May 26, 2001
Rich Galen points out that
Rich Galen points out that one-time Democrat Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) has more class than Sen. Jeffords (I-VT) when he switched parties.
Jeffords instead ran (and won) as a Republican and took lots of campaign cash from the GOP.
Galen also offers the interesting spin that Jeffords was the aggressor and that the Bush administration "will not be held hostage by a single Senator." Nice attempt, but something went wrong when the news came out of the blue that Jeffords was leaving the GOP. Jeffords' 2001 version of Pearl Harbor is a political loss for President Bush, but it's not crippling. Bush already has a major victory with the tax package that will soon be sent to his desk. Also, with the Democrats in control of the Senate any inaction can be blamed on Democratic obstruction.
"Mutt and Jeffords"