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Bringing in big names is probably a wise strategy. If Brownback can be beaten, now is the time. Davis needs people who have run big, statewide campaigns and he is smart to get moving early. It can be done!
You're not missing anything. The sad fact is that the Kansas Dems have no farm league. Sebelius was a great success for them, but she was unable to develop any talent that might carry on when she moved up.
She even picked a former GOP state senator for her running mate in term 2. Regardless of what the press said at the time, Kath did not select Parkinson to appear moderate. She already appeared moderate, which is why she was governor in the first place. She selected Parkinson because the Dems possessed not a single senator or representative who added anything to her ticket. A former GOP state chairman, estranged from his own party, was her best choice.
That's a scary position for the Dems to be in. Unfortunately, that's the position they remain in today.
I have nothing against Jill Docking but as Terry pointed out she lost by some 10 or so points in the senate race. I personally think a disenfranchised republican like Steve Morris would have been better but thats irrelevant now. Best of luck.
If I had to guess it's twofold. First: She's not running head to head with Brownback this time so it's not really an apt comparison. Second: Kansas is in a very different political climate than it was when she ran against him the first time.
But the point remains Andrew, Paul Davis likely has most Democrats ready to vote for him already so bringing on a Republican would have been a sign that Paul is willing to cross party lines to accomplish goals in a fairly conservative state. A Steve Morris type candidate who was bucked by his own party for not being conservative enough may have also brought a few middle of the road Republicans to vote for the ticket. Remember that the last 2 term Democratic governor brought on "former" Republicans as her running mates and sealed the deal twice. I don't see Jill Docking or the Docking family bringing in any additional voters.
Hey, I wasn't saying I thought it was a good choice. To be honest I'm a transplant into KS, been here 4 years so my knowledge of KS politics is limited to what I've picked up being the political junkie that I am. I really can't see why Davis wouldn't want to find someone to pick up more moderate republicans unless he thinks he's got them anyway and it's going to be mostly a GOTV effort and he thinks Docking can be helpful there. One other potential reason could be to try and get a foothold in Wichita as I'm sure a Dem would struggle (where is Morris from?)
I'm actually quite proud to live in a state where 30% of the registered voters are self-described as "unaffiliated". It's long past overdue for our culture to ditch a rigid two-party system and adopt the philosophy of ACTUALLY judging candidates by their ideas and not by the corresponding letter behind their name.
If Kansas judged candidates by their ideas, Brownback never would have been elected.
Huge assumption, Thomas. What your statement should have been in order to be accurate is that "If Kansas judged candidates by their ideas, Brownback never would have been elected by Thomas Dow"
The Democrats received 32% of the vote in that 2010 election. 32%. History has a way of making elections closer than they actually were.
What I'm saying is that the vast majority of voters cast ballots the same way their parents and grandparents did. They vote strict party lines. In this state, that means most republican candidates win. In Massachusetts, it means most democrats win. Purple states, where the independent voters hold sway have the most thinking people.
There will be republicans who will campaign for the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket. Both are "moderates" and will work across the aisle. As much as possible.
Most repub legislators are afraid of Sam Brownback = a very unhealthy repub party = not good for business ,not good for tax dollar spending,not good for public education and not good for Kansas.
Sam Brownback will run a character assassination campaign funded primarily with Koch money which operates a number of right wing PAC's such as the Kansas Club for Growth,Chamber of Commerce,Americans for Prosperity,Freedom Works and there are more.
Sam Brownback is key to the ALEC Right Wing Party hostile takeover of the USA government.
Both Davis and Jill Docking are smart people. This AM one early morning supporter suggested a catchy "Davis Can Save Us" . I like it.
Bottom line = Paul Davis Can Save Us!
When Docking ran against Brownback in the 1996 Kansas Senate special election, she captured the highest percentage of the voters who identified themselves as Independents. If those Independent voters are unhappy with Brownback, Davis and Docking might well capture their votes on election day.
"Former state Sen. Jeff Colyer of Johnson County is Brownback’s lieutenant governor.
Republicans said the ticket amounted to a “doubling down on the Obama agenda.”
“You have to be pretty out of touch to think pairing one Obama Delegate with another makes a balanced ticket,” said state GOP chair Kelly Arnold. “With this selection, Kansas Democrats are clearly going back to the past. Republicans want to lead Kansas into the future.”
Clay Barker, the state party’s executive director, dismissed any allure attached to the Docking name. Two Dockings served as governor decades ago.
“No Docking has won a Kansas Election in over 30 years,” Barker said. “The last two who tried, lost.”
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/22/4568346/davis-names-docking-as-his-running.html#storylink=cpy
Now we know what the Koch/Brownback issues are --- they don't want to talk about killing public education in favor of turning the system over to private industry.
Or the fact that thousands of new jobs have yet to turn up since Brownback removed thousands of Kansans from the payroll.
Or talk about the Brownback shady income tax deduction that stays with corporate bosses instead of going into Kansas cookie jars.
Or talk about the nearly one million dollars Brownback has spent on his war against women.
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