Dread Pirate Mistermix: Pat Roberts Indirectly Announces His Forced Retirement:
Here’s an object lesson from Kansas Senator Pat Roberts in how not to deal with a Teanderthal primary challenger:
In an interview, the three-term senator acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors — C. Duane and Phyllis Ross — and he says he stays with them when he is in the area. He established his voting address there the day before his challenger in the August primary, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy last fall, arguing that Mr. Roberts was out of touch with his High Plains roots. “I have full access to the recliner,” the senator joked. [...]
If the fact that Roberts has compromised with Democrats more than a few times in his 30+ years in DC wasn’t enough to do him in, this Lugarish level of arrogance about his home state ties is almost certain doom. Unlike your average Halperin or Balz, I’m not going to cry any tears over the replacement of “reasonable Republican” Roberts with a guy who calls himself “the next Ted Cruz”. They both will vote the same, so let’s stop pretending that there’s much difference when it comes down to the nut cutting, as they say in flyover country.
You would think that he would have fixed this the minute that it became clear that Lugar was in trouble, wouldn't you? I mean, you are either The Guy Who Makes Washington Work for Kansas and Brings Home the Bacon or you are The Tribune of the People Who Has Not Forgotten His Roots--ideally both...