July 24, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar


It was another rough week for Sen. Mitch McConnell. From his left, a Republican Senate colleague literally called “bullshit” on him in a testy caucus meeting, with another saying McConnell was “leading from behind” like Obama. From his right flank back home, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin prepares to launch his primary challenge this week, despite McConnell’s attempt to woo the Tea Party into submission. Republicans these days are hating the player and the game.


Alison Lundergan Grimes finally emerged to take policy questions from the press last week, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, came out strongly against President Obama’s energy and environmental policies concerning coal. Grimes also gave a vague statement on Obamacare, saying she disagreed with “many things” in it. We’ll see if her liberal base of support hates Mitch McConnell more than such answers by next November.


After weeks of Sen. Rand Paul defending his John Wilkes Booth and Confederacy-loving co-author and Senate staffer, Jack Hunter finally turned in his resignation, with Paul saying he had become a “distraction.” Without the “Southern Avenger” on board, Paul can now fully direct the media’s attention to his four-year nonstop presidential campaign and his plan to steer America into the liberty of theocracy-flavored anarchy.


A team of researchers mapped the geography of income mobility and found that climbing the proverbial ladder occurs less often in the Southeast and industrial Midwest. Here in Louisville, a kid raised in the bottom fifth of income earners only has a 6.2 percent chance of making it to the top fifth. That jumps to 11 percent in some northeastern and western cities. Guess that whole American Dream thing depends a lot on where you’re sleeping.

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