That’s just one of the more pointed comments in a Los Angeles Times profile on the state of the Kansas GOP. As a long-time observer of
The key, though, which isn’t emphasized in the story, is that the religious right cannot win at the polls if moderate Republicans do not collude with them. This is true for
What Kansas Republicans are beginning to understand is that they truly made a pact with the devil when they first decided to ignore the excesses of the religious right and work with the mega churches and their followers.
Sometimes it wasn’t a matter of “ignoring” anything, but of moderates being booted out of positions in local precincts and the state committee. At other times, moderate Republicans decided to use the extra grassroots strength provided by the religious right to win at the polls. I think this is particularly true on the national level.
The Times notes:
Political observers say the fracture within the Kansas GOP may foreshadow the future for the national party. The division between moderates and social conservatives is expected to define the contest for the party's 2008 presidential nomination.The entire Times story is well worth reading. Republicans across the nation need to understand what their counterparts in
has been at the forefront of the culture wars that helped the Republican Party gain national dominance this decade. Twice in the last seven years, its Board of Education voted to teach alternatives to evolution in public schools. Voters in 2005 overwhelmingly approved a ban on gay marriage. The state's attorney general last year subpoenaed medical records of abortion patients. Kansas