Saturday, May 26, 2007

State AG Racing Shaping Up to be a Republican Bloodbath

Jay Nixon will be leaving the Attorney General's office to win the Governor's race in 2008 (Blunt has no chance, and may even draw a primary opponent), and the Republicans are lining up to take a (remote) chance on running against likely Democratic nominee Jeff Harris. More than any other, the Republican AG primary is shaping up to be a microcosm of all that is wrong with Missouri Republicans.

First off, we have Michael Gibbons, the simian South St. Louis Senator. Plainly stated, Michael Gibbons is a nanny state Republican who wants to make us all live in his world. The Republican party has a Libertarian streak that I occasionally admire - but Michael Gibbons is the exact opposite. He has drafted a law to prosecute families that allow twenty-year-olds nieces and nephews to participate in a Thanksgiving toast. He supported anti-consumer Tort Deform and reductions in the amount of compensation that injured workers receive. As Senate President Pro Tem, Gibbons gets and deserves much of the blame that Missourians are directing toward the ineffective Missouri legislature. He has no chance of winning, but he will raise lots of money from people seeking to buy favors in the Senate. I'm thrilled he's in the race, because he is unelectable and likely to ruin the bankrolls of the other candidates.

Chris Koster is a pretty boy candidate who seemed like he was on the fast track to Republican prominence. He's a smart guy, and even tells the truth once in a blue moon. “There is a sense in this building that if an interest group brings four really bad ideas to the table, we are obligated to pass at least one of them because they are our friends,” Koster once said when the insurance companies tried to gain virtual immunity for their misdeeds. Unfortunately, Koster's conscience tends to follow his own best interest. Even when his gag reflex was triggered by the insurance companies' avarice, it was only after he had started working for a trial lawyer.

Most damning for Koster, though, is that he has hired Jeff Roe. Roe has shown himself to be incompetent at anything other than self-promotion. His career is over, after he single-handedly sunk Becky Nace's campaign for mayor. Dozens of people told me that she was their favorite candidate, but they refused to vote for her because she hired him. One of the biggest fights in the Gottstein/Gamble race grew out of a rumor that Gamble had hired Roe - the Gamble people viewed that as poisonous slander. Well, Koster sunk his own campaign when he hired Roe.

Finally, there's Catherine Hanaway, the current US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. This one cracks me up. Remember when holding the US Attorney position was a huge badge of honor? Remember when being a US Attorney meant that you were a straight-shooting, highly competent attorney who earned a reputation for integrity? Those were the days, weren't they? Unfortunately, though, the Bush administration's contempt for competence and pride in partisanship has turned that post into a scarlet letter on the resume. What kind of voter would vote for someone appointed by Bush now?

On top of that, she's another St. Louis county Republican. She and Gibbons will split the bankroll of Clayton and Ladue, and the votes of all the SUV drivers on the East coast of the state. Because she's much smarter than Gibbons, less dogmatic and mildly better looking, she will have the edge over Gibbons, and the race will come down to a divisive, ugly and horribly expensive contest between her and Roe/Koster. With Roe/Koster in the race, we can be assured that mud-slinging and nastiness will alienate anyone who ever thought of voting for a Republican.

In a way, it's almost a shame. Jeff Harris, the Democratic candidate, is smart, well-respected, likeable, and well-informed. He's not a good candidate - he's a great candidate. For those of us who like watching good races, it's a shame he is going to face such weak competition.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Jeff Harris will benefit from a savage republican primary, but he will still face a good race, and needs all the support he can get now! In other words, send him a check . . .

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that the first story in a new KC political blog shows love to Columbia's Jeff Harris. The guy is nails! Let's adopt himas our own Kansas City Democrats!

Stephen Bough said...

Jeff is a KC Democrat. He worked at Bryan Cave downtown for several years and was an active participant in KS politics.

I hear Matt Bartle filed for state wide office. That should make for an interesting race. Matt is loved by the religious right wing of the R party, hated by the business community.

Anonymous said...

tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape money runescape gold tibia money tibia gold runescape gold runescape accounts tibia gold tibia money runescape money runescape gp buy runescape gold tibia gold tibia item buy runescape money runescape gold runescape items tibia money tibia gold

qweaq said...

Welcome to wow gold our wow Gold and wow power leveling store. We wow gold are specilized, wow power leveling professional and reliable wow power leveling website for wow power leveling selling and wow gold service. By the World of Warcraft gold same token,we offer wow power leveling the best WoW service wow power leveling for our long-term and wow powerleveling loyal customers. wow powerleveling You will find wow powerleveling the benefits and value powerleveling we created powerleveling different from other sites. As to most people, power leveling they are unwilling to power leveling spend most of wow power leveling the time wow gold grinding money Rolex for mounts or rolex replica repair when replica rolex they can purchase Watches Rolex what they Rolex Watches are badly need. The Watch Rolex only way is to look Rolex Watch for the best place rs gold to buy cheap WOW gold. Yes! You find it here! Our WoW Gold supplying service has already accumulated a high reputation and credibility. We have plenty of Gold suppliers, which will guarantee our delivery instant. Actually, we have been getting Runescape Gold tons of postive feedbacks from our loyal RuneScape Money customers who really appreciate our service.

qweaq said...

Welcome to wow gold our wow Gold and wow power leveling store. We wow gold are specilized, wow power leveling professional and reliable wow power leveling website for wow power leveling selling and wow gold service. By the World of Warcraft gold same token,we offer wow power leveling the best WoW service wow power leveling for our long-term and wow powerleveling loyal customers. wow powerleveling You will find wow powerleveling the benefits and value powerleveling we created powerleveling different from other sites. As to most people, power leveling they are unwilling to power leveling spend most of wow power leveling the time wow gold grinding money Rolex for mounts or rolex replica repair when replica rolex they can purchase Watches Rolex what they Rolex Watches are badly need. The Watch Rolex only way is to look Rolex Watch for the best place rs gold to buy cheap WOW gold. Yes! You find it here! Our WoW Gold supplying service has already accumulated a high reputation and credibility. We have plenty of Gold suppliers, which will guarantee our delivery instant. Actually, we have been getting Runescape Gold tons of postive feedbacks from our loyal RuneScape Money customers who really appreciate our service.

Anonymous said...

goonzu gold
goonzu money
buy goonzu gold
goonzu online gold
cheap goonzu gold

gw gold
GuildWars Gold
Guild Wars Gold
GuildWars money
cheap gw gold

Sho Online Mun
Sho Mun
Sho Online gold
Sho gold
buy Sho Online gold

wow gold
World of Warcraft Gold
warcraft gold
buy wow gold
cheap wow gold

wow gold
World of Warcraft Gold
warcraft gold
buy wow gold
cheap wow gold

Anonymous said...

runescape money runescape gold runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape money runescape gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft Power Leveling Warcraft PowerLeveling buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape itemsrunescape accounts runescape gp dofus kamas buy dofus kamas Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold dofus kamas cheap runescape money cheap runescape gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate money Tabula Rasa gold tabula rasa money Tabula Rasa Credit Tabula Rasa Credits Hellgate gold Hellgate London gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling eve isk eve online isk eve isk eve online isk tibia gold Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold
Age of Conan Gold
buy Age of Conan Gold
aoc gold

呼吸机
无创呼吸机
家用呼吸机
呼吸机
家用呼吸机
美国呼吸机
篮球培训
篮球培训班
篮球夏令营
china tour
beijing tour
beijing travel
china tour
tibet tour
tibet travel
computer monitoring software
employee monitoring

Anonymous said...

cheap kamas
They supply dofus kamas.
They also supply cheapest kamas for the customer.
I usually buydofus gold from them. If you want to
buy dofus kamas, please contact them.

Anonymous said...

cheap kamas
They supply dofus kamas.
They also supply cheapest kamas for the customer.
I usually buydofus gold from them. If you want to
buy dofus kamas, please contact them.

Anonymous said...

一个女孩子,小的时候腿不利索,常年只能坐在门口看别的孩子玩,很寂寞。
有一年的夏天,邻居家的城里亲威来玩,wow power leveling带来了他们的小孩,一个比女孩大五岁的男孩。因为年龄都小的关系,男孩和附近的小孩很快打成了一片,跟他们一起上山下河,一样晒得很黑,笑得很开心,不同的是,他不会说粗话,而且,他注意到了一个不会走路的小姑娘。wow power leveling
 
  男孩第一个把捉到的蜻蜓放在女孩的手心Warhammer Power Leveling
Warhammer Online Gold
Warhammer Gold
WAR Power leveling
WAR Gold
war leveling
Warhammer leveling
WOTLK power leveling
,第一个把女孩背到了河边,第一个对着女孩讲起了故事,第一个告诉她她的腿是可以治好的。wow power leveling第一个,仔细想来,也是最后一个。
 
  女孩难得地有了笑容?

  夏天要结束的时候,男孩一家人要离开了。女孩眼泪汪汪地来送,在他耳边小声地说:“我治好腿以后,嫁给你好吗?”男孩点点头。
 
  一转眼,二十年过去了。wow power leveling男孩由一个天真的孩子长成了成熟的男人。他开一间咖啡店,有了一个未婚妻,生活很普通也很平静。有一天,他接到一个电话,一个女子细细的声音说她的腿好了,她来到了这个城市。一时间,他甚至想不起她是谁。wow power leveling他早已忘记了童年某个夏天的故事,忘记了那个脸色苍白的小女孩,更忘记了一个孩子善良的承诺。
  
  可是,他还是收留了她,wow powerleveling让她在店里帮忙。他发现,她几乎是终日沉默的。
  
  可是他没有时间关心她,Warhammer Online Power Leveling他的未婚妻怀上了不是他的孩子。他羞愤交加,扔掉了所有准备结婚用的东西,日日酗酒,变得狂暴易怒,wow powerleveling连家人都疏远了他,生意更是无心打理,Warhammer Online Gold不久,他就大病一场。
  
  这段时间里,她一直守在他身边,照顾他,容忍他酒醉时的打骂,更独立撑着那片摇摇欲坠的小店。她学到了很多东西,wow powerleveling也累得骨瘦如柴,可眼里,总跳跃着两点神采。
  
  半年之后,他终于康复了。面对她做的一切,只有感激。他把店送给她,她执意不要,他只好宣布她是一半的老板。在她的帮助下wow powerleveling,他又慢慢振作了精神,他把她当做是至交的好友,掏心掏腹地对她倾诉,EVE ISK
EVE Online ISK
Gaia Gold
2 Moons Dil
Warhammer Online Gold
Warhammer Gold
WAR Power leveling
WAR Gold
Warhammer Online Power Leveling
她依然是沉默地听着。
  
  他不懂她在想什么,wow powerleveling他只是需要一个耐心的听众而已。
  
  这样又过了几年,world of warcraft power leveling他也交了几个女朋友,都不长。他找不到感觉了。她也是,一直独身。他发现她其实是很素雅的,风韵天成,不乏追求者。world of warcraft power leveling他笑她心高,她只是笑笑。
  
  终有一天,world of warcraft power leveling他厌倦了自己平静的状态,world of warcraft power leveling决定出去走走。拿到护照之前,他把店里的一切正式交给了她。这一次,她没再反对,只是说,为他保管,world of warcraft power leveling等他回来。

  在异乡飘泊的日子很苦,world of warcraft powerleveling可是在这苦中,AOC Power Leveling他却找到了开宽的眼界和胸怀。过去种种悲苦都云淡风清,他忽然发现,无论疾病或健康,贫穷或富裕,world of warcraft powerleveling如意或不如意,真正陪在他身边的,Cheap WARHAMMER ONLINE GOLD
RuneScape Gold
RS Gold
RuneScape Money
RS Money
SilkRoad Gold
SilkRoad Online Gold
SRO Gold
只有她。他行踪无定,她的信却总是跟在身后,只字片言,world of warcraft powerleveling轻轻淡淡,却一直觉着温暖。world of warcraft powerleveling他想是时候回去了。
  
  回到家的时候他为她的world of warcraft powerleveling良苦用心而感动。wow gold无论是家里还是店里AGE OF CONAN Power Leveling,他的东西他的位置都一直好好保存着,AOC Power Leveling
AGE OF CONAN Power Leveling
Warhammer Online Power Leveling
仿佛随时等着他回来。他大声叫唤她的名字,却无人应答。
 
  店里换了新主管,他告诉他,wow gold她因积劳成疾去世已半年了。按她的吩咐,他一直叫专人注意他的行踪,把她留下的几百封信一一寄出,wow gold为他管理店里的事,为他收拾房子,Warhammer Online Gold
2 Moons Dil
MapleStory Mesos
Maple Story Mesos
MS Mesos
WARHAMMER ONLINE GOLD
等他回来。
 
  他把她的遗物交给他,wow gold一个蜻蜓的标本,还有一卷录音带,wow gold是她的临终遗言。
 
  带子里world of warcraft gold只有她回光返照时宛如少女般的轻语:world of warcraft gold
  “我……嫁给你……好吗?……”
 
  抛去二十七年的岁月world of warcraft gold,他像孩子一样嚎啕大哭起来world of warcraft gold
 
  没有人知道,world of warcraft gold有时候,一个女人要用她的一生来说这样一句简单的话

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of wow gold in the game and you can try your best to earn them as much as you can.You only want to get more and more World of Warcraft Gold to let you become strong, so you can go to upgrade and kill the monsters alone.It is the beautiful new beginning of the game, and I like the warcraft gold I want to satisfy you too.However you can also go to buy wow gold alone or with your friends together.You can change them through the cheap wow gold. Yet the freedom you seek is as close as the next moment.

Anonymous said...

The Requiem shows up so many cool pictures that got me thinking a lot. And I really mean that a lot of requiem gold is very important and required. First off if the name is not taken the name and some requiem lant of book Requiem I do not if it is allowed to name a book. Some requiem money will well enough chatting better go and write this book. Comment on this please should I write this book or not. See you. In Requiem, there is blood. Monsters, blood, bigger monsters, and yes, more blood and need cheap requiem lant. You know what that requiem online gold means; there are factions, races changing sides, and all out war.

jislsnhd said...

I am so happy to get some 2moons dil and the 2moons gold is given by my close friend who tells me that the 2moon dil is the basis to enter into the game. Therefore, I should buy 2moons dil with the spare money and I gain some cheap 2moons gold from other players.

Anonymous said...

It is also can not live without eve isk. Here, for the violence or robbery had been friends apologize in the eve online isk. I request members are on the local increase or decrease in the number of judgments quickly in buy isk. The game has a good excellence is that the cheap eve isk. The other side rather than back into the space station is POS, and buy eve online isk.