1st rule of politics! Timing is Everything!
Quick, name all 10 New England Senators.
Funny, you mentioned Jeffords first.
Last week I'll bet it would have bee close to last.
You do realize he could always have voted as he chose.
Party has nothing to do with that.
And, he didn't join anything, just quit something.
We'll have to let the folks in Vermont decide whether he's a phony now or still "as advertised".
And, that tax thing isn't a done deal. . .yet!
Da heftygal ain't sung, anything could happen.
As some very wise person once said, "Never forget this is politics, not beanbag!"
And, last I checked, political stalemate doesn't necessarily bode ill for those in power.
This may hurt us peasants and leave dubya unscratched.
Fingerpointing is the #3 skill in poliland (right after getting elected and getting paid).
Last! When an issue arrises that riles the public and has no simple answers (science based) Pols traditionally turn to fingerpointing, but you cannot do that when your party has both house and senate.
Or perhaps you think the people will patiently to ride this out til fuel efficient cars replace SUV's or power plants are built or the Saudi's drop the barrel price.
Without question Clinton's most tenuous time was his first two years when 'crats had a lock on the hill.
It was after the 94' revolt, that he found time for "fooling around." Fingerpointing don't takeup much of your day.