Other than Santorum losing by close to 20%, the best news this election cycle came from Kansas:
In a bitter race credited with influencing voters statewide, Democratic challenger Paul Morrison decisively wrested the attorney general’s office from Republican Phill Kline on Tuesday.
Nationally, Democrats prepared to take control of the U.S. House in an election that some saw as a referendum on the war in Iraq.
In Kansas, fissures in the Republican Party and the divisiveness of the Kline-Morrison race may have prompted moderate Republicans and independents to support Democrats, said Joseph Aistrup, head of the political science department at Kansas State University.***
Morrison assailed Kline’s efforts to get abortion-clinic medical records, saying it invaded privacy. Former Attorney General Carla Stovall Steckline, who crossed party lines to endorse Morrison, accused Kline of pursuing a personal anti-abortion agenda.
Kline defended his actions, saying he was investigating potential child abuse and illegal late-term abortions — arguing his case in recent appearances on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox.
Tuesday night, Morrison called the election “a victory for Kansans who want to make sure that their most private and personal records are kept private.”
It is a lesson I hope the national GOP takes to heart, as Kline lost 58-42, in Kansas. Get out of our bedrooms and get out of our medical decisions, guys.