The Joplin Globe's remarkable record of not supporting a single Democratic candidate for president since William Jennings Bryan in 1908 ended Wednesday when the newspaper gave its stamp of approval to Barack Obama.
Think about that. The Globe Editorial Board endorsed Wendell Wilkie over Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and Tom Dewey over Missouri's own Harry S Truman eight years later.
So what happens when the Globe breaks from its century-long precedent and endorses a Democrat?
Just check out the comments section on the newspaper's website.
Some of the readers are canceling or threatening to cancel their subscriptions. They have every right to do so, but it seems childish to cut off the Globe just because its editors don't agree with your opinion.
Unfortunately, that is what our nation has become- a land where disagreements are no longer acceptable. To some people, if you're not on their side 100 percent of the time, you are the enemy. (And that applies to Obama supporters as well as those who favor John McCain.)
Check out those comments. There are some howlers on both sides.