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The Kentucky Governor’s Race Is a Warning to Republicans

David Frum

By David Frum (Original source The Atlantic)

“Donald Trump wants his party to believe that he was the hero of the campaign in Kentucky, who almost—but not quite—rescued a deeply unpopular governor from defeat.

But to understand why November 2019 is so ominous for Republicans, you need to understand why Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was so unpopular in the first place.

Yes, Bevin is a loudmouthed jerk who made ridiculous statements. For example, the governor and his challenger, Andy Beshear, got into a tussle over whether to allow casino gambling in Kentucky. Bevin opposed it. In the course of opposing casinos, Bevin claimed that suicides occurred “every night” in casinos. When challenged on the statement, Bevin denied ever having made it—and challenged his opponent to produce any recording of him saying such a thing. Boom: The audio was produced in the final week of the campaign.”

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