TOPEKA — A Democratic state senator is considering a run for governor, and party leaders said Wednesday that his past victories over Republican incumbents would make him a serious challenger.No one else stands a chance. Martha Coakley, call your new senate office, please.
But the Kansas GOP's chairwoman doubted anyone could defeat the presumed Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback...
"There already is such incredible momentum behind Sam Brownback that no one else stands a chance," she said.
That's not to say that Senator Switchback is not the odds-on favorite or that he will not be sailing with a HUGE Republican tailwind by fall. And it's not even to say that, even though I absolutely refused to
It's still January, far, far too early to publicly crown him the victor. Even though half of the party chairwoman's job is to make a public case that her claimant ought to be coronated rather than elected, she's going to look awfully stupid if some unknown state senator ends up wearing Sam's crown in November.
* The state's dwindling revenues seriously bind the hands of the next governor, no matter which party gets the mansion. Aah, the golden chains of Recession.
** Besides, my major complaint about Brownback was that he voted against conservative principles in order to give Bush a political victory***. It's not that he's conservative or not conservative, it's that he's unprincipled, a squish crusading as a conservative. But I've seen worse.
*** Fat lot of good it did either Bush or his "permanent Republican majority." It pleases me greatly to watch Democrats insist on making precisely the same mistake to give Obama a political victory on health care. At least Obama's people aren't throwing around "legacy" yet.