The Campaign Spot

Adventure? Excitement? A Congressman Does Not Crave These Things

The retirement of Kansas Democrat Dennis Moore – you know, the lawmaker who didn’t read the health-care bill and voted for it anyway – was one of those early indicators of trouble for Democrats, as Kansas isn’t exactly the easiest state for that party. His wife is running; no word on whether or not she believes she should read bills before enacting them into law.

But the possibility of Mrs. Moore benefiting from a messy GOP primary looks less likely today:

On Thursday, Nick Jordan pulled out of the Republican primary. Plagued by poor fundraising — and tagged as a loser because of his defeat to Moore in the fall of 2008 — Jordan had no recourse.

Jordan’s pullout is a big victory for Kevin Yoder, who has easily amassed the largest amount of money for the GOP primary.

And Jordan’s decision hurts Stephene Moore — at least a bit — as Dennis’ wife gets her bid for the Democratic nomination under way.

After all, Moore and other Democrats have been hoping against hope that the Republican primary would be a political bloodbath, requiring candidates to raise all kinds of money and throw out all kinds of negative charges against each other just to win the GOP nomination and the right to face Moore in November.

Now, one of the prime GOP candidates is out of the race, reducing the chances for a bruising Republican primary.

Yoder’s campaign warchest is pretty darn big, but that doesn’t guarantee a victory. In fact, whenever I hear the name “Yoder” I think, “Size matters not . . . Look at me. Judge me by size, do you?”