Kansas’ Brownback Struggles, Faces New Debt Downgrade
In Kansas yesterday, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) faced a token primary challenge from an unknown political neophyte named Jennifer Winn, who raised about $13,600 for the race. The incumbent governor won, of course, but Winn won nearly 37% of the vote - far more than anyone thought possible in a GOP primary.
Asked for an explanation, Brownback blamed - you guessed it - the president.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who will all-but-certainly receive his party’s stamp of approval to stand for reelection when the votes are counted Tuesday, offered a theory when asked why significant numbers of Republican primary voters are casting ballots against their incumbents Tuesday.
“I think a big part of it is Barack Obama. That a lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just, they want somebody to throw a brick,” Brownback told 41 Action News…. “I think it’s a lot of deep irritation with the way the president has taken the country.”
Just so we’re clear, the governor of Kansas struggled unexpectedly in a GOP primary in which only registered Republicans could participate (the state has a closed-primary system). In Brownback’s mind, these red-state GOP voters voted against their own party’s sitting governor, who disagrees with the president on everything, because they hate Obama.
I can only hope even Brownback, as far to the right as he is, doesn’t actually believe his own propaganda.