Why vote in primary when we already know the outcome?

Don’t forget to vote in the presidential preference primary election. Advance voting is already underway. Election day will be Tuesday, March 19.

There. I’ve done my duty and encouraged people to vote. I suppose there is a reason we’re having this primary. But by all means, if you have the background on the reasoning for this election, please let me know, because at this point, it seems like a general waste of time and money, doesn’t it?

On the Democratic ticket:

• Joe Biden, the oldest president in the history of the United States of America. He wears Top Gun-style Ray-Ban sunglasses and ***** (my wife made me remove my hilarious/savage comment).

• Marianne Williamson, who takes a break from being a tarot card reading gypsy or something, to run for president every four years.

• Jason Michael Palmer, who was maybe a child actor in the 80s, since he uses three names? You know, like Jonathan Taylor Thomas or Brian Austin Green or Neil Patrick Harris?

• Dean Phillips… why am I thinking of JimmyDean sausage?

On the Republican ticket:

• Nikki Haley, who will likely be a former candidate by the time the Kansas primary election hits.

• Ron DeSantis, former candidate.

• Ryan Binkley, never heard of him. Update: I looked him up and he is also a former candidate.

• Former President Trump – Election night victory party YouTube videos will be labeled “When the Doom Music kicks in.”

I mean, the ballot is set, right? Trump vs. Biden – Round 2.

And if the Democrats actually stick with Biden as their guy, Trump will win easily this time. How much you want to bet Democrats will employ some of the exact same election-denying tactics they’ve decried over the last few years? Interesting times ahead.

In the meantime, Kansas should cut its losses and just cancel the primary.

Dan Thalmann is the owner/publisher of the Washington County News and is a Past President of the Kansas Press Association. He has won numerous journalism awards in many categories over the years, including multiple awards as the best mid-sized weekly newspaper in Kansas.

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George Pisani

Yeah– it’s a dog-and-pony show. Yeah– we [sorta] know the outcome. But also, see https://www.businessinsider.com/moving-california-kansas-pros-cons-san-francisco-weather-buying-home-2024-2 for info on the “… 5,500 people [who] moved from California to Kansas between 2021 and 2022…” And if that’s not a good reason to make Kansas’s position clear, then do tell me what might be.

In 1970, when I moved here, it seemed (HAPPILY) that KS was 10yrs behind the E-coast in many (damned nice) ways. The new interstate highways, and especially the advent of the Internet, have reduced that to about 10 minutes currently. And in increasingly Socialistic Lawrence, sometimes events presage Portland, OR.