In a blog post more than a month ago, I waved goodbye to my old home state, Kansas, after GOP primary voters decided to,
officially become the property of Koch-sponsored fanaticism.
Voters did that by tossing out relatively—and I do mean relatively—moderate Republicans in favor of right-wing zealots.
Those zealots now dominate the state completely.
Well, since I wrote that piece what has happened? Let me see:
♦ Kansas Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder took his love truncheon for a short dip in the Sea of Galilee.
♦ The all-Republican Kansas Objections Board finally bowed to reality and admitted, sort of, that Barack Obama belongs on the Kansas ballot in November. The board had previously dithered on the issue, with members saying they needed more information from Hawaii and indicating they were pissed that Obama did not take their delusional deliberations seriously enough to send a representative to their ridiculous meeting.
♦ Orly Taitz, that crazy-mad woman who commands much Tea Party respect over her insistence that Mr. Obama is a Kenyan by birth, has managed to convince a silly Kansas judge to give her yet another hearing on whether the decision by the all-Republican Kansas Objections Board should be overturned.
♦If that ain’t enough Kansas craziness for ya, in today’s Joplin Globe we had a story on the draconian Kansas voter ID law that began:
There were 251 votes statewide in Kansas in the Aug. 6 primary that weren’t counted because the voters didn’t present the proper photo identification under the new voter ID law.
The father of that voter ID law, and a man well known to right-wing extremists everywhere, is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who called the new law an “outstanding success“—no, even better, he added that it was an “extraordinary success.” At least I think extraordinary is better than outstanding.
In any case, he really liked it, despite the fact that it disenfranchised 251 Kansans who went to the trouble of going to the polls.
Kobach, of course, doesn’t see it as disenfranchisement, but merely that folks who were challenged simply didn’t bother to come back with the proper papers:
Most of them had a photo ID and decided it wasn’t worth the effort. They weren’t disenfranchised.
Hmm. That’s amazing, if you really think about it. And you should really think about it.
But the most amazing comment Kobach made is found in this excerpt from Roger McKinney’s story in the Globe:
An American Civil Liberties Union analysis of a report produced by Kobach’s office related to alleged voter fraud incidents between 1997 and 2010, finding no cases of voter impersonation fraud, which the voter ID law is designed to prevent.
Kobach disputes that, saying there was one report during that 13-year period.
If this weren’t so serious, Kobach’s response would be side-splittingly funny. He disputed the ACLU’s contention of zero cases in 13 years by citing, uh, ONE! Uno! Or, well, in his case, maybe: Eins!
That is the goings-on in my birth state, a place I once called home, a place that has its priorities straight, by God. I know that because on Friday night, two teeny-weeny southeast Kansas high school football teams, Frontenac (302 kids) and St. Mary’s Colgan (231 kids in grades 7-12), played each other.
The game was broadcast statewide—state-bleeping-wide—on cable TV.