Hey Politico, WHO won in Kansas?

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Hey Politico, WHO won in Kansas?

There are two things that never cease to amaze me.

First that the left keeps telling the right this:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “respon­si­ble” tax plans that pro­tect against rev­enue gaps. Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Repub­li­can gov­er­nor are delay­ing big dreams of nix­ing the income tax as they face bud­get short­falls. And Mis­souri Repub­li­cans, once jeal­ous of their neigh­bor Kansas’ mas­sive cuts, are thank­ful they trimmed less.

Call it the Brown­back effect.

What’s the Brown­back effect? The deci­sion to seri­ously cut taxes includ­ing elim­i­nat­ing taxes on small busi­ness and appar­ently a lot of peo­ple are try­ing to con­trast them­selves to this:

In Mis­souri, Repub­li­cans like Kraus proudly noted that while Kansas elim­i­nated taxes on small busi­nesses, they did only a 25 per­cent tax deduc­tion to lower their taxes. And their income tax cuts were much smaller, he said: only half a per­cent, phased in over five years start­ing in 2017.

“We’re try­ing to pro­tect the core lev­els of fund­ing so we don’t dis­turb … state gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Because God for­bid big Gov­ern­ment actu­ally become smaller. But here’s the thing that really jars my gears, why are these guys all try­ing to be not Brownback?

The left poured money into Kansas, activists entered the state in their full force a year before the elec­tion tar­get­ing Brown­back, in fact many on the left expected Brown­back to be the rea­son why Pat Roberts would lose re-​election because of the col­lat­eral dam­age for those oust­ing the gov­er­nor who con­stantly behind in the polls. Take a look at the Wikipedia chart of polls was behind in the polls the whole time. There were 9 polls in the course of the year where he was ahead vs 30 that showed him behind and the media & left were feel­ing their oats:

NPR:

the governor’s man­sion has switched par­ties often in the past 60 years, and Democ­rats may take it back this November.

Repub­li­can Gov. Sam Brown­back is run­ning for re-​election, and for months now, polls have shown him con­sis­tently run­ning well behind his Demo­c­ra­tic challenger.

This isn’t your typ­i­cal incumbent-​in-​trouble story, though. In office, Brown­back has done exactly what he said he would. But many, many vot­ers aren’t happy, includ­ing a lot of Republicans.

Big tax cuts that Brown­back cham­pi­oned have left Kansas with a seri­ous bud­get problem.

Wash­ing­ton Post:

Gail Jami­son, a life­long Repub­li­can, voted for Sam Brown­back for gov­er­nor in 2010 believ­ing he would restore school fund­ing that had been greatly reduced by the recession.

Four years later, she has joined with more than 100 promi­nent Repub­li­cans in pub­licly throw­ing their sup­port behind Brownback’s Demo­c­ra­tic oppo­nent — because, she said, Brown­back pur­sued a hefty tax cut for the rich that deprived schools of needed resources.

“I am shocked by what’s hap­pened,” said Jami­son, pres­i­dent of the Board of Edu­ca­tion in this Wichita sub­urb. “I find it per­son­ally a very extreme stance.”

KSHB:

Davis retains strong leads among mod­er­ate vot­ers and Inde­pen­dents, while tak­ing 27 per­cent of the Repub­li­can vote from Brown­back. He also has double-​digit leads in the state’s two largest tele­vi­sion mar­kets, mak­ing a Brown­back come­back a more dif­fi­cult and poten­tially more expen­sive proposition.

Susan Page called Brownback’s record as Gov­er­nor “Dev­as­tat­ing” In fact the Daily Kos said Brownback’s ads: “reeks of des­per­a­tion.” Yet note this line from the Politico story hit­ting Kansas’ poli­cies:

By con­trast, Kansas’ cuts to edu­ca­tion as a result of the rev­enue hit was a con­tentious issue in Brownback’s near defeat to Demo­c­rat Paul Davis last month.

the key word in that sen­tence is NEAR.

Do you know what another word for a “near defeat” is? VICTORY!

Even with a lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date grab­bing 4% of the vote in the end Brown­back still won by 3 12 pts, yet like with the gov­ern­ment shut­down stuff the left con­tin­ues to insist that the all of this will destroy the GOP, even as it failed to do so.

That’s pretty amaz­ing, but not as amaz­ing as one other fact. That some on the right con­tinue to fall for it.

When will we ever learn?

Update: GOP here is how the GOP should react when the left tells us to be so very afraid of our principles

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There are two things that never cease to amaze me.

First that the left keeps telling the right this:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Republican governor are delaying big dreams of nixing the income tax as they face budget shortfalls. And Missouri Republicans, once jealous of their neighbor Kansas’ massive cuts, are thankful they trimmed less.

Call it the Brownback effect.

What’s the Brownback effect?  The decision to seriously cut taxes including eliminating taxes on small business and apparently a lot of people are trying to contrast themselves to this:

In Missouri, Republicans like Kraus proudly noted that while Kansas eliminated taxes on small businesses, they did only a 25 percent tax deduction to lower their taxes. And their income tax cuts were much smaller, he said: only half a percent, phased in over five years starting in 2017.

“We’re trying to protect the core levels of funding so we don’t disturb … state government,” he said.

Because God forbid big Government actually become smaller.  But here’s the thing that really jars my gears, why are these guys all trying to be not Brownback?

The left poured money into Kansas, activists entered the state in their full force a year before the election targeting Brownback, in fact many on the left expected Brownback to be the reason why Pat Roberts would lose re-election because of the collateral damage for those ousting the governor who constantly behind in the polls.  Take a look at the Wikipedia chart of polls was behind in the polls the whole time.  There were 9 polls in the course of the year where he was ahead vs 30 that showed him behind and the media & left were feeling their oats:

NPR:

the governor’s mansion has switched parties often in the past 60 years, and Democrats may take it back this November.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is running for re-election, and for months now, polls have shown him consistently running well behind his Democratic challenger.

This isn’t your typical incumbent-in-trouble story, though. In office, Brownback has done exactly what he said he would. But many, many voters aren’t happy, including a lot of Republicans.

Big tax cuts that Brownback championed have left Kansas with a serious budget problem.

Washington Post:

Gail Jamison, a lifelong Republican, voted for Sam Brownback for governor in 2010 believing he would restore school funding that had been greatly reduced by the recession.

Four years later, she has joined with more than 100 prominent Republicans in publicly throwing their support behind Brownback’s Democratic opponent — because, she said, Brownback pursued a hefty tax cut for the rich that deprived schools of needed resources.

“I am shocked by what’s happened,” said Jamison, president of the Board of Education in this Wichita suburb. “I find it personally a very extreme stance.”

KSHB:

Davis retains strong leads among moderate voters and Independents, while taking 27 percent of the Republican vote from Brownback. He also has double-digit leads in the state’s two largest television markets, making a Brownback comeback a more difficult and potentially more expensive proposition.

Susan Page called Brownback’s record as Governor “Devastating” In fact the Daily Kos said Brownback’s ads:  “reeks of desperation.”  Yet note this line from the Politico story hitting Kansas’ policies:

By contrast, Kansas’ cuts to education as a result of the revenue hit was a contentious issue in Brownback’s near defeat to Democrat Paul Davis last month.

the key word in that sentence is NEAR.

Do you know what another word for a “near defeat” is?  VICTORY!

Even with a libertarian candidate grabbing 4% of the vote in the end Brownback still won by 3 1/2 pts, yet like with the government shutdown stuff the left continues to insist that the all of this will destroy the GOP, even as it failed to do so.

That’s pretty amazing, but not as amazing as one other fact.  That some on the right continue to fall for it.

When will we ever learn?

Update: GOP here is how the GOP should react when the left tells us to be so very afraid of our principles

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