The doctor from Lyons, Kan., made it official last night. Some person from American Idol sang and some guy from a local radio station talked.
I wasn't there, and no one emailed me to tell me how many people attended. Sad face. I did see a picture on Facebook, and it looked like he did draw quite a crowd.
I've said pretty much everything I have to say about Milton Wolf running for the U.S. Senate here.
There is only one thing I would add: I have been continually amazed at how livid many conservatives are about the fact that Wolf is running. I mean, there are a lot of political activists having complete meltdowns. (And some are just expressing their stern disapproval.) It's weird.
Wolf is going to lose, and probably hugely. And yes, this means Sen. Pat Roberts is going to have to campaign and spend some of his enormous war chest rather than using it to help other conservatives. I don't understand the outrage.
Even if you think, as I do, that a race between Wolf and Roberts is half-a-dozen of one and six-of-the-other, why do we care if Roberts has to spend time and resources campaigning? It's good for all of us if Roberts does get out and beat the streets. One, we actually get to see our Senator more than we would if he wasn't campaigning. Two, he is forced to spend some time with his constituents on the campaign trail. How is that a hardship?
And finally, the money piece: To those conservatives giving money to Sen. Roberts, were you giving it hoping he would use it on other candidates and party issues? If that was your concern, why not give it to the candidate or party or issue of your concern?
A little friendly debate shouldn't hurt people who can agree to disagree. But it's like we've entered bizarr-o world. Less than a day into the political campaign, it's obvious that the two sides are going to rip each others' throats out.
We can argue all day long about whether Wolf is a good candidate and whether he has to knowledge and tools to win. But he has a right to run for any office if he so chooses, and Roberts isn't entitled to a seat in the U.S. Senate.
My main reason for being a reluctant Wolf supporter is simply this: If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. I've "gotten" enough of the U.S. Senate. I like Sen. Roberts.
None of this is personal, but a lot of activists are taking it that way. Weird.