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Alabama Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith will switch to the Republican party later today, according to a source familiar with the decision.

A freshman Democrat, Griffith was elected to the 5th district in 2008 to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer. He won with 51 percent despite the fact that President Barack Obama took just 38 percent of the vote in the north Alabama district. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped more than $1 million in independent expenditures to keep the seat.

"Democrats of every stripe and philosophy sweated and bled for this man," said Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham of Griffith. "He narrowly became a Congressman through the hard work, votes and financial contributions of thousands of Democrats. Today, they feel betrayed."

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) took it a step further, citing Griffith's "duty and responsibility" to return all contributions made to him by Democratic Members of Congress.

Griffith had voiced his frustration with party leaders several times and had made clear he wouldn't back House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). "I would not vote for her," Griffith told a constituent at a town hall meeting in August. "Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together."

But, he had voted with the Democratic majority 84.5 percent of time, according to the Washington Post votes database. Parker did, however, vote against President Obama's health care proposal.

In the immediate aftermath of Parker's switch, his entire consulting team quit, according to a well-placed source. And Democrats immediately began floating two names as potential Griffith challengers: former state Auditor Susan Parker who lost a bid for U.S. Senate in 2002 and Deborah Bell Paseur who ran and lost for a state Supreme Court opening last November.

The news of his party switch comes as much of official Washington was shutting down for the holiday break and is a blow to Democrats who seemed to have staunched the public relations problems caused by a quartet of recent retirements in swing districts.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) sought to cast Griffith's decision as symbolic of larger problems with the Democratic caucus. "His decision is emblematic of the message that millions of concerned citizens have been trying to send to a Democrat Party that has become increasingly unwilling to listen," said Sessions.

It remains to be seen whether Griffith is an isolated case or the first of several Democrats to make the switch. There are 49 Democrats currently representing districts that Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) won in 2004 including 11 where Obama got under 40 percent of the vote. (A full list of those McCain districts is after the jump.)

Some of these members -- even if they do everything right over the next 11 months -- will struggle to win given the weight of the demographics working against them. The question is whether they brave the numbers -- and the political climate -- to run again or whether they either decide to retire (like Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon) or switch parties.

Griffith's switch is the first in the House since 2004 when Louisiana Rep. Rodney Alexander became a Republican. The last Member to go from Republican to Democrat was New York Rep. Mike Forbes in 2000. Forbes went on to lose his re-election bid that year.

On the Senate side, Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) switched to the Democratic party in 2008, laying the ground for Democrats to get to the filibuster-proof 60 seat majority when Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was -- finally -- sworn in over the summer.

The news of Griffith's switch was first reported by Politico.

Democratic Members in McCain Districts (Obama percentage in parentheses)

AL-02: Bobby Bright (36)
AL-05: Parker Griffith (38)
AR-02: Vic Snyder (44)
AR-04: Mike Ross (39)
AZ-01: Ann Kirkpatrick (44)
AZ-05: Harry Mitchell (47)
AZ-08: Gabby Giffords (46)
CO-03: John Salazar (47)
CO-04: Betsy Markey (49)
FL-02: Allen Boyd (45)
FL-24: Suzanne Kosmas (49)
GA-08: Jim Marshall (43)
ID-01: Walt Minnick (36)
IN-08: Brad Ellsworth (47)
IN-09: Baron Hill (49)
KY-06: Ben Chandler (43)
LA-03: Charlie Melancon (37)
MD-01: Frank Kratovil (40)
MN-07: Collin Peterson (47)
MO-04: Ike Skelton (38)
MS-01: Travis Childers (38)
MS-04: Gene Taylor (32)
NC-07: Mike McIntyre (47)
NC-11: Heath Schuler (47)
ND-AL: Earl Pomeroy (45)
NM-02: Harry Teague (49)
NY-13: Mike McMahon (49)
NY-29: Eric Massa (48)
OH-06: Charlie Wilson (48)
OH-16: John Boccieri (48)
OH-18: Zack Space (45)
OK-02: Dan Boren (34)
PA-03: Kathy Dahlkemper (49)
PA-10: Chris Carney (45)
PA-12: John Murtha (49)
PA-17: Tim Holden (48)
SC-05: John Spratt (46)
SD-AL: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (45)
TN-04: Lincoln Davis (34)
TN-06: Bart Gordon (37)
TN-08: John Tanner (43)
TX-17: Chet Edwards (32)
UT-02: Jim Matheson (39)
VA-05: Tom Perriello (48)
VA-09: Rick Boucher (40)
WV-01: Alan Mollohan (42)
WV-03: Nick Rahall (42)

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 22, 2009; 11:34 AM ET
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Reid, Leahy, Schumer, Franken, Snowe, Boxer, Feinstein, Kohl, Dodd, as well as former Senators Biden and Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | December 27, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

But Obama should be convicted of lying to Congress

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I can think of a few dozen Senators who qualify for that distinction at the moment.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 23, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has lied about everything that comes out of his Kenyan born mouth."

joanne38 is a small piece of racist birther garbage.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 23, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

deucebollards sees things s o c l e a r l y!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 23, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Was Obama lying in his speech to Congress ???


- about the abortion provisions


- about the illegal alien provisions


- about the financial provisions


We need an independent analysis


But Obama should be convicted of lying to Congress

.


Posted by: 37thand0street | December 22, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

What amazes me is that the media in particular is blind to the fact that what is going on is very similar to what happened in the US Pre-Civil war. In NY, you had a moderate Republican endorse the Democratic candidate and a PA Senator switch from a Republican to a Democrat. In the south, we have Democrats switching to Republican. These switches aren't as much about political momentum as it is about parts of the country becoming more and more fundamentally different.

Posted by: robbygtx | December 22, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

So basically we have a 67 year old man on Medicare Parts A & B, and Part D, with concurrent enrollment in the federal employees health care benefits plan (which they all refuse to leave) paid for by the taxpayer on behalf of himself and his family refusing to support a federal health care insurance program because it might be harmful to the rest of us. With that logic and his record of NONONO, this DINO belongs in the Greedy Obstructionist Party. Giterdun.

Posted by: deucebollards | December 22, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilson told the truth and millions across this great country are very proud that he did something to stand up for Americans and put a stop to at least one lie Obama has told over and over again. He is a hero for doing something many should have done all along. Obama has lied about everything that comes out of his Kenyan born mouth. We all know it so pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzze don't try your BS on us.

Posted by: joanne38 | December 22, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

People may not be happy with democrtas right now, sonc ethere is this incessant drumbeat of lies flowing from the gop as they block progress and lie about who is to blame. But not too many people are so stupid that they want the party that came within months of desdtroying the nation in power again. this will be an election more like 1934 than 1994.

Posted by: John1263 | December 22, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't imagine he will be the only Democrat leaving this socialist liberal party before it is over in three more years if not before then. Our country will not last the damage the liberals are doing for three more years. They have spent wastefully in one year what all presidents combined in the past. It has been blatant right in your face waste and pay to play. Those who we have witnessed doing this belongs with Blagojevich in prison. Enough is enough. They gave themselves raises while telling the elderly to just suffer and die. They have destroyed any chances for jobs to come back. More and more are gone for good now and they aren't coming back. Our money Obama and his cronies have printed is being spent wastefully and is going to disappear eventually but the bill we as taxpayers will be forced to pay back will not disappear.

Posted by: joanne38 | December 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

People may not be happy with democrtas right now, sonc ethere is this incessant drumbeat of lies flowing from the gop as they block progress and lie about who is to blame. But not too many people are so stupid that they want the party that came within months of desdtroying the nation in power again. this will be an election more like 1934 than 1994.

Posted by: John1263 | December 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't imagine he will be the only Democrat leaving this socialist liberal party before it is over in three more years if not before then. Our country will not last the damage the liberals are doing for three more years. They have spent wastefully in one year what all presidents combined in the past. It has been blatant right in your face waste and pay to play. Those who we have witnessed doing this belongs with Blagojevich in prison. Enough is enough. They gave themselves raises while telling the elderly to just suffer and die. They have destroyed any chances for jobs to come back. More and more are gone for good now and they aren't coming back. Our money Obama and his cronies have printed is being spent wastefully and is going to disappear eventually but the bill we as taxpayers will be forced to pay back will not disappear.

Posted by: joanne38 | December 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

you rightards are so dumb it beggars descrption. wilson blurted out his rude and incorrect "you lie" when the President was talking about how the liars who were attacking this bill claimed it covers illegal aliens. It doesn't, Obama was telling the truth, and wilson just proved that he is a Southerner in the tradition of preston brooks.

As to this tird from Alabama - it is like telling the world that you have decided that your wife and children are getting in the way of you expressing your inner self - and that is why you are joining NAMBLA. Only joining the gop is a little less honorable.

Posted by: John1263 | December 22, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Kind of like announcing that you are leaving your wife and children and joining NAMBLA.

Posted by: John1263 | December 22, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance! You will be in family with the hate full, homophobic and fake Christians, greedy party. All these blue dogs closet right wingers should go too.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | December 22, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

And, it's not just Repub rhetoric either.

"Rep. Stupak (D-MI) calls the Senate healthcare abortion compromise completely
'unacceptable', saying that the White House pressured him to keep quiet, but that he and at least 9-11 others won't vote for a final bill with that language included"

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/58921

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

President Nixon was forced to resign Office for his lies, covering up Watergate -- President Clinton was IMPEACHED for lying -- that's more than enough here for a movement.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

firethief:

You think that Rep. Wilson (R-SC) accurately pointing out Obama LYING about abortion funding isn't enough to base a movement on?

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Sift through the Repub rhetoric and reframing and what you have is nothing positive whatsoever.

Appeals to anger will yield mental midget flareups of the Joe Wilson variety. But, fortunately not enough to build a movement upon.

Posted by: firethief | December 22, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

curiousone:

Careful with the personal attacks.

Back on topic, I think that the following FRESHMEN Democrats need to think long and hard whether they should make the switch to GOP too:

Kirkpatrick, Himes, Halvorson, Peters, Adler, Heinrich, McMahon, Murphy, Maffei, Schrader, Dahlkemper, Rodriguez. Connolly, Kosmas, Schauer, Titus, Owens, Massa, Kissell, Boccieri, Nye, Bright, Markey, Grayson, Minnick, Kratovil, Teague, Driehaus, Kilroy and Perriello.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

curiousone:

Careful with the personal attacks.

Back on topic, I think that the following FRESHMEN Democrats need to think long and hard whether they should make the switch to GOP too:

Kirkpatrick, Himes, Halvorson, Peters, Adler, Heinrich, McMahon, Murphy, Maffei, Schrader, Dahlkemper, Rodriguez. Connolly, Kosmas, Schauer, Titus, Owens, Massa, Kissell, Boccieri, Nye, Bright, Markey, Grayson, Minnick, Kratovil, Teague, Driehaus, Kilroy and Perriello.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite,


Indeed, you need not caricaturize. Your comments are hilarious enough without your even trying.

Hope you enjoy your high horse. The air must be rather thin up there.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone making a big deal out of Griffith switching parties doesn't understand this congressional district.

My precinct, the largest in Griffith's city of residence, voted over 80% Republican in the presidential election.

Anyone who thinks Griffith is a moderate is sadly mistaken. His opinion changes with how the wind is blowing.

Griffith is switching parties, so that he isn't voted out of Congress by his now-fellow-Republicans in the next House election.

In case anyone wonders what happened to the people in Alabama, who supported George Wallace - they are now in the Republican party.

Posted by: curiousone | December 22, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, I found it (obviously, Rep. Griffith is no longer in the "Lean Democratic" column ; )

http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/house/competitive_2009-12-17_13-01-02.php

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Is there a more recent Cook Report ranking I've missed?

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

erickramer:

Or, they could lose Rep. Cao (R-LA) and only have to win two of the three races Cook lists as Republican toss ups, the 16 races Cook lists as Democratic toss ups, all but two of the 23 races Cook lists as lean Democratic, and one other supposedly "safe" seat. Or, they could lose Rep. Cao (R-LA) and one other open seat, and only have to win one of the three races Cook lists as Republican toss ups, the 16 races Cook lists as Democratic toss ups, all but two of the 23 races Cook lists as lean Democratic, and two other supposedly "safe" seats. Etc., etc.

http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/house/competitive_2009-11-12_13-08-48.php

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I think that US Senate Republikans need to: (A) Stop WHINING and POUTING about Democrat achievements, and (B) try actually DOING something for America. Every single Senate Republikan is exactly the same as Jesse Helms, who was arrogantly proud of his title as Senator No, No, NO!! Republikans are TRAITORS, who would destroy our country in order to return to power.

Posted by: cwmdavis46 | December 22, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

Oh, to take back the House, the Republicans need to win the three races Cook lists as Republican toss ups, the 16 races Cook lists as Democratic toss ups and all but two of the 23 races Cook lists as lean Democratic.

They are virtually knocking on the door. All they have to do is convince people to forget how bad they were, and make people believe America would be better off without a plan.

Posted by: erickramer | December 22, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't know much about Parker Griffith or Alabama politics but I have to love a guy that sees right thru Pelosi.

Very good article. Not a fan of the Post but with this informative article and the Dana Milbank piece on page 2 of today's Post, there may be hope for you yet!

Posted by: 15of18 | December 22, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't know much about Parker Griffith or Alabama politics but I have to love a guy that sees right thru Pelosi.

Very good article. Not a fan of the Post but with this informative article and the Dana Milbank piece on page 2 of today's Post, there may be hope for you yet!

Posted by: 15of18 | December 22, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

So, essentially, you are calling people who vote for GOP ignorant, easily led, dupped, stupid, or not understanding their own self-interest.

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Absolutely.

I don't need to caricaturize poor rural whites, their lives are miserable enough as it is. I can only wonder why they would want to make things more miserable by voting for a party that puts their interests dead last.

There may be some representatives who care as much about the poor in their state as the wealthy in their state, but I wouldn't expect to find them in the GOP. The party whose Prime Directive is passing tax cuts for the wealthy, and which gets others on board with emotionalism and base appeals.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 22, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite,

So, essentially, you are calling people who vote for GOP ignorant, easily led, dupped, stupid, or not understanding their own self-interest. Interesting.

BTW, BlueTwo1 was intolerant and bigoted because he did not refer to rural folk in an educated manner as you did. He intentionally described the people in a derogatory and patronizing manner that is at odds with (what I pressume is) his image of himslef/herself as tolerant and accepting.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Did Drudge link here again?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 6:35 PM
___________

I think you broke the code, Blade. A Drudge (Mothership) link seems to be this space's goal every day. Until today I'd never of Parker Griffith. In fact, IMO, no one cares about him or thinks about him 'cept his mom and...the Fix. Good grief.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 22, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

What a pile of intolerant, bigotted rubbish. Does it hurt when you "think"?

==

One T in "bigoted"

And it wasn't. It's a damned legitimate question. Why are poor rural whites and for that matter working people ANYWHERE voting for the Wall Street Party? Republicans have distinguished themselves with support for free trade and with indifference to the livelihood of working people, unapologetically favoring the offshoring of jobs.

For anyone not worth ten figures to vote for the GOP means voting against one's self-interest, and that is NOT how it's supposed to work.

So the GOP dangles a little dog-whistle racim and some tough talk about bludgeoning and bombing foreigners and the rubes line right up.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 22, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

What a loathsome collection of swine we have posting today .. illliterates, racists, vicious snarky know-nothings. Another Drudge link to here? No doubt. Oh well the'll be gone soon and probably won't know how to find the place again.

Anyway .. a Republican in Maine leaves his party in disgust, explicitly naming the same criticism coming from others, that his party is behaving childishly. Any mention in The Fix? You must be daft.

But a Dixiecrat barely in office long enough to warm his seat decides that he cain't cotton to takin' no orders from no woman and, wow, stop the presses for an Extra print edition! Front and center! Bad news for Democrats! Republican resurgernce! TPaw! PALIN! PALIN!

Try to be a little less blatant with the favoritism, would you, Chris?

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Posted by: huangzhixian175 | December 22, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

BlueTwo1 wrote:

"Those who live in log cabins deep in the woods, a long way from the main road, and who shoot varmints for supper, unaccountably vote Republican along with upper class elite bankers and brokers. All the two groups have in common is hatred of freedom for people who are different from themselves. Examples: abortionists, homosexuals and godless Communists."
///////////////////////////////////////////////

What a pile of intolerant, bigotted rubbish. Does it hurt when you "think"?

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the GOP has landed one of the true "prizes" of this congress. I'm sure he will be as big an asset to them as he was to the Democrats. He's already a joke.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Peeling them off, one by one. I feel bad for the liberals in way. They try so hard but even those in their own party aren't buying the Obama BS.

Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: luca_20009 | December 22, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Peeling them off, one by one. I feel bad for the liberals in way. They try so hard but even those in their own party aren't buying the Obama BS.

Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: luca_20009 | December 22, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

It will truly be amusing to watch the GOP try to figure out if they really want to defend his seat.

Posted by: thmas | December 22, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Like Phil Gingrey and so many others, Griffith is a Vietnam medical school draft-dodger who's done nothing to bring to justice the traitors who killed John and Martin to put us there on behalf of the pope: he belongs in the Gay Old Pervert party of 9/11-committing Bush and Cheney, profound hypocrite and "Married to the Mob" McCain, and inbred whitetrash Sarah Palin.

Posted by: iamerican | December 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.

A Democrat who votes against the Democrats is now leaving them for the Republicans.

The Republicans will take him.

Remember NY-23?

The Alabama tea baggers will go Scozzafava on Griffith's behind real soon...

Wonder if Steele really likes this?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | December 22, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This guy is crazy like a fox. He sees the coming carnage and is trying to save his own pathetic hide. The first of other rats abandoning a sinking ship.

Posted by: Dionysis | December 22, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't be too hard on him. He is merely representing the wishes of his constituents -- the army of fleas that infest his mangy hide.

Posted by: laboo | December 22, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

As for Southern Strategy, count up the electoral votes north of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and East of the Mississippi. Add in the Left Coast and Hawaii. Cogitate upon that number. Count, toothe nomber of States. Unless the Republicans make inroads there, temporary minority Party status is theirs. It won't be permanent because in the remainder of the country RINOs are beginning to outnumber the pure of heart. I always picture the mascot of the New other party as an armadillo, yellow stripe down its back and all, wagging its toungue to its right, as the symbol of the New American Centrist Party, but a Rhino will certainly do as well.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 22, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic establishment ought to send numerous thank you notes to Congressman Griffith, since he appears to have precipitated a republican cat fight over who is a real Republican in that district, one of the better ways the Dems have to put a more centrist, or even mildly leftist, body in his seat.

He doesn't appear to be getting much of a welcome in the Party of great Purity, and when the Repubs try to run an anti incumbent for the seat it should be easy for the Dems to make whomever the repubs run, Griffith included, wear the Scarlet N, or F, I am not sure which is more appropriate, up their at the lecturn for all to remember. There are lots of things economic, social, diplomatic, and healthy, that need to be attended, and every man jack of the Republican party can be made to show his disgusting inner self without a lot of effort. Should Griffith get to run, he can be labeled a Dem to the Republicans, (he did do a lot with his erstwhile party), and a treacherous Republican to the Dems. Being hated with a passion by both sides is not the way to stir passion in ones campaign.

Run, Parker, Run. Cow Pasture tag rules, watch out for land mines!

Politics can be SO entertaining. And THEY pay for the shows.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will retake the House probably not the Senate although Democrats will take a beating there as well.

Posted by: zcxnissan | December 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I've always wondered by conservatives run as democRATS in the House, when they know that the reward for winning is having a POS like Nancy Pelosi as your boss!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 22, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Those who live in log cabins deep in the woods, a long way from the main road, and who shoot varmints for supper, unaccountably vote Republican along with upper class elite bankers and brokers. All the two groups have in common is hatred of freedom for people who are different from themselves. Examples: abortionists, homosexuals and godless Communists.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | December 22, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

One phony Democrat down, several more to go.
Walter Minnick in Idaho may be next.

Posted by: twm1 | December 22, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side, the switch will raise the IQ of both parties in the House.

Posted by: dubhlaoich | December 22, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"Alabama Democrat"

... borderline oxymoron
(no pun intended)

Posted by: daveque | December 22, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Alabama Democrat"

... borderline oxymoron
(no pun intended)

Posted by: daveque | December 22, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Kind of going against the flow of current events... after the damage the Bush administration did to our world credibility in unilateral military and financial adventurism at the expense of everyone including ourselves...The Reagan Era has pretty much run it's deregulatory course...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 22, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

First rat off of the Democratic ship headed towards the rocks. There will be many more.

Posted by: PS7900 | December 22, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

don't let the door hit you in your a$$ on the way out parker.

Posted by: rcupps | December 22, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

First rat off the Democratic ship headed towards the rocks. There will be many more.

Posted by: PS7900 | December 22, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Did Drudge link here again?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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GARBAGE Follows GARBAGE.

Good riddance.

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Posted by: A-Voter | December 22, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Either Oboobma will destroy America, or he will destroy the Dimwitcrats.

Posted by: thebump | December 22, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

In all conscience I could not join either of the two, Democrat and Republican.

Any criticism of one, does not mean I give any endorsement to the other political party.

FYI-
Its my belief GATT is a major cause of all our economic troubles.
This is Charlie Rose and Sir James Goldsmith explaining GATT (in 1994) and Laura Tyson arguing, wrongly we now know,
that it was not so.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5064665078176641728#

Looking down the list of President Obama's economic policy advisers I spot
•Laura Tyson, Berkeley international economist, Bill Clinton

http://econ4obama.blogspot.com/2008/06/obama-economic-advisors-and-economic.html

I also spotted Paul Volckers name- a libertarian apostle of Milton Friedman appointed by President Carter to head the Federal Reserve untill 1987, when fellow Friedman apostle Alan Greenspan took over.


"When Milton Friedman stepped forward on December 10, 1976, to receive the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences from the King of Sweden, he needed bodyguards."
http://reason.com/archives/2007/02/21/the-life-and-times-of-milton-f

What all this means...probably you should not expect socialism of any sort.

Posted by: WilliamBlake | December 22, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984 wrote,

"Griffith was promised a $100 million medical center in our district when he voted for Nancy Pelosi as majority leader. Apparently, this is the same $100 million dollar medical center that is also being given to 10 other senators to buy their votes, and lord knows how many congressmen and women."
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

100 million is a bargain, really. Here in Florida under Jeb Bush we paid 354 million for our center while at the same time Jeb told us there was no money for schools or other human needs.

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 22, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Relax, Democrats, look at the bright side. After the pounding you'll take in 2010 midterm elections, the loss of a single seat will be a fond memory.

Posted by: jd5024 | December 22, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for the bloodbath in 2010, Independents, Republicans, Tea Partiers will be taking out Democrats left and right. Enjoy the majority it won't be for long.

Posted by: zcxnissan | December 22, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

67 year old freshman?only in the south.those rncc ads will be good food for the dem party if this guy wins his primary.67 yrs old.?jesus.

Posted by: donaldtucker | December 22, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance he was a potential bollweevil like former democrats Phil Gramm and Richard Shelby. Gramm and Shelby gives any party that would claim them a bad name.

Posted by: truthspeaker11 | December 22, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"LIberal Fascist", an oxymoron coined by the intellectually challenged Jonah Goldberg is so nonsensical that it says more about those who use the term than it does about its coiner.

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 22, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

In his statement, Griffith said he can no longer align himself “with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy and drives us further and further into debt.” "Continues"? You mean, HE KNEW the Dems were like that 13 months ago when he ran with them, took their contributions and help, and more? Or did they changed in between time? Did he support the national party platform? Is the party in Congress doing what its platform said it would do? What. A. Maroon. Good riddance to a crass opportunist.

Posted by: PaulfromNorthernVa | December 22, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

If he had any sense he would have declared himself an independant rather than affixing the GOP anchor to himself and going for a swim.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | December 22, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with a first name of "Parker" should never have been a Democrat in the first place.

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 22, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this POST column should be called the "Left-wingers Fix"...

Flaming liberal Chris .....nice hit story on the new Republican, typical of you liberal fascists today.........

Americans here's what Chris failed to "report" in this opinion piece:

"Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith announced Tuesday that he's switching parties – saying he can no longer align himself “with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy and drives us further and further into debt.”


“Unfortunately there are those in the Democratic Leadership that continue to push an agenda focused on massive new spending, tax increases, bailouts and a health care bill that is bad for our healthcare system,” Griffith said in a statement."

............Now you know the .....rest....of the story.

POST = dirty dishonest liberal/progressive propaganda outlet for the DNC

Posted by: allenridge | December 22, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

How stupid does Mr. Griffith think we are?

Posted by: dlopata | December 22, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The guy was Republican in every way except on his lapel. George Wallace is probably his idol. No matter, what advatage do the Dems hold - +75 approx.?

The only place this wil be a headline is at the non-news outlets like Fox and conservatice opinion radio. Just not as big as the Tea Drinkers.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | December 22, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The only surprise here is that more Democrats don't switch parties. I don't see why anybody with any integrity whatsoever would want to be associated with corrupt demogogues like Pelosi, Reid, Shumer, Dodd, Rangel, etc. You're judged by the company you keep and if you're not a statist/collectist/socialist then you need to do some serious introspection. It boils down to just a few defining questions....are you in favor of increased individual freedom or less? Do you respect the Constitution or not? Do you believe more government creates problems or not? Don't get me wrong.....the Republican party is frequently inept and incompetent but the Democratic party is more sinister. It is a demonstrable threat to our freedom and prosperity.

Posted by: hit4cycle | December 22, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The reading on the wall for the Republican party is the contact info for morally challenged brethren. An "outraged" 15% isn't going to be revolutionizing anything.

Keep buying into the hype and get disappointed yet again. The Reps ought to be on life support for the next generation after what they did to America.

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 22, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Please take Doberman with you

Posted by: smoothoperator | December 22, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"I think it's foolish to see Liberals cat call this guy for switching parties when he was voting on the Dem side the vast majority of the time."

Most of those were votes on meaningless crap. He regularly voted with the GOPers on the bills that matter: climate change, health care, etc.

Why do you think he switched parties? Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Posted by: koolkat_1960

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He was (is) a conservative leaning Democrat. That's all fine and dandy as he isn't supposed to march to the party drumbeat. When you want to goose step and let the hive queen drive your life you become a Republican. I just don't see it as a good riddance moment if the Dems have really replaced the Repubs as the "Big Tent" party. We can all see how narrow and petty that side of the aisle is. It'd be a shame to watch the Dems go down that route as well. I guess I can agree with teabaggers that we need some serious third, fourth and fifth party representation.

This two party farce is suffocating us.

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 22, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

WOW...good riddance..

The GOP is going to be surprised in 2010

They are going to lose seats..AGAIN !

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | December 22, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

WOW...good riddance..

The GOP is going to be surprised in 2010

They are going to lose seats..AGAIN !

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | December 22, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

yay

now a real dem can run

Posted by: lichtme | December 22, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Loud and dumb has hereby exceeded all expectations of her intelligence:

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: snowbama | December 22, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the proverbial pendulum is starting to swing in the more sensible and sane direction. Democrats sure are a pathetic and miserable bunch.

Posted by: DCer1 | December 22, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Griffith is a tourist, here in Washington for two years. At 67 he thought it would be fun to try something new and be the boss of congress, and instead he found out he is the boss of nothing in DC.

Next December he'll be able to go back to his oncology practice, his profitable nursing homes, real estate interests and mortuaries. Back to 'Bama, where he passes for a big shot.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Relax, it's ALABAMA for crissakes. What do you expect?
What did Neal say?
"You've got one wheel in the ditch,
And one in the track..."
Something like that.

Posted by: TOMHERE | December 22, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country,"
One could guess It just easier to legislate nothing and just say NO!

Posted by: ohwell | December 22, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

When Democrats start leaving for the GOP before the 2010 season even gets underway, that is telling you the Democrats are going to get CRUSHED in the Congress in 2010!!!

Obama better prepare to be a 1 Term President.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 22, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"I think it's foolish to see Liberals cat call this guy for switching parties when he was voting on the Dem side the vast majority of the time."

Most of those were votes on meaningless crap. He regularly voted with the GOPers on the bills that matter: climate change, health care, etc.

Why do you think he switched parties? Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh HAPPY DAYS......come on over to the conservative side.....leave those nut cases behind....most of them will be gone ANYWAY in 2010 and then we will make a bigger change in 2012. Whoopppiiiieee

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | December 22, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile all tax payers in the 49 states which are not Nebraska will pay to subsidize the health care of all Nebraska residents for a decade thanks to Sen. Nelson and the democrats.
Posted by: georgedixon1
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The most open (to bribery) and honest (we will use blackmail) administration and party in history.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

xconservative wrote:

"Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Let's see how his new "friends" treat him. The GOP has a habit of dropping their tools when they are done using them.

Besides, come on, Alabama??? Just some cracker posing as a Democrat."
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Excellent analysis. Besides, who wants Alabama anyway? Would you like to be the party to preside over the state which, according to Census.Gov, ranked 44th in PERSONS 25 YEARS OLD AND OVER WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR MORE, ranked 4th in INFANT MORTALITY (ranked by MOST), 42nd in PER CAPITA INCOME, and 6th MOST in PERSONS UNDER THE POVERTY LEVEL?

Gosh golly, I wonder if there is a correlation between GOP leadership and these results?

Hint: Yes.

Posted by: topwriter | December 22, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile all tax payers in the 49 states which are not Nebraska will pay to subsidize the health care of all Nebraska residents for a decade thanks to Sen. Nelson and the democrats.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | December 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

You figure Republican's, party switchers like Griffith and their teabagging ilk, Armey, Norquest etc. would be outraged at this but since the tax falls disproportionally on the poor and working class they pay no mind.

Posted by: MerrillFrank
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Exactly like cap and tax will fall on the poor and working class. Totaltarian statism is not always a free lunch.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Parker had to leave the Democrat Party and go to the Republican Party because if he voted against equal pay for woman (WHY?) and health care reform (WHY?) he didn't stand a chance to be re-elected in 2010. He should be made to return all monies he enjoyed while getting elected. He is grandstanding now. ITS ON NOW! 2010 is the major election now. Enough is enough! Tell your friends now that they must vote in 2010 and not to treat 2010 as a mid-term election. Make contributions even if it is small to the Democratic Party. They all misread the Virginia election which has emboldened them to misbehave denying, delaying and obstructing a vote for the American people. The Republicans neocon right wing conservative party of no did reconciliation when they had all three branches of government and they would deny us a vote? This man did not fight like this when the American people were being robbed blind with CDOs , CSOs, bait and switch, usury fees, false information by credit collection mafia type agencies that have sprung up lying on the American People with no oversight, Excessive fees, High interest rates, hidden fees, lost 401ks, lost stock, high taxes, lack of insurance and the inability to pick the best doctor to operate on you instead the insurance companies deciding who will operate on you. Even if you send an appeal to the insurance companies begging to allow the best doctor in your area to conduct surgery they say no while you are paying a mortgage rate for your own insurance. The insurance companies send a letter home dropping you 18 year just when they are embarking on their future and you are paying for the insurance plan. So now we know where Parker’s passions are and it is not with the American people it is with those who took out business loans then lived high on the hog, ran up credit card bills living high on the hog then turned to us living within our means and by cash and said BAIL US OUT while claiming this is different then the other people. No it is not different. So pull your self up by your boot straps and stop looking for a hand out and using your business as an ATM. Somebody should have told him to be careful who you listen too less they lead you down the wrong side of history. There is something called accountability. Was Lieberman whispering in his ear? Imagine going with a party that had no solutions, provided no contribution, saw flaws in the Healthcare industry, had the control the government the last eight years even had control of the government in the Reagan and Bush, SR. years and did nothing to stop what they say is waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare, Medicaid, advantage programs. They offered nothing on the debates the whole year except Death Panels , Birth Certificates and NO to Health Care Reform. Did they really get rid of the anti-trust measure that was in the Bill? If so, that needs to be corrected now. Go Democrats Go!!!!!

Posted by: GAPRDDESC | December 22, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Parker had to leave the Democrat Party and go to the Republican Party because if he voted against equal pay for woman (WHY?) and health care reform (WHY?) he didn't stand a chance to be re-elected in 2010. He should be made to return all monies he enjoyed while getting elected. He is grandstanding now. ITS ON NOW! 2010 is the major election now. Enough is enough! Tell your friends now that they must vote in 2010 and not to treat 2010 as a mid-term election. Make contributions even if it is small to the Democratic Party. They all misread the Virginia election which has emboldened them to misbehave denying, delaying and obstructing a vote for the American people. The Republicans neocon right wing conservative party of no did reconciliation when they had all three branches of government and they would deny us a vote? This man did not fight like this when the American people were being robbed blind with CDOs , CSOs, bait and switch, usury fees,ponzi schemes, false information by credit collection mafia type agencies that have sprung up lying on the American People with no oversight, Excessive fees, High interest rates, hidden fees, lost 401ks, lost stock, high taxes, lack of insurance and the inability to pick the best doctor to operate on you instead the insurance companies deciding who will operate on you. Even if you send an appeal to the insurance companies begging to allow the best doctor in your area to conduct surgery they say no while you are paying a mortgage rate for your own insurance. The insurance companies send a letter home dropping you 18 year just when they are embarking on their future and you are paying for the insurance plan. So now we know where Parker’s passions are and it is not with the American people it is with those who took out business loans then lived high on the hog, ran up credit card bills living high on the hog then turned to us living within our means and by cash and said BAIL US OUT while claiming this is different then the other people. No it is not different. So pull your self up by your boot straps and stop looking for a hand out and using your business as an ATM. Somebody should have told him to be careful who you listen too less they lead you down the wrong side of history. There is something called accountability. Was Lieberman whispering in his ear? Imagine going with a party that had no solutions, provided no contribution, saw flaws in the Healthcare industry, had the control the government the last eight years even had control of the government in the Reagan and Bush, SR. years and did nothing to stop what they say is waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare, Medicaid, advantage programs. They offered nothing on the debates the whole year except Death Panels , Birth Certificates and NO to Health Care Reform. Did they really get rid of the anti-trust measure that was in the Bill? If so, that needs to be corrected now. Go Democrats Go!!!!!

Posted by: GAPRDDESC | December 22, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The Rep can read the writing on the wall.
The Democrats are attempting 2 things,

1) F###ing up Health Care

2) Putting an "Ex" by their title...

Most Americans are hoping they will accomplish one of the two...

*hint for Obama's ignorant tingly legged voters: It's not #1...

Posted by: sophic | December 22, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Rep can read the writing on the wall.
The Democrats are attempting 2 things,

1) F###ing up Health Care

2) Putting an "Ex" by their title...

Most Americans are hoping they will accomplish one of the two...

*hint for Obama's ignorant tingly legged voters: It's not #1...

Posted by: sophic | December 22, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Food for thought. Note which states tax groceries.

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1230

"Two states continue to apply their sales tax fully to food purchased for home consumption without providing any offsetting relief for low- and moderate-income families. They are Alabama and Mississippi."

You figure Republican's, party switchers like Griffith and their teabagging ilk, Armey, Norquest etc. would be outraged at this but since the tax falls disproportionally on the poor and working class they pay no mind.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | December 22, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the door hit you where the lord split you.

Posted by: RJ24 | December 22, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't worry about it. The GOP will screw him also - when they decide he's not radical enough. Either way, he's toast...

Posted by: Fjet2020 | December 22, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Let's see how his new "friends" treat him. The GOP has a habit of dropping their tools when they are done using them.

Besides, come on, Alabama??? Just some cracker posing as a Democrat.

Posted by: xconservative | December 22, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A man of true integrity. A slap in the face to those that voted for him. Hope he enjoys his one term.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | December 22, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know we we're talking about Obama. Oh, my bad. LOL

Posted by: askgees | December 22, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it's foolish to see Liberals cat call this guy for switching parties when he was voting on the Dem side the vast majority of the time. A Congress member is not determined by the (D) or the (R) by their name, but by the summation of their voting record. I'd take a Chafee on the Republican side over Jefferson (LA) any day of the week.

Is the left getting as shrill as the purist teabaggers???? Jeering just because of party affiliation?

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 22, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

What a scumbag. He rode the train up but now that the Democrats are becoming unpopular - for the simple reason that making tough decisions is often unpopular -he switches sides. He, like most Republicans I know, is simply a selfish jerk. Of course the good thing about switching to the Republican Party is that the label is approrpriate. Republican = Scumbag.

Posted by: JMATT5 | December 22, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Two words. Arlen Specter.

F$%k off. It's funny when LIB T@RDS cry. They look pathetic.

Posted by: askgees | December 22, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by Rep. Griffith; the Dems are going to have a hard time keeping many seats at the federal and state level.

BTW, all of those who are whining about Parker's decision, do you think Sen. Specter will win reelection as a Democrat?

I doubt he will win the PA Democratic primary, yet I didn't hear much complaining from the libs when he changed his party affiliation. And, most conservatives seem very happy to get rid of him.

Posted by: Conservator | December 22, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Welcome, Congressman, from the dark side.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A Democrat who sees the direction the wind will be blowing come next year...and it won't be in the Democrat's direction, I can assure you.

Posted by: moebius22


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yea you and Zouk can both assure us all of your ironclad political prognostications. He hasn't been right the last few years either while I've been lurking on the Fix.

The guy is toast even if the wind were to be drastically changing (it's not). He voted WITH the Dems 84% of the time. Are the teabaggers really going to throw their token penny rolls at a guy who's a RHINO? heck no.

Even if this dude were to somehow win as a Republican he'd likely be a liability if he has a shred of dignity with his votes. If he doesn't.....well then we'd all just know that he was embarrassed to run as a Republican due to the massive failures of Delay's Congress and G. W. Silverspoon.

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 22, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

To all of you Democrats "happy" about this switch, now you know how the Republicans feel about RINOs (looks like they just got one more ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It may be a good thing to slough off Democratic representatives who are not dedicated to righting the wrongs the nation faces. Since his voting record is 84% in line with other Democrats, perhaps he does not have the strength to resist the temptations of corporate money and promises of more power. We need honorable, diligent and wise men and women working for our side.

Posted by: blosmurph | December 22, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is not a big deal. He has every right to switch. He was a Republican in spirit anyways. I do find it funny though that most of the Republican States are the largest recipients of federal dollars yet their Congress people whine and moan about federal spending while most of that money comes from the taxes paid by the Democratic States. And, I find it amazing how absolutely uninformed most of the GOP constituents are... Albeit there are some pretty stupid Dems as well.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | December 22, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the door hit you... We have a lot more dedicated Democrats than one that switches. The money was nice though, huh??
Thief!!

Posted by: dakotahgeo
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A very appropriate question to pose to
Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu.

What's Scary Reid's favorite holiday drink? A Ben and Mary, of course.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the door hit you... We have a lot more dedicated Democrats than one that switches. The money was nice though, huh??
Thief!!

Posted by: dakotahgeo | December 22, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I'll have two eggs over easy, a side of bacon, toast and can you come back to my hotel in 20 minutes?

-tiger

I inherited all this. except the good stuff. I did all that on my own.

-barry

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

At least Tiger was actually good at something.
Posted by: ZOUK
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Lol – Yes he is very good community of women organizer.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Smart man...

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | December 22, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

At least Tiger was actually good at something.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

To me, this news is meaningless. Read what you want into it based on your own political philosophy. A lot can and will happen between now and the 2010 general election and a lot more can and will happen between now and the 2012 general election. Prognostications based on one event (or even several events) almost a year before the next general election are worthless. It is akin to Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and the Public option will pass. Laughable nonsense.

Posted by: mraymond10 | December 22, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

After three year of spiraling down, his reelection platform will be, I have been wildly successful at holding on while the world melts around us. I did not do this but if you reelect me, I will fix it. Again.

anyone wonder how he got through all those Ivy schools? "I promise to do better next semester. If you hold me to the usual standards, you are a RACIST".

why have we never seen his grades? first president ever with no grades. no papers. no references. no referrals. Hmmmmm. what's missing. what's he hiding?

flunked econ - obviously. D in history - we all know that one already. B+ in communications. whoopeee. Give him Keith Os job.

Posted by: ZOUK
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The image making of Barrack Obama and that of Tiger Woods have amazing parallels. We really know little of either one.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

thhis guy is dead meat -- the next Dem to run agianst him will take this seat:

Another ad accuses Griffith of hating America, and apparently even sympathizing with radical Islam -- with audio of the candidate himself speaking! "America's greatest enemy is America, and its materialism...We have nothing to fear from radical Islam." The ad then repeated the audio of him saying "America's greatest enemy is America," and the announcer declared him "wrong for Alabama."

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show you what scumbags most politicians are. I believe that any elected official who changes his or her poloitical affiliation after they've been elected should be required to do one of two things - resign or return every cent of the money they've received in campaign contributions.

Posted by: ancientdude | December 22, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is taking a great moral leap in welcoming Rep. Parker Griffith to the caucus -- accepting someone who they believe deliberately gave poor care to cancer patients in order to make money off of them, and who hates America and sympathizes with radical Muslims on top of that. At least, that's what their ads against him in 2008 said!

Griffith, of course, is the Alabama Congressman who who just officially announced in the last few minutes that he is switching parties, from being a conservative Democrat to being a conservative Republican. The National Republican Congressional Committee ran some pretty hard-hitting spots against Griffith in the 2008 campaign -- which were taken down from their YouTube account today. However, a source with an interest in the race was able to capture them first, and gave them to us.

Here's one that accuses Griffith, a medical doctor, of a practice known as "warehousing" cancer patients -- meaning to deliberately give poor care to patients in order to keep them bedridden and make more money from their medical treatments. "His approach caused unwarranted pain and suffering," the announcer said, "but it meant more money for him."

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats in Alabama(especially the Urban areas of Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile counties) worked very hard to get this clown elected
Posted by: grob25
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So the AL dems worked very hard to get a clown elected. It worked on a national level too.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Libs only hope is to confuse their publicly educated free lunch sympathizers into thinking that the guy elected to RUN things is blameless in its errors and missteps.

good luck with that. this is America not
CCCP

After three year of spiraling down, his reelection platform will be, I have been wildly successful at holding on while the world melts around us. I did not do this but if you reelect me, I will fix it. Again.

anyone wonder how he got through all those Ivy schools? "I promise to do better next semester. If you hold me to the usual standards, you are a RACIST".

why have we never seen his grades? first president ever with no grades. no papers. no references. no referrals. Hmmmmm. what's missing. what's he hiding?

flunked econ - obviously. D in history - we all know that one already. B+ in communications. whoopeee. Give him Keith Os job.

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

The Democrats in Alabama(especially the Urban areas of Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile counties) worked very hard to get this clown elected and now he's turned his back on us. Big money has a way of turning a blue dog southern democrat into a another greedy Republican. At best, let's hope he'll turn out to be a moderate Republican .

Posted by: grob25 | December 22, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The White House will be boarded up soon the way this idiot Obama is going..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | December 22, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Alabama has a long history of democrats switching to the republican side. Not many since the civil rights act of 1965, but a few.

the interesting thing is that he replaced a retiring democrat incumbent, which signals that his district votes DEM even if they don't vote Obama. He's in deep trouble. Even if he manages to win the Republican primary (not a chance with an 85% voting record with the DEMs), he'll lose to the next DEM challenger.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | December 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

leapin, Democrat’s policy ideas primarily involve cutting liberty and increasing tyranny?!?!?! Are you serious? That defines the GOP for the past 10 years. Have you ever heard of Dick Cheney, GW Bush or Sarah Palin? The GOP uses the Constitution to wipe themselves.

In reality, both parties have plenty of ideas that they would like to implement if given the political power to do so. Democrat’s policy ideas primarily involve cutting liberty and increasing tyranny. The question isn’t whether the Democratic Party has any ideas. The question is whether the party has any relevant ideas besides socialism.

Posted by: leapin

Posted by: rcc_2000 | December 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

leapin, you are an idiot (I tried for a kinder word but there are none) or have been in a coma for 10 years? We are where we are thanks to GW Bush 2000-2008.

Anyone who thinks the Democrats have the answer need only look at the Obama year, 2009 to 2009. They are what got us where we are today.

Posted by: leapin

Posted by: rcc_2000
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Who's the idiot? Bush was in office 8 years. Why the reference to a 10 year period? Are you saying this situation started with Clinton? Also please explain why Bush's liberal spending should be the model for Barry-O?

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

A Democrat who sees the direction the wind will be blowing come next year...and it won't be in the Democrat's direction, I can assure you.

Posted by: moebius22 | December 22, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse


A man of true integrity. A slap in the face to those that voted for him. Hope he enjoys his one term.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | December 22, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: dotyr | December 22, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually things were going along pretty nicely until Peloony took over.

In tandem with Barney and dodd, they were then able to dismantle the prosperity the repubs had built.

the damage done by the free spending bush has now been amplified exponentially under the ONE and we are in debt up to our ears. The only relief in sight from the liberal point of view - spend MORE!!!

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, leapin. First, don't plan on going anywhere (roads & sidewalks). No TV or radio (FCC). I hope you have some bottled water, as you're not getting a drink or a shower (sewer system). Oh, and no Fix (govt led the creation of the net).

Buh-Bye

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"This morning, Fox News reported on the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines, which is continuing to emit clouds of soot and ash over the surrounding area. The tiny particles of sulfuric ash “could cause respiratory problems or skin diseases, and could affect the thousands of people crammed into evacuation centers beyond the eight-kilometer danger zone.” Officials expect a major eruption in the next few days. In reporting the events, Fox News correspondent Mike Cohen described the deadly ash as a “white Christmas”:

a stupider group than Rs and Fox News watchers cannot be found on earth.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

leapin, you are an idiot (I tried for a kinder word but there are none) or have been in a coma for 10 years? We are where we are thanks to GW Bush 2000-2008.

Anyone who thinks the Democrats have the answer need only look at the Obama year, 2009 to 2009. They are what got us where we are today.

Posted by: leapin

Posted by: rcc_2000 | December 22, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Genefox 1 wrote:

"Why does it not surprise me that anybody from Alabama would be a Republican? The surprise is that he was ever elected from Alabama. Is it too late to make the South another country?"
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Another strike for the enlightened ones who believe themselves the only ones holding the truth.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Genefox 1 wrote:

"Why does it not surprise me that anybody from Alabama would be a Republican? The surprise is that he was ever elected from Alabama. Is it too late to make the South another country?"
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Another strike for the enlightened ones who believe themselves the only ones holding the truth.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many people in his district are uninsured?

Posted by: homer4 | December 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't suprize anyone Alabama is known to be the most ignorant state and most ignorant people have no loyalty as this jerk doesn't to the people who worked so hard to get him elected but that's a typical republican.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | December 22, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why does it not surprise me that anybody from Alabama would be a Republican? The surprise is that he was ever elected from Alabama. Is it too late to make the South another country?

Posted by: Genefox1
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Eastern, liberal elitism at its finest.
The tolerant, compassionate, open tent of today's NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The Age of Obama means the Republicans have risen again. Thank you for the nice Christmas present Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: kenpasadena | December 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Griffith is just an ignorant hillbilly from the backwoods of northern Alabama. He belongs with the Republicans, and he certainly won't be missed by the Democrats or anyone else. By joining he Republicans, he just makes it easier for us to defeat him next November.

Posted by: dsrobins | December 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

LDPRPT25 wrote:
"Shouldn't suprize anyone Alabama is known to be the most ignorant state and most ignorant people have no loyalty as this jerk doesn't to the people who worked so hard to get him elected but that's a typical republican."
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If this is what one can expect from the base, the members of the enlightened party, what wonder is it that some have reservations about being under the party's big tent. And yet, it is the people holding these "enlightened" views about an entire population's literacy and worth that day in and day out preach aloud in a hollier-than-thou fashion that it is the other guys who are intolerant, bigots, etc.

Hypocrisy is not a word easily found in their dictonaries or talking points. Neither are self-reflection or consideration.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Another gelding for the Republican stable.

Posted by: oxhead1 | December 22, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Ditching the Acorn party eh? Smart move..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | December 22, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think what differentiates this party-switch from the party-switches by Jeffords and Spector is that they had years of experience in office while their party transformed, while this fellow is a freshman, not even halfway through his first term, a time when you would expect a Congressman to be in the most ideologically solid time of his career. I suspect that he registered as a Democrat because it would have been impossible for a moderate to win the Republican primary in the current state of the party, and difficult for a party-approved candidate to win the general election in his state. Now that he's an incumbent, he's trying to curry favor with his state Republican party who would be disinclined to support him, otherwise. If his election had not been such a squeaker, I suspect he would have not discovered Nancy Pelosi to be "divisive."

And on that subject -- since Nancy Pelosi herself does not engage in particularly divisive rhetoric, exactly how is it that she is personally divisive? There are people divided over her, but they would have found something to divide over, regardless of Nancy Pelosi. The volume of hogwash is quite tiresome.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 22, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the Democrats have the answer need only look at the Obama year, 2009 to 2009. They are what got us where we are today.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

nasty, hateful, racist, dull and brutish.

what can you expect? if they had anything other than a primitive reptilian brain, they wouldn't be republicans.

Posted by: drivl

Stalin calls out war crimes.

she's popped her cork again. screaming in the mirror, expecting it to yell back.

Of course in her dark world, it probably does.

the voices treat her daily to this me/they confusion. I think the rabid and constant posting relieves it somehow.

who would bet me that between drivl and chrissuxc()x they make up 25-33 percent of this blog, with not a single valuable, intelligent post yet.

Who would have thunk it. Of course , who would have thunk that with all the promises made by barry, that we would reach years end and come up empty?

Beer frame. We should have known by his bowling and pitching skills.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the Republicans have the answer need only look at the Bush years, 2001 to 2009. They are what got us where we are today.

Posted by: dehud | December 22, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't suprize anyone Alabama is known to be the most ignorant state and most ignorant people have no loyalty as this jerk doesn't to the people who worked so hard to get him elected but that's a typical republican.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | December 22, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why does it not surprise me that anybody from Alabama would be a Republican? The surprise is that he was ever elected from Alabama. Is it too late to make the South another country?

Posted by: Genefox1 | December 22, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

margaret, posts like zouk's are an example of how the wingers try to change the subject because they have no ideas.
His clownish and infantile posts -- and especially his touching longing for small boys, plus his fantasy life with the Countess, all make me laugh.
Posted by: drindl
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Here’s an idea. Try going a day without dependence on the government.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

In fact, look at every republican post on here -- dumb as rocks, illiterate -- can't spell or write a sentence -- nasty, hateful, racist, dull and brutish.

what can you expect? if they had anything other than a primitive reptilian brain, they wouldn't be republicans.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

smorrow wrote:

"We cant count on the dems in Al anymore,They vote more and more against the party and they cant be trusted."
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From the manner in which you write it is almost as if you were referring to the Communist Party than to the Democrat party. I thought the the Democrat party was a big tent that welcomed many ideas rather than a monolithic, dogmatic, one-think shop where challenges to ideas are not welcomed. Maye it is a signal that the leadership of the party needs to be shaken a little bit. They may have mistaken their being the leadership for being the party itself.

Posted by: argie | December 22, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

askgees writes
"It’s TRATIOR. Silly LIB T@RD learn to spell."


no comment.


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p.s. I believe Specter did return some contributions after switching parties.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 22, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

margaret, posts like zouk's are an example of how the wingers try to change the subject because they have no ideas.

His clownish and infantile posts -- and especially his touching longing for small boys, plus his fantasy life with the Countess, all make me laugh.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Lets see. When a Republican defects, the liberal media showers them with praise, touting their "pragmatism" "tough-minded independence" and above all "growing" while in office. See: Arlen Specter

When Democrats defect to the GOP. The template is as follows

Ignore...

Deny....

Downplay...

and finally,

Cast them as treasonous turncoats.


Posted by: RaiderDan | December 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) took it a step further, citing Griffith's "duty and responsibility" to return all contributions made to him by Democratic Members of Congress.

Have you refunded the donations from Specters campaign? No Then shut your face you little dress wearing pansy. Your embarrassing the US you little cry baby.

Maybe you should retire the donkey as a mascot and choose a pu$$Y. It’s more fitting.

Posted by: askgees | December 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

In reality, both parties have plenty of ideas that they would like to implement if given the political power to do so. Democrat’s policy ideas primarily involve cutting liberty and increasing tyranny. The question isn’t whether the Democratic Party has any ideas. The question is whether the party has any relevant ideas besides socialism.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

leapin@238, you need to read zouk'z post right above yours. Toomuch of this comes from both sides.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

We cant count on the dems in Al anymore,They vote more and more against the party and they cant be trusted.Thats fine if he wants to back stab those that voted for him and shelby and bright might as well show their cowardly true colors and switch also.They are right in line with the worse of the reps anyways.Parker your a traiter to your own party so go join the losers so you to can just vote no on everything so al will stay in the dark ages forever.

Posted by: smorrow | December 22, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse


It’s TRATIOR. Silly LIB T@RD learn to spell. Relax you got Specter.

Posted by: askgees | December 22, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

wow, the voices in drivl's head are all over the map today.

I think she is having trouble relating to reality again.

Old bird, just keep up the good work of transfering any negative post from Kos, huff and fireDog directly over to here, and you will feel like you accomplished something today. Nevermind the topic. the rules are special for "special" people.

Poor dear thing.

I think being unemployed, angry and clueless for so long has finally taken its toll on what was left of her fragile mind.

Now don't forget to feed the cats.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course the good thing about switching to the Republican Party is that the label is approrpriate. Republican = Scumbag.

Posted by: JMATT5
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In the absencence of reason the liberal always resorts to the personal attack.
You forgot to add "racist" and "regional party" dnc talking points.

Posted by: leapin | December 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

forgot the link:

In the days following the 2008 election, some Republicans predicted that the party would retool itself in response to reality--not just political reality but the actuality of policy challenges. “Republicans,” wrote conservative Ramesh Ponnuru in Time, “will have to devise an agenda that speaks to a country where more people feel the bite of payroll taxes than income taxes, where health-care costs eat up raises even in good times, where the length of the daily commute is a bigger irritant than are earmarks.” Nothing like that rethinking has happened or will happen.

Whatever the merits of President Obama’s agenda, it is clearly a response to objectively large problems facing the country. The administration has selected three main issues as the focus of its domestic agenda: the economic crisis, climate change, and health care reform. The issues themselves offer a stark contrast with Bush’s 2005 crusade to reshape Social Security. While sold as a response to the program’s long-term deficit, the privatization campaign was actually motivated by ideological opposition to Social Security’s redistributive role. (Bush refused Democratic offers to negotiate a fix to the program’s solvency without altering its social-insurance character.) By contrast, it is impossible to dismiss the problems Obama has chosen to address. In all three areas, the Republican Party has adopted a stance of total opposition, not merely because it disagrees with aspects of Obama’s solutions, but because it cannot come to grips with the very nature of the problems of modern American politics.

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-rise-republican-nihilism

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, I posted some of that earlier on this thread. For some reason, Chris doen't seem to want to talk about how this was a career-killing move by this guy. But then his career was over anyway.

This is a good piece, btw:

The Rise of Republican Nihilism

Does the Republican Party have any ideas? The query may have a familiar ring. Five years ago, the question of substance was demanded incessantly of the Democrats. Indeed, in one of those intellectual fads that periodically sweep through Washington, the political class became obsessed with the notion that conservatives had unambiguously won what everybody was calling “the war of ideas.”

The notion was everywhere. The right gloated. (“Conservative thought,” boasted right-wing foundation maven James Piereson, “has seized the initiative in the world of ideas.”) Republicans scolded the opposition. (President Bush chastised Democrats in Congress: “[I]f they have no ideas or policies except obstruction, they should step aside and let others lead.”)

We don’t need the benefit of hindsight to grasp how silly it was to claim that the Bush-era Republican Party had risen to power on the crest of policy ideas whose time had come, or that the Democratic Party lacked an agenda of its own. The taunts about Democrats’ lacking ideas was less a serious analysis than an attempt to bully the party into cooperating with Bush’s plan to gradually privatize Social Security. (Click here to read about the history of conservatives opposing insane progressive ideas, such as women's suffrage and child labor laws.)

In reality, both parties have plenty of ideas that they would like to implement if given the political power to do so. Republicans’ policy ideas primarily involve cutting marginal tax rates and regulations. The question isn’t whether the Republican Party has any ideas. The question is whether the party has any relevant ideas.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What a scumbag. He rode the train up but now that the Democrats are becoming unpopular - for the simple reason that making tough decisions is often unpopular -he switches sides. He, like most Republicans I know, is simply a selfish jerk. Of course the good thing about switching to the Republican Party is that the label is approrpriate. Republican = Scumbag.

Posted by: JMATT5 | December 22, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

good list:

"But in the meantime I cant resist discussingMatt Yglesias’s list of top ten worst Washington Post columnists of the decade:

10. Michael Kelly

9. David Broder

8. Jim Hoagland

7. Robert Novak

6. Michael Gerson

5. Fred Hiatt

4. Robert Samuelson

3. George Will

2. Robert Kagan

1. Charles Krauthammer

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He's a smart man. If he really becomes "Conservative" now, he'd be even smarter...
Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Democrats are doing every thing they can to put a "Ex" in front of their title...

Posted by: sophic | December 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You'd think the politics blog would cover this angle; instead I found it over at at the econ/wonk blog:


"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."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/12/conservatives_to_griffith_were.html

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

""One of the public option's most vocal supporters in the House on Monday stressed she and her colleagues would fight ''as hard as we possibly can'' to ensure its inclusion in the final healthcare bill. The government plan is sure to be one of the most difficult debates to resolve once House and Senate lawmakers confer and combine their bills early next year. ""

If I know liberal leadership, they will find a way to take a 60/ 40 halftime score and turn it into a complete flop. what is it about Yes you don't understand, boneheads?

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

We cant count on the dems in Al anymore,They vote more and more against the party and they cant be trusted.Thats fine if he wants to back stab those that voted for him and shelby and bright might as well show their cowardly true colors and switch also.They are right in line with the worse of the reps anyways.Parker your a traiter to your own party so go join the losers so you to can just vote no on everything so al will stay in the dark ages forever.

Posted by: smorrow | December 22, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

As the Republicans continue to destroy the viability of Congress, Ds are realizing they are going to need to take drastic action, like getting rid of the filibuster:

The NY Times:

Members of both parties say the dispute over health care has created bad blood, left both Democrats and Republicans suspicious of the opposition’s motives, and shattered some of the institution’s traditional collegiality.
At the same time, Democrats say the apparently unbridgeable health care divide has convinced them that Republicans are dedicated solely to blocking legislative proposals for political purposes. Several said they now realized that they would have to rely strictly on their own caucus to advance such defining issues as climate change in 2010.

“We have crossed the mark of over 100 filibusters and acts of procedural obstruction in less than one year,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, said on the floor Sunday. “Never since the founding of the Republic, not even in the bitter sentiments preceding Civil War, was such a thing ever seen in this body.”

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Who called Specter a hero? Some people admired his independence, but he got a lot of criticism for switching parties just to stay in office. (Specter admitted that he became a D because he can't get reelected as an R.) Everyone agrees that Specter is an opportunist.

Also, Specter was one of 41 Republican Senators, and he's served in the Senate for decades. When he switched parties, it was a much bigger deal than one of 257 Democratic Representatives who's held office for less than a year.

Posted by: Blarg | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Party switches have become the forgotten aspect of the Republican wave in 1994. It wasn't just retirements that enabled the GOP to cash in. Party switches were actually more significant, because their effect was longer lasting. Had Dick Gephardt held onto all of the former Democrats who defected, he would've been Speaker in 1998. Party switches, like retirements, can say a lot about the general state of a political party both in terms of its overall popularity, as well as its ideological bent. A party that's too affixed to its partisan wing is vulnerable to losing its people who are more in the center. This is true of both parties. If a few more congressmen peel off the way Griffith has, it could well signal a trend that's more important than the raw number of switches might indicate. It did in 1994/1995.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

He's jumping ship?

(End of side "A", turn to side "B")

This sort of reminds me of "Punch and Judy"

Left hand takes a beating, Right hand administers it and the audience watches and identifies with the act.

However, it's all ONE person using both hands to put on the act.

So it is with Dems and Repubs.

Can ANYONE deny this is all an orchestrated act to illicit a specific response?

That's American politics today.

Transparency?

Change?

More like Carrot and stick.

The American people have been scripted with the "Judy" role.

I wonder who gets to applaud.. The financial industry, perhaps?

I would, if I were them.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"The poll of polls currently has Obama at 50% approve, 45% disapprove. Approval fairly steady since late summer, though disapproval has continued to rise. Not surprising given the venom directed at him and the personal nature of the attacks.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade "

It's been pretty much his election margin. Obviously he gets a bump during his honeymoon hours. And a drop is to be expected. But it seems like the pundits looked at the trajectory of his ratings in February and have simply been extrapolating since.

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

If he wasn't so stupid he would have become an Independent. He wasn't a Democrat anyway, and now he's not really a Republican. Good riddance!

Posted by: paris1969 | December 22, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Like a Rat off a sinking ship - Parker knew he had no chance in 2010 after passage of this monstrosity called a "Health Plan". There will be more switching from the Democratic to the Republican in the coming days to escape the suicidal lurch of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

Posted by: Realist20 | December 22, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

skeptic1 said: "Funny that when Arlan Specter switched from Republican to Democrat, it was "proof" here amongst the unemployed post readers that the Republicans were fading away.

Now the switch goes the other way, and it's proof that this guy is an opportunist."
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I don't know about other dems/progressives, but the comments I read from nearly everyone described Specter as an opportunist.

As for the childish 'unemployed' remark, you're also reading the Post...

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | December 22, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

""White House prods Iran over nuclear deadline""

What is this, like the third or fourth deadline with serious consequences this year.

try not to laugh at Obambi. He is very thin skinned.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"OMG" "Loser" etc Cry of the loosing dems

Posted by: houston123 | December 22, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Griffith, meet dead meat:

"At the Club For Growth's website, Andrew Roth breaks down the conservative group's take on the Griffith switch. Though, like Erickson, the conservative group sees the switch as bad news for President Obama, the Club says Griffith doesn't make the conservative grade:

Alabama is a run-off state, so Griffith will have to go head-to-head against a seasoned Republican if he wants to stay in office (assuming he doesn't get 50% of the vote right off the bat).

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."

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"OMG" "Loser" etc Cry of the loosing dems

Posted by: houston123 | December 22, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Typical republican hypocrisy here: Griffith is a hero and Specter a truncoat.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"You think the Repugs want Griffith, after they called him a 'shameful doctor' who warehoused cancer patients?"

Proof that few of you understand politics. If you take things personally, you can't be a politician.

Don't you think that Bush & Obama would be glad to go to dinner together? You take politics far more personally than anybody who is actually, y'know, in politics.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | December 22, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

From the article, it's no surprise Parker Griffith switched parties. The surprising thing is that he ran and won as a Democrat in Alabama.

And there's nothing wrong with changing party affiliation, but it is a betrayal of the voters to do it after an election - he should have waited until the next cycle.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | December 22, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Griffith is now political road kill. His career is over -- stupid man:

'If Rep. Parker Griffith (soon-to-be R-AL) thought the Republican base would welcome him with open arms, he may be getting a wake up call as news of his party switch spreads across the internet.

Two prominent names in the conservative movement -- Erick Erickson at RedState and The Club For Growth -- have promised Griffith will have a tough time convincing Republicans to vote for him, despite the fact that he's now one of their own. Griffith, a self-professed Blue Dog Democrat, has been far to the right of House Democrats this year, even promising to vote against another term as Speaker for Nancy Pelosi.

But those stances aren't enough for Erickson and the Club, both of which say the GOP primary will be a tough one for the Democrat-turned-Republican.

From Erickson's post:

Being a Republican should be about more than just the letter next to a person's name. We can improve that seat.
Here are Griffith's earmark requests. He voted for Pelosi for Speaker. He's actually been more regularly with Pelosi than Jim Marshall (D-GA). We can pick this guy off and get a real Republican in that seat.

Again, changing the letter next to your name does not magically make you one of us.'

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

He's going to be sorely disappointed in 2010 regarding two things.

1. The teabaggers are nowhere close to majority and will not win him elections
2. The teabaggers will not support a dude who voted with the Dems 84% of the time in the name of "purity".

He's done.

one more thing************

A democrat can't win in this district anymore. Toyota is a big employer, and a good community partner. The preferential treatment given to GM and Chrysler at taxpayer expense angered so many residents. The giveaway to Vermont, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, in the senate to buy votes angered democrats in this district -- it does seem that Harry Reid wants the heavily minority residents of Alabama to pick up the tab for the COrnhusker Kickback.

Our unemployment rate has tripled since Obama became president.

The proof is in the pudding.

Posted by: Cornell1984

*********************************

The unemployment rate has tripled just about district all across the country since last Fall. That's why it's called the "Great Recession" an "economic collapse" and a FUBAR incident.

Everyone should be pissed that Reid had to bribe certain Blue Dogs who couldn't just do the right thing without grabbing for pork on the way to vote.

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 22, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny that when Arlan Specter switched from Republican to Democrat, it was "proof" here amongst the unemployed post readers that the Republicans were fading away.

Now the switch goes the other way, and it's proof that this guy is an opportunist.

Which is it guys? Was Specter an opportunist?

I told all of you kids that politics is cyclical and that it would now swing back to republicans, but you insisted this was s new era, obama changed everything...

Hell, if Democrats are bailing after less than one year of Obama, what do you think will happen when these guys have to run in 2010?

Posted by: Skeptic1 | December 22, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"the people's wh()rehouse is open for business. The pigs are lining up at the trough. "

but that's what republicans do, after all.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Parker Griffith is twisting in the wind. He will never be rabidly conservative enough for the radical fringe, and like upstate NY, a democrat could win ina republican district, in a republican year

Posted by: pvogel88 | December 22, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The poll of polls currently has Obama at 50% approve, 45% disapprove. Approval fairly steady since late summer, though disapproval has continued to rise. Not surprising given the venom directed at him and the personal nature of the attacks.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, after securing a sweetheart deal for his state as part of the health insurance reform bill, said Tuesday that three other senators have told him they want to bargain for the same kind of special treatment. "Three senators came up to me just now on the (Senate) floor, and said, 'Now we understand what you did. We'll be seeking this funding too'," Nelson said.

the people's wh()rehouse is open for business. The pigs are lining up at the trough. the dear leader has sent the signal.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance, could we get rid of all the south, no more diaper vitters, shelbies, and all the other scUm.

Posted by: calif-joe | December 22, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance, could we get rid of all the south, no more diaper vitters, shelbies, and all the other scUm.

Posted by: calif-joe | December 22, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

You think the Repugs want Griffith, after they called him a 'shameful doctor' who warehoused cancer patients? Hmmm... bet that comes up as a Dem ad against him in the next campaign, don't ya think?

"NRCC attack against Griffith that called him a "shameful" doctor for "warehousing cancer patients" to "make more profits" "

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Switch Now to the GOP Democrats, our you will be booted in 2010.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 22, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

He's not here to add anything, BB -- he's just like those ragged guys that hang around in public parks with weird signs around their necks, ranting.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Corrected sentence:

Typical liberal hypocrisy here. Specter is a hero and Griffith a turncoat.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul in big trouble:

UPDATE 8:02 p.m.: Hightower has resigned, reportedly after he initially denied any connection to the MySpace page.

And Grayson is piling on.

“The views and behavior displayed by Rand Paul’s communications director have no place in this campaign," Grayson said. "I think Rand Paul’s judgment is seriously in question at this point."

A liberal blog in Kentucky has unearthed a series of potentially damaging writings and materials related to a spokesman for GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul.

Chris Hightower, who made news recently for promoting a video likening primary opponent Trey Grayson to Hitler, now has a new series of controversies attached to his name.

Among those reported by the blog:

-some very dark, Satanic lyrics from a heavy metal band Hightower sang for.

-a two-year-old post to his Myspace page, written by someone else, declaring "Happy N***** Day," around the time of Martin Luther King Day. The post also included a photo of a lynching.

-Hightower ranting against "Christian lies" (in a Kentucky Republican primary!)

-Hightower criticizing Southern Baptists on tape (in Kentucky!)

Many of the links have been taken down since being posted to the blog, but the screenshots are still available at the blog.

Paul's campaign has gained momentum and even a lead in some polling, but you don't really see a spokesperson for a major Senate campaign with this kind of a paper trail. It's proof positive of a not-so-by-the-book campaign, and that's probably to Rand Paul's detriment.

Another Ron Paul-like Senate candidate in Connecticut, Peter Schiff (R), has basically fallen off the map after refusing to compromise with consultants on how he runs his campaign.

And all of this is fair game for Grayson in the primary.

Hightower and Paul's campaign have yet to respond to a request for comment.'

Teabaggers going under. So much for a 'political' wave -- LOL. The South is sinking again.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

And that 1:30 p.m. post added exactly what to the discussion?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Griffith is my representative. He's right on most of the issues, and against the corrupt ways of the liberal crooks who hijacked his party.

For you pea brains who suggest that he is a hick, he's an M.D. who knows just how screwed up the democrats' bills are since they include no increases in doctors and nurses, and no tort reform, thanks to the democrats' obeisance to trial lawyers.

Typical liberal hypocrisy here. Specter is a heo nad Griffith a turncoat.

You dumbos ought to be ashamed.

By the way, Griffith would be easily reelected, party switch or not.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 22, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

all we need now is the ped stooge Mo, calling everyone a racist to run off anyone with a brain.

Liberals, you see, have no ethics, morals or philosophical base from which to operate. therefore, they are left with envy, spite, insults and personal attacks.

what did you expect them to say? sinking polls are good? out of control spending is great? weakness and delay are signs of victory? no accomplishment is change? no experience at your important job is clever? unemployment is nothing to worry about. nukes in the hands of fanatics is no problem. What would a smart liberal say? NOTHING.

ask drivl what no education and no sense got her this last two years. I mean besides the record number of posts on this blog, with record vacant content. how does that work exactly? I guess you got to be a Lib.

Libs excelled at whining when they had no power. Turns out, that is all they know. Even with outright dominance, they continue to whine.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Now if we can just get Judas Joe Lieberman to be an honest man for once in his life and go and sit with the Republicans goobers and his bosom buddy John McCan't.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | December 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

These are the biggest hypocrites in america -- these teabagger 'christians' praying for Democrats to die:

"Just before the Senate vote on the first of three procedural motions to move its health care reform bill toward final passage, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) urged Americans to pray that a member of the majority caucus would not show up to vote, thus leaving the Democrats one vote shy of breaking the GOP filibuster:

COBURN: What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.

As it turned out however, all 100 U.S. senators voted on the measure, which passed on a party-line 60-40 vote. This morning, the Senate health care reform bill jumped the second procedural hurdle, with all 60 senators in the Democratic caucus voting to pass the measure. However, only 39 Republicans voted against passage. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) was the Republican who missed the vote.

On C-Span this morning, a caller wondered if perhaps Coburn’s prayer request had “backfire[ed]” against his own party:

CALLER: Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Whitecross (sp), we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.

How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How hard did you pray senator? Did you pray hard enough?"

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Margaret.

To add to that story:

ABC News' Jake Tapper tweeted that an old NRCC attack against Griffith that called him a "shameful" doctor for "warehousing cancer patients" to "make more profits" has been removed from YouTube."

Good riddance.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Switching parties should be banned. Of course the reality of This brain dead traitor is that the Repubs set this up so he would do this after getting elected. First year rep! Ethics begone! This isn't hard, like most issues, to deal with. If you are elected, you cannnot switch parties until your entire term is up. End of problem. Its bad enough that reps have no moral center to begin with, but this is the old bait and switch scam used against hard working voters. This man should be tried for treason. Period. Time to get tough with the game playing.

Posted by: missionir | December 22, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

In fairness, the party changed so much under his long career. He didn't leave the party, the party left him.....

Seriously, he may tout voting with the Dems 84.5% of the time, but he voted against them on every major issue, it seemed at times his only purpose was to make republican obstructionism look bipartisan. He won 51-49 in a Dem wave election, and is now just changing to save his job which he would have lost even in a decent Dem year (which wouldn't match the 2008 turnout, especially in the South). Shameless self-preservation, and the sadder part is it will likely work assuming the Republicans nominate him.

And Zouk, keep touting that Rasmussen survey, ignoring the CNN survey that you guys were touting last week (up to 54% again).

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 22, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

wow, in addition to the usual Fix cast of drooling rightwingnuts, we're getting a dose of cschotta and allenridge today too.

Plus some freakazoid calling himself stephenwhelton. I think's that's hclark1, who used to post that same Democruds garbage daily.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

""White House Picks New Cyber
Coordinator After Months of Delay ""

After months of delay.

that could almost be his middle name.

barry after months of delay obama picks dog

barry after months of delay redecides military question

barry after months of delay remembers Iran

barry after months of delay considers climate bill

barry after months of delay realizes jobs problem

barry after months of delay votes present again

barry after months of delay passes deadline, again

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean that McCain ran for president in 2008; not 2004. ;)

Posted by: JonSM99 | December 22, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Liberal transparency:

The White House counsel's office has barred congressional investigators from interviewing Jackie Norris, former chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama, about events leading to the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.

what's the problem, Michelle has like 50 other staff members on payroll. Most ever. Just another most ever for this present ident.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

So the voters who voted for a Democrat now get bupkus? How about that! Screw the voters. They don't mean anything. SOunds like a pretty ingenious plan the repubicans hatched here: run as a Democrat, then when elected, switch to Repubican. Hmmmmmm....Isn't there a law against this? Don't you have to stand for something?

Posted by: swatkins1 | December 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Now that the far left has taken over the all inclusive party there's no room for moderates or Blue Dogs. It's Nancy's liberal San Fran crew or the highway. Bye Bye Dems! Don't worry in ten years after the bad heath care bill cripples America the party will cease to exist.

Posted by: FLvet | December 22, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Today's Rasmussen presidential approval poll has a pretty stunning result -- 46 percent of respondents "strongly disapprove" of the president. But what's really surprising is that this "strong disapproval" result is a subset of total disapproval which is at 56 percent. And the 46 percent who "strongly disapprove" outstrips the total approval number for the president, which is only at 44 percent.


People are getting it. All it took was to let liberals be liberals. the failure was certain.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Parker Griffith was ALWAYS a republican. It took health care reform to shake him to his senses. He's by no means the only "closet" republican perpetrating as a democrat. There are at least 4 more that need to "come out".

Posted by: demtse | December 22, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I never quite understood why Griffith was a Dem. An oncologist who focused on real estate development more than anything else, accumulated some funeral homes (makes sense), then bought his way into the state senate. When Cramer bowed out (telling me once, "things have gotten very strange in DC..."), Griffith opened his checkbook big-time to acquire the open House seat.

No one was ever impressed with him as other than a wealthy, self-centered opportunist. One can only assume he cut a deal based upon the GOP backing him 1000% in the next primary & the health industry lobby showering him with funds (Rule #1... if you've got money, use someone else's). He will run on a platform of bringing in Federal funds for the local military & space programs (socialism-with-a-patriotic-face), which are a sure-thing anyway.

He appears to be a selfish man, a weak candidate & could be knocked off by the extreme right in primary (esp if there is a runoff) or a centrist Democrat in the general (possible, if the candidate has a brain AND a heart).

Posted by: ked22 | December 22, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

From Blarg's "turn the equation around" citation. I think we also have to remember that we are still operating with a carefully drawn Republican redistricting and yet there are still SO MANY vulnerable Republican congressmen out there. It almost makes me feel sorry for them.

District Member Winning percentage, Congress Winning percentage, Obama
CA-3 Dan Lungren 49% 49%
CA-24 Elton Gallegly 58 51
CA-25 Howard P. "Buck" McKeon 58 49
CA-26 David Dreier 53 51
CA-44 Ken Calvert 51 50
CA-45 Mary Bono Mack 58 52
CA-48 John Campbell 56 49
CA-50 Brian P. Bilbray 50 51
DE-AL Michael N. Castle 61 62
FL-10 C.W. Bill Young 61 52
FL-18 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 58 51
IL-6 Peter Roskam 58 56
IL-10 Mark Steven Kirk 53 61
IL-13 Judy Biggert 54 54
IL-16 Donald Manzullo 61 53
IA-4 Tom Latham 61 53
LA-2 Anh "Joseph" Cao 50 75
MI-4 Dave Camp 62 50
MI-6 Fred Upton 59 54
MI-8 Mike Rogers 57 53
MI-11 Thaddeus McCotter 51 54
MN-3 Erik Paulsen 48 52
NE-2 Lee Terry 52 50
NJ-2 Frank A. LoBiondo 59 54
NJ-7 Leonard Lance 50 50
NY-23 John M. McHugh 65 52
OH-12 Pat Tiberi 55 54
PA-6 Jim Gerlach 52 58
PA-15 Charlie Dent 59 56
VA-4 J. Randy Forbes 60 50
VA-10 Frank R. Wolf 59 53
WA-8 Dave Reichert 53 56
WI-1 Paul D. Ryan 64 51
WI-6 Tom Petri 64 50

The Fix needs to get that GOP feeding tube out of his nose.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Heath Shuler, come on down, you're going to be the next conservative democrat to jump from the sinking ship of socialism.

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 22, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Allenridge, do you even know what the word fascist means? Your party issed a purity test. It's rewriting the bible from a conservative political perspective. The GOP's stated goal for years was a permanent Republican majority, i.e., one-party rule, forever. One look at the GOP voting record and it's all unanimous, in total lockstep with the national party agenda. To be a Republican, you must shut up, get in line and do as you're told. Buy a dictionary.

Posted by: wmorgan3 | December 22, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

rats will abandon a ship going down.some jump before(slime ball specter)to ride the good times now.the museum POS on the hill hang in until they drop. do not encouage ur children to be politicians.

Posted by: pofinpa | December 22, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

'My god, I love the South.
Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.'


Well, obviously, this is where all the racist nutjob illiterates are celebrating the holidays. Time to exit past the puddles of sick.

Where's the countess and the kiddies today, zouk? What happened, didn't your date show up? After you'd gone out and bought him a nice toy truck and some candy, too. Pity.

Guess you'll have to spew vomit all day here instead.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are morphing into a "fascists" Party
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

More like lemmings. Who will follow Obimbo off the pricipice?

Still looking for that first success from barry. almost a year and really nothing to show for it. Unless you consider spending, surrendering, stalling, reading the teleprompter, picking a dog, travelling all over the place as successes.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

And he thinks that the Rethuglican Party (or should I say Club) is "together"--REALLY?!! Go ridence; in fact it's a good thing he chose to leave now before being elected to a full term. Anyone who is foolish enough to join the Rethuglican Party at this time with leaders like Rush, Palin, and the other crazies is worthy of being a party of the loony bunch. If he had turned Independent he might have kept his credibility in tact.

Posted by: Beingsensible | December 22, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

My god, I love the South.

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | December 22, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

My greatest strength as a moonbat has always been an ability to 'reach out and insult someone' — to relate to a lunatic audience, get inside their heads, since mine is quite empty.

Do you think this will get me a job? Sweeping up peanuts is getting tiring. And those drums are heavy.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Griffith had voiced his frustration with party leaders several times and had made clear he wouldn't back House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). "I would not vote for her," Griffith told a constituent at a town hall meeting in August. "Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together."

......This man speaks the truth......how can anyone vote for the "Super B" of the House?........Nancy Pelosi?

Democrats are morphing into a "fascists" Party..... the Gestapo wing of the Party, MoveOn.org and DailyKos...attack those moderate Democrats that are left into marching "lockstep" with the rest of the left-wingers that have taken over that, once, great Party..........not now though.

Posted by: allenridge | December 22, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh. Now THAT'S Change We Can Believe In! LOL, Democrats have no idea what is in store for 2010. They let that triumvirate of buffoons--spearheaded by nutjob Pelosi run the States right into the ground.

Posted by: zap123 | December 22, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

accidental congressman

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It is no accident that liberals are heading off to jail. It is called justice and eventually it will catch up to just about every committee chairman in congress.

Libs: "I could not possibly vote for that measure, I am philosophically opposed to that. Unless you give me a bunch of treasury money to make sure I carry my district."

At least Spitzer quit when he was caught.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if Joseph Cao might consider a switch. He'd probably get clobbered in a primary, though.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade"

People keep asking him to. I don't think he will, though.

I am not sure if he survives the next election. He is going to get hammered on voting against the stimulus (even though he maintains that his vote was because LA-2 was getting screwed in the bill, not out of opposition to the concept of a stimulus in itself)

Also, I don't think he really is facing a lot of anger from the party leaders despite going against the party in some high profile votes. I do think the Republican party just considers him an anomaly not worth their time and attention. Not great, but it sure beats the scorn that other Republicans get.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 22, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he'll be on here all day, koolkat -- has no other life except to obsess over NAMBLA and pedophilia. For a guy with a wife who's a German supermodel countess, and two lovely children and a villa and porsche and boat and all, he seems to think about young boys a lot.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh look, drivl is making less and less sense as the days wear on and the lib party sinks into the pit of disgust she helped create.

Dems will soon be known not only for their battiness and nastiness, but for their corruption, double dealing, wh()ring and incredible incompetence. why do you think everyone is fleeing like rats from the sinking ship?

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"The Post is full of evil liberals because it's burying a story that hasn't been confirmed yet!"

"The Post is full of evil conservatives because it's paying less attention to a state representative switching parties than it is to a U.S. representative switching parties!"

Sheesh.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | December 22, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Still seems bogus to me, whether it's R->D or D->R -- we're supposed to elect the people who most represent us. These people campaign on a platform, they get the majority of the votes and represent us in Congress. When they switch parties to increase the likelihood of getting re-elected, it betrays the people voted for them.

I can accept politicians changing their minds and parties. But they should resign their positions and re-run in a special election; at least this preserves the illusion of proper representation, even if the reality is otherwise (money, corporate donors, etc.)

Posted by: DigiMark | December 22, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky Republicans about to lose a Senate seat to Dems, and a Maine Republican leaving his party over their increasingly infantile tactics. And mention in this space?

Cricket, cricket.

The BIG LIE of the 'librul' media.

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"It's called "the performer previously known as Loud and dumb". the old name fit perfectly."

More brilliance from Ace McNumbnuts. What a bore.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

ThomasFiore, I was wondering that as well. CC keeps talking about Democrats in McCain districts, but he never mentions Republicans in Obama districts.

There are 34 House districts that elected a Republican representative and voted for Obama. Here's the list:
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=17

Posted by: Blarg | December 22, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if Joseph Cao might consider a switch. He'd probably get clobbered in a primary, though."

He might, but that would be his only chance at reelection. As an accidental congressman, he needs to take a drastic step or have his tenure end at one term. Good idea.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

But I assure you, it is quite august.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It's called "the performer previously known as Loud and dumb". the old name fit perfectly.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"The Washington Post is burying this story. No headlines -- imagine if it was republican to democrat?"

This is adequate coverage for a 67 year old freshman. Honestly, this is the first I've heard of the man, he is of little consequence as of yet. In contrast, Spector is tenured and has far more political power, so yes, it was a bigger deal that he made a party shift.

Posted by: jromaniello | December 22, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION:

You said Sen Specter switched parties in 2008.

It was this year, aka 2009. Remember Obama was already serving as president and held a joint press conference with Obama, Biden, and Specter.

Posted by: mcgrupp10799 | December 22, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION:

You said Sen Specter switched parties in 2008.

It was this year, aka 2009. Remember Obama was already serving as president and held a joint press conference with Obama, Biden, and Specter.

Posted by: mcgrupp10799 | December 22, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The south will rise again? This blog is apparently populated mostly by racists today, in the christmas spirit, I guess.

and oh look, snobama/zouk -- snozouk? is posting under another name so he can post more pedophile stuff.

WHEN WILL YOU STOP THE PEDOPHILIA STUFF, CHRIS?

"Obama's democrat party is like being a member of NAMBLA. Real human beings are rushing the exits..

Posted by: wewinyoulose"

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Cornell: You don't get it. You can have the entire South and the barren plains states too. The Dems will take the rest of the country.

Works for me.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

the message is clear enough:

If you want a job, stay away from Democrats.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 22, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

There should be a correction to this post from Cillizza. McCain didn't win any of these districts in 2004. He wasn't running a national campaign of any kind in 2004. It was 2008.

Posted by: hvorndra | December 22, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Joseph Cao might consider a switch. He'd probably get clobbered in a primary, though.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Are there any districts held by Republicans that Obama won a majority of the vote or is this a one way street? Something to consider as you bash the WaPo as the liberal media."

I believe I read on one of these boards that there are 31 such districts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The south will never rise again.

Posted by: mw09 | December 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Who else was promised a public teaching hospital for their vote, and realize today they are not getting it?

Denver Post (left wing) is demanding the 2 democrat senators vote against the health care bill and start over because it makes the people of Colorado pay for Vermont, Nebraska, and Massachusetts medicaid expansion.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

One Democrat from Alabama turning to Repugnant party is like a grain of salt falling out of a pound of salt. Good riddance.

Posted by: truth1 | December 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Yep, it's happening. The parties are dividing quickly along sectional lines just like they did back in the 1850s before the Civil War. Only this time, it's a massive juxtapositioning, with Republicans becoming the party of the South/Mountain West, and Democrats the party of the north, midwest and West Coast. Old Abe would turn over in his grave. The Republicans - the party with progressive roots, now the bedrock of the old guard conservatives, and Democrats, once unrepentent racists of the 1850s, now the party of progressives.

Posted by: rcairo | December 22, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"koolkat_1960: almost fifty years old, and still no sense of self-awareness.

Might I inquire as to your august provenance?"

You might, but I shan't divulge. The only people who give out personal info on boards like this are fools or liars.

But I assure you, it is quite august.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Are there any districts held by Republicans that Obama won a majority of the vote or is this a one way street? Something to consider as you bash the WaPo as the liberal media.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | December 22, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

More big and bad news for Republicans in Kentucky. Rand Paul, Ron Paul's nutcase son, is running far ahead of the R establishment candidate for Jim Bunning's Senate Seat. He's a teabagger and a sweetheart of the far, far right -- andhe's sure to lose to either D he will be running against.

And oops! A little problem. His communication director, Chris Hightower, has resigned in a tiny flap over his MySpace page.

It seems that for the last TWO YEARS, it featured photos of Hightower parading about in KKK gear, a photo with a 'happy n*gger day' caption on Martin Luther King's bday -- along with an actual photo of a lynching. ..a utube where he praises polygamy, and a radio interview where he criticizes the hypocrisy of Southern Baptists. I can see how Paul did real due diligence in vetting him!

So Democrats will definitely gain another Senate seat in Kentucky. I am cheering as the Teabaggers are sinking like rocks.


http://barefootandprogressive.blogspot.com/2009/12/rand-pauls-spokesperson-is-satanic.html

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't realized this particular Freshman was 67.

Gad! I would have thought that was old enough to know your own mind before you committed to something like being a Congressman. Sounds like the kind of guy who won't last long on the Hill. No guts.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Is that some new math, Cornell?

Unemployment rate in January: 7.6%
Unemployement rate now: 10.0%

That's an increase of 1/3, not 3.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope the GOP has exactly as much luck with this turncoat as the Dems have had with Arlen Specter.

Ugh

Posted by: Va_Lady2008 | December 22, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960: almost fifty years old, and still no sense of self-awareness.

Might I inquire as to your august provenance?

Posted by: Irwin_Fletcher | December 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

No news here. We knew the GOP was becoming a regional party after the last election. Their challenge is to grow the appeal of the party in the West Coast and Northeast. They cannot get enough support to govern out of just the South and the West. And the more wingnut the party looks, the harder a sell it is in the NE and West Coast.

The demographic challenge faced by the GOP also has not changed. There simply aren't enough whites around to put the GOP over, and they have no appeal to blacks, most Hispanics and women. So an old white guy from AL* going over to the GOP says absolutely nothing about their escaping the paradigms they faced on election night 2008.

*He's 67 and a freshman. How significant was he EVER going to be?

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Just the start of a landslide away from the Democrat landfill.

Poor Obama he done went and used up all that there political capital.

Welcome to the right light representative Griffith!

Who said the south will never rise again?

Posted by: Straightline | December 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

borth = birth (darn Spellchecker, I'm going to stop now ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama's democrat party is like being a member of NAMBLA. Real human beings are rushing the exits..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | December 22, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Typo in my 12:01 PM post, I meant to post Rep. Parker Griffith's abortion record. (Rep. Bud Cramer DID vote to ban partial-borth abortion though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone so panicky that they would run for election as a good Democrat and then decide 11 months after taking office that maybe they are really a Republican is not worth having on the team. I hope the GOP has better luck with him, but I doubt it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 22, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee, another old white guy becomes a Republican? So much for the GOP broadening its base.

Posted by: wmorgan3 | December 22, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Please make fun of the hicks in Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, etc.

Just keep insulting people who live outside DC.

IT is a really, really good strategy.

Look at Chris's list.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 22, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Please, please keep up trashing Alabama. It will mean uneelecting 3 democrats!

Oh, and Artur Davis's run for Governor- he had a chance! but since the establishment democrats are going to go after Alabama, I suspect that will mean an increase of 3 seats for the republicans!!!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 22, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

A democrat can't win in this district anymore. Toyota is a big employer, and a good community partner. The preferential treatment given to GM and Chrysler at taxpayer expense angered so many residents. The giveaway to Vermont, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, in the senate to buy votes angered democrats in this district -- it does seem that Harry Reid wants the heavily minority residents of Alabama to pick up the tab for the COrnhusker Kickback.

Our unemployment rate has tripled since Obama became president.

The proof is in the pudding.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 22, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"The Washington Post is burying this story. No headlines -- imagine if it was republican to democrat?"

This is the proper amount of coverage. No one cares what some in-bred Alabama hick does. You could have 100 percent postgradudate degrees and you'd still be in-bred Alabama hicks. Sorry if the truth hurts.

"Alabama -- Darwin's waiting room. They have guys there who are their own fathers" -- Dennis Miller.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 22, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is burying this story. No headlines -- imagine if it was republican to democrat?

Griffith is my congressman. We have one of the highest level of postgraduate degrees of any congressional district, so I will preempt the "stupid white southerner" attacks.

Griffith was promised a $100 million medical center in our district when he voted for Nancy Pelosi as majority leader. Apparently, this is the same $100 million dollar medical center that is also being given to 10 other senators to buy their votes, and lord knows how many congressmen and women.

Eventually, the bribes start comparing their takes, and realize they have been had.

There are more switches to come, and a wave so high it will be a tsunami. Any blue dog who didn't get a sweetheart deal or a hospital will be voted out.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 22, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

And again, why no mention of this? Counter to the Beltway Narrative/CW?

"A veteran Republican state legislator in Maine has announced he's leaving the the party over its opposition to health care reform.

Rep. Jim Campbell, a liberal Republican from Newfield, said in a statement that his move — coming as Maine's two Republican senators have signaled that they'll vote against health care legislation — is aimed at "send[ing] a message to the Republican Party ... to stop blocking progress in the hope of partisan gain."

Campbell, who represents a district in the southwestern corner of the state, supported same-sex marriage and often votes with Democrats, so his move didn't come as a total surprise to local Republicans. Still, amid discussion of the backlash against Democrats who support health care reform, it's a sign of the potential risks for senators from left-leaning states who oppose the measure.

Campbell's full statement:

This move has been a long time coming for me. I have been very frustrated with the Republican Party in Maine, and nationally, for their failure to address the health care crisis in a meaningful way. Nobody has all the answers, but the Republican Party has none when it comes to health care reform.

This move is about the working people and our seniors who need action. I became a Republican because I believed the party stood for something. I hope to send a message to the Republican Party — and the Democratic Party — that enough is enough; it is time to stop blocking progress in the hope of partisan gain.

To the people of my district who elected me four times, I want to assure them I will continue to stand up and fight for the seniors in our community and for good jobs and opportunities for young people and families. I will continue to speak my mind and tell the truth as I see it to both sides of the aisle, what ever party you are in.

UPDATE: I spoke to Campbell, who said he couldn't predict how his state's senators would vote, but hoped they supported health care legislation. "I’m for this public option big time," he said."

Posted by: drindl | December 22, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 22, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Cramer (Soon-to-be R-AL) was rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record, and 55% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Alabama . . . home of the political opportunist. Richard Shelby, and now Parker Griffith.

Posted by: catsndogs | December 22, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Fascinating. Will he pass the GOP litmus test, or face a primary challenge? Who do the Dems have in the queue to run for the seat?

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 22, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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