August 2, 2014 - the world's zip code will be 42039
Like the first Saturday in May, when the Kentucky Derby runs, the first Saturday in August is always the Kentucky social political event of the year. It is the running of the candidates for fall general elections.
Normally, only hard core political operatives, media, and political party volunteers attend Fancy Farm. In past years, a good crowd would be on the side of 10,000. Experts predict that upward of 20,000 will attend the 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic.
News power hitters such as FOX, CNN, NBC, ABC, Rutgers, AP, BBC, are expected to send news crews to have direct access to the event. Nations with special interest in the outcome of McConnell vs. Grimes Senate race will be there as well. This will include state news crews from China, Japan, India, Great Britain, Denmark and France.
The print and digital media will also have front row seats before the speaking stand. Magazines such as The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone may send in their elite political reporters to cover the days fighting between Republicans and Democrats.
Likely online political and media giants such as Politico, Huffing Post, and The Hill will make sure to send their own teams in to cover the minute by minute speeches and personal drama.
Newspapers such as the L. A. Times, The New York Times, Chicago Times, St. Louis Post, The Tennessean (Nashville), Louisville’s Courier Journal, Lexington’s Herald Leader will all be at the party.
Why? Why will all of this national and international media power come to a little village in Western Kentucky that is the world’s largest outdoor BBQ eating and political marathon? Maybe it’s the food. Or, maybe it is to witness a rare moment in world history when the arch of history, itself, could be changed.
On the agenda this first Saturday in August, will be many candidates running for state office in 2015. Their words may only linger for the afternoon. However, the words spoken between Senate Minority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, may rival the Lincoln vs Douglas debate of 1857 in importance to the flow of history for America.
What is at stake?
Who wins the Senate seat in Kentucky this year, 2014, will (1) help stop the Republican attack to gain control of the Senate or (2) help secure a Republican election night control of the U.S. senate. Either way, a totally new chapter in American governance will be started.
At stake, on election night 2014 will be how America will embrace the full opportunity of a future without 12 years of war. Will we go forward in progressive spirit or will we retreat back into conservative spirit of the past?
In question, as was in the air that day in Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858, when Stephen Douglas rose to speak against Abraham Lincoln will be who will control the institutions of government in Washington D.C. for the next generation.
If the Republicans hold both the Senate and the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. they may very well be the deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential elections.