It’s Not Kansas Anymore?

Too early to say whether the wingnuts are really suffering damage in their coalition in Kansas, but the former Chair of the Republican Party there, Mark Parkinson, has jumped ship. He’™s now a Democrat according to his local election board. Announcements will ensue concerning him taking the Lieutenant Governor spot on the Democratic [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Too early to say whether the wingnuts are really suffering damage in their coalition in Kansas, but the former Chair of the Republican Party there, Mark Parkinson, has jumped ship. He’™s now a Democrat according to his local election board. Announcements will ensue concerning him taking the Lieutenant Governor spot on the Democratic ticket. (AP, WaPo, Kansas City Star.)

Whether this is some sort of sea change is open to discussion, of course, but I love the reactions of the Kansas Republicans. Remember, Parkinson was Chair of the State Republican Party just three years ago.

ï–¿–½He is disloyal,ï–¿–½ said outgoing House Speaker Doug Mays of Topeka. ï–¿–½He is a discredited Republican. I canï–¿–½t describe just how shocked and disappointed I am.ï–¿–½

. . . .

Tim Shallenburger, who holds Parkinsonï–¿–½s former job as Kansas Republican chairman, disagreed, saying the move would neither help nor hurt.

ï–¿–½He politically has been very left of center,ï–¿–½ Shallenburger said of Parkinson. ï–¿–½In Kansas it doesnï–¿–½t do you any good to be a Democrat. For political expediency he was a Republican when he really has never been one.ï–¿–½

I suppose we should expect this sort of viciousness from Republicans, especially in Kansas where the extremists have taken over their Party. I particularly like Shallenburger’™s comments about someone he presumably helped elect Chair of the Republican Party, though he now claims Parkinson was a Democrat all along. What does that say about Shallenburger’™s own judgement?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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