WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?….Apparently it’s not just liberals who are asking that question anymore. Steve Rose, chairman of the Johnson County Sun, who admits that the policies of the Democratic Party still make him “cringe,” has nonetheless had enough of his own party:

I can name on two hands over a half century the number of Democrats we have endorsed for public office. This year, we will do something different.

….So, what in the world has happened? The Republican Party has changed, and it has changed monumentally.

You almost cannot be a victorious traditional Republican candidate with mainstream values in Johnson County or in Kansas anymore, because these candidates never get on the ballot in the general election.

Rose follows this with a nice list of just what it means to be a right-wing candidate in Kansas these days, and it’s not pretty. The Sun will be endorsing an almost unanimous slate of moderate Democrats this year. Is Kansas a weathervane for the nation?