Abandon ship! Republican politicos are officially endorsing Kerry, a troubling sign of great significance in this polarized environment. The Nation’s John Nichols:
Former Republican members of the U.S. Senate and House, governors, ambassadors, aides to GOP Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush have explicitly endorsed the campaign of Democrat John Kerry. For many of these lifelong Republicans, their vote for Kerry will be a first Democratic vote. But, in most cases, it will not be a hesitant one.
Angered by the Bush administration’s mismanagement of the war in Iraq, record deficits, assaults on the environment and secrecy, the renegade partisans tend to echo the words of former Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen, who says that, “Although I am a longtime Republican, it is time to make a statement, and it is this: Vote for Kerry-Edwards, I implore you, on November 2.”
The essay continues on, with direct quotes from over a dozen public “defections” from the GOP faithful to Kerry. This cannot sit well with the Bush camp, and as expected, we’ve heard little from them (or the media for that matter) about this. How many Dems are endorsing Kerry over Bush. Hmmm?