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  •  Oh, yeah, the old-line (1+ / 0-)
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    Rs are off the reservation.  I'd love to know EXACTLY when this guy realized that the Repubs no longer fit his philosophy.

    "One way or another, this darkness got to give"

    by wozzle on Tue May 30, 2006 at 01:30:30 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I can tell you that (1+ / 0-)
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      when he figured he'd never win an election again if he stayed a republican.

      At least, not in THIS lifetime.

      •  not true in Kansas, though. (2+ / 0-)
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        dburbach, boadicea

        KS is still very much a republican stronghold, though the Democratic party is making major inroads.  Republicanism runs deep in kansas.  Its our history.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a Saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." [helder camara]

        by jeysiin on Tue May 30, 2006 at 01:56:39 PM PDT

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        •  I disagree (4+ / 0-)
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          boadicea, peraspera, grrr, Marc in KS

          Kansas has always been a "battleground" state.  In the 20s they went totally populist and throughout much of my childhood there we had a good democratic governor (Carlin 79-87) and then a not so good democratic governor in Finney (after Hayden).  Even Sen. Nancy Kassebaum was a far more sane republican than the current crop out of there, downright reasonable at times.

          •  the governor's race doesnt count, imo... (0+ / 0-)

            ... i was talking in the state senate, state house, and the US House.

            "When I give food to the poor, they call me a Saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." [helder camara]

            by jeysiin on Tue May 30, 2006 at 02:28:32 PM PDT

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            •  well it should (1+ / 0-)
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              because it is as indicative of the will of the voting populace as any other and is LESS suseptible to the kind of gerrymandering techniques that apply to the federal and state house races, since it has to take into consideration the voting of the entire state, rather than a cherry-picked constituency.

            •  I disagree -- if you go far enough back. (0+ / 0-)

              Kansas has been whacky liberal for more of it's history than it's been whacky conservative.  Kansas farmers were toying seriously with socialism back in the early part of the 20th century.

              Pretty progressive, really.  It's only been in the last half of the 20th century that it started to go republican.

              -9.25, -7.54

              Catecholamines: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

              by Marc in KS on Wed May 31, 2006 at 04:52:57 AM PDT

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          •  Isn't Kassebaum basically a centrist? (0+ / 0-)

            I always got the impression Nancy Kassebaum was more of a Snowe/Whitman Republican than a Brownback/Hatch Republican.

            When you couldn't get a real journalism job, there's Fox News.

            by The Truffle on Wed May 31, 2006 at 08:42:01 PM PDT

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