Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is clearly not leaving his reelection to luck. While he's had some good fortune so far, he's mostly surviving on a lot of preemptive attacks and a surprising dose of incompetence from his opponents. With today's announcement that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will run against him, the most unexpectedly engrossing Senate race in the country will only get more interesting. And then McConnell will probably win.
We've discussed Grimes before. She's been rumored as a possibility for months, and, following Ashley Judd's probably-wise decision not to run in the race, Grimes emerged as perhaps the most likely candidate. Clearly, McConnell and Kentucky Republicans have had their eye on her for a while. She's been featured / disparaged in at least three ads over the past few months. This was during what McConnell famously called the Whac-A-Mole phase of the campaign. Any time a potential opponent to his candidacy peeked his or her head up — bam, nail them with an ad in opposition.
Grimes has so far not retreated back into the cabinet (or whatever the proper Whac-A-Mole analogy is). Instead, she insists that she spent the time since Judd dropped out preparing for the fight. "Make no mistake, members of the media, this due diligence was not reluctance, it was not hesitancy, but rather a deliberate gathering of all the necessary facts to make a decision that’s not to be taken lightly," Politico reports Grimes as saying during her announcement today.