by Tom, Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 03:41:03 PM EST
Politicians like to be in the majority. That's a given.
After the 1994 Republican sweep, two Democratic Senators and a few Democratic Congressmen switched parties. Part of it was to be in the majority, and part of it was to bolster their own chances for reelection.
It's been a long time since we had a Republican switch parties. Even before they took control of Congress, there weren't a lot of Republicans who switched to the Democratic Party. The last I can remember is the Congressman from NY-01 who switched and then lost in the Democratic primary.
But will we see some now? I heard a rumor today that a Republican Senator (not sure who) has made a deal with the Democrats to switch parties after the election. If it were true, that would give us a 52-48 majority (or 51-48 if you don't count Lieberman.)
Any thoughts? On a personal note, a state Senator here in Tennessee who was elected in 2002 as a Democrat and switched parties in 2004 lost his bid for reelection last night. That was great.