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    NRSC rescued Pat Roberts, reports Politico

    NRSC rescued Pat Roberts, reports Politico

    Let’s give Dr. Milton Wolf a round of applause for fighting the good fight .

    Dr. Milton Wolf’s primary challenge to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts fell shy last night, but by a much closer margin than just about anyone predicted, 48-41.

    We supported Dr. Wolf, as someone who would help move the Republican Party and the Republic forward, departing from the stale insider Washington, D.C. games.

    A “scandal” regarding some old Facebook posts of anonymous patient x-rays sapped Wolf’s momentum early in the race, and probably cost him some large backers who might otherwise agree with his politics.

    But as the race progressed, Wolf picked up steam as Roberts faltered and became portrayed as a D.C. insider out of touch, both physically and philosophically, with Kansans.

    Despite the loss, let’s give Dr. Milton Wolf a round of applause for fighting the good fight with enormous odds against him.

    According to Politico, a key factor — if not the key factor — in Roberts’ win was help from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the same group that rescued Thad Cochran.

    The NRSC is an incumbent protection organization, plain and simple. That’s its job, help protect Republican incumbents. Period. No matter how bad. No matter the implications for the Party long term.

    Many people are critical of the NRSC, because they confuse the NRSC’s role.

    Politico reports:

    The Republican establishment’s latest triumph over tea party activists in a Senate primary this year — Pat Roberts’ narrower-than-expected win over challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday night — came with a big lift from party headquarters in Washington.

    Roberts defeated Wolf, 48 percent to 41 percent; a pair of minor candidates combined for the remaining 11 percent of the vote.

    Largely overlooked in the race was the fact that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is chaired by Roberts’ Kansas colleague, Sen. Jerry Moran, whom some far-right activists have threatened with a 2016 primary challenge. That made a win for the incumbent even more personal.

    The party made a strategic decision to focus on turning out supporters in Wolf’s home base. Wolf lives and works in Johnson County, in the suburbs of Kansas City, and he needed a healthy margin there to offset Roberts’ strength in the sprawling 1st Congressional District on the western side of the state, which he represented in the House for 16 years.
    The NRSC sent six workers to the Kansas City area for the final 10 days, and they knocked on more than 10,000 doors in Johnson County alone, a party official said. A Washington phone bank set up by the NRSC also made more than 40,000 phone calls in the final three weeks.

    Ultimately, Roberts fought Wolf to a virtual tie in Johnson County. Wolf took 45.7 percent to Roberts’ 45.4 percent, a 147-vote edge.

    D.C. insiders protected a D.C. insider.

    Kansas still has a Senator who rarely visits the state.

    Republicans have a Senator from Kansas to whom no one gives any thought because he has virtually no impact.

    Stale past is in, bright future is on hold.

    There you have it.


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    Valerie | August 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    In order to win the country and the policy debate, the TEA Parties must field candidates, and not all of them are going to win. It’s good to appreciate them, and thank them for their time and efforts.

    Ok, I went and pulled up the X-rays. This was no scandal.

      JoAnne in reply to Valerie. | August 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Standard hospital humor because if you don’t laugh, you would die crying. Worked in medicine for 40 years – sometimes humor is all that keeps you going.

    Charles Patrick “Pat” Roberts was born April 20, 1936.

    I forgot to send him a birthday card!

    Toodumtu | August 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    This National Republican Senatorial Committee is the same bunch who was behind Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran. We see how they operate.
    I’ve been a Republican since I was of voting age in 1956 and am ashamed to be associated with this party today. Pitiful.

    Walker Evans | August 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I am not a friend of Pat Roberts, and would like to see him somewhere other than in DC as my Senator. This left me in a bit of a quandary as I didn’t want Dr. Wolf in there either; there were things about him that bothered me. Come November I may have to vote for Greg Orman who is a better choice than either Roberts or Wolf … even though it would probably end up a wasted vote.

      DINORightMarie in reply to Walker Evans. | August 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

      …there were things about him that bothered me….

      Such as…………..? Everything I’ve read, all his public speeches I have listened to, all the vetting I’ve seen showed a man of Conservative principles and integrity – well qualified to represent the people of KS.

      Please explain – what “things”?

    alexusf | August 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I live in KS and voted for Wolf. I wasn’t thrilled about the Xray thing but think his politics most closely match mine and frankly, 47 years for Roberts is just too long. He hasn’t lived here in many, many years. I spoke with a lot of people over the last few days to see who they voted for and why. Most interestingly, none of them really wanted to keep Roberts but ALL of them were swayed by the Xray “scandal.” How incredible is that??

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