I just finished videotaping the Meet the Press interview with Senator Dashcel (thanks for the heads-up, MAV!) so I can provide direct quotes if there are any misunderstandings about what was said by whom.
Here's what I find to be a bit of a conundrum...
There are some people in this discussion who are suggesting that Jim Jeffords left the Republican party for self-serving reasons (ie: accepted a bribe in the form of a committee chairmanship).
Some of these same people are also suggesting that the majority of voters in Vermont are/were not happy with this move on the part of Senator Jeffords. It has even been suggested that public opinion on this issue was known prior to Jeffords' announcement of his decision.
Here's what's got me puzzled... If Jeffords was acting out of self-interest, and if it was known that the majority of voters in Vermont would not be happy with this decision prior to his having made it, why would he do it? It would certainly ruin his chances of getting re-elected. Even a committee chairmanship is not worth that.