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James Thompson, Democrat in Kansas running for Congress

Back in February I asked “Can the Democrats really run veterans, football players and sheriffs (in other words, the type of people who appeal to blue-collar whites) when the SJW-types who are in charge hate those types of people?”

In Kansas, James Thompson, a guy from a prole background, an army veteran who has a TV commercial in which he’s seen shooting an AR-15, is mounting a successful campaign in a special election for Congress. Part of his campaign shtick is that he’s pro-veteran and Washington isn’t doing enough for the veterans. As you know, prole whites from flyover country love the veterans. And his campaigns uses lots of American flags, and prole whites from flyover love the American flag.

Initially, Thompson got absolutely no support from the Democratic Party. The wrong kind of Democrat. But they are finally supporting him now , because the prospect of flipping a deep-red seat to the Democratic party overcomes their distaste of supporting white male military veterans.

Some of Thompson’s support comes because the voters in Kansas are mad that Republican Sam Brownback vetoed a bipartisan bill to finally accept Obama’s Medicaid expansion. The Medicaid expansion is like free money from the federal government, and without it, people too poor to qualify for Obamacare subsidies are left without any health insurance. The only reason to veto it at the state level is because some Republicans hate Obama so much they’d rather see the people of their state go without health coverage rather than accept Obama’s free federal money.

If it seems that I’m a fan of Thompson… well I have grave doubts about anyone whose career is as a “civil rights attorney” (after graduating from a TTT law school). That means his job is to use the law to harass white people for alleged discrimination against minorities and women. However, I could not find anything on the internet about his legal career, except that he’s in private practice and does not work for a government agency. His profile says that he does “Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Wills,” so he sounds like some low-level shyster who will take any type of case because he doesn’t have enough business. Maybe he thinks that “civil rights attorney” sounds more prestigious than “personal injury attorney.”

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Based on the comments, I certify that Mr. Thompson is not an SJW type of “civil rights attorney” but rather a low-rent ambulance chaser who thinks it’s more prestigious to call himself a “civil rights attorney.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. The media is making more noise about Jon Ossoff’s run for Tom Price’s seat in Georgia than this guy.


    April 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    • Yeah MSNBC is doing wall to wall election coverage. I guess they’re really hopeful a Democrat can pull it off.

      Mike Street Station

      April 11, 2017 at 9:34 am

    • Ossoff’s party affiliation is conspicuously absent from his ads, and he uses a lot of red in the background graphics. Ads that identify him as a Democrat probably won’t help his campaign. Also, he looks like pajama boy.


      April 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      • I hadn’t heard of this race before reading about it here.

        From Daily Beast, an article that illustrates the utter cluelessness of the MSM/Democrat Industrial Complex (DIC for short).

        “If national Democrats could grow a near-ideal Congressional candidate in a lab, the product would look a lot like Jon Ossoff, the lanky 30 year-old former Capitol Hill staffer who is running to replace Rep. Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.

        Ossoff grew up in the suburban Atlanta district, went to Georgetown and the London School of Economics, and calls liberal icon Rep. John Lewis a mentor.  When Ossoff, who is now the CEO of a documentary film company, heard that Price had been tapped as Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, he went to Lewis to get his advice on running in the Republican stronghold.

        “He said if anyone can do it, you can do it,” Ossoff recalled in an interview with the Daily Beast.”

        Lanky (Pajama Boy lanky, not fit lanky): ding
        Former Capit Hill staffer: Ding
        Atlanta suburbs: Ding
        Georgetown/ LSE: Ding ding
        liberal “icon” a mentor: ding
        CEO of doco film co: ding

        His opponent is probably Trucon scum, but can anything illustrate the degeneration of the Democrats more than a poz-out like Ossoff? And the Daily Beast thinks he’s an ideal candidate.


        April 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  2. When do you start working for the skanks? Tomorrow?


    April 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

  3. Brownback has showed the absolute bottom to appeasing tax cuts, tax cuts, and more tax cuts. He’s damaged the state fiscally.

    Mike Street Station

    April 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

    • The tax cuts would’ve worked if there were corresponding spending cuts. the tax-cuts uber alles GOPe position shows how dumb they are.

      They could’ve had a flat-tax years ago if they could see that in a rich democracy you must have a welfare state because voters demand it (including GOP voters).

      25-30% flat-tax on all personal and corporate income: 5% for healthcare, 10% for basic income, 10-15% for general spending. Hell, the Democrats should propose that.

      • “The tax cuts would’ve worked if there were corresponding spending cuts. the tax-cuts uber alles GOPe position shows how dumb they are.”

        The problem is, there are never equivalent spending cuts. Ask any “fiscal conservative” in Congress, if he would limit tax cuts to the same amount of spending cuts. You know the answer…

        Mike Street Station

        April 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      • Democrats are too smart to fall for the flat tax. Although that may not apply to Kansas


        April 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    • Wow Mike, doesn’t it sometimes seem that we need a new political party? Such a great idea!

      OK, I know I know, I’ll go back to dreaming about riding unicorns.


      April 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      • The Unicorn Party.

        You named it!

        Mike Street Station

        April 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      • @Mike,

        I didn’t mean to. The words just popped out of my mouth, or rather, tripped off my fingers.

        @Lion et al,

        This morning I tried listening to NPR (I know, I know), Brian Lehrer specifically. This guy has has head up his liberal NY Jewish ass so far he can’t see straight. You gave a much better analysis of the election than he did. He had two assholes guests who just didn’t see the issues properly.

        They thought this election was a referendum on Trump. They are convinced that Trump is losing popularity because conservatism is losing its appeal and even Kansas is gettin’ woke and soon the Democrats will prevail. They cannot see that where Trump has lost popularity is because he’s gone back on his populist promises. Whereas the Dems cannot possibly claim populist turf.

        I had to turn off the radio after 5 minutes of this drivel.


        April 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  4. “The only reason to veto it at the state level is because some Republicans hate Obama so much they’d rather see the people of their state go without health coverage rather than accept Obama’s free federal money.”

    You do this in the South in the hope poor blacks will relocate to another state. Seems to be working for AL.


    April 11, 2017 at 9:52 am

  5. The TruCon scum could cost us this seat, but I wouldn’t see it as a rebuke to Trump. Just a rebuke to TruCon scum.

    Now if Ossoff wins, that would be a rebuke to Trump. I don’t think he’ll win the runoff though.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 11, 2017 at 10:07 am

    • They didn’t, the Repub won – but you certainly have a point about Trucons. They really are scum.


      April 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

  6. If the guy is from a small town, he can’t afford to specialize; there are too few of any one kind of case to make a living. I have found the same thing in my own line of work as well: in large cities you’ll find very specialized businesses that deal only in certain types of products. In small towns there are often only one or two businesses carrying everything from soup to nuts.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    April 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

  7. This is the strategy that John Bel Edwards used to win the Louisiana Governorship as a Democrat in deepest, reddest Louisiana. Those damned sneaky Democrats really are smart.

    Two in the Bush

    April 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    • I can’t claim particular expertise in that race, but Dems have a longer history in the south than they do in places like Kansas. Until the Dems went crazy in the 2nd Obama admin, espousing the far reaches of social decay such as transgenderism, in most non-Presidential elections it was mano a mano, and if the Dems had a good candidate, why not vote for him? Or her, as in the case of pretty Nikki Haley.


      April 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      • PS last sentence was written poorly – I know that Haley is a Repub. Was making point about voting for the individual, in a non-partisan way.

        Thompson’s practice areas:

        “Civil Rights
             Excessive Force
             Racial Discrimination 
        Eminent Domain – Defense of Landowner
        Civil Litigation
             Automobile Collisions
             Personal Injury
             Wrongful Death 
         Bar, Nightclub and Restaurant Law
         Insurance Law
         Wills Trusts and Probate”

        Except for the racial discrimination, white people get into all that trouble too. Especially in his area of Kansas.

        My gut feeling is that Wichita was the one black area of Kansas. I was wrong:

        It’s blacker than the rest of Kansas, about 12%. But not black by our standards!

        “Based on the comments, I certify that Mr. Thompson is not an SJW type of “civil rights attorney” but rather a low-rent ambulance chaser who thinks it’s more prestigious to call himself a “civil rights attorney.””

        Probably. But when a regular guy gets into trouble, it’s Thompson they go to. When you get arrested in a bar fight, you call this guy. I like him, kind of. The problem is, a vote for the Democrats is a vote for a boy who thinks he’s a girl on your daughter’s softball team.


        April 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  8. I am from Kansas
    >The only reason to veto it at the state level is because some Republicans hate Obama so much they’d >rather see the people of their state go without health coverage rather than accept Obama’s free federal >money.

    I don’t think is out of a new found concern for poor people. Brownback would rather see rural hospitals shutdown than expand Medicaid. The new found interest is that after years of limping along after the ACA changed the funding formula for hospital reimbursement the hospitals are in danger of closing. The local hospital being one of the last service sector jobs in many rural counties. Oh and people have to travel further for care, but really this is about jobs, jobs, and keeping the lights on in some of these towns,


    April 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

  9. Maybe he thinks that “civil rights attorney” sounds more prestigious than “personal injury attorney.”

    Probably. I kind of admire the cynicism.

    Peter Akuleyev

    April 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  10. Atty. Thompson probably needs the regular income and benefits that the Congressional job would give him.

    Here’s James (Jim) Thompson’s unimpressive LinkedIn

    Here’s his firm’s unimpressive web site

    Regarding regular income – I’m considering running for my City Council after my not-yet-defined early retirement just for the full, gold-plated $0 premium/$0 deductible health insurance and the annual $12,000 stipend.

    E. Rekshun

    April 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    • I have to think that he’s not actually an SJW, but will just take any case that comes to him and he did a “civil rights” case once, so he calls himself a “civil rights attorney.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      • Check out this link at the top of their website. “Payment center”. I have never seen that on a law firm website before. Lawyers are usually discreet about payment. It’s just something they don’t like to talk about in public. BTW, they accept Paypal. No mention of bitcoin. But I bet they would take Marijuana, Oxycontin or Meth in a pinch.


        April 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      • If I had gone to a third tier law school, I would specialize in criminal defense. My strategy would be to befriend every DA, Judge, Detective in town and make them my friends. Lavish them with gifts, petty and grand. Donate to their political campaigns and get my friends to donate, and let them know who donated that money, would work tirelessly to get them elected. Then I would tell my clients, “We are going to plea bargain, because everybody knows you are guilty, even if you aren’t.” I would never take a case to trial because I would lose. If you want to go to trial, get another lawyer. I would get murder charges reduced to 2nd degree manslaughter, weapons possession charges reduced to loitering, battery charges reduced to disorderly conduct. Major drug trafficking reduced to mere possession. I would do everything possible to avoid a federal courtroom. I would also demand payment up front. One could have a nice life working like that, and do good for one’s clients.


        April 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      • Are defense attorneys allowed to donate to prosecutors’ campaigns? If yes, do they (DAs/AGs) have to recuse themselves from cases where the defendant’s represented by a donor?


        April 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      • @Daniel,

        You have the makings of a best selling novelist.


        April 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    • Bon Dieu. That is one BAD lawyer website.

      Two in the Bush

      April 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    • “Regarding regular income – I’m considering running for my City Council after my not-yet-defined early retirement just for the full, gold-plated $0 premium/$0 deductible health insurance and the annual $12,000 stipend.”

      Not a bad idea, unless you’re doxxed and your opponent has a field day with your past comments (and screen name,).

      Mike Street Station

      April 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

  11. I live in Wichita which is in the district. I didn’t see or hear any advertising from the Republicans until just a few days ago. It appears they assumed no campaigning was needed to win. On the other hand I’ve seen a yard signs for both the Libertarian and Democrat candidates and seen internet advertising for Thompson.

    I predict that Estes (the Republican) will win but by a lot less than Pompeo. I don’t think that will say much about Trump but will be spun that way. What it will really reflect is the fact that the local Republican party didn’t bother running an actual campaign.


    April 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    • If it barks like a dog and looks like a dog, does it matter if it calls itself a horse?

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

      April 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm

  12. I thought the objection to the Obama Medicaid expansion was that the extra money went away after a couple of years and the states would be on the hook for it.

    Dave Pinsen

    April 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    • Yeah, I think Lion is being a little disingenuous when he calls the federal money “free money.” There are generally strings of one type or another attached to such funds.


      April 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    • Federal funding for the expansion will shrink from 100% to 90% by 2020. It’s still less expensive for states to fund 10% than to deal with the problems of uninsured people. They wind up in the emergency room and then someone still winds up paying (for the most part, everyone else in the form of higher emergency room costs), and wind up paying a lot more than if the state just chipped in 10% for medicaid costs which are actually pretty low costs.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

  13. With regard to Medicaid expansion:

    If we don’t expand Medicaid, are the poor and needy in my state going to
    Expanding Medicaid will actually worsen the outlook for the truly needy. ObamaCare expansion steals limited
    resources from the truly needy while giving welfare to able-bodied, working-age adults. More than 582,000
    people with disabilities are currently on Medicaid waiting lists, hoping to survive long enough to receive the
    services they desperately need. ObamaCare expansion will make it more difficult for them to get care.

    Won’t expanding Medicaid save us money?
    No. Medicaid expansion creates an entirely new eligibility category. Expansion funds cannot be used to cover
    traditional Medicaid shortfalls or to pay for traditional Medicaid benefits. In addition, starting in 2017, states will
    have to start paying a large percentage of the costs of the program, further straining state budgets.

    Will expansion save my local hospital?
    According to Moody’s Investors Services, the leading provider of credit ratings for hospitals, there is no significant
    difference in financial health of hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid and states that have not.
    Hospitals are still closing in expansion states and, although some hospitals have seen reductions in uncompensated
    care, many hospitals in expansion states are still losing money overall.


    Medicaid expansion is a mixed blessing at best, but it’s certainly not “free money” from the federal government. In health care, as elsewhere, there’s no free lunch.

    And I agree with you with regards to the “civil rights attorney.” He looks like just another ambulance-chasing legal scumbag with a TTT law degree. Is this the best they can do?

    Black Death

    April 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

  14. Florida is another state that rejected the Fed’s Medicaid expansion money. In FL, a non-disabled, single adult male under the age of 65 cannot receive Medicaid. A former foster child that was on Medicaid when aging out of foster care can continue to receive Medicaid up to age 26 regardless of income. A non-citizen that meets the income eligibility requirements can receive emergency Medicaid to cover a serious medical emergency including childbirth.

    E. Rekshun

    April 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    • Florida gives up a lot of high income doctors, nurses, and senior medical admins by keeping Medicaid as stingy as possible, 60-90% of which would be paid by the federal government. In most states the medical lobby is much too powerful to let that happen.


      April 12, 2017 at 1:39 am

  15. Lion, you can bet many D’s will support this guy:

    Daniel Helmer is challenging Comstock in VA-10 for 2018.

    West Point, Rhodes Scholar, 10+ year Army Vet, BCG, Jewish.

    Seth Moulton up in MA is a vet that’s a young D that is going to go places.

    There are younger vets, esp millennial ones in the next 10 years that will start to run within the Dems and winning.

    Simba of the Blogosphere

    April 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

  16. It’s entirely possible that we put too much stock in these by-elections (as the British call them), and sometimes the winner is unseated in the next regular election. For example, in 2011 GOP Rep. Christopher Lee, who was one of the few Republicans left from the NY delegation after the routs of 2006 and 2008, was forced to resign in an Anthony Weiner moment. In the special to succeed him, Dem Kathy Hochul was elected in a campaign marked by a Medicare scare. Hochul lost her seat in 2012, but don’t feel sorry for her. She’s now NY’s lt gov.

    Looks like Estes pulled it out after all.


    April 12, 2017 at 1:11 am

  17. Makes me think that the Democrats will put up someone better than Hillary in 2020. That should not be a hard task. Bernie was not that great, and he was much better than Hillary.

    The Dems and the whole world underestimated not just Trump, but Republicans generally, who won big in the Senate too. They thought that Hillary could run hard left SJW and still win in their arrogance.


    April 12, 2017 at 1:35 am

  18. Man, I’ve been saying for years the democrats should run more people like Joe Sestak. I was surprised they actually didn’t run him again in PA in 2016, because he lost 2010 by a narrow margin and it was a midterm (crappy young voter turnout), and it was part of the Obama backlash during that midterm.


    April 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

    • Sestak did run, but DNC was against him and he lost to KM in the primary.

      Simba of the Blogosphere

      April 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    • There is a Sestak-specific problem, there, in that he fits a certain profile on paper, but anyone who has actually met him knows he’s a raging a-hole.

      That doesn’t matter your first time to the rodeo. But stick around and everyone gets it.


      April 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

  19. Results just in – the Republican (Ron Estes) won, 53-46. Looks like Mr. Thompson can go back to chasing ambulances.

    Black Death

    April 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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