From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt today:
Democratic Panic Watch, Part One
You know the political environment has changed dramatically when Democrats start touting their support for . . . George W. Bush. Seriously.
A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular. He is facing a state senator, Evan Jenkins, who switched to the GOP to challenge him, and the House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its “Frontline” list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November…
“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama,” Rahall said. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”
Indeed, Congressman, and you’ll probably be voted out of office as a Democrat. But considering what we think of the Arlen Specters and Charlie Crists of the world, your determination to stick with your party even when it’s unpopular is admirable on some level.
Beat me to it, Representative Dead Duck Democrat.
Sad to say, Jim’s right about the party-jumping RINOs. I’d add McCain to that group, myself. He was planning to do it before Jim Jeffords beat him to the punch.