The Johnson County Republican Party just thumbed its nose at voters by installing outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline as the county’s new district attorney.
It’s an interesting way to build party support — prop up a demonstrably unpopular politician overwhelmingly rejected by voters.
As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said of a possible Kline pick, “I don’t think they’re listening very carefully” to voters, who clearly sent the message in the last election that they don’t like what Kline’s selling. A mere 35 percent of Johnson Countians voted for Kline in the attorney general race.
This is a partisan political appointment based on far-right ideology, not qualifications, which Kline abundantly lacks for this prosecutorial job.
The post will allow Kline to continue his campaign against an Overland Park abortion clinic — and provide a platform for future face time on Bill O’Reilly’s show.
But Republicans pursue activism-as-usual at their own risk. Johnson County Democrats have to like their chances against Kline in 2008.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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