The Common Campaign of Kevin Yoder


Kevin Yoder is the Republican nominee in the 3rd congressional district of Kansas.  The popular incumbent Democrat, Dennis Moore, is retiring.  Yoder’s
Democrat opponent is Moore’s wife, Stephene, a nurse.

Republicans obviously want this seat. In a year where they are poised to take back the House, the Kansas 3rd is a big deal. It leans Republican, but somehow Dennis Moore has held on to it.  Yoder’s campaign has tried to link Stephene Moore to her husband’s votes.  The narrative is common this year. Moore will be a rubber stamp for the “Obama\Pelosi\Ried agenda.”  Here’s the problem. Yoder’s website and T.V. ads read like the Republican playbook of 30 years. He is likely to be a rubber stamp for the other side.  In one ad he says the government “spends too much,  borrows too much, and taxes too much.”  So according to him we should spend less and tax less. The problem is that has never worked.

Bill Clinton worked with Congress and balanced the budget. Actually the budget wasn’t balanced, we had a surplus. A huge surplus.  While you may think we spend too much, we will not be able to cut spending and retain what have become essential services (for instance, Medicare) and cut taxes. I don’t have a problem with Yoder’s supposed conservative philosophy, but the fact is he talks about everything he sees as a problem without talking about a real solution.

In reality we need to examine cutting spending while also looking into letting tax cuts expire for those who can absorb it.  I hate to see politicians run for office and win. We need statesmen.  Simply put politics is the business of catchphrases, buzz words and misleading advertising.  statesmanship is compromise.  We need more statesmanship now.

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3 responses to “The Common Campaign of Kevin Yoder

  1. You’re absolutely correct: his campaign was common! But, it seriously needed to be. Beginning in the early 90’s a rift formed in the Republican Party in Kansas when the “Christian Right” began to assert itself. This, as you might surmise, explains why Dennis Moore was able to hold the third district seat – he appealed to a thoroughly disenfranchised moderate Republican base. In their eyes, Moore was the lesser of two evils, so to speak. Long story short, District 3 has shown time and again that it was unwilling to elect a member of the Christian Right (look at the 2004 Kobach campaign . . ), and with that being the case, Yoder needed a highly standardized campaign to effectively tell moderate Republicans he was “safe.” This election was awesome when you consider it in terms of several major elections since the mid 1990’s. Though I liked Stephene Moore, it is unfortunate the Democratic party did not find a candidate with more rhetorical expertise. At any rate, great post!

    – Dave

    If you’re interested, you can find some more information about the rift in the Republican Party on my blog under the “District profile” heading. Hope you enjoy!

    • Thanks for the link. You’re right that Kevin Yoder’s campaign needed to be what it was to be successful. That’s what angers me so much. I don’t believe anyone should be able to run a shallow campaign and win. Obviously, the voters don’t care a lot about what I want, or that election would’ve been very different. Anyway, thanks for the comment.

      • You’re right to be angry. I think it quite unfortunate that a large number of people will continue to vote along party lines even when that party no longer represents their best interests or has shifted its values. We both know the Republican Party currently in Kansas is hardly similar to the Republican Party in Kansas twenty years ago.

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