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Conservatives to Griffith: We're still coming for you

If any other vulnerable Democrats were thinking of following Rep. Parker Griffith's example and switching over to the Republican side, they'll probably think again after Griffith's reception today. Both Red State and the Club for Growth have greeted him with thinly-veiled threats. "We can pick this guy off and get a real Republican in that seat," says Red State's Erick Erickson. "This party switch signals Griffith's nervousness, but it doesn't signal that his incumbency is safe," concurs the Club for Growth.

If Democrats have a silver lining going into 2010, it's that Republicans seem to have forgotten how to let themselves win.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 22, 2009; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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Erick Erickson is the conservative movement's greatest gift to the Democratic party. He seems to have completely REVERSED Ronald Reagan's famous maxim about not speaking ill of fellow Republicans...

Posted by: Jasper99 | December 22, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we do the same thing to Arlen Spector?

Posted by: obrier2 | December 22, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't we do the same thing to Arlen Spector?"

Well, yes, but Spector's voting record was much more conservative than Griffith's was liberal. In other words, at the time of the switch, there was a lot more reasons for liberals to be suspect of Spector than there are for conservatives to be suspect of Griffith.

Posted by: JEinATL | December 22, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This should reinforce to Blanche Lincoln that she either stands with her party enough of the time or she goes it alone as a GOPer with a primary challenge and with no institutional support. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Posted by: Mimikatz | December 22, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The republicans don't have to do anything to make major gains in 2010. Anything is better than what we have now. The democrats are spending this nation into a giant sucking hole that we may not be able to get out of. Democrats are fiscally irresponsible and are not doing what is best for the country. The stimulus bill is the best example. Obama would not limit himself to campaign with public funds but he has no problem using taxpayer money to payback the special interests.

Posted by: lrvs | December 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Erick Erickson is completely unhinged. He's talking about armed insurrection because Democrats passed a health care bill with 60 votes in the Senate.

I hope he keeps thrashing about at least through 2010.

Posted by: luko | December 22, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Ezra...Shame on you for taking down my earlier posting on Griffith. I think he made the right choice....and I wish others would follow his lead! I know you are far left, but I did not think you would stoop to shutting off comments just because they differ from your views....2010....Without Doubt, Vote Them Out!

Posted by: my4653 | December 22, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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