The state Republican Party is forming a loyalty committee so that it can punish officers who endorse or contribute to Democrats. [...]
Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist, suggested the loyalty committee could prove a "public relations disaster."
"Ironically, it smacks most of the Communist Party," Beatty said Monday. "That's the kind of public irony that most parties try to avoid -- the party of freedom telling people they have no freedom."
As TBogg said many years ago, “Nothing quite says ‘freedom’ like being compelled to recite a loyalty oath.”