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Thread #34698 Message #470104
Posted By: BlueJay
25-May-01 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: POL: A Salute to Jim Jeffords!
Subject: RE: POL: A Salute to Jim Jeffords!
I applaud Jefferd's move to Independance. If I were a Vermont Republican, that would stink a lot less than if he were to join the Democrats.
I empathise with Vermont Republicans who may feel betrayed. As a Colorado voter, I voted for Ben Knighthorse Campbell, as a Democratic candidate, who soon after the election defected to the Republican party.
I believe that Campbell's defection was simply a matter of political survival. Colorado is, unfortunately, a state where too many self-important guys have their wives drive their kids to school in gas-guzzling SUV's so they can put a kayak on the top two or three times a year. Campbell recognised this trend, and simply switched parties to keep his job.
Jefferds, on the other hand, has chosen to become an independant, though he will undoubtedly lose some political clout. Had Campbell shown the same political courage, I would be most supportive. But he took the cowards route, bending to the climate in which he would most likely get elected.
Way to go, Jefferds. I hope a lot more of our alleged representatives can find the courage that you have shown. BlueJay