MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was pretty critical last Friday of Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to say whether or not she voted for President Barack Obama, to the extent that guest Chuck Todd made it into an anti-Grimes campaign ad.
It’s not surprising then that they were even more critical of her second public refusal to say whether she voted for Obama, with one guest even saying it would cost her the election.
“The fear, I think, of affiliating with the president has gotten so out of control, especially in Kentucky…” co-host Mika Brzenzski began, “Shouldn’t Alison Lundergan Grimes have said she voted for him and moved on?”
The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman agreed with her. “It’s both embarrassing and question-raising for her to do that. It’s not rocket science! There’s a simple answer.” (“Just stop!” moaned Mika in the background.)
“You’re right, Howard, it’s so embarrassing,” said host Joe Scarborough, “this just isn’t that tough.”
“I think one of the cardinal rules in all this is you don’t want to project to the voters that you think they’re stupid,” MSNBC political adviser Steve Schmidt chimed in, “and that’s exactly what she’s doing here. She’s the Democratic nominee: she obviously voted for the president.”
“This is a character issue,” he continued. “We have tough problems facing the country… Here we have another feckless politician up there afraid of their own shadow running. And that’s why she’s going to lose the election.”
Fineman said he actually thought Grimes did a decent job in her first debate, but that was so easily obscured by her refusal to answer a simple question: “It’s political malpractice!”