I hope these party switchers are not just opportunists. They are not just “while males” down there either. Bobby Jindal is not a white male.
“I hope these party switchers are not just opportunists. They are not just while males down there either. Bobby Jindal is not a white male.”
Having been close to politics at the national level for four decades, I can assure you that opportunism has played a role in both parties as long as most of us have been alive. As an example, Virginia had not elected a Republican Governor in 88 years when Linwood Holton was elected in 1968. It wasn’t that Virginia was not a conservative state. It was. The Byrd machine, headed by Harry Flood Byrd Senior, and later his son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr insisted on “pay as you go” in Virginia. It was Holton who broke the tradition when he championed a $83,000,000 statewide bond issue for schools. Interestingly, The Chairman of the DNC, and former Virginia Governor, Tim Kane, (D-Va) is Holton’s son-in-law.
Many politicians that I have personally known have lamented that they couldn’t have been elected, had they not run as an (R) or a (D), depending on where they came from.