Oct
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Roberts and Friends

Roberts and Friends

Mitt Romney is coming to Kansas to help Pat Roberts.
Ted Cruz is too.
Sarah Palin and Bob dole already have and Jeb Bush.
The U.S. Chamber is doing its back and the NRA are doing their part to save Roberts’ seat and what he puts into it.
Trouble is, we know Pat and most of us ain’t excited about him. Outsiders changing a lot of minds seem unlikely.
But Kansas is being covered, fussed over and analyzed the way big states like New York are.
Enjoy it while it lasts. If Roberts wins or loses, we won’t see these folks after Election Day, we won’t these big shots for awhile. Win or lose, we might not see much of Pat, either.

Sep
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You can’t make this up

You can’t make this up

You can’t make this up.
When Bob Dole campaigned for Pat Roberts this week, Dole criticized Sen. Ted Cruz for shutting down thief government last year.
When Palin campaigned for Roberts, she praised Cruz.
When asked by an MSNBC reporter whose side he was on regarding Cruz and the shutdown, Roberts, who knew he was camera, said ‘both.”

Sep
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Forked Tongue-In-Cheek

Forked Tongue-In-Cheek

When, oh when did you hear a Republican candidate attack a millionaire? Pat Roberts is attacking Greg Orman for being another rich guy trying to buy an election.
Now that’s true enough, which is why I don’t swoon at the sound of his nasal twang. That accent, is by the way the most irritating in the country. My family escaped it. But I digress.
Roberts;’ problem—one of his problems; he has a truckload—is he’s a Republican and the last so=successful OP class warrior was Teddy Roosevelt. Not only that, but he is being backed by the Koch brothers, no paupers they. In fact Dave and Chuck try to buy elections the way some folks buy black velvet pictures of Elvis.
Semi-ex-candidate Chad Taylor might have made it without puncturing his cheek with his tongue. Bur Roberts is so famously sharp he could bleed to death if he keeps this up.

Sep
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Goldfish Have No Legal Authority

Goldfish Have No Legal Authority

Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Taylor v. Kobach. The interesting revelation from that is that in the past, Kobach hasn’t required any particular phrases in candidates’ withdrawals. Taylor’s mouthpiece argued that the law did not require a letter to the Secretary of State. Kobach’s lawyer said if that were true, a candidate could just whisper “I quit” to his goldfish. Your taxes pay that man. We don’t know the outcome yet.
But the Senate race did have another interesting development. Independent candidate is a wealthy businessman. Wealthy businessmen do white collar crimes because pick pocketing is so blue collar. Orman had a colleague involved in some of the shady doings that lead to the crash of ’08. The guy is doing time but Orman refuses to cut his personal ties bam.
This is why I don’t write off the GOP incumbent, Pat Roberts. Highly intelligent national Democratic leaders and East Coast talking heads seem to think a man with no experience, no clear ideology but a nice fat wallet and movie star looks can beat an old hand like Roberts, old coot that he is.
If it would be highly ironic if Roberts lost because of the stupidity of Kobach. Ire would be insane to make goo-goo eyes at Orman, let alone, vote for him until we know more about him.
And remember, Goldfish have no legal powers.

Sep
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What Kobach Gets Right

What Kobach Gets Right

Lawton Nuss, Kansas Chief Justice, has a series grey mistake. Between it and his first name, Justice Nuss could easily fit into zany Western shootout. In fact, he has placed himself and his court smack dab in the middle of the Taylor-Kobach feud over Chad Taylor’s effort not to run for U.S. Senate. And be on the November ballot.
Anyone not paying attention to this comedy/drama is missing the best reality entertainment since Phil Robertson became a leading American intellectual.
We now know why Taylor asked for his suit to be fast-tracked. Absentee ballots have to be ready to be mailed out by Sept. 20, a week from Saturday. The Kansas High Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday at 9 AM, with written briefs due Monday.
Both sides have affidavits from persons who were at the meeting Taylor’s had with Kobach’s staff about the wording Taylor needed to use in his with drawl letter. Taylor says he wasn’t given the correct language.
Today, Secretary of State Kobach, who never disappoints me by either being rational or ethical, said that he thinks Taylor purposefully refused to use words he knew he had to get off the ballot. Kobach, however, had no theory about why Taylor would sabotage himself.
That’s a pity. It truly is. Why, you ask. Because it makes no freaking sense!
We know Taylor knew he couldn’t beat incumbent U.s. Sen. Pat Roberts, R.-Dodge. We know he knew Independent Greg Orman could. And we know U.s. Sen. Claire MCCaskill, D-Missouri, talked all this out with Taylor and he agreed to quit. Would a bit player like Taylor double-cross his party like that, knowing he’d gain nothing by doing so?
Call me crazy, but I do not buy that. Nobody with a brain would.
So Nuss and his colleagues get to hear the strangest case in recent memory in this benighted state.
If what Kobach has said outside the court is any indication of what his side will say in court, Taylor’s name will be off the ballot. If Kobach enjoys looking the knave, he is doing a grand job of it.
At least, be’s doing that right!