile at anyone who tears down his/her opponent for personal gain. As a matter of fact, most of the time that strategy comes back to bite the person. For instance, gaining a promotion in the work place seldom happens by demeaning a person to the boss who might also be a candidate. I certainly would not trust someone who builds herself up by tearing down others.

"They all do it." Not a good excuse. Naive? Perhaps I am naive in the political arena, but wouldn't it be refreshing to see someone play nice and attack issues and not people? Would more everyday working men and women serve if they were not afraid of being stomped into the mud with steel-toed boots for their mistakes, illnesses, and beliefs?

Those who strongly support Mr. McConnell will find a way to justify his actions. Those who would have supported Ashley Judd will find a way to keep this story alive. In the meantime, I will continue my morning routine and find something on the news that will make me shake my head and say, as John Stossel would say, "Give me a break." - Carol Perkins


This story was posted on 2013-04-14 04:55:18
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