So let's talk about this video, which was posted in the comments over the weekend.
Hillary's message for middle class Americans in coal country. pic.twitter.com/CruAKhBHLz— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) March 14, 2016
And in grand fashion, let's talk about the Democrats heading for the exit here in coal country over it.
"I was very disappointed to hear the comments that came out of the debate," said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state and a close friend of the Clinton family who received their endorsement during her unsuccessful challenge to McConnell in 2014. "My hope is she'll have a chance to clarify those comments, comments that as I said were completely out of line with personal conversations that I have had with her."
In West Virginia, where Democrats are trying to hang to the governor's mansion after losing the state legislature following the 2014 elections, two of the three Democratic candidates criticized Clinton's comments. Booth Goodwin, the former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, said he "absolutely disagreed" with Clinton. And Democrat Jim Justice, an Appalachian coal magnate, declared: "I will not support anyone who does not support coal."
Jeff Kessler, a progressive candidate supporting Bernie Sanders, echoed Clinton's message about providing new coalfield opportunities, but said he would've worded it differently.
Brian Fallon, Clinton's national press secretary, said Republicans were trying to twist Clinton's words. But later in the day, the Clinton campaign released a statement that appeared to walk back her comments that she would put coal miners and coal companies out of business.
"Coal will remain a part of the energy mix for years to come, and we have a shared responsibility to ensure that coal communities receive the benefits they have earned-and can build the future they deserve," she said.
Ahh yes, Alison Grimes couldn't move quickly enough to throw Hill under the bus. You guys from outside Kentucky, you don't get it. Nothing makes Dems here into spineless wimps faster than being mean to King Coal, and that's why Dems are doomed in Kentucky. They have been for some time.
But here's the thing, Hillary was never going to win KY. Neither was Bernie. Trump will win here by double digits. So Hillary can and should tell the truth about coal like she did Sunday.
It's dying. We need new industries here in Kentucky.
Even if the politicians here don't want to admit it.