Arkansas Dem switches parties, hands GOP a supermajority in state House of Representatives

This is the stuff of nightmares for Democrat bosses.  Already acutely aware of the down-ballot disaster Obama has inflicted on the party, they now have to deal with abandonment, as ambitious politicians see the handwriting on the wall.  This party is going nowhere for at least the present.

President Clinton’s home state is leading the way.  Arkansas Online reports:

State Rep. David Hillman of Almyra announced his switch to the Republican Party on Tuesday weeks after being re-elected to his third term as a Democrat, solidifying the GOP's "supermajority" control of Arkansas' lower house.

Republicans picked up nine seats in the 100-member House on Election Day and then padded their lead the next day when then-Democratic Rep. Jeff Wardlaw of Hermitage announced his party switch.

With Hillman's announcement, Republicans now control 75 seats in the House and have the three-fourths majority needed to pass appropriations bills without any support from Democrats. 

Supermajority control of the state senate would require three more seats in the upper chamber, either by election or party-switching.  But even without such a change, the GOP is a powerhouse in the Arkansas statehouse.

Let’s think a little further: there is in the United States Senate a man named Joe Manchin, who is far closer ideologically to Republicans than he is to Keith Ellison or Bernie Sanders.  Since Democrats are unlikely to get control of the Senate in 2018, jumping ship and reinforcing the narrow GOP majority could be a good career move.

The Democrats have become a left-wing party.  This has appeal to urbanites on the coasts and in a few inland big cities and college towns, but for the rest of the country, the appeal is diminishing.  The Arkansas example can be replicated.  Keep going in this direction, and am Article V Convention of States becomes possible.

This is the stuff of nightmares for Democrat bosses.  Already acutely aware of the down-ballot disaster Obama has inflicted on the party, they now have to deal with abandonment, as ambitious politicians see the handwriting on the wall.  This party is going nowhere for at least the present.

President Clinton’s home state is leading the way.  Arkansas Online reports:

State Rep. David Hillman of Almyra announced his switch to the Republican Party on Tuesday weeks after being re-elected to his third term as a Democrat, solidifying the GOP's "supermajority" control of Arkansas' lower house.

Republicans picked up nine seats in the 100-member House on Election Day and then padded their lead the next day when then-Democratic Rep. Jeff Wardlaw of Hermitage announced his party switch.

With Hillman's announcement, Republicans now control 75 seats in the House and have the three-fourths majority needed to pass appropriations bills without any support from Democrats. 

Supermajority control of the state senate would require three more seats in the upper chamber, either by election or party-switching.  But even without such a change, the GOP is a powerhouse in the Arkansas statehouse.

Let’s think a little further: there is in the United States Senate a man named Joe Manchin, who is far closer ideologically to Republicans than he is to Keith Ellison or Bernie Sanders.  Since Democrats are unlikely to get control of the Senate in 2018, jumping ship and reinforcing the narrow GOP majority could be a good career move.

The Democrats have become a left-wing party.  This has appeal to urbanites on the coasts and in a few inland big cities and college towns, but for the rest of the country, the appeal is diminishing.  The Arkansas example can be replicated.  Keep going in this direction, and am Article V Convention of States becomes possible.

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