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The prime directive at the Louisville-based Kentucky Progress is to block Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election when the time comes, and they have openly opposed the Republican for months. Now there’s some trouble, though. The liberal super PAC recently retweeted a message that besmirches former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, the lawmaker’s Taiwan-born wife.

“This woman has the ear of Sen. McConnell — she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!” declared the tweet from independent talk radio host Jeff Rense.

It was one of several tweets that Kentucky Progress included in its outreach, including one that referred to “Chinese money” in state elections, prompting Mr. McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton to demand a public apology from the group for “race baiting.” So far, they won’t budge.

“Progress Kentucky strongly denies that the organization has engaged in any such thing,” executive director Shawn Reilly says. “Benton’s statements are an attempt to divert attention from the fact that Mitch McConnell has engaged in the selling of the American middle class overseas for decades.”

ALARMED BY ALARMISM

Hurray. At last some learned folk will talk sense about rampant public fear-mongering. The astute event of note for Wednesday in the nation’s capital: “Scared to Death: How Government Nannies are Creating a Culture of Alarmism,” presented by America’s Future Foundation and the Independent Women’s Forum.

Their topics: “obesity alarmism, chemical alarmism, environmental and energy alarmism, and agriculture alarmism.”

BILL BLESSES CHRIS

He may not be on CPAC’s roster of keynote speakers as of Tuesday. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got a little love elsewhere.

“Americans want authentic. They want to hear at least a little truth. That’s why Chris Christie is so popular, despite being kind of a [expletive]: because people finally sense that he’s a guy who isn’t playing a character. That’s the actual man,” notes HBO host Bill Maher, in his personal blog.

POLL DU JOUR

• 60 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats prefer Coke to beer.

• 28 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats prefer beer to Coke.

• 56 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats say dinner is their favorite meal.

• 48 percent of Republicans and 18 percent Democrats prefer Chick-fil-A as a fast-food restaurant.

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