This quote from Albert Einstein seems to be the mantra of the three major Republican blogs in this state.
Now that the news is starting to settle in that Jim Slattery will be joing the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, our Republican blogs have felt the need to assert Roberts' status as "well-liked."
What's the problem with this you might ask?
Sure, he's been elected numerous times by large margins, even going unopposed in 2002. But is he really well-liked?
Survey USA polls the state quite a bit, and Roberts' numbers have been pretty steady.
I could keep going, but you get the idea. The "well-liked" Senator has never been above 57% and has on two separate occassions since January of 2007 dropped below 50%. His average approval rating over the past 17 months? 52%.
That's not atrocious, I mean, he could be Sam Brownback. However, considering he has been in Congress for decades and has had no one really actively campaigning against him his entire career, it's pretty sad. And it certainly isn't insurmountable, whether he faces Lee Jones or Congressman Slattery.
So why is it that despite all evidence to the contrary, Republicans insist upon calling Sen. Roberts well-liked? They offer no statistical evidence to back up their claim, only that he hasn't been beaten yet.
I guess if you say something enough, people start to believe it.