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Best of Weigel: A Look Back

By | 06.28.10 | 4:42 pm

Now that the ethically dubious publication of some of his private emails has derailed Dave Weigel’s tenure at The Washington Post by raising questions about his ability to report effectively on the conservative movement, we thought it would be a good time to highlight just how effective Weigel can be. More…

Parker Griffith Loses Re-nomination Bid

By | 06.01.10 | 11:18 pm

Both incumbent members of Congress who switched parties since the 2008 election have now lost re-nomination, as voters turned away Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) Tuesday.

Griffith conceded late Tuesday night to Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks, who defeated Griffith 51-33 percent. A third candidate, veteran Les Phillip, More…

Tea Partier Outraises Griffith Over Period of Party Switch

By | 02.02.10 | 5:10 pm

Alabama Congressman Parker Griffith’s Dec. 22 switch from the Democratic Party to the GOP hasn’t played out terribly well so far. And here’s another piece of bad news for him: During a period of time that included Griffith’s surprise switch, Griffith’s primary challenger managed to outraise the incumbent. More…

Parker Griffith Can Lose

By | 01.05.10 | 11:14 am

John Gizzi, the extremely plugged-in political editor of Human Events, has a fun story on the troubles facing Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) after his recent party switch. The most important parts: the news that failed 2008 candidate Wayne Parker is considering the race, and the increasing likelihood that Griffith More…

Parker Griffith’s Staff Exits Stage Left

By | 01.04.10 | 9:07 am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gleefully sends along news that Rep. Parker Griffith’s (R-Ala.) staff has resigned en masse, rebelling against their boss’s decision to switch from the Democratic Party. The full list: Sharon Wheeler (Chief of Staff), Megan Swearingen (Legislative Director), Brian Greer (Senior Legislative Assistant), Will Crain (Legislative More…

It’s No Fun Being Parker Griffith

By | 12.28.09 | 1:18 pm

Party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) is getting whacked again for his life-long record of supporting Democrats, this time from Tea Party-backed Republican challenger Les Phillip, who’s taking aim at Griffith’s donations to 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). From his statement: More…

Tea Partiers on Griffith: ‘We Do Not Trust Him’

By | 12.23.09 | 3:50 pm

In my piece on Rep. Parker Griffith’s party switch, I quoted Huntsville, Ala., Tea Party leader Christie Carden, one of the conservative activists not impressed by the move. Carden and her fellow Tea Party leaders have just put out a punchy statement on Griffith that makes it clear that More…

Parker Griffith: ‘Health Care for All!’

By | 12.23.09 | 2:51 pm

Greg Sargent catches a May 2006 interview with then-State Senator Parker Griffith in which he refers to himself as a “life-long” Democrat and a supporter of “health care for all of the citizens.” Glenn Thrush finds that Griffith has voted with Nancy Pelosi — that is to say, More…

Conservatives Not Ready to Embrace Party-Switcher

By | 12.22.09 | 3:59 pm

On Tuesday morning, Politico broke the news that Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) was switching from the Democratic Party to the GOP. For Les Phillip — a Tea Party activist who’d been waging a Republican campaign for Griffith’s seat since August — it was “manna from heaven.”

“This is why More…

No Endorsement, Give Us Back Our Money: The Parties Respond to the Griffith Switch

By | 12.22.09 | 2:24 pm

Waiting until Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) made his switch official, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have weighed in. First, here’s the very happy chairman of the NRCC, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas):

I am pleased to welcome Parker Griffith to the Republican Party. Congressman Griffith’s