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NRSC rescued Pat Roberts, reports Politico

NRSC rescued Pat Roberts, reports Politico

Let’s give Dr. Milton Wolf a round of applause for fighting the good fight .

Dr. Milton Wolf’s primary challenge to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts fell shy last night, but by a much closer margin than just about anyone predicted, 48-41.

We supported Dr. Wolf, as someone who would help move the Republican Party and the Republic forward, departing from the stale insider Washington, D.C. games.

A “scandal” regarding some old Facebook posts of anonymous patient x-rays sapped Wolf’s momentum early in the race, and probably cost him some large backers who might otherwise agree with his politics.

But as the race progressed, Wolf picked up steam as Roberts faltered and became portrayed as a D.C. insider out of touch, both physically and philosophically, with Kansans.

Despite the loss, let’s give Dr. Milton Wolf a round of applause for fighting the good fight with enormous odds against him.

According to Politico, a key factor — if not the key factor — in Roberts’ win was help from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the same group that rescued Thad Cochran.

The NRSC is an incumbent protection organization, plain and simple. That’s its job, help protect Republican incumbents. Period. No matter how bad. No matter the implications for the Party long term.

Many people are critical of the NRSC, because they confuse the NRSC’s role.

Politico reports:

The Republican establishment’s latest triumph over tea party activists in a Senate primary this year — Pat Roberts’ narrower-than-expected win over challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday night — came with a big lift from party headquarters in Washington.

Roberts defeated Wolf, 48 percent to 41 percent; a pair of minor candidates combined for the remaining 11 percent of the vote.

Largely overlooked in the race was the fact that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is chaired by Roberts’ Kansas colleague, Sen. Jerry Moran, whom some far-right activists have threatened with a 2016 primary challenge. That made a win for the incumbent even more personal.

The party made a strategic decision to focus on turning out supporters in Wolf’s home base. Wolf lives and works in Johnson County, in the suburbs of Kansas City, and he needed a healthy margin there to offset Roberts’ strength in the sprawling 1st Congressional District on the western side of the state, which he represented in the House for 16 years.
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.

D.C. insiders protected a D.C. insider.

Kansas still has a Senator who rarely visits the state.

Republicans have a Senator from Kansas to whom no one gives any thought because he has virtually no impact.

Stale past is in, bright future is on hold.

There you have it.


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    DINORightMarie in reply to FlatFoot. | August 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Somehow we need to find a way for the other “outsider” candidates to be eliminated before the primary. Otherwise, the best opponent will inevitably end with a similar result, in most cases. Especially if they are plants – they should be exposed and forced to withdraw due to their shameful tactics of running only to throw the election to a preferred candidate (opposition knows they can beat, or supporter for one keeps his/her name on the ballot to siphon votes off from the challenger).

    No PLANTS! No spoilers!!

Henry Hawkins | August 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

The takeaway that will give the GOP establishment sleepless nights is that 52% of Kansans voted for someone other than their half-century long GOP incumbent.

I love how a doctor posting his patients’ graphic x-rays on Facebook, isn’t a big deal to *conservatives*.

Party of values!

    MarkS in reply to Gus. | August 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    As long as they’re anonymous, who cares?

      Gus in reply to MarkS. | August 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      He didn’t have permission from the patients or the medical center(s) at which the films were taken, professor. And he proceeded to joke about gun shot fatalities.

      *Conservatives* collectivists are cool with that. Medical professionals in Kansas don’t seem to agree.

        Ragspierre in reply to Gus. | August 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Yeah, you are a liar. As we know.

        Medical professionals that do trauma work commonly develop a rather calloused facade that helps them deal with the awful stuff they see as part of the service they provide to the rest of humanity.

        (You won’t understand this, because you know spit about humanity.)

        And doctors…like engineers and other people who do USEFUL things (again, nothing you’d know spit about)…often share stuff with each other. That is good. See?


    Ragspierre in reply to Gus. | August 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    So, the journals of radiology are without values too…???

    You prove your idiocy and psychosis with every post.

    And, what’s really funny…

    you have NO self awareness.

“The NRSC is an incumbent protection organization, plain and simple. That’s its job, help protect Republican incumbents. Period. No matter how bad. No matter the implications for the Party long term.”

The Establishment Party (E)

How much more effort is the GOP putting into preserving their preferred candidates? Eventually no matter what the GOP establishment does, they will lose. It is all a matter of time.

DINORightMarie | August 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Dan Riehl posted a great commentary on that Pollutico piece, which Right Scoop excerpted here.

I agree with Dan Riehl – the base does not want these incumbents. These minor candidates (often plants by the DC elitists – either Dem OR Repub, it seems) are the fly in the ointment that is keeping Conservatives from winning, IMHO. And, bottom line: with all that help the DC insider-incumbent gets – all the money, support, etc. – most STILL can’t get a majority of the votes, or turn out the base. This RINO only got a plurality – pretty pathetic, IMHO.

If this state was a runoff state like MS, they would have pulled the same dirty Dem tactics/tricks to get their guy to win……..signs of a sick, dying party, I believe.

The GOP is in deep; to sum up Riehl’s post: they are dancing on their grave.

I would challenge this. This is one of their tricks.

I very much hope Dr. Wolf will run again. He was a quality reformer candidate, and I look forward to hearing more from him.

Captain Keogh | August 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Wolff was an appalling candidate and stop with the conspiracy theories – he lost! The Tea Party has failed v. McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Roberts and tomorrow Alexander.

    Don’t say that. It is critical that every one in the Borg Collective know with all his heart that any time a Tealiban candidate loses, it is because of a backroom conspiracy. The Tealiban enjoys massive popularity everywhere in the country. It is beloved by all. It cannot fail; it can only BE failed.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gus. | August 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      See? The “Borg Collective”…?!?!?!

      When you write crap like that, there was ONCE a little voice that said, “Guz, this is crazy. Step back, for the love of gawd”.

      There was nothing more dark than the power of incumbency, and the FACT that people are averse to change and too lazy to get out of the ruts they run in.

      Dr. Wolf IS…going away…MUCH smarter than his cousin, Baracula. He’ll be back, and he’ll make a contribution to a reformed America.

      Are you invested in Roberts? What do you like about him?

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Gus. | August 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      It is very weaselly of you to call opponents Tealiban one day after the Taliban shot an American Major General.

NC Mountain Girl | August 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

That’s a lot of door knocking and phone calls. It’s funny how the DC crowd knows the lesson of having a good ground game in these hotly contested primaries. The question is will they remember it in November when it comes time to beat Democrat incumbents?

In order to win the country and the policy debate, the TEA Parties must field candidates, and not all of them are going to win. It’s good to appreciate them, and thank them for their time and efforts.

Ok, I went and pulled up the X-rays. This was no scandal.

    JoAnne in reply to Valerie. | August 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Standard hospital humor because if you don’t laugh, you would die crying. Worked in medicine for 40 years – sometimes humor is all that keeps you going.

Charles Patrick “Pat” Roberts was born April 20, 1936.

I forgot to send him a birthday card!

This National Republican Senatorial Committee is the same bunch who was behind Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran. We see how they operate.
I’ve been a Republican since I was of voting age in 1956 and am ashamed to be associated with this party today. Pitiful.

I am not a friend of Pat Roberts, and would like to see him somewhere other than in DC as my Senator. This left me in a bit of a quandary as I didn’t want Dr. Wolf in there either; there were things about him that bothered me. Come November I may have to vote for Greg Orman who is a better choice than either Roberts or Wolf … even though it would probably end up a wasted vote.

    DINORightMarie in reply to Walker Evans. | August 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

    …there were things about him that bothered me….

    Such as…………..? Everything I’ve read, all his public speeches I have listened to, all the vetting I’ve seen showed a man of Conservative principles and integrity – well qualified to represent the people of KS.

    Please explain – what “things”?

I live in KS and voted for Wolf. I wasn’t thrilled about the Xray thing but think his politics most closely match mine and frankly, 47 years for Roberts is just too long. He hasn’t lived here in many, many years. I spoke with a lot of people over the last few days to see who they voted for and why. Most interestingly, none of them really wanted to keep Roberts but ALL of them were swayed by the Xray “scandal.” How incredible is that??