Apparently, in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, it is incredibly important to point out that Mitch McConnell’s wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, is “Asian,” and therefore, allegedly, “not from” Kentucky.
To call this kind of rhetoric “nauseating” is to understate matters, of course. The state Democratic party has rebuked Kathy Groob, the operative who made the remarks. I would like to think that the rebuke was sincere, but I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if Groob was told to make the statements and take the professional hit in order to make racism work for McConnell’s opponent. And God help us all if that kind of tactic becomes part of standard operating procedure in politics.