Thursday, October 19, 2006

Today's Must-Read

If you read one article today, make it Peter Slevin's WaPo piece "Moderates in Kansas Decide They're Not in GOP Anymore." It examines a very interesting trend that's happened in Kansas this year, where nine former Republican officeholders will appear on the ballot in November ... as Democrats. This includes the former chairman of the state Republican party, who's running for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket!

While the Kansas situation is hardly translatable to many other states (Democrats there are quite conservative, for example, so these center-right Republicans fit in rather nicely), it's a very intriguing trend to keep an eye on. What's very clear is that the right wing's politics of distraction are no longer working quite so well as they have ... and that, my friends, is a good sign indeed.

3 Comments:

At 4:53 PM, Blogger NorCalRINO said...

This is exactly the position many Californian centrists find themselves in, except that Schwarzenegger's celebrity status and swerve to the center is keeping most of us in the fold, for the moment. But because he is more of a chamelon than either a conservative or moderate, one cannot take his conversion to seriously. There is a rather ominous fear of his second term among those voters who see him as a chamelon rather than a champion of any particular viewpoint.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger Chesty said...

Webb in Virginia...

Sestak in Pennsylvania...

Larson in Maryland in '02...

I think a lot of center-right kind of people are starting to ask whether they still have a home in the GOP. Maybe it would be easier to take over the DNC than it would be to fix the RNC.

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Charles Amico said...

I hadn't seen this in the media I look at here in California and am grateful you posted it. I had heard about a group of Republicans that are hoping the Democrats gain control of Congress but hadn't heard of the whole State slate switching in Kansas. I wonder why not much press on this?

Jeremy, have you heard about the 490,000 weapons missing in Iraq that U.S. Gov't paid for and can't account for? Truly amazing incompetence.

 

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