Congressman switches to GOP: Is there room for moderates in the Democratic Party?

Last week, after watching the supposed intellectuals of the Left savage Sen. Joe Lieberman, I questioned whether there is any room for moderates in the Democratic Party. Today, we are greeted with news of Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama switching to the GOP.

That Griffith would opt to become a member of the congressional minority is most unusual. Party-switches usually go the other way. He may be fearful of losing the next election if he runs as a Democrat. But Griffith, who was narrowly elected in an open race last year, has also in recent months criticized the House Democratic leadership for its intransigence and lack of bipartisanship. Writes Josh Kraushaar of Politico:

In August — one month after Republicans picked up his former state legislative seat in a special election — Griffith told a local newspaper that he wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain as House Speaker because she's too divisive. He joked that if she didn’t like it, he’d provide her with a gift certificate to a mental health center.

He added that if the Democratic leadership wouldn't commit to working in a more bipartisan manner, “perhaps we should look at altering that.”

With Democrats pushing an ambitious and hyper-partisan agenda at the moment, and then losing a member of their party, I wonder whether we'll get the same earnest head-scratching today in the media as we got when Arlen Specter changed parties.

Don't bet on it.

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