POLITICO: “Rep. Parker Griffith Switches to GOP”
I have a serious problem praising this maneuver on an individual level. I lambasted my own senator, Arlen Specter, for switching parties for the sake of political expediency, so coming out and saying that Griffith is somehow exhibiting exceptional courage or anything of the sort . . . well, it’s going to take me a while to be able to do that.
The thing is, Griffith does have a very conservative voting record and, because of his background in the private health care industry, he certainly has proper motivation in the Democratic Party majority’s championing of their brand of health care reform. Specter was voting with Republicans for the most part–and even gave a pivotal commitment on “card check” legislation–right up until he looked at poll numbers and decided to put on a different name tag.
There is a difference here. And the effect of the majority’s conduct should not be understated. But to come out with anything other than curious optimism seems a little bit too open to hypocrisy for me.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a great deal of information on Griffith HERE. Check it out, and decide for yourself.