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madamab's picture

A drive-by, but I couldn't pass it up:


A Democratic House member who has opposed several of President Barack Obama's top domestic agenda items is switching to the Republican Party.

Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama, who hails from a heavily conservative congressional district, announced Tuesday that he will join the GOP.

"I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies pushed by the current Democratic leadership are not good for north Alabama or our nation," he said during a press conference to announce the switch. "More importantly, they do not represent my values and convictions."

One many more to follow?

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S Brennan's picture
Submitted by S Brennan on

What he's not saying...that after daily threats from the Democratic "leadership", he had no place to go..frying pan into fire..notice GOP's luke-warm response...unlike the Shelby response. Why did he go over when the GOP did not want him ?

Can you say Democratic "leadership"?

Look for more Damned if I do...damned if I don't responses to Democratic "leadership". It just doesn't get any worse than to sink an empire in three easy steps...Obama, Reid, Pelosi

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Submitted by Anthony_JKenn on

A right-wing Democrat representing a right-wing district who already votes mostly 100% right-wing, decides to switch over to the dominant party of the right-wing.

And you consider this a slight against

Wake me up when a true progressive Democrat decides to bolt the Dems for the Greens or form a new independent Left party....then you'll be on to something.

All this is is a slight switch in brand and some incumbent protection...and the Blue Dogs were going to suffer at the hands of Repubs in the South anyway.


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Submitted by madamab on

of electoral reality. It's the first jump from Dem to Repub in years, so it is noteworthy.

Believe it or not, some people still think the Dems are doing great and that Republicans won't win big in 2010.

I really, really hope that liberal Dems form their own Party. It would be awesome. Enough of the being "held hostile" (one of my favorite Bushisms) by Obama's DNC and all its $$$$.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Because it makes it seem as though the two legacy parties are not really acting in concert to fuck everyone over. Hell, "a little night"'s comment about supposed "blue dogs" further emphasizes the false distinction about fabled "blue dogs" vs "progressives". But much like the mythical "moderate Republican", there aren't any liberal Dems standing up for liberal policy--when push comes to shove we are left with very little change in direction from Bush's tenure with a solid GOP majority.

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Submitted by S Brennan on

Griffith wasn't going to win election as a "Democrat". If Anthony_JKenn had read up, he'd know that the Democratic "leadership" had told him that he was going down because he had not supported Obama's "tax cuts for the rich stimulus package" and the "health insurance bailout package".

Now, Anthony_JKenn doesn't know northern Alabama the way I do. I as a "yank", served there in the US Army, significant numbers of northern black/white US Army serviceman* settled there and it is the technology center of the Redstone & Arsenal - Marshall space.

I really hate it when ignorant blog boys, talk snotty about a place they know nothing of.

*[this asterisks is to save a place for an ignorant reply]