What principles, you ask?
Alison Grimes stood with Kentucky coal. Because
And she proudly stood for that.
What about Obamacare? She proudly stood for something better: AlisonCares. Which is, like, not Obamacare.
She proudly stood for her constitutional right declining to state whether she voted for Obama. No one fought harder for that right than Alison Grimes. Good thing too, because now we'll never know for certain whether a Obama delegate from Kentucky voted for Obama. She did it to emphasize her independence from Obama, who was not running for Senator in Kentucky. Most people did not realize that till she fought tooth and nail for her right.
Democrats should be proud of her. For her courage, unstinting adherence to clean coal, and fighting for the right to not say who she voted for. Exactly what Kentuckians were looking in a candidate. The election night upset of McConnell by a razor-thin 56-41 margin confirmed that. I hope she runs again in a few years so that Democrats could be proud that she's not a quitter, or that like President Al Gore, she was not going to run on a sitting President's coattails.