MIGHT THINGS GET BETTER IN KANSAS?
They might, if the rumor that Bush will appoint Sam Brownback to head the World Bank is true. Americans unfamiliar with Sen. Brownback would do well to read Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas? (or read his speechs in the Congressional Record) to get an idea of his repugnant combination of religious fundamentalism and corporate gladhanding (both on a par that would make many Republicans blush). He'd make a terrible World Bank president, but whether he'd be worse there than in the Senate is an open question. If the governor of Kansas has the power to appoint a midterm replacement, Brownback's replacement would be a massive improvement.