Alabama Congressman Parker Griffith was elected to congress in 2008 under the phony label of “Blue Dog Democrat.” After serving less than a year in office, Griffith has now defected to the Republican Party. This switch has little to do with principle, and a lot to do with saving his own butt. The 5th congressional district that Griffith represents is a very conservative one. John McCain won the district in 2008, but Griffith snuck in under the radar as a Blue Dog Democrat. Griffith now sees the writing on the wall and would like to be a congressman for more than one term.
During a press conference to announce his switch, Griffith said that his defection had nothing to do with concerns about whether he could win re-election as a Democrat. He said his decision was based largely on the impending passage of the Democrat healthcare bill. I guess Mr. Griffith wasn’t listening to Obama’s campaign promises in 2008. I also suppose that Mr. Griffith didn’t realize that his Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was and is in total agreement with Obama on all of his Marxist agenda. Or better yet……..Mr. Griffith thought that he could change the Democrat Party all by himself. Give me a break! Griffith knew exactly what he was signing up for when he ran on Obama’s coattails and public resentment against Republicans in 2008. If Obama’s and the Democrats poll numbers weren’t so horrendous, and if the public supported the healthcare reform bill, Griffith wouldn’t even think about switching parties.
Some Republicans and Conservatives will see this as a small step in the path to taking back congressional power in 2010. I have a bit of a different take on it. As a member of the Republican Party, I say to hell with Griffith and all of the other phony Blue Dogs who’ll slowly start jumping ship as the polls keep slipping for the Democrats. They’ll say that it’s about principle, but we all know it’s all about keeping their jobs.
After the Republicans swept congress in a political tidal wave in 1994, many democrats defected to the Republican side. The term hadn’t been invented yet, but those were also Blue Dogs who had for years gotten away with serving in mostly conservative districts.
The way I see it, is that if the Republicans do take back the Congress in 2010, they don’t need any mushy moderate types. They don’t need anymore like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, or Susan Collins. They need strong principled Conservatives who will fight back and hold the line against Obama’s Marxist agenda until he also can be booted out of office in 2012.
If these Blue Dog Phony’s want to become Republicans, let them resign from their seats, switch party registration, and run in primaries against real Republicans and Conservatives. They should then thoroughly explain to the voters why they switched parties and why they should now be trusted.
Seeing the light and converting is one thing, but just wanting to be on the winning side is another. Nobody likes a fair-weather friend!