U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder may have murdered his political career last week.
The Kansas Republican hemmed, hawed and hid until the last minute before voting for the reckless American Health Care Act, to help it narrowly pass in the House.
It was an abysmal performance by Yoder, who previously for years had been outspoken in the alleged need to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Yoder’s stance on the AHCA dramatically increases the possibility that Johnson and Wyandotte county voters could elect a well-qualified Democrat in 2018 and send Yoder packing.
Yoder gets no pat on the back for reportedly studying this monstrosity of a health care bill until the last moment.
After Yoder finally voted Thursday — and after he was slammed by hundreds of his constituents on social media — he lashed at his critics on Twitter. Yoder aggressively defended the GOP bill, even though he had been silent on it for days.
What a hypocrite.
Yoder’s sycophants say he’s a “moderate” Republican. Just look at his correct support for more funds for the National Institutes of Health and strong backing for internet privacy, they say.
However, if voters put a Democrat in Kansas’ 3rd District seat in 2018, they will get those good, strong positions as well. What they won’t get are Yoder’s constant votes for the last two years of horrible policies pushed by the Trump administration. (Or the Pence administration if Trump has been impeached or gone totally senile by then.)
It’s true that a lot can happen between now and the fall of 2018.
The U.S. Senate could kill the AHCA, taking some wind out of the sails of Yoder’s detractors.
The Democrats could nominate a weak candidate, as they’ve done before against Yoder.
And it’s possible that the conservative voters of Johnson County — especially in the growing Olathe and Shawnee areas — could embrace Yoder one more time.
Yoder will have plenty of money to spend to keep his seat — unless he abandons Congress to run for Kansas governor in 2018. Ugh.
Democrats need to be busy right now lining up candidates and raising revenue to seize an eminently winnable 3rd District seat next year.