Breaking: Blue Dog flips to GOP

posted at 11:17 am on December 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Usually one does not see Congressmen or Senators flipping parties to join the minority.  However, Politico’s Josh Kraushaar has a scoop that Blue Dog Democrat Parker Griffith of Alabama, a freshman in Congress, has seen enough of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership.  He will join Republicans in a move that has far more symbolic than substantive impact — for now:

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to a senior GOP aide familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place in this afternoon in his home district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls over the summer.

Griffith’s district has been conservative for years.  His predecessor, Democrat Bud Cramer, almost found that out the hard way in the 1994 Republican landslide, barely hanging onto his seat.  After that scare, Cramer became a solid Blue Dog, and Griffith campaigned as someone who would follow in Cramer’s footsteps.

He must have understood that the Tea Party protests would mean disaster if he supported Pelosi’s agenda.  The move actually means a tougher ride for Griffith in the next year; he may have to shuffle his committee assignments, although the GOP is likely to accommodate him if possible.  He will also have to explain to his constituents why he switched after only the first year of his single term in office rather than just run as a Republican in the first place.  The Democrats in his district will paint him as an opportunist in 2010 when he runs for re-election.

However, he probably secured his chances for returning to Congress in 2011 with the flip.  The big question will be how many more Blue Dogs will make the switch in the next few months.  Will Griffith lead an exodus of conservatives and moderates out of Pelosi’s caucus?


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But the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, hinted that Republicans may be willing to allow the final vote to take place before the night before Christmas.

“We are working on an agreement that will give certainty to the way to end this session, and hopefully the two of us together can be recommending something that makes sense for both sides in the not too distant future,” McConnell said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Republicans are expected to discuss the vote’s timing at their policy lunch Tuesday.

Politico. Meanwhile, McConnell continues to be a spineles RINO.

Wethal on December 22, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I don’t like this. If he had any balls at all he would stay Dem like he got voted into office for and then run as a Repub for reelection.

Johnnyreb on December 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

That’s exactly what he IS doing.

runawayyyy on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

OH SNAP PLAYAH!

angryed on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Will Griffith lead an exodus of conservatives and moderates out of Pelosi’s caucus?

possibly, however she can keep the moderates…

cmsinaz on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

These R’s & D’s mean nothing to me anymore.
They are all crooks.
DC needs a purge that would make Stalin proud.
(I mean minus the death part).

Badger40 on December 22, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Politico. Meanwhile, McConnell continues to be a spineles RINO.

Wethal on December 22, 2009 at 11:46 AM

we need some new blood in the leadership, seriously!

maybe santa will give them cajones

cmsinaz on December 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Are the trolls out in force saying that this doesn’t matter? Probably.

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM

possibly, however she can keep the moderates…

cmsinaz on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Griffith is a moderate. Look at his voting record.

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

It would have to be a heck of a year for this to be read as opportunistic. We live to dream.

Cindy Munford on December 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Any thing to disrupt the Democrat agenda and irritate Pelosi is fine by me.

fourdeucer on December 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Wow.

The 2010 slaughter is starting early.

Cool.

David2.0 on December 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM

anuts on December 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Correct. One of my usernames. What can I say. In an age when the athlete of the decade is sleeping around with 15+ women, and you have the biggest college football player this decade, who’s lived a chaste life–which is unbelievable in Gaineville–and helped the poor, I think that takes unbelievable character. Am I trolling this thread. Duh. Are Tide fans still drunk after their “one” win. Yes.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I don’t know of anyone in the House or Senate who changed parties and then changed back. For better or worse, he’s now and forever a Republican

Janos Hunyadi on December 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Specter. I think Jim Webb was a D before he became a R.

Proud Rino on December 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM
//

Jim Webb is a D. Spector is the only one I can think of. Webb has always been a D. Although this is his first term in the Senate…Obama was contemplating him as VP.

uknowmorethanme on December 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I’m getting to like AL a little bit better; Tide fans are still annoying.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Annoying in what way? Like having a username after one of their star players, perhaps?

anuts on December 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM


Content warning

You don’t have to look far for these…

tdau1997 on December 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

A wise man once said: “When life gives you lemons, squeeze them, and make Lemonade….

….Then… go find someone who’s life is giving them Vodka, and throw a party!”

I think the GOP just found the man with the Vodka!

Razgriez on December 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

thought he leaned more conservatively…will check out…

cmsinaz on December 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Correct. One of my usernames. What can I say. In an age when the athlete of the decade is sleeping around with 15+ women, and you have the biggest college football player this decade, who’s lived a chaste life–which is unbelievable in Gaineville–and helped the poor, I think that takes unbelievable character. Am I trolling this thread. Duh. Are Tide fans still drunk after their “one” win. Yes.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 22, 2009 at 11:51 AM
//

Pretty sure they are drunk after 13 wins and a national title game birth. Nobody likes a hater.

uknowmorethanme on December 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

That’s exactly what he IS doing.

runawayyyy on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Not that way I read the article. Maybe I am reading it wrong, but it says he is switching parties today, not next year for the primaries.

Johnnyreb on December 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Griffith is a moderate. Look at his voting record.

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Perhaps some conservative will take his voting record and run against him in the primary… then again, I’m sure he didn’t do this without some assurances from the ALGOP.

In the meantime, it’s a goad in Pelosi’s side and a splash of cold water on the talk of “permanent majority.”

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Abandon Ship!! Abandon Ship!!!!

portlandon on December 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM

A rat with brains, or a poor swimmer who has decided to jump ship while the shore is still within sight?

Yoop on December 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

IMHO, this guy should have stayed a Democrat and run for Speaker if the Dems hold the House, coupling Blue Dogs with GOP votes to give Nancy Pants and the liberal wing the boot, rewrite some senority and openness rules, then realign the committee assignments to give chairs to Dem moderates instead of left wing fanatics.

Instead, it seems likely the GOP just picked up another wishy washy RINO. Sigh…

drfredc on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Jim Webb is a D. Spector is the only one I can think of. Webb has always been a D. Although this is his first term in the Senate…Obama was contemplating him as VP.

uknowmorethanme on December 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Yes, and he was also in the Reagan Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Pretty sure he identified as a Republican for several years, until the Iraq War started. But I think when he was a younger man he ID’d as a Democrat.

If you’re talking about people who switched parties multiple times in office – generally you only get away with that once. Specter is the exception.

Proud Rino on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Still no word up on http://algop.org/

C’mon fellas and ladies….

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

There will be plenty more of these.

It sounds like this guy may be worth keeping.

The Democratic brand name is mud.

These clowns have grossly underestimated the feelings of the American people on their many liberal agenda components.

2010 will be a landslide year similar to 1980 and 1994.

molonlabe28 on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Badger40 on December 22, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Not necessarily. But we do need to reclaim the republican party and purge the RINOs. That I’m on board with.

long_cat on December 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I don’t know of anyone in the House or Senate who changed parties and then changed back. For better or worse, he’s now and forever a Republican

Janos Hunyadi on December 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Specter. I think Jim Webb was a D before he became a R.

Proud Rino on December 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM
//

Jim Webb is a D. Spector is the only one I can think of. Webb has always been a D. Although this is his first term in the Senate…Obama was contemplating him as VP.

uknowmorethanme on December 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Specter was a D. Changed to R to run for District Attorney in Philly (less competition, and one has to work one’s way up the political machine). Continued to be a R (in name only) in public office until last year when he switched back to D.

Wethal on December 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Proud Rino on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Webb indeed identified as a Republican early in his career, and he used that to beat the ‘I’m a moderate above the party’ meme to death during his race with macaca (trademark: WaPo) Allen.

changer1701 on December 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

This is my district, I’m very pleased to hear this news.

And btw, ROLL TIDE!!!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

John Lott explains the Congressman is a Medical Doctor too. Very significant.

http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2009/12/democratic-congressman-parker-griffith.html

marti124 on December 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM

This bears repeating. From Lotts’ post:

Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject. . . .

Best ease up on this guy, he’s on the right side of Obamacare!

2ipa on December 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Pelosi has run the House forgetting there are two parties.

In her dreamworld of Soviet-style government, she could maintain her stranglehold over a one-party system… but in the system she actually has, she may just piss off a few more Dems with her heavy-handed SF brand of politics.

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

2010 will be a landslide year similar to 1980 and 1994.
molonlabe28 on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Depends on who loses their job and when. Senators get a six year window to operate, they might have the idea that no one will adequately remember their missteps by the time their next election rolls around. Plenty of time to make a poor decision but not get held accountable.

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Instead, it seems likely the GOP just picked up another wishy washy RINO. Sigh…

drfredc on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Even if he turns out to be a Rino by switching parties he will out of Pelosi’s sphere of influence so that is one less vote she can bribe.

fourdeucer on December 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Still no word up on http://algop.org/
C’mon fellas and ladies….
mankai on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

What is this exactly? I like to know before I click any linkies.

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Wonder if he has any inside dirt or if DC leaks so much that everyone pretty much knows what’s going on.

Wethal on December 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Merry Christmas libs!

jeff_from_mpls on December 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Who’s up for a rousing game of Media Crucifixion?

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

I don’t like this. If he had any balls at all he would stay Dem like he got voted into office for and then run as a Repub for reelection.

Johnnyreb on December 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Tough sh*t. back under your rock troll

bill30097 on December 22, 2009 at 12:08 PM

LOL! OT:

“The use of animals as props in seasonal displays is stressful and frightening for the animals,” O’Connor wrote. “Every Christmas, there are accidents and deliberately cruel incidents involving animals used in these displays.”

OmahaConservative on December 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Personally, I say let’s give this guy a chance.

From what I’ve read about him, he’s definitely not an Alan Grayson or Bernie Sanders.

Ryan Anthony on December 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Tide Auburn fans are still annoying.

FIFY

ROLL TIDE!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I still think House Democrats could sink Obamacare by seeing the kind of payoffs Nelson and Landrieu got and “holding out” for payoffs of their own. The abortion issue is a good excuse to do so and it only takes a couple of votes to sink it.

Kaisersoze on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Well, well, well . . . I am from Alabama and Parker Griffith is from my district. As Lorien 1973 observed, Griffith is definitely a moderate. He is becoming very unpopular here. He weaseled out on having any town meetings because he was afraid of the wrath of the folks around here.

I would not be getting excited about him switching. He would be a RINO at best. A real conservative by the name of Les Phillips (who is also african-american) is running against him. Phillips will be the better choice in my opinion. Griffith is lame all the way around.

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Not that way I read the article. Maybe I am reading it wrong, but it says he is switching parties today, not next year for the primaries.

Johnnyreb on December 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I do not believe you can read. I think your mommy read itto you and types for you.

bill30097 on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I don’t like this. If he had any balls at all he would stay Dem like he got voted into office for and then run as a Repub for reelection.

Johnnyreb on December 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

You expected a Democrat to stick to imaginary convictions?

As a Republican, he will be on probation.

portlandon on December 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM

OmahaConservative on December 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

O’Connor would hate to see my Christmas dinner table. The animal flesh residing on serving platters didn’t arrive there by accident.

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM

At some point he went to the caucus and the meetings and what not and said “yeah, I wholeheartedly support the democrat stance on issues x, y and z.”

He’s either a liar or lacking integrity and honor. We don’t need either type. FWIW I don’t care which way they switch, they still fit one or both of those descriptions.

WitchDoctor on December 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Yuck. Griffith’s my rep. I really have a visceral dislike of the guy and his naked opportunism reeks. Dunno if I’ll vote for him.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Tide Auburn fans are still annoying.

FIFY

ROLL TIDE!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

:-) Merry Christmas, anyway.

tdau1997 on December 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

How is it opportunism to switch to the minority party?

Ronnie on December 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Mine too. We are having prime rib, ham, goose, and crab.
All slaugtered and cooked, of course. Although blood will be flowing from the cut of beef. :)

OmahaConservative on December 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

What it does do is make all of my holiday arguments with douchey lib friends/family all the more enjoyable. All those hard core Dems that coughed up campaign bucks for Griffith — HAHAHA!

So there’s that.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Hand writing on the wall? Rat through a scuttle hole?

joedoe on December 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

How is it opportunism to switch to the minority party?

Ronnie on December 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Because we’re talking about Alabama here. If he wants to retain his seat, his best bet is to switch. Otherwise, he is going to take a beating from either Les Philip or Mo
Brooks – both are conservative republicans who are much better representatives for Alabama.

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

How is it opportunism to switch to the minority party?

He saves his own skin. There was no way he was gonna survive the next cycle as a Dem.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Doesn’t make any difference what he calls himself. He is going to vote and act the way he always has, Hope there is a good conservative to run against him in the primaries. My question is, “Why does Nancy Pelosi think her Congressional Seat is more import than his, or any one else’s for that matter?” She throws around junior congressmen like they are only there to do her bidding. It’s no wonder people are jumping ship.

Tommy_G on December 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Maybe Philips would be the better choice, but Parker’s switch doesn’t surprise me – nor should it you – given that the Democrat party is one populated with extreme leftists and worse. Moderate or not, I find it highly doubtful he’s going to turn the dynamic duo of Snowe/Collins into a trio.

Ryan Anthony on December 22, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Sen. Shelby used to be a Dem, he switched to the Repub party and that has worked out pretty well for us on the whole.

ROLL TIDE!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:20 PM

A word of advice – Don’t Trust Blue Fascists!

madmonkphotog on December 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM

So he’s switching party affiliation. Whoopee. Has he had a conservative epiphany that will forever change his votes? No. He is a politician covering his ass for the next election.

pugwriter on December 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Blue dogs are, alas, all just sons of Bitches and are not needed in the Republican party! Please make them stay in the Communist dog house! We have enough RINOS already!

Marco on December 22, 2009 at 12:23 PM

There was no way he was gonna survive the next cycle as a Dem.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Like Ed said, his predecessor won as a Democrat even in the middle of a GOP landslide. I don’t think running as a Republican in that district is an opportunity.

Ronnie on December 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Guaranteed that this is the only way he could vote no on the socialized medicine bill. He was told that voting no would be the end of his career as a democrat.

Vashta.Nerada on December 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Look, all I am saying is that Griffith will NOT be a reliable conservative vote. He’s an opportunist trying to retain his seat is all.

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

More and more I question those who are enamored with political maneuvering, so engrossed in gamesmanship that they lose sight of the goal: electing people who believe in liberty and who take seriously their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

These people blindly do the enemy’s work.

pugwriter on December 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

We have better candidates for his seat – google Les Philip and Mo Brooks.

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Stay tuned to our Discovery Channel special on “How RINO’s Are Made.”

Back after these important words from evil capitalists.

Mojave Mark on December 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

More and more I question those who are enamored with political maneuvering, so engrossed in gamesmanship that they lose sight of the goal: electing people who believe in liberty and who take seriously their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

These people blindly do the enemy’s work.

pugwriter on December 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

This includes bloggers.

pugwriter on December 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Sen. Shelby used to be a Dem, he switched to the Repub party and that has worked out pretty well for us on the whole.

ROLL TIDE!! WAR EAGLE!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Fixed. ;)

And as far as Shelby is concerned… what’s his ACU rating? Like a 75%… compare that with Sessions… 96%?

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Stay tuned to our Discovery Channel special on “How RINO’s Are Made.”

Back after these important words from evil capitalists.

Mojave Mark on December 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I think Mike Rowe going to do a Dirty Jobs episode where he does Ben Nelson’s job for a day.

WashJeff on December 22, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Beyond the obvious CYA moment, Griffith could be the pathfinder for other dogs who are getting nervous. As long as the left is in disarray, however that happens, it’s a good thing.

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Here’s the thing: the Fix is In.

We probably promised this guy a Free Ride in exchange for a No Vote on National Socialist Health Care and plum committee assignments. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the word has gone out to some blue dogs that there are choice seats to be had in the coming slaughter IF they switch and vote against NancyCare.

I wouldn’t put it past John Boehner and Eric Cantor to do exactly the kind of things Harry Reid has done.

victor82 on December 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Cuffy is right. My family in AL said he was getting eaten alive. This is a survival tactic. He may actual win again this far out. We’ll see.

di butler on December 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

War Eagle, to you, too.

tdau1997 on December 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

IOW, we won’t primary the spineless jellyfish.

We should, but we won’t, as long as he votes with Leadership.

In our happiness, let’s not pretend that this guy is a Principled Conservative. He’s a Blue Dog. And remember, as we have learned to our sorrow, every Blue Dog has his price.

Like a gigilo.

victor82 on December 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

What would it take to kick Pelosi out? Could a bipartisan coalition be put together in order to stop the insanity?

joedoe on December 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Here’s the thing: the Fix is In.
We probably promised this guy a Free Ride in exchange for a No Vote on National Socialist Health Care and plum committee assignments. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the word has gone out to some blue dogs that there are choice seats to be had in the coming slaughter IF they switch and vote against NancyCare.
I wouldn’t put it past John Boehner and Eric Cantor to do exactly the kind of things Harry Reid has done.
victor82 on December 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM

That could be it, but it could simply be a case of ‘Rats deserting a sinking ship.

Insert witty screen name here on December 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM

tims472 on December 22, 2009 at 11:32 AM

That, right there, is the best idea yet.

franksalterego on December 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

I think I have it figured out. Dems fully expect to lose the majority, perhaps in both houses, if this passes. Reid is trying to put a non-repealable tag on the bill. By 2013, when everybody hates it, the GOP will be in majority, and will take the blame for it.

Vashta.Nerada on December 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

I’m not sure why people are happy about this.

I won’t take anyone in the party who subscribes to big government solutions. It’s easy to leave the Democrats because they’re raving fascists, especially under the direction of Pelosi. Just because someone doesn’t like how far left Pelosi is doesn’t mean that person is going to be conservative/libertarian on issues now. Screw the party affiliation – I care for what the person stands for. And you can bet your ass that Griffith doesn’t want the type of limited government that conservatives want. This only helps to blur party lines. Maybe they’re blurry regardless.

iamse7en on December 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

He saves his own skin. There was no way he was gonna survive the next cycle as a Dem.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Hm. Sounds like an Arlen Specter in reverse. I suspect he will meet the same fate, losing badly in a primary or getting his butt licked in a general election. But the move helps the GOP just as Specter’s move helped the Democrats temporarily.

rockmom on December 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

mankai

I know Shelby ain’t perfect, just making the point I’d rather Griffith be a R than a D. Obviously I’d prefer solid conservatives such as those KickandSwimMom mentioned. We’ll see what happens.

ROLL TIDE!!

beachgirlusa on December 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

OOps, that should have said getting his butt kicked!!!! Dammit! When is HotAir gonna get a spell check!!!

rockmom on December 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

OOps, that should have said getting his butt kicked!!!! Dammit! When is HotAir gonna get a spell check!!!
rockmom on December 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

The same day we get an edit previous post function.

Bishop on December 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I am surpised he was even elected as a democrat. His disctrict is home to the Army Missle Command, Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight center.
I welcome the change.

diogenes on December 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM

The whole reason we have RINOs and DINOs is because party affiliation is generally family and geographically derived. There are plenty of Democrats that are very conservative and there are plenty of Republicans that are very liberal. They choose their party based more on local policies, history, issues, etc. than belief in national agendas. From this I see two types of switching opportunists: those who switch because the district is turning and they need to change to get re-elected and those who switch because the district is not changing but the party hold on the district is loosening and the switcher does not need a particular party for re-election. In the latter case the politician may decide to switch to a party that has national policies more in line with his own beliefs. The important thing to note is that local party members frequently have different views than national level policy makers. This is how the parties have always been and allowed people from different locations to team up against the opposition. This may be changing. With local and national policies becoming so intertwined and with information spreading so fast, local and national policies seem to be trending together. In my view this is a good thing. Party affiliation may become based more on policies than on family, job, community, etc. We may actually end up with a liberal party and a conservative party. Call me an optimist (or naive) but I see the possible start of a political shakeup where the RINOs and DINOs switch parties and both parties become more unified and stronger in their policy agreement than ever before. Will we end up with two parties that are actually distinguishable? Time will tell.

Choose_Freedom on December 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM

OOps, that should have said getting his butt kicked!!!! Dammit! When is HotAir gonna get a spell check!!!
rockmom on December 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Don’t worry, we all do that – the spelling errors, not the other thing…

If you can, try writing your comments in a word processor, run a spell check, Then cut and paste into the comment window.

It won’t catch every mistake, but it cuts down on some of them.

Insert witty screen name here on December 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

I sure HOPE he’s the first of many who make the CHANGE away from the Copperheads – ahem, Democrats…

newton on December 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Look, all I am saying is that Griffith will NOT be a reliable conservative vote. He’s an opportunist trying to retain his seat is all.

KickandSwimMom on December 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

We have that problem big time here in Georgia. Current RINO Sonny Perdue is a former Democrat as are the 2 RINOs runnig for governor next year, Oxendine and Karen “I will do watever Eric Holder tells me to do” Handel. The sad part is that RedState.com has stupidly endorsed the RINO Handel.

bill30097 on December 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM

THREE GUARANTEED FIXES?

1. CONSTITUTIONAL TERM LIMITS

2. BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

and an immediate do….

THROW EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM OUT OF OFFICE….ASAP!!!

PappyD61 on December 22, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Oh, great. Now if only Dean, Pelosi and Reid would do the same we’d be all set!

Joyous.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Griffith’s district has been conservative for years.

“Conservative”? By continually voting for Democrats?

His predecessor, Democrat Bud Cramer, almost found that out the hard way in the 1994 Republican landslide, barely hanging onto his seat.

Yeah, he hung in there when his “conservative” district kept voting for him. Way to go, guys.

The big question will be how many more Blue Dogs will make the switch in the next few months. Will Griffith lead an exodus of conservatives and moderates out of Pelosi’s caucus?

They can have them. The reaction here though only confirms my theory that so long as a guy has an “R” next to his name, “conservatives” will flock to support him. Here’s a guy who supported SCHIP, among other things, as a Democrat, but since he wants an “R” next to his name, all is well. When will folks realize that a Republican victory may not necessarily be a victory for the American people or the Constitution?
Geoffrey Botkin had an apt description of this phenomena in 2008:
“Until the Palin selection, McCain did not have the hearts of Evangelical voters. He probably had their votes, however, because he is a Republican. But the campaign wasn’t taking any chances that the ‘fright factor’ would work in November as it has before.
“Fear can go a long way to secure the loyalty of the demographic known in Washington as ‘the Stupid Demographic’: The other candidate is a Democrat. He is therefore scary. Be very afraid. Vote Republican.

Send_Me on December 22, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Couple of points

1) Hey Dems are their no room for moderates under your tent

(throwing that back in their face)

2) I disagree with Eric right now this early. The party probably had to give him a no opponent pledge to get him to cross over. Don’t kill that immediately and stop any more potential cross overs from jumping ship.

3) spend our efforts on other seats this time around and if we need to take him out in 2012.

CommentGuy on December 22, 2009 at 1:11 PM

OmahaConservative on December 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Where do you get crab in Omaha?

On topic: He wasn’t with us when it mattered, anyhow. Y’all can have him.

Bleeds Blue on December 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Somehow I doubt he will get the full media BJ Jim Jeffords got.

Speedwagon82 on December 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM

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