Commentary: Lessons learned from election season

With Election ’08 in the books, there are new plots to follow

You love me when all things politics are hot. Don’t forget me in July.

Chances of a legislative change next year in Jeff City? About 1 in 5.

Fact: Republicans worry that advance voting will result in even bigger Democratic vote counts.

Fact: The GOP controls the General Assembly.

Fact: In January or February, when you should be writing your duly-elected representative about your Election Day frustrations and demanding change, you will have plum forgotten all about it.

Result: No advance voting. Unless, of course, the feds require it.

In Kansas, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts linked the words "lobbyist" and "Slattery" for all to see, thereby undercutting any late-campaign Democratic surge.

Percentage of white voters who backed Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday: 43.

To read the complete column, visit The Kansas City Star.