Brownback wins the primary
In last week’s primary, Republicans tossed out eight Kansas senators considered moderate, though I’m hard-pressed to label Dick Kelsey of Goddard “moderate”. Kelsey’s problem is that he spoke out against Governor Sam Brownback’s tax plan, favoring his own plan.
The governor and his supporting political action committees targeted these senators … and nailed them good. Apparently, the new G-O-P litmus test in Kansas is Brownback’s approval. If Sam likes you, you’ve got a political future. But he’d better not hear any opposing views. Our governor doesn’t like back-talk. Don’t sass the boss.
Of the 32 seats Republicans hold in the 40-seat Kansas Senate, 27 are held by conservatives. Does this mean Governor Brownback will have an easier time getting his programs passed? Well, that’s the idea.
But if the great Kansas tradition of individualism is still alive, some of these senators might rebel against being owned by the governor. Brownback may find himself herding cats.
Our thought for today is from Henry David Thoreau:
“A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.”