Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Traitorous Bastards

The Pittsburgh Psychosis-Gazette, this region's biggest left-wing propaganda organ, is celebrating what looks like a major shift in voters' registrations.

On the last day of voter registration before next month's presidential primary, the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama reached for what they consider electoral gold -- disaffected Republicans.
Oh yeah? Name one.

"I've been a Republican all my life, but the challenges we face are too great to choose a candidate based on party," said Dave Fawcett, a former Allegheny County councilman who changed parties yesterday so that he can vote for Mr. Obama on April 22.

A Republican of more than 30 years who served two terms on County Council, Mr. Fawcett, 49, said it was not easy to switch parties, but "Barack Obama is the only candidate who will be able to break the partisan divide and inspire Americans to come together around real solutions."

I wish I could say that I am surprised or disappointed, but this is par for the course where Allegheny Republicans are concerned. Remember when Republicans won a majority of County Commissioners' seats in 1995? The whole thing collapsed less than halfway through the term. Republican Commissioners Bob Cranmer and Larry Dunn had a falling out, which led to Cranmer registering as an Independent and forming a majority with Democrat Mike Dawida. A few years later, Larry Dunn would change registration and run, unsuccessfully, as a Democrat for another office. What makes it even worse is that Dunn and Cranmer had both served as chairman of the county Republicans. That's the kind of party leadership that makes you lose confidence in the organization. What Republican can take his party seriously if you can't trust the people in charge NOT to jump ship at the first opportunity?

And let's not forget former Allegheny Republican Commissioner Barbara Hafer, who during her run for Governor in 1990 did something that no Republican before or since has convinced me to do: vote for a Democrat. She also turned Democrat a few years back, but no one noticed any difference.

Sic transit gloria Fawcett. I hope he's enjoying the hit off of the great Obama bong.

So how bad is it, really?
As of yesterday, 7,246 voters in Allegheny County have switched parties and registered as Democrats, said Mark Wolosik, head of the county's Elections Division.
Out of the 7,246 jumpers, the Psychosis-Gazette spoke to exactly...two. One is an Obama supporter, the other a Clinton supporter. It also threw in a Democrat Obama supporter who just registered for the first time ever.

Nowhere in this article is there mention of the grassroots movement that encourages Republicans to re-register as Democrats for the primaries in order to vote for Hillary Clinton, based on the assumption that she would be more vulnerable against John McCain in the general. Those voters are going to switch back to Republican after the primary. Probably.

Regardless of who wins the presidency, I want to see an article like this in November, after the election, reporting the number of voters who switched from Democrat to Republican. I'm not holding my breath waiting for it. It's not the kind of news that would make Reg or Tony smile.

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