Only the truly successful people in this world can manage the difficult skill of failing upward. Example: Jason Kander has transcended the limits of the workaday world and become a part of the American culture war landscape where stand-up comedians, pundits and cable news talk show hosts attempt to dictate policy by way of monologue and quip.
Accordingly, here's an entertaining, captivating and completely clueless bit of fantasy from a Johnson County magazine that mostly serves to keep a small staff of upper-to-middle-class white ladies out of trouble for 15 hours a week . . .
"In August 2018, Jason Kander’s bestselling memoir Outside the Wire was published and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Two months later, Kander unexpectedly dropped out of Kansas City’s mayoral race, despite being the frontrunner."
FALSE!!! JASON KANDER WAS GETTING BEAT UP IN KANSAS CITY MAYORAL DEBATES BY THE LIKES OF THE FAR MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE SCOTT WAGNER!!!
This fact alone would send TKC into a depression. Kidding. Former Councilman Wagner knows his stuff and he's usually one of the smartest and nicest people in the room in most civic circles.
But the reality is that all of the mayoral candidates were ripping Kander apart and his lack of any operational knowledge regarding KCMO municipal government made him look like an amateur among a hungry pack of lawyers who had sharpened their teeth on City Hall ordinances for years.
More to the point . . .
JASON KANDER CAN'T HANDLE TOUGH QUESTIONS OR DEBATE, ONLY COMPLIMENTS!!!
This isn't coming from a place of partisanship or hateration. He would have been a better Mayor for Kansas City than Quinton Lucas but just like Jolie Justus, he wasn't prepared to fight for it. Obviously, he had other, more important problems to deal with . . . His exit from the contest was Kansas City's loss.
But again, Jason Kander did better than land on his feet . . . He and his wife Diana earned national media high praise and turned a potentially devastating career disappointment into a campaign that launched him on the national stage yet again.
And so, the more we think about it . . . Jason Kander is the most powerful man in Kansas City for the limited time he actually resides in this town.
Here's the listing from 435 mag which offers the positioning and was obviously put together before the Chiefs went on a losing streak and QB Patrick Mahomes busted his leg . . .
Illustrations by Neil Jamieson, David Babcock | Photography by Samantha Levi In Kansas City, power comes in many forms. Sheer wealth can mold the city with the stroke of a pen. Athletic heroics can bring our city together. Charismatic community organizers can shake up the system.
You decide . . .