Video: Democrat turned Republican unloads on Democrats

posted at 4:10 pm on December 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Red meat from the GOP’s newest chef, whose transition was evidently months in the making. Fun fact #1: He’s pro-life, pro-gun, voted no on the stimulus, cap-and-trade, and ObamaCare, and he’s the first Republican to fill his district’s seat since Reconstruction. Fun fact #2: Sounds like the Club for Growth might try to primary him anyway.

Griffith’s voting record is far from conservative, too. Granted, he voted against the Big 4 – Obama’s first budget, the Stimulus, Cap and Trade, and ObamaCare. However, his vote on the budget is slightly deceptive since he originally voted for 9 of the 12 spending bills that make up the budget. And he voted against all the Stimulus amendments that would reduce its size.

But just a quick perusal of 2009 shows that he voted YES on the 2009 pork-filled Omnibus; YES on Cash for Clunkers, NO on waiving the harmful Davis-Bacon provision, and had a pathetic 0% score on the 2009 RePORK Card.

This party switch signals Griffith’s nervousness, but it doesn’t signal that his incumbency is safe.

He passes all the major litmus tests and just handed conservatives their biggest PR coup of the year at a moment when Blue Dogs in the House are already jittery about the health-care vote. And the plan, maybe, is … to weaken him with a primary? He’s already weak: He won last year with just 52 percent and is bound to bleed some support from loyal Dixiecrats disgruntled by the party switch. Only conservatives could be handed the gift of incumbency in a district they haven’t controlled for 140 years and decide that the thing to do now is try to bump the guy off before the general election. (I kid. The nutroots would do that too.)

As for the bigger picture, see Jay Cost. There are still a few Dixiecrat strongholds left, but thanks to Hopenchange, they won’t be that way for much longer:

Bottom line: while we shouldn’t expect any MSM pundit discussions about how Griffith’s departure is a sign of the “narrowing” of the Democratic Party, this is still a noteworthy development. Just as the Republican Party’s rightward and Southern shift has placed a burden on moderate Northeastern Republicans, so the Democratic Party’s leftward and Northern shift has put pressure on moderate Southern Democrats. Now that the liberal Democrats are in charge – pushing their agenda and taking responsibility for the state of the Union – this pressure has become more salient. Griffith may or may not be the only Democrat to make an actual jump to the GOP, but his departure from the Democratic Party underscores the tension between the liberal leadership and many Southern moderates as the House prepares for a big health care vote.

We saw a similar dynamic in 1993-95, as moderate Democrats in the House (e.g. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana) and the Senate (e.g. Richard Shelby of Alabama) jumped to the GOP. That sets up the following expectation: if the GOP picks up 35 to 39 seats next year, John Boehner and Eric Cantor will work like the dickens to convince some disgruntled moderate Democrats to make the jump to the GOP.

Two clips for you here, one of Griffith laying into the Dems and the other of him laying into ObamaCare. Fun fact #3, per Cost’s last point: There are 15 Democrats who are more conservative than Griffith according to this scorecard, so expect them to be Boehner’s prime targets — assuming any of them are left standing when the smoke clears on election day. Click the image to watch.

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Given that all politicians are harlots (apologies to real whores, and kudos to Mark Twain and J.P. O’Rourke), and given that switchers are traitors and opportunists, form all sides, it’s still schadenfreudig to see anything rattle the Obama/Pelosi/Reid machine.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

He won last year with just 52 percent and is bound to bleed some support from loyal Dixiecrats disgruntled by the party switch.

Maybe, but I wonder how such Dixiecrats can stomach an agenda driven by the most liberal 5% of the country.

I the end, half the country can live with mainstream conservative governance, but only 30% or so of the country can live with the current liberal agenda seeping out of Washington, Manhattan, Chicago, San Francisco, and Hollywood.

BuckeyeSam on December 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

As long as this pi$$es off Pelosi, it’s an early Christmas present under my tree. We’d all like to think Griffith reflects what many other democrats feel, but wouldn’t dare say publically.

Let the “infection/defection” flourish.

Rovin on December 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Also, enjoy Olbermann’s reaction, the media’s silence…then worry about the primaries in AL. Alabamans will sort it out in their district.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2009 at 5:06 PM

So, with a D behind his name it’s “defeat him at all costs” but put an R behind his name and it’s “yes! he’s awesome” even though his views have not changed.

Bingo, lorien. His switch is prima facie evidence of his mendacity. Better to have a trustworthy conservative than (yet another) opportunistic whore.

As noted on the other thread: he is my congressman.

Go team.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

He seems pretty conservative to me. I don’t mind the CFG running people against the Scozzafava’s of the world, but this isn’t one of those cases. Why not focus the energy on others?

changer1701 on December 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

He is not to be trusted as a dem or a repub.”

UncleZeb on December 22, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Today, that’s not the point. He’s a flawed convert; he should be accepted: not celebrated but not attacked. See how he does in the next six months, then maybe ‘primary him’

I started the ‘gift horse’ meme, so I say for now don’t examine his teeth too closely–but dental check-ups are every six months or so………

Janos Hunyadi on December 22, 2009 at 5:11 PM

I’m liking phillips that’s why I would like to see him debate griffiths during the primaries

cmsinaz on December 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Exactly. And there’s nothing wrong with that. This isn’t a circular firing squad, as Allahpundit snarkily implies. It’s a legitimate examination of a politician’s voting record. Why did Griffith:

vote YES on porkulus
vote YES on Cash for Clunkers

and

have a pathetic 0% score on the 2009 RePORK Card?

And we supposed to be so grateful for Griffith’s defection that we can’t look at him objectively?

RushBaby on December 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Bingo, lorien. His switch is prima facie evidence of his mendacity. Better to have a trustworthy conservative than (yet another) opportunistic whore.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

a ‘no whores’ rule is in place now?? Congress is not a monastery or nunnery, and if you enforce your new rule you’ll decimate ( reduce to a tenth ) the place

Of course, you should define “whore” and put the term in context. Use it in a sentence…………..

Janos Hunyadi on December 22, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Bingo, lorien. His switch is prima facie evidence of his mendacity. Better to have a trustworthy conservative than (yet another) opportunistic whore.

As noted on the other thread: he is my congressman.

Go team.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

One very good reason you defeat even Blue Dog Democrats like Griffith is because they give Democrats an organizational agenda-setting advantage in the House. BDDs may vote conservative on issues, but Pelosi for Speaker. Unacceptable. Now that Griffith, who voted straight-down the line conservatively this year, will be one less vote for Pelosi and Dem domination of committees.

Apologetic California on December 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I’ll vote for Mo Brooks in the primary.

Bugler on December 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, even if it was a Donk.

We can always send it to the glue factory if it can’t be trained.

Geochelone on December 22, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Trained by whom, the RINO Party, or the conservative one that most everybody here claims they want to fight to create? If the latter, how does adding more RINO’s to the plethora that already control the party apparatus help achieve that goal?

Answer: It doesn’t. It harms it by increasing the likelihood of a third party, such as the famously hypothetical Tea Party that is in first place in the polls, trailed by the Democrats and finally by the RINO Party.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Did anyone hear Pat Caddell on Hannity Radio today? It was pretty amazing.

Mark Simone was the fill-in and Caddell’s comments are worth hearing. Major reality check from a guy who has worked for McGovern, Carter, Hart, etc.

It would make a good thread.

Geochelone on December 22, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Apologetic California on December 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Except for, you know, those votes on SCHIP, porkulus, c4c, etal.

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM

How many more dem flips are required to turn the house? Wouldn’t that be grand?

I think we all need to turn up the heat on these low life’s.

dogsoldier on December 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Except for, you know, those votes on SCHIP, porkulus, c4c, etal.

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Like Specter, and other party switchers, he’ll move to the general direction of their adopted parties. Most RINOS remember, are not former Democrats. They were born and bred in places where their kind of Republicans use to rule.

Apologetic California on December 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

It’s very simple: I don’t want my congressman lying to me when he is doing the sex to me. It’s bad enough as it is.

Cuffy Meigs on December 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Hutchison (hag rino) voted for SChip and was one of three that didn’t stand with repubs. to try to delay health care bill…then went on t.v. and said repubs. don’t support the troops……I’ll trade this guy for Hutchison, Snowe and Collins and Graham and McLame……………..The whole gang of 14 thugs

nondhimmie on December 22, 2009 at 5:25 PM

And we supposed to be so grateful for Griffith’s defection that we can’t look at him objectively?

RushBaby on December 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM

+1

It’s insane. The Democrats are commiting suicide, paving a road even wider than they did for Reagan, and conservatives are leaping at the opportunity to save and celebrate the rats that are jumping of their ship?

It’s insane! Why do Republicans always work so hard to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory?

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Geochelone on December 22, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Pat Caddell has been on Becks show more times than I can count and he’s been saying some pretty awesome stuff considering he’s a donk.

And that Doug Shoen dude who’s a democratic pollster has been on Hannity a lot lately and taking some pretty nasty swipes at the donks too.

Knucklehead on December 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Apologetic California on December 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Rationalizations like this is what gets us people like him in DC. Yay RINOs!

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Mark Simone was the fill-in and Caddell’s comments are worth hearing. Major reality check from a guy who has worked for McGovern, Carter, Hart, etc.

Geochelone on December 22, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I have major disagreements with him, but Caddell earned my respect during the 2000 election aftermath. He’s a diamond in the field of manure comprising the left.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM

America’s greatest enemy is America

Coming soon to Democrat ads near you. Good pick up, GOP!

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I hope Pelosi’s botox falls out.

fourdeucer on December 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Eww! The mental picture…

kcarpenter on December 22, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I applaud Rep Griffith’s decision and encourage other Democrats to also reconsider the direction of their party.

Mr Purple on December 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I’m facinated by the ideological poll. It turns out my Idaho Democrat represenative is far more conservative than my Republican represenitive. And yet strangely, the GOP seem to think his seat is one they can win next year.

BigRichardSmall on December 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/parker-griffith-blame-america-democrat.html

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Thanks for the link. That ad should be added as an update to this thread.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 5:42 PM

I applaud Rep Griffith’s decision and encourage other Democrats to also reconsider the direction of their party.

Mr Purple on December 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Watch the add that Lorien linked to and then try to say that again.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

lorien1973 on December 22, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Yay Team R’s! Maybe we’ll get even more members if we offer juicy pork laden signing bonuses!

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Ha! and Ha!

jaime on December 22, 2009 at 5:48 PM

While I’m amused that he did this grandstanding against the Democrats…

He is no Conservative.

He knew he was going to lose his seat against a Conservative this year. And I’m glad those who were going to oppose him will still oppose him in a primary.

He’s basically a reverse Specter.

Enoxo on December 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

And we supposed to be so grateful for Griffith’s defection that we can’t look at him objectively?

RushBaby on December 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM

If their jumping their ship do we announce that we’ll shoot them in the water? HELL NO. I say let them jump ship, encourage them to jump ship, bring them aboard our ship and in a few weeks from now, hand them an ore or toss them out to sea.
I have no inherent compassion for this guy. But the fact remains that his departure is causing chaos in their ranks. I encourage that behavior, as much as i can. But come primary season, 4 weeks from now… We will then support the best person for the job. Fiscally and Socially. If we do as Palin has, show some support for his descision, it might lead to coat tails. Ergo more chaos and embarrassment for the democrats and this horrible adminsttration. I dont disagree with any belief you have that I’m aware of, But your timeing reeks of impatiance, thats all.

Amadeus on December 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

But your timeing reeks of impatiance, thats all.

Amadeus on December 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Fair enough, but I contend that four weeks from now, no one will even remember his name.

RushBaby on December 22, 2009 at 6:17 PM

RushBaby on December 22, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Ahhh, OK, Your fear is that his past indiscretions will just drift away and be forgotten since there is an R beside his name now, and that the catalyst will be lost… Hmmmm. Yes, that is clearly a chance we take, (AND CLEARLY WHAT HE IS HOPEING FOR) but I’m encouraged by everything that I have seen lately (ie Tea Party) that it wont happen.

Amadeus on December 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

So he is about as conservative as Huckabee? I’ll take what we can get for now.

aikidoka on December 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Well, he may be squishy on some issues, but both of these clips are powerful statements for conservative values.

I’ll take him.

notagool on December 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM

This is where the Club for Growth loses me; I’m prepared to settle for incremental victories and this is a good one.

JEM on December 22, 2009 at 7:06 PM

notagool on December 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM

If those two were powerful, what do you think of this one?
http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/parker-griffith-blame-america-democrat.html

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Looks like “Blowin’-in-the-Wind” Arlen Specter may have jumped to the wrong ship, and too soon.

Hope the GOP learns a lesson from the way the Dems so shabbily treated Specter after he jumped ship, and will treat Rep. Parker Griffith with more dignity and respect. And hopefully Griffith doesn’t turn out to be merely another RINO Albatross.

KendraWilder on December 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

treat Rep. Parker Griffith with more dignity and respect.

KendraWilder on December 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Why? Check this video out.

He’s not worthy of respect.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Why? Check this video out.

He’s not worthy of respect.

FloatingRock on December 22, 2009 at 8:01 PM

OK, I checked out that old ad/video. Clearly the man was more Dem than Rep in the past.

However, I have the advantage of having once been, for years, a JFK Democrat myself, and having had my eyes opened after working within the party as a volunteer and learning what the Democratic Party is really like. I ran like hell after that experience, straight to the GOP, where I stayed for many years.

Griffith mentioned in his presser that his eyes were truly opened up after he was elected and could see what the Dems were like…. up close and personal in Congress. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, because of my own experiences, and hoping that he’s speaking the truth and has had a rude awakening.

Only time will tell.

KendraWilder on December 22, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Take him for now… shove it in Pelosi’s face… worry about the AL primary in the Spring.

mankai on December 22, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Is Griffith the kind of Republican we’re looking for to lead us away from the fiscal ruin we’re facing? Probably not. He appears to be the Trent Lott pork loving bring home the bacon type guy we can no longer afford. He apparently has voted for a lot of big spending according to Club for Growth.

BUT: there are a couple of things in his favor. He’s fairly new to politics (entered in 2004 on state level), entered it late in life, and he’s a doctor. So he is not a worthless unprincipled hack like most of the lawyer-legislators in congress, and he understands health care. We need doctors in congress. Let Tom Price get a hold of him, and I think he could rack up a conservative voting record.

So Club for Growth: here’s some advice for you. Don’t primary him. Spend the money in Alabama district where Bobby Bright is. Here’s a description of Bright from (granted, unreliable source) wikipedia:

“His political leanings could be described as fairly populist and progressive, combining moderate social conservatism with liberal views on economic issues”.

Sound like a liberal? Yeah. I would be surprised if Bright changes parties. There’s where the money should be spent. Knock this guy off. We don’t have much money compared with the left. We’ve got to use it wisely.

chris999 on December 22, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Beware of Trojans bearing gifts. In this political atmosphere my trust is tapped out.
Tom
marinetbryant on December 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I don’t really know who wrote this, but to bi picky – It was the Greeks that gave the horse to the Trojans, hence the expression “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” The Greeks hid inside the horse and were let into the Trojan defenses, from whence they destroyed Troy. I’m not sure what gifts trojans conceal, but I really don’t want to go there.

Old Country Boy on December 22, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Old Country Boy on December 22, 2009 at 10:12 PM

“Beware of Trojans bearing gifts.”

I can think of some instances where that would work!

chris999 on December 22, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Man, all the folks that are attacking the man, just hold on a second. As an old man, I remember a time when being a Democrat, and a Southern Democrat to boot, was not synonymous with being a Marxist Commie.

The Democrat Party (that’s right, Democrat not Democratic), has been completely taken over by the Marxists over the last 35 to 40 years. Sure, there were always some Democrats that were Left, however they were a minority. I have watched the infiltration of the Left accelerate dramatically over the last 25 years.

This man sounds as if he cannot abide by what he sees as the destruction of the country. Believe it or not, a LOT of people are waking up and having a major epiphany during the last 11 months. Even if the crap sandwich passes, it will not survive. The Democrats are committing suicide before our eyes. I think before it is all said and done, we’ll see most of the Democrats Leftist agenda dismantled. Even the stuff that has been around for decades.

Might take a little bloodshed, but I think that is coming too.

mrpeabody on December 22, 2009 at 10:26 PM

He voted against ObamaCare and the stimulus? I’ll take him.

Caiwyn on December 22, 2009 at 11:47 PM

The biggest problem in Washington right now is that this guy sounds more like a Republican than any “real” elected Republican I’ve heard speak for years. At least in Congress, anyway.

Cylor on December 23, 2009 at 1:28 AM

Remember when the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) got excited when Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter defected from the GOP? Why, it was a display of “principles” and of “integrity”! Now, for some really weird reason, a switch the other way is a display of “opportunism”. Funny, that.

crushliberalism on December 23, 2009 at 7:52 AM