So many of these races, including the Presidential election, were difficult to call. Locally, I believe the results indicate the ‘masses’ are not lock-step with Brownback and his far right-wing agenda. Kansas IS Republican and leans conservative. However, it appears the people are beginning to understand “R” does not mean just conservative and “D” does not mean “Devil’s own”. There was significantly more money spent on some of the far right campaigns. The dollars spent campaigning did not dictate success.
Locally and nationally, we need to pull together as Americans! I fear that will not happen. Karl Rove blew a gasket on Faux last night. Dick Morris, this morning, is suggesting the Republicans in Congress need to work even harder to make certain the gridlock continues. I hate to think of the hate Limbaugh and Beck will spew this morning. None of that does the Country any good.
In Manhattan, we found that self-professed fiscal conservative commissioners can be swayed by the social elite. We saw the impact a “shadow government” wields in our community. But, the results are how the people voted and we need to pull together. Was the success of the sales tax a mandate to hand more dollars to the Chamber? Or, was the success the rural areas begging for infrastructure improvements and the “city dwellers” wanting tax relief. The Chamber spent tons of money on this campaign. They will expect a return on their investment.
City Commission elections and School Board elections are on the horizon. Yes, we will probably begin to see campaign signs and ads again right after the first of the year. April will see more heated contests in our fair City. There will be much to talk about on local discussion boards as candidates for the Spring election are announced.