The chairman of The Johnson County Sun in suburban Kansas City says his newspaper plans to turn away from 56 years of tradition and endorse a slate of Democrats this year.
Steve Rose writes that as a life-long Republican he is "shocked" by the shift in his newspaper and in his own thinking. It's not that he agrees with Democrats, Rose says; he just can't stand what the Republican Party has become.
Rose writes that the paper plans to endorse "Kathleen Sebelius for governor and Mark Parkinson for lieutenant governor; Dennis Moore to be re-elected to the U.S. Congress; Paul Morrison for Kansas attorney general; and a slew of local Democratic state legislative candidates."
Rose writes that he can't stomach the new GOP because:
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.
Note, I did not say it means "anti-abortion," because I do not find that position repugnant, at all. I respect that position.
But everything else adds up to priorities that have nothing to do with the Republican Party I once knew.