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  Steve Beshear, Kentucky Governor, Could Show President Obama The Reelection Ropes
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Last EditedMonsieur  Nov 04, 2011 11:56am
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AuthorHoward Fineman
MediaWebsite - Huffington Post
News DateFriday, November 4, 2011 05:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky is a red state with two Republican senators, a Republican state Senate, and a recent history of voting for GOP presidential candidates by landslide margins.

And yet the Democratic statewide ticket here is expected to sweep to victory on Election Day next Tuesday, led by incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Abramson, the former longtime mayor of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city.

The question for national Democrats is clear: Are there political survival clues for a beleaguered president named Barack Obama?

After conversations with politicians here and in Washington, the answer is: It's not simple, but yes.

This is the Kentucky playbook: Decry partisan gridlock and blame it on the GOP; advertise your own absence of ideological fervor and your focus on nuts-and-bolts approaches; and tout whatever you have accomplished to create jobs and sound social programs, no matter how small, even if overall conditions haven't improved much.

In other words, show that you try hard, that you've had some good results, and that you have a positive attitude and are not merely shouting "no."
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