The buzz is growing about a possible change of hands in one or both houses of Congress in November, but it could just be wishful Democratic thinking. Columnist Steve Kraske counted the reasons why in The Kansas City Star: The power of incumbency. The multitude of safe seats, thanks to politically savvy redistricting. Democrats’ failure to recruit top candidates. And the nation’s continuing conservative bent. And though Kraske rightly notes that Rep. Jim Ryun (in photo), R-Topeka, probably should be facing a tough fight, having had to deny making a “sweet real estate deal” related to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, it’s hard to imagine Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda doing better than she did two years ago. And in Kansas, Kraske notes, “the last incumbent to lose was Republican Vince Snowbarger in 1998.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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