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August 07, 2014 3:10 PM Everything’s Obama’s Fault!

By Ed Kilgore

Well, I’ve found at least one person who unambiguously subscribes to the ragged “bipartisan anti-incumbent wave” theory for 2014 (per TPM’s Daniel Strauss):

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) had a theory for why a chunk of voters were backing Jennifer Winn, his challenger, in the Republican gubernatorial primary: blame President Barack 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.”
Brownback won the primary on Tuesday with 63.3 percent of the vote while Winn got 36.7 percent, a surprisingly low margin of victory for the tea party-favored Brownback given that it’s the Republican primary in deep red Kansas.
“I think it’s a lot of deep irritation with the way the president has taken the country,” Brownback said.

No, it couldn’t have anything to do with Brownback’s conspicuously extremist and fiscally disastrous agenda in Kansas, now could it? So people suffering from “deep irritation” with Obama chose to cast a vote for a candidate who didn’t have enough money for a Value Meal, against their famously anti-Obama governor, right?

So depending on what happens in November, among the many burdens Barack Obama takes into retirement with him in 2017 could be the knowledge that he may have helped retire Sam Brownback, too.

I hope he can handle it.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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