Dems Lose Another Top Recruit: Kansas

December 31, 2009

Talk about the worm turning. News of this type has completely reversed itself over the past four years. And it's partly linked to this move to show Super Delegates the door. Whatever new ruling paradigm Democrats may have thought they were going to build on Obama's shoulders after 2008 has collapsed. But it was bound to happen. Obama is way to the Left and the party was recruiting centrists.

If Hillary had gotten the nod and stayed closer to the center, we might have been looking at another forty year run for Democrats. But they blew it when they went with Obama. I wonder if they'll get around to realizing they have the late Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and others to thank for it, too? It also puts Obama on the spot. He either shifts to the center, or the party is going to have to leave him behind.

Democrats have lost yet another touted recruit, this time in Kansas.

State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) just announced her withdrawal from the race to face Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.). She becomes the fifth formidable recruit to bow out in recent weeks.

Kelly joins several recent dropouts, including businessman Jack McDonald, a well-funded challenger to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who announced last week that he wouldn't run. The others are Ohio state Rep. Todd Book, who was running against Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio); former Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers, who was running for Rep. Zach Wamp's (R-Tenn.) seat; and Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts, who was running against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).

Both McDonald and Kelly were cited in a late October memo from DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) that touted the committee's recruiting successes.

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  1. Tully says:

    Laura Kelly is not the first Dem to bow out in Kansas, and I don’t just mean Dennis Moore. Their guv candidate bailed out a few weeks ago too.
    Interesting that they can’t even seem to field a candidate against a pro-choice Republican like Jenkins, isn’t it?

  2. Ric Locke says:

    Hmph. The local paper’s headline this week (it’s a small town) makes note that there is exactly one (1) Democrat running for office.

  3. Rachel says:

    Republicans should not take this with manic glee. Sure it may be their year next year, but people will expect them to make solid, politically moderate decisions in health care and terrorism. If they come off as too rightward or just to stymie Obama, the political ball could come back in Os court by mid 2011. Americans want jobs, cheaper health care and safety in the skies. If the Reps don’t make solid, cogent and quick ideas, while bringing back immigration and abortion issues instead, the Dems will win in the long run

  4. buzz says:

    I live in Kansas. It is a centrist state. If 2003 version of Kathleen Sebelius was running, she would probably be elected Gov again. She started going off the rails when she politicized the Greensburg tornado, and then keep sliding left. Rachel is correct. If the Republicans win and see the victory as their turn at the trough, it will be short lived.

  5. SacTownMan says:

    One question Rachel, “Are you high?”
    The trolls are going down in 2010 and 2012 will be even worse for your lot.
    Keep spreading the Soros talking points, they’re working so well right now!!
    Xerxes is the single most incompetent POTUS in the past 100 years, even worse than Jimmy!!
    That whole MTV crafted image is slowly being shown for the horseshit it is!!
    Mr “present” is on his way out in 2012 and the chances of Americans buying the Pravda media crafted troll message again is gone.
    To all of the troll astroturfers that flock here get ready to have your asses handed to you in 11 months!!!
    This is going to be a great year for America if we can just survive the Reed/Pelosi/Soros/Pravda socialist conversion efforts for the next 12 months!!!
    Dems are absolutly the dumbest creatures on earth, EVERY time they gain power they screw it up and are forced to crawl back under their rocks!! It just amazes me how completely out of touch they are with America to think that ANYONE besides the 20% of those braindead leftist KoolAid drinkers in this country buy their bullshit message anymore.
    So much for the whole Hopey, Changey mantra!!
    Dan, as the New Year comes I want to thank you for the forum. I hope you continue the valuble service you perform in shining a light on the dark and sinister forces at work in this country for a long time to come and continue to bitch slap those trolls around!
    You’ve said it many times that it’s big fun and god only knows they are in need of a good ass whipping every now and then!!
    A very Happy New Year to all of the great, long time, regular posters here (Lala, Seek, Brother Knight, Mark, Anon and too many others to name!) God bless you all and may the new year bring you great joy.
    For all of the Astroturfing trolls may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits!!

  6. If Republicans don’t ride the populist wave and get rid of most Obama’s laws – massive tax and spend increases, medical care, welfare for poor and corporations, a new wall of regulations – they will be finished forever. There will be a third party in 2012 based on the Tea Party movement if they don’t follow through.

  7. rrpjr says:

    SacTownMan: that is a stirring end-of-year message. My thanks, and likewise my appreciation for this site.

  8. JimG says:

    Are you sure these aren’t just some plugs that did there duty to the party that got them elected and are now dropping out to collect their reward. Job well done?

  9. WAHOO WILLIE says:

    SacTown, You might re-read what Rachel wrote….she’s correct, if the repugnicans get back in power in 2010 and act like they did during the last time (like drunken demonrat sailors on liberty) they invite more years in the wilderrness.

  10. Papa Ray says:

    I have had to counter about half of the social education my four grand kids get from their schools. Schools that teach from textbooks that are not only incomplete, biased but in some cases just outright wrong.
    For almost fifty years the liberals, progressives if you will and the closet Commies and Marxists have been infiltrating and perverting the American Educational System and in turn, churning out new young progressives that influence and pervert their kids and send them to the same institutions of “higher learning”. Even worse is that this progressive decay has creeped down into our primary and secondary educational systems, giving them a head start on the brainwashing of our children.
    You think the divide in America is growing? Well so do I and millions of other Americans in flyover country do too.
    This time it really is not just about politics.
    SOME of us realize that it is about taking control of the United States of America and turning it into a Socialist/Marxist cesspool just like the other failed states in this world. Which of course will cause our Military to shrink and it’s ability to defend to diminish. The economy/energy/education will be fully in the hands of the state, which is the fastest way to the complete destruction of America and her beliefs.
    We conservatives and others haven’t liked the choices our representatives have been making for about the last fifty years. But being the silent ones we just kept working and hoping that our government would somehow see the light and the errors in their ways. And being gullible we kept voting for those that lied and said they were for conservative ways and measures and a smaller government.
    While of course the progressives and closet communists kept eating out bigger and bigger pieces of the federal and state governments.
    So there you have it…Our continuing bad judgment and mistakes. We have to bear much if not all of the blame. Especially for electing Obama.
    Also remember this, Obama and his backers not only understand the stealthy incremental nature of legislation, but he also has been taught the Chicago way of doing business in politics, and he has backers and handlers that understand it even more. How do you think he got where he is?
    The dirty tricks department not only extends to false registrations and well hidden vote fraud, but to Chicago dirty tricks in the Senate and the House, and in the back rooms of Lobbyists, Progressive Support Groups such as ACORN and of course-Unions.
    They don’t even bother to try and hide it anymore and Obama has put in place Czars to do their bidding and cut Congress almost completely out of the legislative loop.
    Then we have the Supreme Court which is just now getting warmed up to really make some serious changes in the Law.
    When enough Americans finally understand what our Founders feared would happen-has indeed happened slowly and steadily over the last fifty or so years, Obama, Reid, Pelosi and RINOS like them should never be reelected. Or you would think so, wouldn’t you? But if we go by our past record, it appears that Americans can’t see past the lies told by those running for office.
    Maybe that will change, I certainly pray it does because it has to.
    In the LAST ten or so years, it has taken an out of control federal government spending our money and lots of it to FINALLY get our attention. while it should have happened over these last fifty or so years, it just didn’t because it was a slow and steady drain of our liberty and stealthy building of government theft and accumulation of powers. And of course payments over and under the table to almost everybody, including the millions of blacks, other minorities and poor whites that have now become a welfare state of their own with no chance of ridding themselves of it.
    Even now today, there are still millions of Americans that don’t know or care a twit about politics but just vote the party line or even worse…don’t vote at all. The democrats almost have a lock on minority and black voters and will close that lock with legislation in the next few months.
    This time in our history, this enemy within, are almost succeeding. The only thing in their way is you and the rest of loyal Americans, of all parties and affiliations, that see and are appalled at what is happening to our Republic. Because it appears our representatives and especially our President will not uphold their oaths.
    Power indeed does corrupt, but it takes a certain deviant breed of people that want to change America into something that our Founders never wanted, fought against and warned us about. They are our enemies within.
    Our Founder’s not only warned us against all this, but wrote rules in our Bill of Rights (and it’s Preamble), our Constitution. And inscribed in other important papers that were meant to warn, prepare and enable us to protect the Republic for which they stood, died for and wanted for all of their future generations of Americans.
    It has only been in the last few months or so, that millions of American’s attention has not only been raised, but also their long held anger has been allowed to vent itself against our so called “representatives”, the ones that are supposed to be working for us, but seem to just be working for themselves and others.
    I pray in the next few years or so there will be many more millions of Americans that will voice their opinion loud and clear and vote accordingly. If they don’t or are stopped by voter fraud and other Chicago tricks and tactics, then the only alternative is not to be spoken of until it will be almost too late.
    Papa Ray
    West (now Central) Texas
    The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
    2009 Judge Alex Kozinski

  11. serfer62 says:

    The Kommiecrats have a good reason to be assured to majority status again in 2012…just look at who the DC GOP is finacing…RINOs. Look at their purformance.
    Use the primaries to get rid of all the incumbents then a generatic R won’t be so horrible.

  12. Orson says:

    “The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision….”
    Judge Kozinski, from Papa Ray above.
    Why is THIS quotqtion so apt?
    Because with a fascist ‘health care reform’ bill about to be enacted puts the dissenting majority in the position of having traditional American liberties like being able to contract for medical care as they see fit violated.
    In such a state of war against the people, patriots who want to defend the Constitution have a sacred obligation to restore it, as our forefathers would have.
    Wee must prepare to return fire against the warmongers. Open season on those who cooperate with the illegal federalis.

  13. Bill Dalasio says:

    And you’d be dead on right if that was what Rachel was cautioning against. But reread her comments. She’s saying that the Republicans should avoid conservative positions on terrorism and the healthcare debacle. She’s at least partly arguing that they should remain drunken sailors on shore leave.