Hard to see a Lawrence Democrat beating Brownback

With House Minority Leader Paul Davis (in photo), D-Lawrence, having formed a campaign committee and Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking supporting his potential candidacy for governor, the Democrats’ 2014 challenge to Gov. Sam Brownback seemingly is taking shape. Davis, an attorney, has been an effective leader of the badly outnumbered Democrats in the House, and an articulate, measured critic of the GOP and its activist governor. But what are the odds of someone who likely will be painted as a “Lawrence liberal” being able to take down Brownback, even with Brownback’s low approval ratings? It’s hard to see it happening – unless, say, the governor and GOP Legislature defy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school funding next spring and a constitutional crisis shutters schools.