Often it seem like the Kansas Democratic party are the Generals, they do have the knowledge and skill to play and win, but not the ability to out play the Kansas Republican party. It is assumed that the other side is going to win so perhaps the feeling is why try the best you can? There have been examples of Democratic wins. Like the Generals once in awhile there is the unexpected win and it shows that the end result is not always a sure thing for the Republicans. It could be that the Republicans are just so sure that they will win that they slack off and do not play the game they know how to play.
Now the obvious problem and differences between the two parties is that the Republicans do walk in lock step. Only on rare occasions does the average Republicans not vote for the R, it is only when the candidate who the party puts up is such a loser that the everyday Republican shakes awake long enough to not vote straight party line. Otherwise the party is united and it is a foregone conclusion that who ever is the Republican candidate is who the party voter will vote for and support. The Democratic does not have that luxury, every candidate is a repeat of the duel between Obama and Clinton, the party divides into a out and out fight based on degrees of ideology. And how far each candidate is to the left, a battle between the more centrist and progressive.
Now keep in mind this is Kansas, not known for the majority being left leaning. Barbara Boxer is exactly where she needs to be to win an election. If she was in Kansas, she would be standing next to P.P. and T. B. shouting about how evil this State is! Kansas is at best a center right state, not totally blinded by a hard Right ideology but still Right or center leaning. Another part of the problem is that with the Republican party it is the higher level of the State party who controls the party and they are for now hard Right.
But the Democrats are more working from the bottom up, saying that it is the most passionate who controls and moves the Kansas Democratic party. Who are the most passionate? Well just look at the people here and on the other blog, those outnumbered by the more moderate and thoughtful. But are driven by the emotional response who are the passionate. Who want to go toe to toe and get in the face of the Republicans, dreams of the fight and never give a inch in the debate or decision. Those are the ones who are the day to day movers within the Democratic party.
While it is true that the Republicans here have a battle between the moderate and the extreme on occasions. For us it is a long and drawn out process that it takes a building up a head of stream. And any changes only come after nearly a decade then may remain the same for the next decade or two.
With the Democratic it is a battle fought every year and often it is the one with the most passion that wins.
Why can not the Democratic come up with a candidate that is winnable?
(First Democrat Party Headquarters in Kansas)
Part I am sure is the defeatist outlook, anyone running in Kansas with a D beside their name is assumed to be the loser in the election. So any one who is an outstanding candidate is not interested for the most part in being seen as a loser. The other is that again, any Democrat who is interested is also the outer passionate person who wants to change everything that is wrong right now. It is a part of the Democratic D.N.A. and what is the drive and the downfall of the party. We are seeing that with the Obama administration and the Democratic controlled House. Rush to change all that is wrong in a hurry and everything done has the taste of not all that good. It is not slow and deliberate with well thought out results and outcomes. Just accepted and we will fix what is distasteful and wrong later on down the road after the first stone is laid. Of course the problem with that is that later on you have lost control and it remains broken and distasteful. Also it is a weak and problem-some foundation to be building on. Rather then fixing the current problems it add more problems to the problems.
The only Democratic candidate here in Kansas that stands a chance is the centrist and moderate who cross-over Republicans and Independents can vote for. Giving them a choice between the hard right and Christian Right candidate that is put up because of who is controlling the GOP in Kansas. Right now there is no choice for the larger numbers who are not Democratic in Kansas.
Here is another suggestion, as it plain people are not too attentive that is why the sound bite and the simply minded ads and statement are so much more effective. Democrats want to discuss and define the problem and the well thought out solution. Long and detailed in both and people are not hearing after a few minutes. Often referring to aspects and details that may not be seen or known of, and may in the end not be important. Their solution may include something that is not seen as having any relationship to the main problem. This gives the Republicans to the chance to attack that aspect to side step the main problem and solution.
Remember the whole rat thing about the stimulus package? In a long list of programs and purposes for funding going to cleaning up and making safer wetlands close to San Francisco. At the bottom was nothing more then a mention of it would also help the endangered swamp rats who live in the wetlands. That was what the Conservatives latched on to and went on and on about funding for rats! And of course since that was the most outlandish and easiest to understand it grew legs and ran.
But that is often how it works with Politics and the way the Democratic outline thing it often happens. The feeling there is a need to outline everything that will be accomplished by the effort. As if there is the need to explain all the benefits to justify the goal. A sales pitch for everyone to agree to it and see the greater goal. But if the problem is worth the solution it should be enough and able to see the simple benefit. The way that the Kansas Democratic can make end roads is to remain focused and use the “K.I.S.S” method “Keep It Simple Stupid” Focus on the bigger problems and the real solutions then go for the smaller problems. This can be the hardest thing for many Democrats to accept or do since it is seen that all problems are equal and if it is a problem is has to be solved! Refer back to the Democratic DNA.