Kansas, Bastion of Democratic Hope Since About 10 Minutes Ago

The new USA Today/Suffolk poll is like a fresh keg arriving at the party.

A man walks past kegs of beer piled up outside of a bar in preparation for St Patrick's Day celebrations March 16, 2005 in New York City. New York, one of the largest homes to Irish diaspora in America, is preparing for festivities to kick off around the city with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

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Right now there's a happy surplus of progressive/liberal profiles of Kansas politics, appearing from Mother Jones's "What's the Matter with Sam Brownback?" to The New Republic's "Here's What's the Matter with Kansas." (Sly references to Tom Frank's 2005 era-definer have overtaken Wizard of Oz references as the go-to headline jokes about Kansas.) The new USA Today/Suffolk poll is like a fresh keg arriving at the party. Incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts and Governor Sam Brownback are both narrowly down. This isn't occurring in a vacuum; it's been two weeks since Roberts replaced his sleepy campaign staff and a week after Brownback allies leaked word that Paul Davis, the Democratic legislator who has steadily led the governor in polls, was caught at a strip club. Doing nothing illegal. When he was 26 years old.

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