During an election-night interview with a Kansas City television station, Gov. Sam Brownback was asked why voters seemingly were unhappy with — or at least divided on — current GOP officeholders, many of whom faced stiff challenges from low-budget and lesser-known opponents.
The answer — and we know you’ll be surprised by this — is President Obama, who apparently is not only destroying the economy and the world but who also has reached his hands deep into the Kansas GOP to create a rift.
“Well, I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback answered. “A lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just want someone to throw a brick.”
That’s right. People are so irritated with Obama that 37 percent of Republican voters cast a ballot for Jennifer Winn, who hardly campaigned at all, instead of Brownback. Likewise, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts held on to his seat by the skin of his teeth against challenger Milton Wolf, and U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp — possibly the country’s most obnoxious antagonist to Obama — eked out a 7,000-vote victory over Alan LaPolice, who ran on a shoestring campaign.
Just let that sink in. Obama isn’t a unifying force in the Kansas GOP. No, he’s so bad, he’s actually driving a wedge between the party’s members.
Brownback’s statement and the logic behind it is laughable. It wasn’t Obama who attacked moderate Senate Republicans in 2012 and House Republicans in 2014. It was well-financed conservative political action committees and nonprofits such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity. It’s not Obama who has created a climate of politicide in Kansas, where the most conservative faction of the Republican Party works tirelessly to oust any Republican who doesn’t drink the Kool-Aid all the way to the last drop. And it’s not Obama who made the Kansas GOP’s most conservative members push for irresponsible policies that have left Kansas damaged.
This election season, the Kansas GOP will have one message for voters: Obama. And while Obama won’t appear on a single ballot in Kansas, the Kansas Republican Party will try to convince Kansans that behind every Democrat or moderate Republican is an Obama-in-waiting, just hoping for a chance to steal more liberties.
— The Hutchinson News