A Side Note on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Nascent Campaign
As you might guess, we at Austin Passive Solar are interested in political developments that affect our nation and our area of expertise. One such development that came to our attention recently is the launch of a new Kentucky senate campaign — one that pits five-term incumbent and Republican Mitch McConnell against Democrat and current Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured).
Grimes announced her campaign on July 1, but a cybersquatter had already bought the domains alisonforsenate.com and grimesforsenate.com. A little research on our part revealed the cybersquatter to be Michael Deutsch, a Wellington, FL, resident with some affiliation with MIT. According to one right-wing blog, Deutsch is also the party responsible for whisking away the domain organizingforaction.org from the Obama administration.
Of course, Grimes had a lot of other choices for her domain, and she ended up choosing AlisonForKY.com.
As for the popular sentiment in Kentucky, Stu Rothenberg writes, “Multiple polls show more state voters disapprove of McConnell’s job performance than approve, and Democrats say that more Kentucky voters now say that they want to replace McConnell than to re-elect him, a far different situation from polling conducted in 2002 and 2008, the last two times the Kentucky Republican faced voters.”
We shall see what the voters decide.
And… What the Heck?
And how about this whole domain squatting thing? Obstructionism like this smacks of filibuster abuse, gerrymandering, and other unproductive and frankly unpatriotic abuses that dominate the landscape in this contentious era.
Are we so far gone down this “us versus them” road that we resort to pulling internet pranks to sabotage the other side? What happened to free speech and upholding the provisos of the Constitution? Are we all Americans, or just a bunch of red and blue do-ragged gang members at a street fight?