Via The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, I see that Kansas governor Sam Brownback is telling Christian journalist David Brody of CBN that if he loses his reelection bid, it's the evil liberals' fault:
Governor Sam Brownback: "I think they (the mainstream media) want what's happening in this state to fail that they're shopping for a factual setting to back that up because it’s working."Here's what Brody says to elicit the first answer:
Governor Sam Brownback: I think the left is just so desperate. They want this model to fail so bad that they can't wait for it to and they just want to get me electorally before we get on through this and prove that this is working."
There's good news from the Kansas economy standpoint and then there's some bad news as well. There's always a kind of a mixed bag. It seems like the mainstream media, though, wants to take all of-- basically craft a narrative, if you will, with some of the negative news coming out of this state economically. Why do you think that is? What do you think's going on exactly? Is this kind of an out-to-get-you campaign 'cause you're a conservative-type guy?Now, I'm not a professional journalist or anything, but that strikes me as sort of a leading question. You?
Cillizza does a good job of rebutting this nonsense, but it doesn't matter. If Brownback loses, this will become conventional wisdom on the right.
Two weeks ago, Ed Kilgore wrote that Republicans and their backers would learn a lesson from a Brownback loss: that you can't force the full Koch agenda on the public (even in the Koch brothers' home state) without inviting a backlash from voters who want government and the economy to work. But I was already seeing a litany of excuses from the right -- Brownback would have won but was sabotaged by Republican turncoats, who presumably persuaded an otherwise perfectly contented electorate to reject Brownback, and did so because they wanted the liberal media to be nicer to them. The list of excuses will just longer and longer. (I guarantee that someone will say Brownback wasn't conservative enough.)
Right-wingers never learn. They are certain that conservatism can never fail -- it can only be failed.