Skip to comments.Something’s Going On in Kansas: Senator Pat Roberts Finds Himself in a Tight Race
Posted on 08/13/2014 5:15:21 AM PDT by cotton1706
In a decent year for Republicans, like this one, a longtime Republican senator should be having a pretty easy time in a state that hasnt voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, or a Democratic senator since 1938.
And yet over the last few weeks, two surveys have shown Pat Roberts, a Republican senator from Kansas, ahead by just five points or less over his Democratic challenger, Chad Taylor.
Is it real? Its hard to imagine Mr. Roberts actually losing, but something is brewing in Kansas and if its possible for a Republican incumbent senator in Kansas to end up in a fairly tight race without a scandal or outrageous gaffe, then this is about the way it would happen.
Senator Pat Roberts was cheered on by supporters while waiting for the results of the Republican primary vote in Overland Park, Kan. on Tuesday night.
Start with Mr. Roberts himself, who is an extremely weak incumbent. His weakness was on display this month, when he won the Republican nomination with only 48 percent of the vote. He probably would have lost against a more serious challenger, but instead squeaked by against Milton Wolf, a radiologist who was chastised for posting gruesome images of wounded patients to Facebook accompanied by distasteful commentary. Mr. Roberts was plagued by residency issues he pays a family $300 a month to occasionally stay overnight in their home on a golf course and those issues could persist if the general election ends up being competitive.
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Where is Roberts on amnesty?
NY Times looking for any ray of sunshine in the storm about to hit the Democrat Party.
I suspect this is kind of a reverse “bounce” for his Democratic opponent. Because of the nastiness and severity of the primary, Roberts suffered a bit in the polls. Some feelings are still raw there. The Rasmussen poll the Times cites for their conclusion has an undecided/third party opinion of 14%. Again, this is a lot of raw feeling that will probably evaporate towards Roberts come early October.
The other poll the Times cited is actually from before the primary was over. So it’s disingenuous (or sloppy, or outright devious) of them to cite that poll to support their claim for Robert’s vulnerability. If anything, that poll proves my case above even more.
But never let a good spin go to waste, Ol’ Gray Lady, keep up the “good” work.
“Where is Roberts on amnesty?”
As far as I know he’s against it. But in his final term, he may be talked into giving a vote for cloture.
This is the game that’s played, especially with these old hack types.
If the idiot party (the GOP) is not on the watch for MASSIVE fraud this november we are screwed.
The libtards know they will lose all the gains they have made if they are out of power, and they are going all out
If that’s the case, the country may be better off if the Dem won in KS.
Amnesty is going to be left to the Republicans to pass.
He'll be where ever he needs to be to win in November. After that, he'll be where ever the Republican leadership needs him to be since he will not longer need to pay any attention to the voters.
His opponent will be completely loyal to Mr. Reid's agenda and will follow orders as all Democrats must do.
Vote fraud has gotten much tougher in Kansas. You must present an ID to vote and if it’s a Kansas DL or CCW, it is scanned and linked to the electronic poll book that you sign at the polling place. The same applies to early voting, id required and checked. I haven’t voted absentee in some time, so don’t know what the new procedures are in that case.
No, the country would not be better off if a Democrat won. That’s crazy talk. If Taylor wins, he’ll be there forever and he will do exactly what Harry Reid tells him to do. Wishing to increase the numbers of Democrats in the Senate is like hoping that your house burns down because you need to upgrade the kitchen.
The anti-incumbent trend is strong, but come closer to election day, the talk will shift to issues. The voters will come to realize that the vast majority of programs and failures that are pissing them off are coming from the Democrats and will shift accordingly.
The NY Times will accurately predict the Democrat bloodbath three of four days after the election is held. Then their focus will shift to shaming Republicans into not doing what they were elected to do.
Not any better off with republicans in charge.
America? Better off if the Dem won in KS?
Would America be “better off” if Obama’s next “pick” for Supreme Court Justice, Eric Holder, is CONFIRMED??
If the idiot party is not on the watch for massive fraud they deserve to lose. They're too incompetent to be elected.
Roberts should be defeated.
He campaigns as a Republican, but votes as a Democrat.
If America is to survive, we must get rid of the RINO’s.
There’s an independent candidate siphoning off votes from both candidates. That’s why it’s as close as it is.
Vote the ins out, and the outs in.
I am often amazed how these guys announce “this is my last term!” If you don’t want to do it, stop running. What he IS saying is watch the governors friends closely—because that is who is going to finish the term. This seems true here,a and it certainly true in MS.
The Democrat Party has expelled every single elected conservative in their ranks and they will never let another one in. The Republican Party has many conservative elected members and that number grows with every election, especially at the state and local level. Yet because we have a pack of old dinosaurs who are not yet gone because they have the power and the influence to keep their seats, you think that a Democrat in the White House and the Senate run by Democrats is just fine with you. You’ll teach those RINOs a thing or two. That’s a special kind of stupid.
The longer Democrats retain power at any level, the longer it will take to root them out and the more damage they do to our society. They are advancing every day on two fronts, voter fraud and amnesty and total victory is almost within their grasp. A few more years and it won’t matter, they will have achieved the Stalin goal - they will count all the votes and they will keep counting until they win. Hope that you enjoy it.
“but votes as a Democrat.”
Do you have a link for that? His ACU lifetime rating is 86.40% and his 2013 rating is 84%. I could understand saying that about someone like Murkowski in Alaska, whose rating is 62% lifetime and 36% for 2013, but in the 80s seems fairly decent IMHO. As other examples, one of my favorite Senators, Sessions, has a lifetime rating of 94% and 88% in 2013.
It takes a special kind of stupid to keep electing liberals, even if they are republican.
I'm not a republican. I'm a conservative.
As am I, but we still have to operate within a two party system because third parties have always been completely irrelevant in this country.
What is this second party of which you speak?
this will be interesting to watch
the GOP-e demanded that Roberts was needed in order to win in November
we’ll see how much that was or wasn’t just fear campaign against his opponent
No thanks. I won't vote for a liberal. Especially a liberal republican.
It would be nice if the Republican Party acted like a second party or an opposition party for a change. They prattle on, huff and puff, talk trash, do their show votes and then bow meekly to the democrats and surrender. Sometimes they have done this while in the majority!
I am all for regulating the Republican Party to third party status at this point and replace it outright as it was replaced by the Whigs when they became useless.
I guess the people of Kansas are just tried of the cheapskate RINO argument for voting for a man who happens to steal the republican nomination yet acts like a Democrat.
Its the same Problem in South Carolina with Lindsey Graham. The man is not a republican, or a conservative instead hes a 5th column giving Democrat extremism legitimacy while undermining our own cause.
I hate to say it but I just can’t stumic voting for such a vicious traitor and call it compromise. Its not compromise at all its a leftist knife in our back. And people like Graham know it too, as most of his supporters are Democrats in Democrat areas voting in the republican primaries.
The Same supporters who promptly swap their Graham signs for Democrat campaign signs as soon as the primary is over.
Literally that’s EXACTLY what happened all over South Carolina come Primary day. How would you feel about voting for that kind of corruption? We don’t have fair elections in this State, not when the democrat pick our candidates, as well as their own.
My guess is that most folks around here would agree with your sensible statement.
Would America be better off if amnesty was passed?
With all due respect, Graham simply used the “tactic” of Divide-and-Ccnquer” to “win” his job for another six years.
SC’s patriots chose to NOT select one (ONE!!!) strong opponent to crush Graham — on the issues — in the Primary. The result — the evil but “strong” Graham defeated the “weak” seven-dwarves — was fore-ordained.
Now Obama hopes to use the SAME “Divide and Conquer” tactic to complete his plan to destroy America.
IMHO, if you want “to send a message”, use a postcard.
But VOTE against Obama....