If Kentucky had a populist senator instead of a conservative senator, we could support the good progressive policies while opposing the bad ones:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday vowed to be the “Grim Reaper” for progressive policies if Republicans hold on to the Senate in 2020.
“If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass,” McConnell said while speaking to community leaders in Owensboro, Ky.McConnell noted that if Republicans win back the House or President Trump wins reelection “that takes care of it.” But he pledged that even if Republicans lose the White House, he would use his position as majority leader to block progressive proposals like the Green New Deal.“I guarantee you that if I’m the last man standing and I’m still the majority leader, it ain’t happening. I can promise you,” McConnell added. …”
As a populist, I support building the border wall and gun rights, but I also support Universal Basic Income and student loan debt forgiveness. There are almost certainly more populists than conservatives in a state like Kentucky which is strongly White working class.