I find it interesting: even now so many punches get pulled and so many reporters are unwilling to even note specifics of the enormous gap between Brownback's promises and reality.
That media failure is certainly one of the things that's wrong with Kansas:
Mark Barabak: Side-by-side, Kansas and Colorado governors offer test of strategies: "Kansas... the spare flatness of the prairie relieved only occasionally by a small town or lonely farmhouse...
...the shrinking population mostly white, aging and politically conservative. People here still nod and smile at strangers they pass on the sidewalk. Colorado... its outdoorsy lifestyle beckoning the fit and fleece-vested to abandon Denver's office towers and escape the crowded freeways into the Rockies. A burgeoning Latino population has helped shade the state from politically red to purplish blue. You can legally enjoy your favorite microbrew and preferred cannabis.... An unswerving activist Republican, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, and a seemingly chastened, managerial-minded Democrat, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. They differ not just in philosophy but, up for reelection in November, their way of facing voters’ judgment.