What a weekend for Kansas Republicans.
Kris Kobach and his supporters ran a very focused and strategic campaign to garner the necessary votes. The rumor in the halls was that former Barnett campaign manager Christian Morgan orchestrated his effort. Guess it goes to show that when given a good candidate or a task that doesn't involve Susan Wagle, Morgan can get the job done. It may be too early to speculate, but my money is on Morgan to be the new GOP Executive Director.
As predicted here, Tim Huelskamp lost by a very wide and embarrassing margin. Had it been any wider, the Grand Canyon would have been jealous. This effectively ends his hope of running for any office other than the one he currently holds.
Embattled former gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett was also there- having a reception for himself to celebrate how great he thinks he is. Barnett, not running for anything, must still be reeling from the beat-down last November. He rented a room and asked people to come by under the guise of being able to say thanks, but taking one step in the room it was obvious it was simply a way for Barnett to feed his ego- having people come up to him for a couple hours telling him how proud they are of him, how much they hoped he would win, etc. It served no other purpose than making him feel better about himself. Its clear Barnett's best days are behind him. Very bizarre behavior, but from what we've recently gathered, its about par for the course. Maybe it's the Wagle factor rubbing off again.
Also in a somewhat shocking statement, Jim Ryun announced he is running for his old Congressional seat. This could be the big first test for Kobach's leadership ability- can he keep either Ryun or Lynn Jenkins out of the race? A bloody primary will surely do nothing but strengthen Boyda's chances of being reelected.
More on these stories and much more throughout the week.