The Nation's Dan Bischoff, a Louisville native, has a descriptive overview of the candidates and the implications of the Senate race, focusing especially on what he sees as an uneasy coalition of voters behind Rand Paul's ascent.
Bischoff casts Democrat Jack Conway as a Central Casting candidate who oozes a "natural air of nervous arrogance," while Rand Paul "seems strangely indifferent" to a romanticized Kentucky:
On Rand Paul ---
Paul rarely smiles, he often seems to be talking to himself when he gives a speech and he almost never backslaps another pol or shmoozes with regular voters. And Paul doesn't praise Kentucky or speak of its special place in American life. Kentuckians put a certain effort into believing their own kitsch—the derby, the bluegrass, the big blue moons—but Rand seems strangely indifferent to all that.
On Jack Conway ---
In contrast to Paul, Conway, who co-owns Stately Victor, the thoroughbred that placed eighth in last year's Kentucky Derby, often seems to want to do everything by the book: he shakes hands, smiles like he's visiting the orthodontist and pays court to every county kingpin he can find—yet without quite erasing his natural air of nervous arrogance.