With the new uptick in political activity in Kansas, the Cap Journal proves once again, it needs to beef up its political reporting. This Ric Anderson column leaves much to be desired, but at least he didn't talk to Beatty again.
Yes, campaigns are starting earlier. The Presidential nominations will most likely be decided by February 5th on "Super-Duper Tuesday" or whatever they're calling it now. That means the two parties will turn their fire on the other starting February 6th . . . though if Bloomberg puts $250 million into an independent bid, it could throw the whole process into a much more expensive rerun of 1992.
And yes, campaigns will have to employ strategies to ensure their messages don't get tuned out by the voters.
Back to the problem with the Anderson piece: it's not only boring, it's disingenuous. Controversy sells newspapers (remember, if it bleeds, it leads). Look at how the press handled the recent Club for Growth ad, playing right into the Jenkins strategy of blaming Ryun. So, save us the hand wringing about the length and tenor of campaigns. And, please hire a political reporter and opinion writer who are actually good at their jobs and at least pretend to be objective.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.