And, in some significant ways, well beyond that. This news comes out of Alabama:
Vance, 3 other House Dems switch to GOPThere will be those in New York City and in Los Angeles who will scoff at this news and reject its significance because, as everyone knows, Alabamians are all knuckledraggers who live in a bygone era in an isolated part of America.
By Ed Enoch, Staff Writer,Associated Press
State Rep. Lesley Vance of Phenix City and three other House Democrats switched parties Monday, saying they identified more with Republicans.
“We have been kidded over the years that y’all are more conservative than some of the Republicans,” Vance said.
The moves give the GOP 66 votes in the House, or a super-majority allowing them to pass legislation without support from Democrats.
House Democrats Mike Millican of Hamilton, Steve Hurst of Munford and Alan Boothe of Troy joined Vance to announce the switch at a news conference Monday in Montgomery. The four represent Republican-leaning, mostly white areas.
Vance said he changed because he felt it was the best way to continue serving his constituents. He predicted few in his district will be upset by the “R” beside his name, saying he is known as a conservative regardless of party.
“I have been a Democrat all my life — at least as long as I was old enough to know what politics was about,” he said. [link]
But tell me, who's really isolated from the outside world here?