Kansas Redux

Today’s post will be a bit short. I’ve been up most of the night; my knee made sleep difficult. I kept telling it to settle down and quit hurting but it didn’t pay attention. ** Yawn! **

Pat Roberts and his senatorial campaign is back in the news and that news isn’t good. A new poll has been released. In a three-way race between Pat Roberts, Chad Taylor, and Greg Orman, Orman came out on top by one percentage point.

The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for KSN-TV, showed that if the election were held now with Taylor’s name still on the ballot, Orman would receive 37 percent of the vote, Roberts 36 percent, Taylor 10 percent and a libertarian candidate six percent. — The Daily Caller.

Less than a month ago, that poll was much different. Pat Roberts lead with 37 percent of the vote. Taylor received 32 percent with Orman at the bottom with a measly 20 percent of the overall votes. Roberts remained about the same in both polls but voters fled from Taylor to Orman. One would think, then, that many of Orman’s current supporters are dems and dem-wannabe RINOs.

Roberts’ attacks against Milton Wolf in the Kansas Primary, soured many conservative ‘Pubs. A significant portion of them have indicated they will sit out of the Kansas Senatorial race. The more moderate ‘Pubs are now split between Orman and Roberts. According to the poll above, Orman is winning.

Or is it? Independent candidate Greg Orman is being sued in Federal court for failure to pay royalties.

Boxing firm sued Kansas Senate hopeful Orman

Friday Follies for August 3rd, 2012

It’s time for the Follies again. As usual, it’s because I have not found a core topic of the day.  This week has seen a momentous event. Christians and conservative fighting back against the liberal tyranny.

The Huckleberry is taking credit for Chick-Fil-A appreciation day. Truth be told, I think it was a spontaneous event. I heard too many commentators say the same before Huckleberry’s radio  program was aired.  Be that as it may, everyone, especially the libs, were surprised by result. 

Here in Kansas City, lines of cars were blocks long to enter the Chick-Fil-A drive-through.  The local TV stations, the Fox affiliate excepted, barely mentioned the event as did the KC “Red” Star.  If I remember correctly, the Star placed a small report about the size of the response on page eight.

Even cartoonists got into the act.  The best I saw was the one below by Glenn McCoy.

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day***

Missouri’s primary approaches. I’ve been an outside observer in previous elections. Other than supporting the generic Tea Party in 2010, this election is the first I’ve taken a more spirited interest.

I have some favorites. Everyone does. It would be unusual if anyone didn’t favor one candidate over another. This election is different for me. I’ve come to personally know—and admire, some of the candidates. I’ve become friends with a few office holders. I’ve also had time to spend some one-on-one time with a number of the candidates.

No election is corruption free. By corruption I don’t mean voter fraud. No, by corruption I mean fraud to the voters. By my observation there are three types of candidates.

The first type and I would hope the majority, are driven to reverse the trends our county, our state and our nation has created—debt, loss of liberty, purposeful malfeasance by government officials and an agenda to destroy our historical and cultural traditions.

The second type of candidate is plentiful, too.  He’s the good ol’ boy who believes that since he has, “paid his dues,” he deserves to be elected or elevated to office.  All too many of these expect and receive the support of the political establishment because, “It’s their turn.”

Frequently you can recognize them by their campaign strategy. They are the first to start slinging slime and mud, spreading lies about their opponents while saying nothing about their own philosophy and accomplishments. Probably they are silent about their accomplishments because they have none.

That in itself is a sad state of affairs for those already in office. When their record is nothing more than, “Me, too!” it makes you wonder just what their qualifications actually are. My rule of thumb when a candidate initiates a smear campaign is to vote for the other candidate—or in a multi-candidate field, the recipient of that smear.

I can’t abide a liar. I personally vet the claims of the candidates. When I determine who is the liar, I support his opponent.

The third type of candidate is the worse. These are the corrupters. Oh, they don’t believe they are corrupt. They just take advantage of the opportunities of their offices.  Cass County has a history of corruption covering decades. The corruption has existed so long that many from both parties believe it has become standard practice. Even with the rise of the ‘Pubs in the county these last few years, corruption still exists and major and minor scales.

We have an excellent example of this minor corruption just now being exposed. I don’t have to name that example. It has appeared in the local news outlets already.

Misuse of public funds is frequently the result. It matters not if it is through nepotism, taking personal advantage of no-bid projects, or wasting money to gain favor through corporate welfare, these pols will eventually be found and exposed. It is those of that same mindset that we must remove from office or insure they never achieve it.

Am I disappointed in my fellow ‘Pubs?  Yes, to an extent. I know that some who may win next week are truly unfit for office.  Will I vote for them next Fall? Reluctantly, yes. Unfit they may be, but on their worse day, they are still better than a democrat.

Or at least I hope so. Saying that exposes the sad state of our nation, state, and county.

Good for you, Roy!

Found on MSNBC (and that’s a surprise all by itself!) After Obama came to KC to praise a “green” manufacturer and also to “drop by” and give Robin Carnahan a boost at a fundraiser, Carnahan’s opponent for the Missouri Senate seat vacated by retiring Kit Bond used the event in a new campaign ad.

Good on ya, Roy!

*** Blunt vs. Carnahan and Obama: Meanwhile, in Missouri, likely GOP Senate nominee Roy Blunt is going up with a TV ad aimed at both Robin Carnahan — and President Obama, Politico reports. The ad features Obama’s comment at a fundraiser for Carnahan earlier this month that Carnahan winning would give him another vote in the Senate. It concludes, “Roy Blunt — he’ll work for Missouri, not Barack Obama.” This is a significant development in the national electoral landscape for this reason: It’s the most direct anti-Obama message we’ve seen made by a Republican running in a general election in a swing state. Now, that said, Blunt is trying to appeal to primary voters a tad right now. But if this ad against Carnahan, using Obama, does raise the Democrat’s negatives, don’t be surprised if it gets copied by GOP candidates across the country. This is an interesting test to keep an eye on.