TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POLITICAL INSIDERS TELL US THAT GOV. JAY NIXON WILL BE POWERLESS FACING A "NO VETO" MAJORITY IN BOTH MISSOURI HOUSE AND SENATE!!!
Kansas City political insiders tell us that Gov. Jay may win his race evening but this election night will be anything but a victory for one of the State's top Democratic politicos.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY TOP POLITICAL INSIDERS PREDICT THAT AFTER TONIGHT GOV. JAY NIXON WILL BE FACING A VETO PROOF MISSOURI HOUSE AND SENATE!!!
More . . .
THERE'S A LOT OF BLAME TO SHARE IN THIS GOP "NO VETO" DOMINANCE BUT KANSAS CITY INSIDERS ARE POINTING THEIR FINGER AT THE LACK OF DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP FROM GOV. JAY - WHO DIDN'T HELP ANY OTHER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE!!!
In so many words . . . Kansas City's political elite are calling Gov. Jay a sellout or at least noting that he has only looked out for his own reelection self-interest.
Where are Democrats losing seats?
Kansas City population remains steady and controlled by the Democratic Party. However, STL is losing population and redistricting hurt their numbers badly. Even worse, suburban sprawl in STL is diluting Democratic strongholds. In other parts of Missouri, Rural areas continue to turn "red" and the legacy of Union Democratic voting is disappearing.
And so . . .
Democratic Party big shots expect to do reasonably well in some of the top seats. Sen. Claire's polling picked up in the last few days, Chris Koster's spot as AG looks secure and of course Gov. Jay should trounce his joke of an opponent. But the future of the state is increased GOP dominance.
Perspective on what the impact of this fact of life will be . . .
"(Gov.) Jay is going to be running for President the second he's sworn in for a second term. But he'll be doing so as a powerless figurehead. Because he didn't help any other Democrat, his job duties will be mostly ceremonial."
And here's the even scarier part . . .
A Kansas City Political Insider advises . . . "Missouri is becoming just as much of a 'Red State" as Kansas only more Conservative and crazy. If Democrats want to stay competitive. They need to understand this new reality."
Expect a Steve Kraske column on all of these trends Democrat insiders are talking about NOW sometime in December. Natch.
Meanwhile, Kansas City remains the lone Democratic stronghold in a State that hasn't just lost its "bellwether" status but just might be the epicenter of Midwestern reactionary culture in backward rural areas.