Election 2018

Kobach Declares Candidacy for What Remains of Kansas

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

One of the biggest pieces of shit in the country is running for higher office.

"Papers please" anti-immigration law author and delusional voter fraud witch hunter, Kris Kobach, has announced that he's running for governor of Kansas.

From the Kansas City Star:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has championed some of the strictest voting laws in the nation, announced a campaign for governor Thursday in Lenexa. [...]

The announcement at Thompson Barn in Lenexa comes two days after the Kansas Legislature repealed Gov. Sam Brownback’s landmark tax cuts to fill the state’s budget hole, a move that prompted Kobach to say it’s time to “drain the swamp” in Topeka.

Kobach will face at least two other Republicans in the state's gubernatorial primary, including oil baron Wink Hartman and former state Representative Ed O’Malley.

It's my sincere hope that moderates can build on their momentum in the 2016 election and elect responsible legislators who will reject the agenda of Sam Brownback and his possible replacements. The fact that the Republican-controlled state legislature just repealed Sam Brownback's disastrous tax cuts may offer some encouragement.

Voters will have a clear choice between moving forward as a state or retrenching themselves in the same bullshit they've been mired in for the past decade. If Kris Kobach were to win, I have no doubt that he'd double down on the policies of Sam Brownback and destroy what remains of the state.

  • Scopedog

    You know what? I’m going there. I say let him run, and let him win, and let him fuck up Kansas and totally destroy it.

    I mean, why not? Kansas elected and then re-elected Brownback, and only now have realized the fact that he threw the state over the fence and gave it the business. The repeal of the tax cuts was a good thing, but honestly, knowing how GOP voters continue to vote against their own interests–and also how some on the Left and in the media keep blaming Democrats for not doing anything or for not trying to coddle those voters–I wouldn’t be surprised if they voted in Kobach.

    They slit their own throats with Brownback, and they may do that again with Kobach. They never learn.

  • muselet

    This is actually surprising news. I never thought Kris Kobach would run to be a mere governor.

    Conservative author Ann Coulter said in a column on Breitbart last July that Trump should have considered Kobach as a running mate.

    That’s more in line with Kobach’s ambition, which is why he was immigration adviser to Donald Trump during the campaign and why he ostentatiously carried a “Strategic Plan” for DHS into his November meeting with Trump. Trump was his ticket to the bigs.

    Kobach said in an interview on Fox News in April that he “decided the best thing for me to do right now is for me to stay in my home state of Kansas.”

    So what’s changed? It turns out, the Trump administration couldn’t organize a two-car funeral if you spotted them the hearse (to use Charlie Pierce’s construction), and looks to be wading ever-deeper into a morass of missteps and scandals. It’s not a place for an ambitious young (Kobach is only 51) sociopath to be.

    Since it’s unclear how the fallout from the administration will affect congressional elections, better to stay in Kansas, far away from the national spotlight. He can quietly build up his reputation (“Golly, he can do more than suppress voting! He can destroy an economy, too!”), and in his spare time practice smiling in a way that doesn’t make him look like he’s looking forward to a hearty meal of babies and puppies en croûte.

    I sincerely hope Kansas voters have learned their lesson and refuse to vote for Kobach.


    • David Greenberg

      Don’t bet on it. By the way did any of you catch McCains painful moment during Comey’s hearing. Early or mid stage Alzheimer’s.

      • ninjaf

        Yeah, he definitely did not sound completely ensconced in reality.

      • Draxiar

        Sure did. Did a triple take while I was listening. I hope that he chooses to not run for reelection and save his dignity.

  • Aynwrong

    How deep does the damage have to reach into people’s lives before they vote against it?

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