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PHILLIPS: The Great Kansas divide
Question of the Day
There is a fight brewing in Kansas that reveals another side of the ongoing Republican civil war.
In most places, the GOP civil war involves the conservatives against the moderates. In Kansas, the civil war involves two conservative candidates and competing factions in the conservative movement and the Republican Party.
But this is not a story of a conservative challenger taking on a moderate, such as is happening in Mississippi, where Chris McDaniel is taking on Sen. Thad Cochran, or in Tennessee, where Joe Carr is taking on liberal Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Roberts is a solid conservative. He has a rating of 89 by the American Conservative Union and a 93 rating on the Heritage Action scorecard. The American Conservative Union has endorsed him, as have many elected Republicans in Kansas.
Wolf comes in with support from some tea party groups and the new Conservative Establishment. These groups include the Senate Conservative Fund, the Madison Project and Tea Party Express.
(Editorial note: I am on the Tea Party Express tour and am one of the speakers. I have not endorsed anyone in the Kansas race.)
Wolf made pointed attacks on Pat Roberts. Roberts has made some unforced errors in the campaign, including on the issue of where he lives. He says he rents a room in a house in Kansas, but when issues were raised about his residence, he made a joke that he has “full access to the recliner” in his rented room.
But Wolf’s lack of a voting record gives some conservatives pause. Roberts has his problems, including the issue of whether he actually lives in Kansas. But Roberts does have a solid conservative record.
In many places, the tea party-Republican establishment civil war is turning bloody and bitter, and in some of those fights, if the establishment candidate wins, tea party supporters are going to walk and not support the nominee.
About the Author
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.
A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.
Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in ...
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