Have you ever seen the Harlem Globe Trotters? If so then you also saw the Washington Generals, the basket ball team that plays against the Trotters. The Generals are made up of pro basket ball players, they are not just a bunch of wannabes and they do win sometimes. Nor is the game just a give-a-way for the entertainment of the crowd, both sides are playing to win. Although often it could be thought that the Generals are there just to make it look like a real contest. It’s how the Trotters play and how the Generals play that makes the difference. One plays with style and trick shots while the other plays like any NBA team plays.
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)