Wasinger: Why so silent?

The recent discovery of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ tax problems will probably not obstruct her confirmation as secretary of health and human services. Perhaps her tax indiscretions really were unimportant… or perhaps they are now considered business as usual. After all, Sebelius is hardly the first of Obama’s nominees to have an embarrassing tax history.
She is, however, the first radically pro-abortion politician that Senator Sam Brownback has publicly supported.
Sebelius’ extreme pro-abortion views are well documented, as is her relationship with George Tiller, the abortionist currently in danger of losing his medical license after multiple accusations of financial misdoings, patient endangerment, and illegal bypassing of Kansas abortion laws. Tiller is just the sort of unsavory character that you don’t want your elected officials palling around with, regardless of your political leanings.
Brownback’s support of Sebelius’ nomination as HHS secretary, one of the few cabinet positions in which one’s views on abortion are immediately relevant, was an unpleasant surprise to many pro-lifers. Senator Brownback has never been known to waver on pro-life issues… until now.

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A Conservative Stimulus Package

If anyone needs a stimulus these days, it’s the Conservative movement.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that the movement is dying, or ill-funded, or even slowing down. No, it’s alive and kicking, just temporarily out of power in Washington.
And that’s why it needs its very own stimulus package.
Fortunately for American taxpayers, the Conservative movement doesn’t need the federal money that so many dubiously fortunate groups will soon receive. In fact, had the needed Conservative stimulus been successfully enacted a few years ago, your tax dollars might not be in such jeopardy today.
That’s because the best stimulus the Conservative movement could wish for is an influx of winsome, articulate, passionate conservative candidates willing to stand up for their principles. We need the sort of men and women who not only make good candidates, but also make good Congressmen.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Wall

I noticed today that KS congressional candidate Rob Wasinger finally has his own picture up on his campaign web site. Voters can now rest assured that they are not voting for the next Cyrano de Bergerac, but for a guy who actually looks pretty normal. What took so long?
Maybe he needed time to rework his image – perhaps he was concerned that he didn’t look ‘Kansan’ enough for the web?
It’s a legitimate worry for a man who is no doubt discovering the local social scene. I can’t imagine it’s going well for him. You see, in rural Kansas it really matters where you are from – much more than it does in state like, say, California. If you want your neighbors down the road to immediately welcome you with open arms, you don’t just need to be from Kansas. You also need to be from the right county. So does your family – and not just your immediate family. It helps to have a few generations of kinfolk buried in the local cemetery if you really want to fit in. These social expectations do vary somewhat from county to county, and obviously there are huge exceptions – it’s not impossible for an outsider to find a place in a rural community, but it often does take time. It’s not that rural Kansans are less welcoming than other people, but rather that there are important social conventions that just don’t exist anymore outside farm country. It’s no accident that Wasinger states the following on his campaign site:

Rob Wasinger is a native of Hays, Kansas, and a fourth-generation Kansan.
The Wasinger family arrived in Kansas from Russia with the immigration of the Volga-Germans in the late 19th Century, and have worked in farming, ranching, law and public service across the state ever since.

These are not just interesting historical details – his family pedigree, stretching back to the 19th century, really makes a difference to many of those who will vote in this election. That’s why it’s such a problem that he’s campaigning as a local while living like a guy from Fairfax County, VA. You could get away with that in California, but not in Kansas.
Rural social expectations aren’t the only problem. Despite what his website says about his commitment to Kansas, Wasinger has apparently never even voted in the state he wants to represent. Though he claims to have voted from the 1st Congressional district in the 2008 Presidential election, a visit with that office in October revealed that they had rejected his voter application when notice sent to the registering address came back unconfirmed. A visit with the same office in late November confirmed still no registration – and he had never voted in Ellis County history. So did he vote in the 1st district, or didn’t he? It sure looks like he didn’t – so why did he claim otherwise?

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