Recently we learned that 8 Democrats switched their party affiliation in Mississippi. Since I don’t trust Democrats, I’m a bit suspicious.
However, WLBT reported the news with exuberance:
The Mississippi Republican Party is welcoming some new members and all of them were elected public offices as Democrats or Independents in this most recent election cycle.
The Mississippi Republican Party Chairman says he doesn’t expect this will be the last time they are welcoming new members to the GOP.
“We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican party,” explained MSGOP Chairman Lucien Smith. “They recognize increasingly that there is only one party that represents the conservative values of our state and that is the Republican party.”
All eight of the latest party switchers were from Smith and Covington Counties and one District Attorney whose district covers those areas. But the conservation didn’t take long to expand to the national party ties.
“We are in a scenario in this country where you can choose to be a member of the party led by Donald J. Trump or you can choose to be a member of the socialist Democratic party led by Bernie Sanders,” noted Governor Tate Reeves.
Millsaps Department of Government and Politics chair Dr. Nathan Shrader says given the GOP sweep in statewide offices last year and the approval rating for Donald Trump, it opens the door to this.
“They have a plausible argument to make with these elected officials that your constituent are already aligning with us, the voting patterns in your district are moving in our direction, you should join the team too,” said Dr. Shrader.
I’d like to believe these politicians and their voters see what most of America sees. A Democratic Party lost in a fog of Leftism.
Frankly, I wouldn’t blame any Democrat from switching. Actually, I don’t know how anybody could be a Democrat in the first place. Especially given they are the Party of Lynching of Negroes.
Recall in 2014 we had a Democrat leave their party.
Rep. Rodney Alexander switched his party affiliation to Republican on Friday — making the surprise flip in the last minute of registration for the Nov. 2 ballot, virtually assuring the seat for the GOP.
Alexander, who ran as a Democrat to win his first congressional term but voted along conservative lines, had remained a Democrat Wednesday when he registered at the start of qualifying. At the time he said, “I’m not ashamed to be a Democrat, but I vote what I think the people of the 5th District want me to represent.”
Alexander said Friday he had been struggling with his conservative votes for two years — backing the Bush tax cuts as well as the war in Iraq — and noted they had brought him criticism from Democrats.
“I just decided it would be best for me to switch parties, that I would be more effective in the 5th District in the state of Louisiana as a Republican,” he said.
In Washington, Democrats reacted angrily.
“Rodney Alexander has betrayed voters in Louisiana and leaders like (Senators) John Breaux and Mary Landrieu (search), who have helped him. We have no use for turncoats like Rodney Alexander in the new Democratic majority,” said Kori Bernards, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Is a pattern emerging?
More recently Jeff Van Drew switched. Patch reported:
Democrat Jeff Van Drew, who flipped a Republican congressional seat last year when his party took control of the House of Representatives, appears poised to switch parties and flip New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional seat back to the GOP.
Van Drew, whose district covers South Jersey counties such as Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties, is making the move just as he was ready to be one of just two Democrats to oppose the impeachment of President Trump. He also faces an uphill re-election battle in 2020 after barely edging out a victory in 2018.
His old district in the state Senate, which covers roughly the same area, also flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2019 Statehouse elections. Still, Van Drew said only last month that he had no plans to switch parties.
His potential move drew condemnation from top Democrats such as Senate President Steve Sweeney, who called it “betrayal.”
Later, when impeachment was up for a vote, Van Drew sided with the GOP.
I’m not sure of the situation in Louisiana, but in New Jersey the switch might be one of expediency.
In fact, Van Drew told the press:
“I believe that this is just a better fit for me. This is who I am.”
Of course, the area where Van Drew serves was beginning to turn red again, so perhaps he just read the tea leaves.