Kansas Republicans demand loyalty oaths.
Wow. The Kansas Republican Party has really plunged off the deep end here. Upset over the many defections of prominent elected Republicans in recent years, they're trying to force Kansas Republicans to sign loyalty oaths, where they promise to endose only other Republicans for any office.
This kind of looks like a party in a state of rapid meltdown, but really: can parties melt down that quickly?
I was watching C-SPAN yesterday morning and Senator Leahy asked a Bush administration official at a hearing if that official had ever read Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22. The official hadn't, so Leahy's point about the Bush official's circular logic ("I can't answer that question because it's classified, but you can read the same answer in the reports already made public by our department.") The Kansas Sacred Loyalty Oaths are even more Catch-22-y, though. This is eerie. Yet still, I must confess a little bit of schadenfreude here. (In case you don't know what that word is, look it up. It describes perfectly the emotion that opponents to the Republican Party must be feeling across the board these days.)