I don't care what democrat legislation this guy voted against as a democrat. Once a democrat, ALWAYS a democrat I say.
Don't let him switch, it'll just be one more RINO we'll have to throw out in 2012 anyway.
Usually. But there are exceptions.
As for myself, I was Democrat being raised in the South. Now I look at Atilla the Hun as a pinko-lib.
There was also another Democrat turned Republican, named Ronald Reagan, who was far from being a RINO.
Thus it is best to reserve judgement on people's words until they show some actions to define their character.
‘Once a democrat always a democrat’ is SO not true. I came out of UCBerkeley, very liberal, always voted Democrat. Voted for George Bush when I came out of the fog, because of his integrity. I had looked at Ralph Nader’s website that year (!!) thinking that I had always liked him, and realized that it was a load of hooey and that I didn’t believe any of that at all in any way.
Often a convert will be more convinced of his new stance because he has made the decision clearly, perhaps with gut-wrenching soul-searching. I say we welcome the converts. They know how the other side thinks, and they are ‘liberals mugged.’
Personally, it gives me hope to see this. I think it is a harbinger of things to come.
Wasn't Reagan a Democrat at one time?
Give him a chance. He has just set him self loose from his Dem shackles and may turn out to really be one of us. At least for now, we can hope.
Not to pile on, but “Ronaldus Magnus” wouldn’t have gotten through under your test, so how does that hekp us? I agree that it is generally problematic to accept party switchers, because such changes are normally nothing but self-serving opportunism, and you get what you pay for.
However, there is an important minority of cases that are the result of serious maturation of thought. They have really become convinced that the perspective of their old party is deeply flawed, and more importantly, they’ve seen those defects first hand, understand them from the inside, so they are totally inoculated against them, and are particularly good at opposing and defeating them. You don’t want to give up some of your best A-Team players if you don’t have to. I say we welcome everybody, but just like church, hold their feet to the fire if their “conversion” later fails to pass the test of genuineness.
Ronaldus Magnus and Phil Gramm were once Democrats....
Don’t be too hasty, there have been a few good conservatives come from the other side of the aisle. Reagan comes to mind.
Yeah, Ronald Reagan was suuuuch democrat/RINO!
So Richard Shelby is dead to you?
Michael Willette (D / Inc.) 1,604
Jessica Chase Smith (R) 1,262
wonder what Jessica thinks.
I hear what you’re saying, but you have the wrong attitude. Personally, I welcome disgusted, awakened Democrats to the Republican party much the way I welcomed Ronald Reagan to the Republican party when he left the... make that, when the Democrat party left him.