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A while ago, I wrote about Sam Brownback rolling the dice on putting the Tea Party agenda in action, and I was pretty sure it would be a disaster for him, and the state of Kansas.

Well, today Rasmussen has Brownback down by TEN - double digits down to a Democrat in FRIGGIN' KANSAS! Do I need to repeat that a DEMOCRAT is beating an incumbent governor in a (formerly) very RED state due to a Republican economic agenda that has bankrupted Topeka.  Paul Davis (D!) is polling 51% in Kansas. I repeat, in KANSAS.

This is what happens when you reduce taxes on rich people (donors) and hope that all those saved dollars trickle down on to the less fortunate (voters). It doesn't work, it didn't work for Reagan, either of the Bushies, Scott Walker, or Sam Brownback.

With all the dire predictions of a Republican Senate next year, and the sad sad news of Mr. Robin Williams' untimely departure from this world - this is some very, very good news.

Originally posted to Patriot4peace on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks.

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  •  I don't live in Kansas (24+ / 0-)

    but I sure am glad to see Sam Brownback get kicked in the teeth by the good people who do live there.

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:26:24 PM PDT

  •  Have to wonder why Brownback was given (9+ / 0-)

    such a lengthy political career by Kansas voters who may or may not have read Thomas Frank's book about them.  Kansans were willing to let Brownback act on these same destructive policies while he was in Washington, but now that these policies in their concentrated form have played out in Kansas folks there are deciding they don't like them.  Okay, Kansans, take a look at the national scene and stop sending reactionaries to Washington where their bad ideas affect all the rest of us.

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    by judyms9 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:22:21 PM PDT

    •  I live in Kansas (12+ / 0-)

      I live in Kansas, and I don't recall Brownback receiving 100% of the vote here. So don't get all high and mighty about Kansas affecting "the rest of you." Many of us are disgusted with Tea Partiers and the GOP in general. But big money buys a lot of votes from good people who believe what they hear.

    •  A lot of Kansans vote entirely on the abortion (6+ / 0-)

      issue, and Brownback certainly was strongly against it.

      Gradually some of them are coming to see that they should have paid attention to other issues.

      I'd like to believe they learned from this, but my local government just refused to hire someone for a health position merely because he testified that a referral doctor was following proper medical procedures.  (In Kansas, a doctor has to get a second opinion before performing an abortion, and the anti folks are trying to prevent anyone from providing that second opinion.  So they put the referral doctor on trial for malpractice.  The doctor was acquitted, FYI.)

      Anyway, the hiring of this doctor was blocked although he had never performed an abortion, and had never in any way been involved in the process of getting an abortion.  And I'm not guessing why he wasn't hired.  The reason was stated in the open meeting of the board.

      •  As if anyone can do without another doctor (2+ / 0-)
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        in their community anywhere in Kansas right now!  What city/town was this in, if you don't mind my asking?

        Was that Dr. Neuhaus that you were talking about?  Or are our Holier Than Thou Medical Board members on yet another witch hunt?

        To the left, to the left....

        by CWinebrinner on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:47:08 AM PDT

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        •  This happened in Johnson County, which is metro (1+ / 0-)
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          Kansas City area.  Commissioners balked on hiring a Kansas University doctor and professor (it's a teaching hospital), Allen Greiner, because of objections by "Kansans for Life".  His hiring was basically a done deal until the anti-abortion group spoke up.

          Greiner had testified in Neuhaus' witch hunt trial, which Neuhaus ultimately won.  This is all related to Phil Kline, former Kansas Attorney General whose anti-abortion activities while in office were so egregious that he managed to get himself disbarred, a rare punishment which usually only happens when an attorney has stolen money or committed a felony.  And Kline was good buddies with Alberto Gonzalez, who had to quit in disgrace for his actions as W's Attorney General, which should have gotten him prosecuted, but IOKIYAR.

          Sadly, Johnson County used to be home of the state's moderate Republicans who focused on good schools and efficient government services, not ideological wars.

          •  Grrrr (0+ / 0-)


            Time to hold some commissioners' feet to the fire, and remind them that pro-choice votes count as well!  

            I'm familiar with most of the hospitals in that area; my dad had surgery at KUMC there a decade ago for his cancer, and my niece was treated at St. Josephs (I think?  It's the #1 neonatal unit, but I don't remember the name) for a placental abruption, and my great niece was born there and spent time in the neonatal unit.

            Your last statement could be said of the entire darn state, really.  Time to fix it!

            To the left, to the left....

            by CWinebrinner on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:59:14 AM PDT

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  •  Good & bad news ... (6+ / 0-)

    Good news is that this could be a barometer on what it takes to wake people up to how bad tea party policies are ... the bad news is that it took this much to shake people up.

    •  Be happy that it is happening now (2+ / 0-)
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      The reason that it takes so long for people to "wake up" to really bad policies and governing is because human beings just aren't good at admitting they're wrong - they will rationalize to irrational lengths to justify their voting for the proponents of disastrous governing. It's only when it becomes so bad that everyone is complaining that they are able to move in company with the crowd (psychological safety in numbers in this case) and change their vote.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 02:17:48 AM PDT

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