The KC Star - misdirecting liberals once again
A nice antidote to the terrible bias in the Kansas City Star is the knowledge that their genius political reporter, Steve Kraske, is once again misinforming his liberal readers
. So long as they keep taking his advice the GOP's future in these parts is rosy.
The political lesson of 2008?
Attack early. Congressman Sam Graves painted Kay Barnes as a big-city liberal with “San Francisco values” back before anybody in the 6th District knew there was a race.
In Kansas, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts linked the words “lobbyist” and “Slattery” for all to see, thereby undercutting any late-campaign Democratic surge.
Sure, Steve, sure that's it. Starting with Kansas, I'm not sure what "late-campaign Democratic surge" he's referring to. You'd have thought the chief political reporter of the Star would be aware that the Democrats picked up a net gain of, erm, one State House of Representatives seat. And they lost a State Senate seat. And they lost a Congressional seat. Hmm, if those are Democratic surges we could do with more of them. As for 'going negative', what exactly do Kathleen Sebelius' Bluestem hatchetmen have to show for their relentless attacks on the likes of Mary Pilcher-Cook? Squat, that's what.
Over in Missouri, perhaps the real lesson of Kay Barnes run is, "Don't run a really liberal candidate in a fairly conservative, rural district. And if you insist on doing so, don't pick one whose record of incompetence and financial mismanagement is already familiar to the district's suburban swing voters."