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What grade would you give Kathleen Sebelius for her work as Kansas governor?

Response Percent Votes
A
 
37% 441
B
 
21% 251
F
 
18% 215
C
 
12% 148
D
 
9% 108
Total 1163

Comments

junco_partner 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm crying... but I don't know if they are tears of joy to see her leave or sad tears 'cause I know she will continue to screw up our lifes...

preebo 5 years, 9 months ago

I have spoken to the Governor and congratulated her on this extraordinary opportunity...

As a Kansas Democrat, however, I have many questions, such as what does her departure mean for the Democratic presence in Kansas, and more specifically, the upcoming 2010 Senate race. Who are the Dems looking at for a nominee? Similarly, who will they put up against Brownback for Governor? In either case, the DNC and DCC, respectively, probably are not looking at injecting much national money into these races. A few short 27 months ago, Kansas was turning purple, with the elections of Morrison, Sebelius, and Boyda in 2006. Now all three are gone, or soon will be and Kansas is on its way to becoming even more Red. As a Democrat, this does raise some concerns for me. As the recent 08 election has shown, Kansas seems to be be going into the opposite direction of the rest of the country. Way to go Kansas.

junco_partner 5 years, 9 months ago

It's not really the way the rest of the country is going. It's the way the inner cities are going. Get outside the big population centers of the down-trodden cities and you will find most Americans are conservative. The 2010 elections will see the house and senate at both the state and federal level swing back to the GOP and we can stop what's left of the pork laden packages that are being shoved down our thoats today.

preebo 5 years, 9 months ago

"It's not really the way the rest of the country is going. It's the way the inner cities are going."

Indiana... North Carolina... Virginia... All voted Demcratic in 08. None could be confused with urban-centric states.

Kansas... still Red.

esteshawk 5 years, 9 months ago

It's not just urban areas - I live in a small conservative mountain town. In November Obama carried our county, and booted Marilyn Musgrave from congress. the problem is the republican party has taken a sharp turn toward social issues and have abandoned the concept of small fiscally responsible government.

preebo 5 years, 9 months ago

EstesHawk, do you live in El Paso County, CO?

1029 5 years, 9 months ago

"The 2010 elections will see the house and senate at both the state and federal level swing back to the GOP"

Um, maybe you should take a look at what senate seats are up for election in 2010. There is absolutely no way the GOP will take back the senate. Of the 36 races, 19 seats are held by republicans and 17 by democrats, but those democrats include the likes of Dodd, Boxer, Inouye, Bayh, etc, etc

Almost all of those 17 democrats won by a landslide in 2004

Fred Vance 5 years, 9 months ago

I said it once, and I will say it again, I am glad she is leaving Kansas. I was disappointed in Obama's introduction yesterday because I think he overstated several facts. He said that she inherited a $1B deficit when she became Governor. I heard the figures were closer to $250M. Obama also said that she balanced the budget without raising taxes. I thought it was state law that Kansas has to have a balanced budget, and she failed a couple of times to increase our taxes because our legislators kept their wits. And there was nothing said about a $700M deficit when she is leaving. There was too much political spin on her introduction yesterday. Probably more of that to come...

1029 5 years, 9 months ago

If it's 58 to 42 (we'll even say Coleman wins MN), the GOP would have to keep their 19 seats in 2010 and take 9 from the democrats. In other words, the GOP has to win 28 of the 36 races.

Which 9 seats would the GOP gain? Leahy? (won w/ 71% in 2004) Schumer? (71% in '04) Reid (61% in '04) Mikulski? (65% in '04) Bayh (62% in '04) Inouye? (76% in '04) Dodd? (66% in '04)

All the others elected in 2004 that are planning to run in 2010 won by at least ten percentage points.

Sorry, republicans, but it is likely that not much will change in 2010 in regards to the balance of power in the senate

Kryptenx 5 years, 9 months ago

Just because the voices you hear are the loudest does not mean they echo public opinion.

58% of voters in the poll rated A or B - great ratings 71% rated A, B, or C - definitely passing 27% rated D or F - failing

So while the loudest voices on this forum voice their joy of her departure, they are, in fact, the majority.

1029 5 years, 9 months ago

And only a simpleton would assert that "most Americans are conservative". Conservatives are very skilled at ensuring that their own ranks (mostly comprised of the isolated, undereducated, and religious) believe this--by claiming mainstream media is this biased monster that doesn't represent the views of the larger population, etc. Many conservatives would be liberals if they fully understood what was happening in the larger world around them.

With every passing day, month, year people are less and less isolated from the rest of the world and that is bad news for the conservative ideology.

beawolf 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm wondering how viable the Republican party is going to be in the future. Their current (conservative) platform resembles the Libertarian viewpoint and the centrist Republicans are drifting towards being independents. When Ralph Nader entered the fray in 2008, Democrats were concerned about losing votes (see 2000), but exit polls showed an overwhelming number of Republicans had voted for Nader. Which is ironic as Republicans were outwardly courting his entry. If the Republicans lose more ground in 2010, the party may cease to exist (as we know it) by 2012 or 2014.

ralphralph 5 years, 9 months ago

The voices you hear online on the LJ World website may not, entirely, reflect the voices of the vast majority of people in the State of Kansas. Ya think?

West_Sider 5 years, 9 months ago

Kryptenx (Anonymous) says…

Just because the voices you hear are the loudest does not mean they echo public opinion.

58% of voters in the poll rated A or B - great ratings 71% rated A, B, or C - definitely passing 27% rated D or F - failing

So while the loudest voices on this forum voice their joy of her departure, they are, in fact, the majority.


Question for you Crips, do you think that the poll results would look exactly the same if it were given in the Wichita Eagle, Hays Daily News, or the Garden City Telegram? I think not. You are responding to a poll on the website of the newspaper in the 2nd most liberal county in KS. This is not what I would consider a very good represantation of the feelings or beliefs of the entire state.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 9 months ago

The wise minority in this case is not. Sebelius held her ground against the coal industry, against all odds. And she was right in doing so. I will miss her as the leader of Kansas and not merely a tool for the wealthy. Unfortunately, the CLEAN COAL plants, will now choke us out.

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