Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:
The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal on the Secret Service:
When the social-climbing party crashers made it into the Obamas' first White House state dinner in November 2009, there was some talk about lax security but the story was mostly treated as a fun sidebar to a ho-hum news event.
Not so funny anymore are the repeated breaches at the White House and around President Obama.
A series of serious missteps by the Secret Service, the agency whose duty is to protect the president of the United States, have revealed, chillingly, how vulnerable the president and his family have been, even in what we previously thought of as a fortress — the White House or, on the road, surrounded by armed agents.
But none of that stopped someone from shooting at the White House in November 2011, an attack that wasn't noticed for four days — and only after a housekeeper saw the broken glass. Or kept an armed man with an assault record from riding with the president on an elevator last month. Or, a few days later, kept an Iraq war veteran who had a knife on him from hopping the White House fence, racing across the lawn, and running through the building and making into the East Room before an off-duty Secret Service agent stopped him. (Source: Washington Post)
And hardly reassuring was Tuesday's congressional hearing featuring Julia Pierson, director of the Secret Service, for whom "mistakes were made" became something of a mantra during her testimony.
Not good enough.
In a rare mood of bipartisan cooperation, House members agreed to an independent investigation into the agency. That investigation should be painstakingly thorough, pitiless about sacred cows of agencies and quick enough to reassure the American people that their president -- whoever he or she is -- is being protected.
The (Bowling Green) Daily News on pre-election Obama comments:
President Barack Obama couldn't have delivered a nicer pre-election gift to Republicans than the one he gave Thursday during a speech at Northwestern University.
During the speech, in which Obama was talking about economic policy and how the country was better off now than six years ago, he delivered a statement that Democrats in key battleground states for Congress and Senate, including Kentucky, probably wish he wouldn't have said.
Obama said, "I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle's pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them."
With these words, you could almost see the cringes on the faces of candidates including Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat and 2012 Obama delegate who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who is locked in a tight race with Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, incumbent Democratic North Carolina U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who is up against Republican Thom Tillis, and incumbent Louisiana Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is fighting off Republican U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy.
Those 28 words by Obama are 28 words that all of these Democratic candidates wish he wouldn't have said.
Ever since this election cycle began, all of these candidates and several others in battleground states have done everything in their power to distance themselves from Obama and his failed policies.
When Obama talks of his policies being on the ballot, he is of course referring to his failed economic policies, his war on coal, Obamacare, his war on the Second Amendment, higher taxes, continuation of the estate tax, also known as the death tax, appointment of activist judges to the high court and on and on.
Of course these candidates cringed, but the ones in Obama's party who hold office and are seeking re-election, voting records speak for themselves.
Of course they are going to run as moderates and distance themselves from the liberal Obama in their home states, many of which are red states where Obama lost by large margins. But make no mistake: If re-elected, they will vote for Obama's policies.
The same can be said of those in Obama's party seeking congressional and Senate seats. They don't want to be seen with or talk about our current president, but behind the scenes they raise funds with Obama allies and secretly support his policies. They too would be a sure vote for Obama's policies.