DISCLAIMER: at the time I originally wrote the rough draft of this, Kobach was slated to win. Somewhere over the weekend, I heard he and Colyer were having to recount the vote due to some rule I just now heard about. So forgive me if I assume Kobach won the primary in this article, only for the committee doing the recount to decide Colyer won. Anyway, back to the article.
“Oh my god! I can’t believe Greg Orman is so selfish! Running in a race where we can’t afford to let Kris Kobach win! What is he thinking!?”
This is the attitude I’ve been seeing from people lately revolving around independent candidate Greg Orman’s campaign for Kansas Governor. I told myself I wasn’t going to talk politics this year, but stuff like this leaves me no choice. I must purge!
This attitude is both sickening, and sadly unsurprising. I find it interesting that we live in a society where everything from cell phones, to soda corporations, to fucking GENDER isn’t binary, but politics still is . This is like someone getting yelled at because they had the audacity to buy an RC cola, knowing full well it’d take sales away from Pepsi. Or for buying a Windows phone because it takes sales away from Android. This is a highly irrational thought process everywhere else… But in the battle between democrats and republicans, the moment someone decides they like an independent like Greg Orman, they’ve committed a sin.
Greg Orman has just as much right to run in the election as anybody else. He shouldn’t have to bow before your democratic or republican overlords in order to get approval. Dude wants to run, I say let him run!
Does he stand a chance? That question is irrelevant. He still deserves to run.
“But he’s taking votes away from Laura Kelly by running!”
First of all, I’m sick and tired of hearing this “a vote for X is a vote for Y” mentality. Ross Perot ran in 1992, and republicans like to complain about how he stole votes from Bush Sr. Meanwhile, surveys that were conducted in that time, where in voters ranked their choices from favorite to least favorite, it was actually Bill Clinton who suffered the most losses due to Perot’s involvement. And Clinton still managed to win.
Also, telling people that the only reason your candidate lost was because a third party candidate was running… Well, that really speaks volumes of how anemic your candidate was in the longrun, doesn’t it? If your candidate’s success depends entirely on running unopposed, then that’s probably not a good candidate.
I have a question: who the hell is Laura Kelly? This isn’t a lead into something clever like “Here’s who Laura Kelly is.” This is a legit question. Because lord knows I’ve never even heard of her until just now. I had no idea she won the primary. I had no idea she was even IN the primary. I didn’t even know she existed till now. Hell, I’m not even sure I’m spelling her name right, that’s how little I know about her as a candidate.
True, the local media has been a bit hyperfocused on how good ol’ Cowboy Kobach is trying to juggle a court case AND a campaign for governor (it’s like Milton Wolf all over again), but at the same time, this doesn’t look good when your entire primary is an afterthought before the candidates have even been named.
Also, candidates like Greg Orman exist not to ruin everybody’s fun, or to intentionally screw over your favorite team. Rather, they exist because the two party system can’t possibly cater to every single group on the planet. And lately, the democrats have been terrible at this. I’ve seen more democrats turn independent because rather than give us the candidate WE WANTED, they gave us the candidate THEY wanted. Hillary Clinton is a conservative in democrat’s clothing. Her husband signed NAFTA into law. Her husband supported The Defense of Marriage Act: a law that delt a blow to same-sex couples who wanted to get married. As a senator, she supported the war in Iraq, as well as a potential war in Iran. She preached all about transparency, but not once did she ever make her speeches to Goldman Sacks public. She DID change her mind on The Transpacific Partnership Act: an act so secretive that nothing good could’ve possibly come from it getting passed into law. However, it took people like Bernie Sanders, The Justice Party, and dozens of paranoid individuals from the other side of the aisle to force that opinion change. And if she got elected, five bucks says she would’ve flipflopped, and signed that law into effect anyway. Of course she’d probably focus more on open and outright war with Russia first, because America definitely needs to have another one of those right now… But I digress.
The overall point is that Hillary Clinton was a terrible democrat, and never should’ve won the primary. Yet she did, and I was supposed to just swallow my pride and vote for her. Because the alternative was just too terrible to comprehend, and because there’s no other choice. Either vote for Hilldawg in 2016, or you’re a bigot-ass racist who masturbates to pictures of Pepe the Frog. Isn’t that right, Hillary?
It’s this exact mentality of “Vote Hillary or you’re a racist” that made people like me second guess being registered democrats, and start looking into third parties. In my case, I admit to eyeing the exit since about 2008, but while I felt like Obama was SOOOO not ready for this job when he ran, I stuck with it. It wasn’t until Hillary started her march for the white house when I realized that there was no way this two party system was going to benefit me this go-around.
Two years later, we have a race for the governor’s office. Based on Twitter, the democrats haven’t changed their strategy even a little bit. Furthermore, we’re living in a generation where republican candidates can be brick fucking stupid mongos who just say every stupid little thing that comes into their heads, all the while juggling campaigns and criminal charges for white collar crime or whatever, and still win. And they win because the other side is insisting I have to vote for them, or I’m racist. I’m not racist, and I’m sick and tired of you idiots telling me otherwise.
Furthermore, as I’ve said before, I have no idea who Laura Kelly is. Probably nothing a quick Ecosia search wouldn’t fix (yeah, I abandoned Google years ago), but even then, if this is the situation, I’m not going in to her campaign positively.
I can’t remember her name, but she ran against Kevin Yoder in 2014. And she lost. Not because of third party interference, but because she was quite literally a nonentity the entire time. Sure, she probably got on the debate stage, but I saw NO presence from her and her campaign outside that. Hell, I couldn’t even remember her name when the 2014 midterms were going on! This is unfortunately looking like the fate of Laura Kelly.
By comparison, I know who Greg Orman is. Setting aside his defeat in the 2014 senate election, I know who he is because he’s making his presence felt. He was all over Facebook, and I guess all over Twitter as well (I only got my twitter a month ago, so I don’t know). He has comercials that pop up on YouTube before my videos. I knew before primary season even started that he was going to be running.
Does this mean Orman is going to win? Who can say, really? All I know for sure is that he has a better chance than Laura fucking Kelly. And I have a feeling that was going to be the case even if Orman DIDN’T run.
Greg Orman exists because the other two candidates aren’t giving me what I want. That’s not selfish, that’s an alternative. If anything, YOU’RE the selfish one.
People around here are talking about the governor’s race the same way they talk about a football game between The Chiefs and The Raiders. I don’t even think it’s about making Kansas better to some of these guys. I think they just want to see their team win. And that’s a shitty reason to support a candidate. The republican party have been a collective of syckophants for as long as I’ve been following politics (thou shalt not criticize a fellow republican). The more recent “vote blue no matter who” slogan of the democratic party doesn’t make them a better alternative. For guys like me, this is like a Chiefs Vs Raiders game where both teams are The Raiders! We need an alternative! And YOU need to improve your fucking attitude, mister.
So yeah, my mind’s made up. And if you don’t like that… Well, the unfollow button is right there. No one will miss you.