Somehow I don’t think this is going to have the same outcome as You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown when Linus runs for student body president, spends his last campaign speech on the Great Pumpkin and still wins the election.I got two words for ya: "Alvin Greene." I'm kidding and you're right: Senator Switchback is not about to be defeated in the primaries by a woman who claims, "I also met with a man named James Wolbert in Feb. of this year. He had five microchips implanted in him (by satellite) because the government wanted his billion dollar invention, and he refused to turn over the patent and the rights**." Whether she's correct is irrelevant. She's simply not going to win.
I really think this is a perfect example of how NOT to get elected.
... I wonder if El Borak will have a take on this. If he does, it should be interesting.
I was kind of amused at the comments intimating that this woman was some kind of a plant by the Switchback campaign. She's not. No other "legitimate"*** candidate is going to take on a sitting senator who has signaled for the last three years that he wants the governor's mansion - it would be a personal affront to the most powerful Republican(s) in the state. And Switchback would likely win anyway, so why bother? But having a lunatic opponent is still worse than having no opponent at all. Ask Senator Vic Rawl of South Carolina. Oh, wait...
The way to use plants in the primaries is to split your main opponent's vote. So let's say you're a conservative who faces a liberal**** in the primary. You use a plant by recruiting and funding a person who will mimic your opponent's views almost perfectly, and then you start a personal shit fight in the primary with the more popular of your opponents. Bases of both sides will be fired up, but a certain number of people will be turned off. The liberal group of "hate them both" voters will likely vote for your plant, as will plenty of others who would not vote for you anyway. If you can make the main campaign issue something that separates you from two, and since they are then splitting the same vote pool, you win.
FWIW, I fully intend to vote for Switchback this fall - I would really love to replace a few supreme court justices and have a shot at no-permit concealed carry and a couple other things that the last four governors spent their free time vetoing.
* Not Senator Switchback (pictured), the other one.
** Like the government wouldn't just take it if they really wanted it. Who does she think runs the patent office anyway?
*** as defined by party officials and campaign-funders
**** in Kansas, this person will be identified by the moniker 'moderate.'