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.