Wednesday, August 3, 2016
An Interesting Primary in Kansas
Tim Huelskamp, a Tea Party leader and Freedom Caucus member who was one of the sharpest thorns in the side of former speaker John Boehner, lost the primary in Kansas 1st district to obstetrician Roger Marshall. Marshall is a conservative but has pledged to work with the party leadership to get things done. While Huelskamp was backed by the Koch brothers, Marshall drew support from the Chamber of Commerce and all the agriculture interests. This strikes me as a positive development; our system can survive plenty of partisanship, but (as we have seen) if people can't eventually make some kind of deal things start to fall apart.