Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Kansas GOP Diaspora Makes Its Way to the National Media

Yes, you got it. WaPo has noticed those Kansas Republicans jumping ship and running as Democrats. Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as colossal overreach. Proof of this can be found in Kansas, where moderates find themselves out of place in the American Taliban Party. A typical race between an American Taliban and an ex-Republican is as follows...

Paul Morrison, a career prosecutor who specializes in putting killers behind bars, has the bulletproof résumé and the rugged looks of a law-and-order Republican, which is what he was until last year. That was when he announced he would run for attorney general -- as a Democrat.

He is now running neck-and-neck with Republican Phill Kline, an iconic social conservative who made headlines by seeking the names of abortion-clinic patients and vowing to defend science-teaching standards that challenge Darwinian evolution. What's more, Morrison is raising money faster than Kline and pulling more cash from Republicans than Democrats.

The head of the Kansas GOP sniffs at the this exodus, calling it "political opportunism." Of course, the Kansas GOP is smarting over the fact that their former head is now a. a Dem and b. the running mate of Kathleen Sebelius.

Meanwhile, Morrison has the endorsement of John Walsh, of "America's Most Wanted" fame.

I can't help but wonder what ol' Bob Dole thinks of this. Not to mention Nancy Kassebaum Baker. Kassebaum Baker in particular is a classic old-school GOP moderate, and she can't be too happy with the Talibanization of the GOP.