By Ralph Hipp
Well, my fellow Kansans.. we're now down to under 6 weeks left till what may be one of the most uneventful and uninspired Kansas elections in recent memory. But don't let that splash cold water in your face about getting out there and making your voice heard.. we definitely encourage you to vote, even vote early in this November 2nd election for our statewide offices.
While I'm sure we all agree on the importance of using our rights as American citizens to shape our state's future as it reaches its 150th anniversary.. I for one cannot figure out how our state Democrats could vanish from the Kansas hills and prairies so quickly!
Could it all be just the political perceptions of a dynamic Kathleen Sebelius? From state senator to insurance commissioner, she vaulted her way into the Governor's race, raising enormous sums of money and personally selecting Republicans she thought should switch parties and run as allies of hers. Her political persuasion was overwhelming, and her power with the voters was more than enough to propel her into the Governor's mansion. Sebelius placing her chips on Barack Obama, and being ready when Tom Daschle's hopes were dashed for Health and Human Services Secretary was the whipped topping on a fantastic rise to power.
This year, the Democratic candidate is Tom Holland (pictured above), Cheryl Hudspeth is running against Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, in what's shaping up as a GOP runaway for control of Capitol Hill. And Jerry Moran is squaring off against Lisa Johnston. Where are the Kansas Democrats? They are virtually invisible -- in a complete 180 from the media charisma of Sebelius, no matter what you think of her political leanings. (Raubin and Megan of 580 Radio berated Holland for refusing to return their calls inviting him to their October 13th debate. Is he really in a position to do that? At last word, he plans to appear.)
And who's running the party now? How could they watch the Sebelius fortress wash away like a sand castle? Stick up for your candidates here if you're a Democrat, offer your thoughts on the candidates lack of name recognition, their unwillingness to appear on the campaign trail except through an occasional e-mail to reports.. and I welcome your answers on a political party that's gone astray and may have gone away. Stay tuned till 2014. Ralph