Friday, October 13, 2006

If they've lost Kansas…

…well, maybe unbridled optimism is justified. From the usually reliably Republican Johnson County Sun...
You almost cannot be a victorious traditional Republican candidate with mainstream values in Johnson County or in Kansas anymore, because these candidates never get on the ballot in the general election.

They lose in low turnout primaries, where the far right shows up to vote in disproportionate numbers.
To win a Republican primary, the candidate must move to the right.

What does to-the-right mean?
It means anti-public education, though claiming to support it.
It means weak support of our universities, while praising them.
It means anti-stem cell research.
It means ridiculing global warming.
It means gay bashing. Not so much gay marriage, but just bashing gays.
It means immigrant bashing. I'm talking about the viciousness.
It means putting religion in public schools. Not just prayer.
It means mocking evolution and claiming it is not science.
It means denigrating even abstinence-based sex education....
But everything else adds up to priorities that have nothing to do with the Republican Party I once knew.
Actually, it sounds pretty much like the Republican Party I've been watching for years, but whatever works.

Hat tip to mcjoan.

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