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Meddling Claire McCaskill

The Kansas City Star is reporting on the role of Missouri’s Claire McCaskill in pushing fellow Democrat Chad Taylor out of the Kansas senate race. McCaskill showed her knack for manipulating political races when she spent $3 million to boost Tood Akin’s in the Republican primary. The strategy paid off when Akin famously self-destructed in the general election campaign. This time around McCaskill is angling to help the chances of so-called independent, Greg Orman (who was a Democrat during his last senate run).

The only problem with McCaskill’s machinations is Taylor failed to comply with the statutory requirement that he declare himself “incapable” of serving. Instead of criticizing Taylor for being unable to follow language of the statute, Yael Abouhalkah, one of the Kansas City Star’s (many) liberal commentators instead took Kris Kobach to task for “obvious hijinks” for keeping Taylor on the ballot as the law requires.

Here is the article:

Only the Red Star could write an article about the Democratic senator from Missouri talking the Democratic candidate for senate from Kansas out of the race and then accuse the Republicans of political hijinks. There is monkey business here, but not by Kobach.

For the record, Kansas Statute 25-306b provides, “no person who has been nominated by any means for any national…office may cause such person’s name to be withdrawn from nomination after the day of the primary election [unless that person] declares that they are incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected.” (emphasis added)

Taylor, who is a licensed lawyer and presumably able to read, write and understand the English language, failed to declare that he was incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office (perhaps because that would have been a lie or Taylor realized that if he is incapable of serving as senator, he would likely also be incapable of serving in his current position as District Attorney).

Here is a picture of Taylor’s withdrawal letter, which does not include the word “incapable”:



The law is clear. Unless Taylor declares himself incapable, his name cannot be removed from the ballot. Apparently the Falling Star believes it is “hijinks” to follow the law, but just good politics to push a member of your party to the side because a so-called independent (and erstwhile Democrat) has a better chance.

To paraphrase Orwell, in a time of universal lawlessness – following the law is a revolutionary act.