In an op-ed column Saturday, John Webster, my conservative boss for many years on the Spokesman-Review editorial page, explains why he is no longer a Republican:
I used to be a Republican. Voted for them. Wrote nice things about them and their policies. When I was a kid, I even doorbelled for them. Never again. Three years ago, something in me snapped. Deregulated banks had trashed our economy. Health insurance companies paid fat bonuses to their executives while seizing any excuse to deny ordinary people the coverage they needed. Our first African-American president struggled to repair the economy and restore banking regulations. He embraced a health care policy Republicans had favored. He wound down his predecessor’s debt-funded wars. At every turn, Republicans fought him, filibustered, demagogued. Plainly, the GOP intended to deny our president any achievement, regardless of the harm this could and did inflict. More here.