Drain GOP’s swamp in Kansas: After Brownback’s fall, Kobach and Yoder should be next

Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach

Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder

Many Kansans today are rightly celebrating the end of Gov. Sam Brownback’s destructive tax cuts. But let’s keep progress going.

It’s time to drain the GOP swamp in the Sunflower State. It’s time for Kansas voters to keep sweeping failed ultra-conservative viewpoints out of power in 2018.

— Don’t elect Kris Kobach as governor.

— Don’t re-elect Kevin Yoder as the 3rd District congressman in Johnson and Wyandotte counties — or as governor, if he runs for that instead.

Sure, Kansans will be seeing plenty of dire warnings from ultra-cons like Kobach and Yoder, who have held sway in the state for all too long. They especially will pound away at the theme that the Legislature should not have approved income tax increases on Tuesday.


The state budget had been unbalanced for the last few years, imperiling the ability to provide good roads, social services and strong public schools. The tax hikes will help fix those problems.

Kobach weighed in with his inane stance Wednesday morning.


But the Kansas secretary of state has his own problems with credibility. He’s made totally unsubstantiated charges that millions of illegal votes were cast in the presidential election, echoing the views of his hero, Donald Trump.

Kobach also will continue to be in the news as he participates as part of a sham presidential election commission in future months.

His voter ID nonsense — in which he’s tried to suppress voting in the Sunflower State — also is another black mark against Kobach.

Overall, Kobach is exactly the kind of guy Kansas doesn’t need right now in the governor’s office.

As for Yoder, the congressman has outlived his usefulness in Washington, particularly since he’s very challenged these days when it comes to his credibility.

The most recent example came during U.S. House debate over the possible repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Yoder refused to tell the public his views, which were unclear until he finally voted for the unrealistic and shoddy American Health Care Act that barely passed in Congress.

Yoder will face credible Democratic challengers for Congress in 2018. One of them should be able to give him a good run for his money.

I know: It’s still a bit early in the process. Who knows which Republican and Democratic candidates will eventually emerge for seats such as governor and the 3rd District in Congress?

For now, though, Kansans who are ready to wave goodbye to the years of pitiful leadership from Brownback also should be focused on making sure Kobach and Yoder are swept out of office, too.