I simply can't take it anymore. Even though the batty Barker people have decided to stop their illogical posting about how wonderful he is, I've pretty much decided that the real reason he doesn't have a chance needs to come out.
Simply put... Republican primary voters won't vote for a guy who's never gone to the trouble of voting in a primary election himself.
That's right my friend, Mr. Tim "Think I'll run for Congress today" Barker has never voted in a primary election, Democrat, Republican or otherwise.
Of course, it would have been very difficult for him to vote in a Republican primary election since he just changed his registration from Democrat to Republican on August 15, a couple weeks after our most recent primary.
Still, there were competitive races among Democrats, like Jones and professional lobbyist Jim Slattery for who would get beat down by Pat Roberts. I guess Tim just didn't care...
Is it too much to ask that the guy who wants to represent Kansans in Congress bother to vote himself? He's 30 years old, it's not like he hasn't had the opportunity to get it done. According to the Secretary of State's website, he's even figured the last two times (of four???) that he can vote absentee. Why couldn't you get it done this August Tim?
Primary voters are the most reliable kind of voter. They believe it's a responsibility to vote, not just a right. They tend to come from the ends of the political spectrum versus the "middle."
Further, only Republicans can vote in the primary for Republican candidates so things didn't look too good for Barker to begin with. Tell them the guy they may be casting their vote for has never bothered to vote in a primary election himself... well... I don't think they'll look kindly on the situation.
So whine on batty Barker people. Say what you want, but when it comes down to it, Republican primary voters simply won't vote for a guy who doesn't care enough to vote in a primary himself!