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13 Dem State Lawmakers Defect To GOP

From a dejected Associated Press:

Dem state lawmakers defecting to GOP post-election

November 29, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) — Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year.

At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.

The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.

What "dissatisfaction"? All we have heard from the AP and the rest of the DNC’s media outlets is that the elections were a rejection of all incumbents from both parties across the board.

And, what losses there were among Democrats, were only due to ‘optics.’ The Democrats just weren’t able to get their message out in the face of the Tea Party’s propaganda — which was heavily funded by foreign interests.

In Alabama, four Democrats announced last week they were joining the GOP, giving Republicans a supermajority in the House that allows them to pass legislation without any support from the other party. The party switch of a Democratic lawmaker from New Orleans handed control of Louisiana’s House to Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction.

In Georgia, six rural Democratic state legislators — five from the House and one in the Senate — have switched allegiance to the GOP since Nov. 2. In Maine, a House Democrat flipped; in South Dakota, a Democratic state senator…

Well, we won’t have to worry about any lack of RINOs, at least on a state level.

Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a "D” for an "R." Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology.

In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around.

"The Maine Democratic agenda is too focused on the bidding of various special interests," said state Rep. Michael Willette, as he joined the GOP less than two weeks after being elected as a Democrat

But we thought the new conservatism in the GOP, especially coming from the Tea Party, was going to drive the precious ‘independents’ away? It turns out that it isn’t even driving elected Democrats away.

The GOP picked up a whopping 690 seats Nov. 2 — the largest shift since 1966, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures….

Republicans now control both chambers of the state Legislature as well as the governorship in 21 states

The appalling thought here is how many legislatures and governorships are still in the hands of Democrats, after all the devastation that have reaped over the last sixty years.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “13 Dem State Lawmakers Defect To GOP”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I remember quite a large number of “The Republican Party is Dead” type of articles after Juan McCain lost to president nimrod. I have yet to see a single “Democrat Party is Dead” article in the wake of this historic electoral landslide. This article, even with democrats abandoning their own party in droves, stays away from pronouncing the democrat party to be on life support. How many Republicans changed their party allegiance after the 2008 election? I don’t remember hearing about any.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Oh happy day! 13 more RINOs.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yeah, my first gut instinct is, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…then subvert them from within”. Yet here in SC we still have Lindsey “girlie-man” Graham-nesty.

      I’ve adopted a new theory where these elected people, almost to a person, gets the idea in their heads that since they were elected, they are somehow “a cut above” everyone else due to the highly competitive nature of elections. it goes to their heads and they somehow look upon themselves as “noble energizers” and really get too big for their britches. Similar in regard to sports stars and entertainers. Ego-driven. They become full of themselves and invariably that leads to pissing vast numbers of people off.

      Therefore a party switch tells me that they simply want to be on the “winning side” and to hell with everything else. I see much the same thing happen when arguing with someone who is losing the argument who suddenly changes their mind and then condemns those who disagree. Wishy-washy. Cowardly. These “new” republicans will do more harm than good and will still vote with their emotions. Sure, it muddies the waters but not in any helpful way except to the socialists’ cause. In short, it’s a tactic to further delaminate the republican party and is nothing if not harmful to conservatism.

  3. bill says:

    Just keep the RINOs on a short lease, they can be useful.

  4. proreason says:

    The amazing thing to me is that there hasn’t been a mass exodus of Democrats on all levels.

    It’s absolutely clear that the most extreme radicals have taken over the party, and there is no chance that 50% of the country actually supports that agenda. So why haven’t the 90% of Democrats who are not radical Marxists done something about their total loss of power?

  5. Chinnubie says:

    What continues to amaze me are the people that were suckered into the Democratic ideology know they are being suckered, but continue to vote for Socialism, Stateism, Marxism, etc. I mean how can a State vote for Scott Brown then turn around and re-elect Barney Frank. I know Frank is a Representative and only has to get his district to vote for him, but still?? I mean the guy blantantly lies to his constituients on a daily basis. I guess the same could be said for my Rep. Lacy Clay Jr. here in Missouri’s first district. The gal that ran against him only got 23% of the vote.

  6. preparing4theworst says:

    You know how the koran allows muslims to go to protestant churchs to hide what they really believe (you know..the lie to the infidel principle??), well just apply this to the democrats and guess what—they are hiding in plain sight and hope to be completely overlooked until they are re-elected and can switch back…..just watch and see…

  7. untrainable says:

    So, we have a super majority now including at least 13 ex-dems who have no moral or ethical center. Yip-the-frick-eee. In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around. Like any democrat politician is going to admit that they abandoned anything (other than a young woman driven into a river and left to drown that is). That would be bad “optics”. Truth being that they can’t abandon anything because they never stood for anything in the first place. Name one real socialist democrat in the truest sense of the party, whose values are suddenly closer to Republican views than to the Soros squad’s and I’ll name a politician with a complete moral vacuum.

    We shouldn’t be looking at Dumb-o-crats switching to the winning side, we should be asking that our RINOS trade in their nose horns for ass-hats. More smoke and mirrors. What is the other hand doing (in Obama’s pants)?

  8. Chuckk says:

    A politician who changes parties to go with the popular will of the people isn’t worth having. If I was the Republican King, I’d tell them thanks, but no thanks. Join the Specter Party.

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