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Matt Bevin Blunder Boosts Mitch McConnell

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 04:49 PM

By Michael Reagan

No Chicken Littles predicting disaster here. In fact, any worries Sen. Mitch McConnell, R–Ky., had regarding his upcoming primary election are now officially so much hen pecking.

Come May 20 McConnell will be cock of the roost and crowing for victory.

Why? Because his opponent, Matt Bevin decided to impale his campaign on a rotisserie. The Colonel couldn’t have done a better job of frying the Bevin effort than Matt did himself last week.

Fox News reports that Bevin made a speech at an event organized by the American Gamefowl Defense Network, a group of "sportsmen" who are working to legalize cockfighting. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the practice, it involves fighting–range instead of free–range chickens.

Handlers attach razor–sharp spikes to a rooster’s leg and then throw the two birds — bred for aggression — into a confined area where they often fight to the death amid blood, feathers, and cackling. Spectators bet on the outcome of the fight.

Bevin is currently pleading ignorance regarding the gathering and denies he was at the event in support of cockfighting. He calls it a “states rights rally” and part of his campaign to “stand up for our conservative Kentucky values,” which should insult every conservative in the state.

He told the News Journal, “I was the first person to speak and then I left. I’m a politician running statewide, any chance I get to speak to a few hundred people I’m going to take it.”

This statement gives real hope to Aryan Nation and other fringe group event organizers whose last keynote speaker had neck tattoos and slung spittle on front-row spectators.

But the fact is McConnell voted for a bill that makes it a federal crime to knowingly attend a cockfight — but not knowingly make a speech at an event that supports cockfighting — and Bevin no doubt thought he could hunt and peck for a few votes from a local special interest group still seething over McConnell’s vote.

I can’t imagine what type of enjoyment a Kentucky resident could gain from attending an event like this. Watching two birds, that are thrown into each other, slash themselves to death is hardly a manly pursuit. If they want macho, then I suggest they use a wood chipper to scramble their eggs. That is at least legal.

I also have two predictions: One, Bevin’s foolish speech will soon be starring in McConnell campaign commercials and offending Kentucky Republican primary voters statewide. And two, somewhere Michael Vick is shaking his head.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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