Kentucky rejects change
We had an election last night here in Kentucky. This is how MSNBC interpreted it:
Cyclist Lance Armstrong and Kentucky’s new governor were among the few people who could get voters to embrace change on a day they seemed inclined to re-elect incumbents and reject ballot measures calling for new proposals.
I tired long ago of pointing out the bias and errors in MSNBC’s reporting. However, this one is so gross I can’t just dismiss it. Especially in context of what they compared our local race to.
In this race, the Democrat candidate ousted a Republican incumbant. That’s the change MSNBC is referring to. However, what happened was the exact opposite of what MSNBC states. Kentucky’s registration at this time is 1.6 million Democrats to 1 million Republicans. Prior to 2003, that Democrat majority had elected a Democrat governor eight straight times. If one does just a modicon of checking, the fact of what happened last night becomes extremely clear, Kentucky rejected the changes they made four years ago. We returned to the status quo. Democrats once again just voted for whoever the Democrat was. Just how bad was it? 90 of Kentucky’s counties are Democrat majorities. Last night, 95 counties went Democrat. 61% of Kentucky’s voters are Democrat ( between the two major parties ), 59% voted Democrat. I think you can see a pattern here. 2% apparently voted to keep the changes we made four years ago. That’s not much of a crowd.
When we did vote for a change four years ago, we replaced a lawyer who was in the middle of an ethics probe with a doctor/lay minister. Guess what got elected last night? One clue only, it wasn’t the minister.
Kentucky didn’t vote for change. We voted the farthest thing from it. The status quo won.