Remember how U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts stuck former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in the back just two years ago?
Dole seems to have forgiven the shameful way Roberts treated the disabled war veteran in late 2012. That’s when Roberts and other Republican senators helped kill a bill Dole had personally favored. Dole even showed up in a wheelchair on the Senate floor to support the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Of course, in politics, even that kind of embarrassing incident can be forgotten if there’s a Senate seat to hold onto, as Roberts is trying to do in the dying days of his campaign.
Now it’s Dole who is trying to stick Kansans with six more years of the unproductive Roberts.
Let’s hope voters don’t give Dole that wish — even if many voters still have some respect for his long-ago service to the state.
Dole has become a last-minute issue in the shrill and nasty campaign waged by Republican incumbent Roberts against independent Greg Orman.
Roberts has rolled Dole out at various campaign stops for many weeks, well aware of how popular the 91-year-old Dole still is among the old-time GOP crowd — and of how unpopular the cranky, right-leaning Roberts has become.
The desperate Roberts also has brought in other big-name GOP supporters from around the nation, including people who have little in common with Kansas. They include tough-guy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ultra-conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
On Friday, Orman spoke up about the politicians conspiring to defeat him.
“It sort of seems like a Washington establishment clown car to me. You know, every day a new person comes out of that car. You know, ultimately we have gone out and we have brought our case to the voters of Kansas, and everywhere I go, I hear the same things. Kansans think Washington is broken.“
That last part of his statement is an excellent point, and a key part of Orman’s campaign.
But the Roberts campaign twisted Orman’s comments to contend the independent candidate was calling Dole a “clown.”
Orman denied it, noting that Dole actually once worked for some bipartisan legislation, the kind that Orman wants to champion if voters will send him to Washington.
In a sign of how far Roberts will go to attach himself to Dole, the current senator is now hoping that Kansans will reward him for being so nice to the former majority leader. Voters should reject that approach.