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Democrats already faced a difficult election year, with the struggling economy and rising deficit. Now they can add to their woes the upcoming ethics trials of Reps. Maxine Waters (left), D-Calif., and Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. The trials give the GOP ammunition to mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s pledge to run the “most ethical Congress in history.”
The silliness of the state’s GOP civil war this summer, in which every Republican seemed to be running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was reflected in an anecdote about GOP secretary of state candidate Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley in a Kansas City Star editorial. “When introducing herself at The Star, she blurted out, ‘I’m pro-life.’ When asked what that had to do with the record-keeping office for which she was running, she answered, ‘Well, nothing, but people always seem to want to know.’”
Meanwhile, a Lawrence Journal-World editorial noted that at least the primary victors will get a chance to “turn over a new leaf” going into the Nov. 2 general election, concluding: “We hope they’ll take advantage of that opportunity to conduct campaigns that are civil and informative and steer clear of the mudslinging that has marred too many primary contests.”
No one expects Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback to vote this week to confirm Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. After all, both voted against Kagan’s nomination to become solicitor general and against the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. At least Roberts and Brownback declined to prejudge the nominee publicly this time, after having announced their “no” votes for Sotomayor weeks ahead of her confirmation hearings last summer.
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