GOP Governor Brownback Wins Primary by Almost 30 Points, Blames Obama for 'Close Election'

A tea party governor received fewer votes (but still won in a landslide) because Kansas voters are pissed off about Obama?
By Bob Cesca,

This might be the ultimate example of Obama Derangement Syndrome and the "Thanks, Obama" meme. Tea party Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) faced a relatively weak primary challenger this week, Jennifer Winn, but handily won the election by a margin of 63 percent to Winn's 36.7 percent.

By any calculus, that's a landslide victory with a margin of nearly 30 points. However, it was evidently too close for Brownback who blamed the narrowness of his victory on, yes, President Obama.

"I think a big part of it is Barack Obama," Brownback told Kansas's 41 Action News. "That a lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just, they want somebody to throw a brick."

So let's get this straight. A tea party governor received fewer votes (but still won in a landslide) because Kansas voters are pissed off about Obama? This suggests that voters exorcised their discontent by voting against Obama's arch-enemy, the tea party. Realistically, the more voters hate Obama, the more they'd be inclined to vote for Brownback.

We should also note that polls show Brownback in a dead-heat against his Democratic challenger in the general election, House Minority Leader Paul Davis. So... what? Voters are so angry about the Democratic president that they're leaning toward electing a Democratic governor? How the hell does that work?

The reality is that Brownback is merely repeating the easiest, weakest and silliest explanation for anything bad that happens in the world: it's Obama's fault.

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