According to reports today, Stumbo is going to stop shooting the Governor in the front, but Republican officials have declared they are not going to stop shooting the Governor in the back.
Those Disloyalists. They're so hard to please.
Bill Stone, former Jefferson County Republican Chairman, asked a great question in his radio debate with Jack Richardson, current Jefferson County Republican Chairman and one of the leaders of the Disloyalists. The debate took place on the other day on Front Page with Sue Wiley in Lexington. "What are you going to do," asked Stone, "if Gov. Fletcher wins the Republican nomination? Are you going to support him?"
Richardson tried to dance around an answer, but finally said he would.
Then Stone ran him all the way through: "Are you going to have any credibility at that point?"
Of course, Richardson couldn't answer this one. But this is the position Republican officials find themselves in: they digging themselves a hole they will not be able to dig themselves out of.
Behind all this is the Republican puppetmaster himself: Mitch McConnell. If this is a display of his fabled political skills, there may have to be a reassessment when this is all over.