By Isabel Matos
Because of time constraints and the fact (I have to be honest) that Sarah Palin did not throw an endorsement his way, I was just crossing my fingers hoping Dr. Milton Wolf, radiologist and distant cousin of President Barack Obama, would topple an incumbent GOP senator in 2014.
Dan Riehl 8/2/2014 of the Conversation writes:
If you want to truly understand politics, especially of the Right-leaning variety, you’ll have to look beyond the dumbed-down, self-congratulatory so called journalism of Beltway establishment publications like Politico.
Here is their headline out of Kansas: How Pat Roberts beat Milton Wolf. But the real story has to be read between the lines.
Pat Roberts’ narrower-than-expected win over challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday night — came with a big lift from party headquarters in Washington.
The Republican Party threw everything they had behind Roberts …. and what did they get for it? Less than 50% of their own base vote, that’s what. The anti-Roberts vote was split, not “defeated.”
Roberts defeated Wolf, 48 percent to 41 percent; a pair of minor candidates combined for the remaining 11 percent of the vote.
I will add (source: Politico)
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.
That is hardly overwhelming but it just shows how Establishment knows the ropes of primaries. They’ve beat the Tea Party in almost every one by design. If they beat us at the primary level, it doesn’t matter what happens at the Election because all they want is to be IN Washington, with or without a majority. Of course, when they talk about a majority they forget that they depend on the base, the very voters and candidates who represent them that they are trying to crush at the primary level to obtain it, thus the bad blood and “civil war” in the party. So many still don’t get it. They do not deserve us!
Back to Dan Riehl’s commentary:
The D.C. GOP consultant class can back-slap all they want. They may even dance themselves silly right out of their expensive loafers. Unfortunately, all the results from Kansas last night proved is that the Republican Party continues to be a party at odds with its base. Furthermore, if they continue to try and ignore that reality, anything and everything they think they are winning now will be wiped away with a disastrous defeat in 2016. Read the rest here.
Wolf meets Roberts asking for Debate:
It is interesting that Sarah Palin did not endorse Dr. WOLF, but would it have made a difference? It reminded me of the Kentucky race where she did not get involved by supporting Matt Bevin who lost. Just like in Bevin’s case, the establishment media coverage seems to have owned the narrative early on.
The Tennessee primary is on Thursday. Lamar Alexander vs. Palin-endorsed and underdog Joe Carr. We will post on that soon.