Pat Roberts, incumbent US Senator in Kansas won his primary last week, despite the fact that he’s older than your Curmudgeon by a lot, and doesn’t even live in Kansas. The US Chamber of Commerce and the Republican establishment are claiming a great victory over a Tea Party challenger, Milton Wolf. In fact, Roberts didn’t beat Wolf. Two people named Smith and Zahnter actually beat Wolf and ensured Roberts victory.
Roberts got 48% of the vote, Wolf got 41%.
Kansas doesn’t require a majority in a primary to win so Roberts wins, and he’ll certainly be reelected come November.
The only question now is whether Roberts will die in office or manage to live long enough to retire in six years.
Back to Smith and Zahnter. Between them they grabbed 11% of the vote, enough to make it a 52% – 48% win for Milton Wolf. What makes us sure that the 11% would not have been split?
Running to represent forgotten and struggling Kansans, Smith, a former city council member who narrowly lost a State Representatives race, threw out plenty of red meat on the illegal immigration issue. She even accused the White House of “orchestrating its own de facto version of immigration reform and de facto amnesty.”
“The political aspirations and agenda of the man living in the White House are facilitating an invasion of foreigners flooding across our nation’s borders,” she declared. “Said plainly, a foreign invasion of our country is now being empowered by the White House and oval office operatives.”
[…]“I am not a politician. I am an American movement,” she said. “I am running because I am tired of the politics of lies, broken promises, media manipulation, political corruption, and greed.”
Alvin Zahnter highlighted his “blue-collar background and military experience,” which he said could get the “country and Kansas back on the right track.” He ran as a “gun fanatic” who also criticized Wolf for posting X-ray photos of crime victims online, which the Roberts campaign exploited in February to blunt Wolf’s momentum out of the gate and perhaps end his chances of securing the Club for Growth’s endorsement.
“The American people have had enough of dishonesty and special interests in politics. I am running for office for the little guy,” Zahnter said.
So two candidates that were basically all noise, vanity candidates appealed to people who wanted Pat Roberts out of the US Senate so he could retire to his home in Virginia. They managed to get 5 and 6 percent of the noise vote and Pat Roberts – who Smith and Zahnter’s voters clearly were against – and send Roberts back to the Senate.
They don’t call us the Stupid Party for nothing.
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