The Press: The Editor Regrets

In Manhattan, Kans. (pop. 18,900), readers of the devoutly Republican Mercury-Chronicle (circ. 5,445) got a surprise last week when they turned to the editorial page. The Mercury-Chronicle, which for years had consistently supported old-guard Republicans, was flatly declaring that "the old GOPers haven't had a constructive idea in 20 years. They are afraid to vote against the social program of the Democrats because they think the people want it . . . It is no wonder the people are becoming disgusted with both major parties." The solution: a third party "with a good program" that would push both old parties "into...

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