If there was ever any doubt why Alison Lundergan Grimes is running, that question has now been answered by none other than Michele Obama. From Capital New York:
Michelle Obama took the stage at 12:42 p.m. inside a softly lit ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a women-themed fund-raiser benefitting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The ballroom had about 25 tables, with several female senators and three Senate candidates in attendance. Candidates included Michelle Nunn in Georgia, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Natalie Tennant in West Virginia.
Obama spoke about the importance of electing a Congress to support her husband, alluded to the government shutdown, and invoked the narrow margin in the Senate to encourage the crowd to "max out."
She cited the recovery act, the Lily Ledbetter Act, and the Affordable Care Act ("that's right, Obamacare") as important legislation that was passed by having a Democratic majority in Congress.
"And let's not forget about that common-sense gun legislation, that so many of us feel so strongly about. Sadly as you know, that bill failed. Anyone know by how many votes? It failed by just six votes in the Senate. Six. So make no mistake about it: the midterm elections, they matter. They matter."
Obama said there was something the crowd could do to make a "huge difference."
"And it's simple, you can write a big ol' fat check," she said, to laughs.
That's right. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running not only because democrats know that women vs. men has been a winning ticket for them, but because they want to increase their majority in the Senate in order to keep Obamacare and pass gun control legislation.
Grimes is part of the ticket Obama is asking his liberal friends to support in order to accomplish those goals.
Now you know Kentucky. She's the New "Obama Girl".
*NOTE: A satirical photoshop image of Alison Lundergan Grimes as the famous "Obama Girl" which appeared here this morning has apparently caused quite a stir. It was intended to be a humorous punctuation mark to ALG being an intended beneficiary of Michelle Obama's fundraising at a Washington DSCC event.
I have removed it from this post voluntarily.