Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Roberts faces up-hill battle

Monday, August 11, 2014

Roberts faces up-hill battle

It's not going to be a cake walk for U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

He is going to have to fight like crazy to win back much of the conservative base, and some party operatives aren't helping much. (See Johnson County Republican Party Chair Ronnie Metsker's quote in this story. There is talk that the quote was used by the Star to further marginalize conservatives, and if so, well-done. Seriously though, Republican leaders, be smarter. If you can't self-filter, then just stop talking to the press.)

But Roberts will also have to fend off a Democrat in elephant-ish clothing in independent Senate candidate Greg Orman. I don't know a whole lot about Orman, an Olathe businessman. 

He apparently has plenty of his own money, as I hear he's self-financing much of his campaign. He's launched an 18-stop "Problem Solving Tour" where he plans to detail his Congressional reform plan.

The very basics of his reform plan sound good. His four-point reform plan includes enacting term limits, ending Congressional pensions, banning lobbying by former members of Congress, and eliminating leadership Political Action Commissions (PACs). I can get behind those things.


I just can't trust a man who won't say with which party he'll caucus if elected. If in Kansas, you're an independent who can't clearly and honestly say, I'll caucus with the Republicans, then I can't vote for Orman. 

That's a non-starter. One of the worst things that has ever happened to this country was the vaunting of Harry Reid to U.S. Senate Majority Leader. 

I don't want to be called jingo-istic, but I truly believe Harry is evil. That isn't something I say easily, but that guy may as well be sporting horns and red spandex.

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