As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hashed out a deal to reopen the government and avoid the debt ceiling, his Democratic opponent was barely seen or heard from on the campaign trail,  according to the Lexington Herald Leader's Sam Youngman.

Writes Youngman:

Since helping to broker a deal to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, McConnell has been on a media tear that has seen him appear just about everywhere except American Idol and Big Blue Madness.

McConnell's omnipresence on television and in newspapers has made Alison Lundergan Grimes' relative quiet during the past few weeks seem conspicuous.

There's an obvious political logic to the two strategies, but Grimes could pay a price by conceding this window to McConnell.

We had Youngman on to talk about his piece and whether Lundergan Grimes' strategy was -- or could -- hurt her in this "In Play" segment.

The Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been largely silent following the debt ceiling compromise. Lexington Herald-Leader political reporter Sam Youngman tells In Play's Chris Cillizza: "McConnell is very beatable, but he's not going to give it away." (The Washington Post)