May 23, 2001
The biggest RINO (Republican In
The biggest RINO (Republican In Name Only--but I prefer to call them "squishes") in the U.S. Senate is expected to leave his party tomorrow. Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont isn't taking the expected hardball politics from the Bush administration very well and will hand over control of the Senate to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and the Democrats. When Jeffords voted against Bush's tax-cutting plan and complained that the government didn't spend enough on education, did he actually think he would be treated with kid-gloves?
It shouldn't be a surprise that Jeffords is leaving the GOP. What should be surprising is how long he's stayed a Republican. Mark Levin points out that Jeffords has a history of not voting like a conservative, let alone a Republican.
When Jeffords announces he's leaving one positive result will be the end of the Strom Thrumon Death Watch. The Democrats won't care about Strom's demise if they already have control of the Senate.