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The full quote from the Round Mound of Rebound:

"I was a Republican until they lost their minds," he said. "The word 'conservative' means 'discriminatory,' practically. It's a form of political discrimination. What do the Republicans run on? Against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That's all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain."

First off I was never a Republican.  And I remember all too painfully in the 80's and 90's the defections of the Southern Democrats to the other side. I remember too well the trite phrase "I didn't leave the party it left me" followed usually by a line of bullshit.  The fact of the matter is Since the 20th century at least,  the national Democratic party has always stood for economic, political and social opportunity and the Dixiecrat Boll weevil Democrats were an aberaton as a whole.

So with great glee I'd like to start the Republican defection thread. Audience participation requested. The rules are simple. The defections can be straightforward party switchers or the openly disgruntled. The candidates should be (in order of importance) politicians, GOP strategists and pundits, evangelicals, famous, infamous, celebrities with citation links. Dailykos links are fine if they include an original link. If at all possilble a short blurb regarding the reason for the defection. disgruntlement would be great.

Also welcome are multiple quote citations from a single disgruntled member of the GOP. Finally the disgruntled can be someone unlikely to actually switch parties as long as they vocal with their complaints to the point of not likely to support Republicans this election.  What I hope to accomplish here is a composite list in one place for easy reference party switchers and disgruntled Republicans.

 Here are a couple of examples. The revolt of the elders on ethics and lack of public confidence in the GOP:

Mark Andrews, represented North Dakota in the U.S. House, l964-l980, and the U.S. Senate, l98l-l987
John H. Buchanan, represented Alabama in the House, l965-l981
M. Caldwell Butler, represented Virginia in the U.S. House, l972-l982
Paul Findley, represented Illinois in the U.S. House, l961-l982
Bud Hillis, represented Indiana in the U.S. House, l970-l986
James Johnson, represented Colorado in the U.S. House, l973-l982
Richard W. Mallary, represented Vermont in the U.S.House, l972-l975
Wiley Mayne, represented Iowa in the U.S. House, l967-l975
Pete McCloskey, represented California in the U.S. House, l967-l983
G. William Whitehurst, represented Virginia in the House, l969-l987

You can't get much more disgrunlted than Pete McCloskey's letter stating the need to elect a Democratic Majority. Or can you?

Michael Schiavo said he had been a "lifelong Republican" before President Bush and a GOP-led Congress tried to thwart efforts to remove his brain-dead wife Terri's feeding tube.

So if you can spare a minute or two, help out. I haven't listed all I am aware of it, by a long shot and there have been examples of party switching already listed on Dailykos, feel free to reference them.

Originally posted to molly bloom on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:20 AM PDT.

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  •  Suggestions for a descriptive name (6+ / 0-)

    for the party switchers anyone, former Rino doesn't seem to cut it.

    "Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right"

    by molly bloom on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:14:41 AM PDT

  •  McCloskey (1+ / 0-)
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    litho

    We get excited because he is opposing the GOP stand -- "A Republican is deserting them!"

    He ran against Richard Nixon in the 1972 primaries.

    He has about as much credibility with mainstream Republicans as Zell Miller has with us.

  •  How About 'Despertados' (3+ / 0-)

    'those who have awakened'???

  •  The Chuckster (4+ / 0-)
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    jmart, molly bloom, turnover, Fasaha

    has a way w/words, and these touch a nerve!  We ought to do everything possible to keep these sentiments in front of the public--coming from chuck, they can reach many people that politicos can't !!!

    •  If what you're saying is that the current title (2+ / 0-)
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      serrano, turnover

      is a great one, I agree.  For all the reasons you suggest, in addition to it just being a great quote.  Anybody who follows pro basketball knows that you can count on Barkley to speak his mind--no code, politico-speak, or anything else...

      Defend the Fourth Amendment And the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1985 from all barbarians, foreign and domestic...

      by Fasaha on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:27:33 AM PDT

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      •  I am a native... (3+ / 0-)
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        jmart, molly bloom, serrano

        ...Alabamian, and I've always liked the idea of having a governor who could post up with anybody.

        There will be more and more of this, I believe. I'm looking forward to the days when the RedState and Freepers are the only true believers left. They'll be easy to take down.

        "They locked up a man who wanted to rule the world. The fools - they locked up the wrong man." - Leonard Cohen

        by turnover on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:32:35 AM PDT

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      •  That's What Gives His Statement (1+ / 0-)
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        jmart

        so much impact!  EVERYbody knows that Chuck don't shill for NObody!!!

  •  Use Barkley as the basis for a name (9+ / 0-)

    Seriously. We should capitalize on his celebrity within the audience of people who are not all that politically engaged -- who are the same people who ultimately decide elections. His quote has power because of his celebrity and because of the way it encapsulates the problem with the GOP so succinctly and so memorably: "They lost their minds."

    "Barkley Democrats" would be one way to go. Another would be "Rebounders."

    Other thoughts?

    •  You are onto something (1+ / 0-)
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      turnover

      The Barkley Democrats has a good ring to it. I'm still hoping for a list of party switchers from the readers, BTW

      "Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right"

      by molly bloom on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:31:23 AM PDT

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      •  Some big names in Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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        molly bloom, Cecrops Tangaroa

        They include Mark Parkinson, a former state legislator who switched from R to D to become Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' running mate; and Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, who switched to run for state Attorney General against wingnut extremist Phill Kline.

      •  actually, barkley was never a republican (0+ / 0-)

        many times in the past he has joked that he "must" be a republican because he is rich and republicans are rich, so his tongue has always been in his cheek. i have seen a couple interviews he has given since this latest comment and he reiterates that he was never a republican (and, in fact, has always been an advocate for the poor in alabama.) he is, however, a master of the sound bite, and if he ever runs for governer of alabama i'll send him a check

        "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

        by hoodoo meat bucket on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 11:13:13 AM PDT

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      •  Repentant Republicans (0+ / 0-)

        will pique the curiosity of those who conflate their politics with their religion. Dr. William Frey created a fantastic website geared towards revealing the facts to Republicans who seek the truth: Confessions of a Repentant Republican.

  •  From... (6+ / 0-)

    a late-'60s-'70s Democrat, '80s Republican, '90s-'00s Libertarian:

    I will be officially voting and supporting the Democratic party at least through 2008.  (Except no support for Lieberman -- none of us know what the hell he is anyway).

    Reason:   For the first time in my life I find I'm a citizen of a nation run by terrorists and their enablers.  I just want my country back.

  •  I call 'em "Americans." (8+ / 0-)
    People who are not deeply troubled by evidence that we mistreat captives and humiliate and torture them are not Americans.

    So many of the crimes we've watch the Bush administration commit are sufficient to "shock the conscience" and those who are not appalled cannot be considered Americans.

    And so I'm seeing, down here in the South, a rising anger at seeing our national character cheapened and degraded every day this horrific freakshow called the Bush Presidency is allowed to continue.

    Our identity and expression as citizens is always to protect the environment and safeguard it against despoilation, we have a "live-and-let-live" tolerance for those not like us, we welcome diversity and despise uniform conformity. We dislike intrusions into our privacy and seek justice when wrongdoing is exposed. And most importantly, we do not exert our military force unless doing so is manifestly necessary. Anybody with these values is free to be an American. Central rallying ideas like these can serve to pull this country together against the voices of polarization - need I name names? didn't think so - and it is LONG PAST TIME for us to say "enough!" to the emerging police state.

    The upcoming November elections had better send a strong message that people are damned pissed and expect better than government-by-incompetent-cronyism. Christ on a three-speed pogo stick, the mideast is going up in flames and we have Condi and Bolton available to extinguish the crisis? Woah! Gas just went up another quarter and the number one priority of the administration is to abolish social security? It's hitting home across the heartland just how bad these people are. Lincoln was right, you can't fool all the people and sell 'em with cheap advertising tricks indefinitely. They wake up.

    They're waking up.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:46:21 AM PDT

  •  I've tried (1+ / 0-)
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    TiaRachel

    I really can't muster any sympathy or enthusiasm for these newly enlightened people. They helped lay the groundwork for this conservative mindset that now infests this nation. And they helped elect Dubya and the House and Senate that we now have. Some legacy.

    Yeah, I know we should be charitable and accepting. Someone else can do that. Put me in the category with skeptics. I'll just keep my mouth shut.

    -7.38, -5.23 One day we ALL will know the truth about the 2000 presidential election. God help us all.

    by CocoaLove on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:46:36 AM PDT

    •  It's not about charity. (3+ / 0-)
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      Cecrops Tangaroa, sfgb, VA2CA

      Do the math. We are currently the minority party. The other guys got more votes than we did. If we don't get people to switch, we don't win any elections.

      •  Um (2+ / 0-)
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        sfgb, TiaRachel

        By charitable, I mean being sympathetic, accomodating and benevolent. Too much has happened for me to feel that way to former Bush enablers. Yeah, I guess we need their votes -- unless the apathetic masses wake up and vote.

        That's why I'll be quiet while others welcome them back to the fold -- for however long they'll stick around.

        -7.38, -5.23 One day we ALL will know the truth about the 2000 presidential election. God help us all.

        by CocoaLove on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 10:57:38 AM PDT

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    •  Turn people like me away from the party (9+ / 0-)

      and Kos, too, if I am not mistaken, and not only do you not have enough to win, but we are some of your most aggressive messengers, because we were on the wrong side and, speaking personally, I have a lot to make up for.

      Plus, I understand how evil the Republicans are, and I cannot believe how the Democrats allowed the Republicans to get away with all that they did, so many of us provide some much needed encouragement for the Dems to find their spines. I call, I write, I encourage, and I threathen to take my money and time away.

      What is wrong with that??

      My file on RedState.org: Adigal: Another one of them left wing girls way too smart for our own good. Her phones need to be monitored.

      by adigal on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 11:13:41 AM PDT

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  •  Call them 'Dubya-Democrats' because (1+ / 0-)
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    VA2CA

    GWB is the man most responsible for causing these former Republicans to change their party affiliation.

    •  Sounds like Democrats supporting Bush though (1+ / 0-)
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      sfgb

      as in "Reagan Democrats."

      How about "late sleepers"---you know, they finally woke up to reality.

      I'm also an ex-Republican, but what woke me up was when Helms rejected Weld as Ambassador to Mexico.  Seeing Gov. Weld be nominated by a Democrat and then rejected by a Republican made me realize that the Republican party in Massachusetts was not representative of Republicans nationwide.  

      If the government's going to monitor my phone calls, can they chip in for the bills?

      by bosdcla14 on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 11:45:11 AM PDT

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  •  This is not a famous GOP changeover (2+ / 0-)
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    Loquatrix, MO Blue

    but my brother and his wife are coming around.  The environment is one of the big issues for them. I'll take that as a positive step...for whatever reason....whatever takes away GOP votes.  

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dontvoteinthedark/

    by VA2CA on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 11:44:35 AM PDT

  •  Ex-Republicans are S.A.F.E.R. as Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    sfgb

    Saving America From Evil Republicans

  •  Born again humans? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    terafnord

    Parrotheads are like AA in reverse.

    by jhecht on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 12:29:28 PM PDT

  •  I myself (0+ / 0-)

    am a Roosevelt Republican. Not FDR, the other one. The "bully" guy.
    I registered Republican when I came of age, not because of who was running the party then (Reagan and the California Conservatives had the reins), but because of fine old Teddy and the ideological forebears he represented, down through the intellectuals of the last, lost age.
    The corporatist, neocon, pseudopopulist, anti-intellectual fear monkeys that have climbed up through the party like toxic kudzu haven't just made it a party without its old ideals, but without any ideals at all. They stand for nothing beyond a bizarre neo-feudalism.
    So why, when those lost ideals are found and displayed so strongly among the progressives (who would, I think, have felt more at home in that lost age of the Republican party than they know) do I not switch parties? Two reasons -- 1) the action these days is still largely in the GOP primaries, and I wouldn't want to miss those votes, and 2) I will not yield. I will not let these fools, thieves and theocrats take this hill. My party does not belong to them.
    So yeah, I've become the resistance movement in my own party. Resistance Republicans, trying to get our ship right side up again so the two party system actually has two real and viable parties.
    Getting the GOP back to the rough area of the center, or what has now become known as the "far left".
    I do this because the pundits and politicians of the GOP are not the party. I know the people of the party, the people they always cite and claim to speak for. They're progressives, without knowing it yet. They deserve to have their party to truly speak for them, to truly work for their best interests. So, like I said, I stay. And I fight.

  •  Got Sense? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (8.38,8.51)

    by JNEREBEL on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 01:09:37 PM PDT

  •  I always hated K-type questions. nt (0+ / 0-)

    Without Net Neutrality, We (dKos) are history. Thank Ron Wyden fax (202-228-2717) or phone (202-224-5244) -7.63/-6.41

    by vome minnesota on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 01:19:09 PM PDT

  •  RIP Johnny Most (0+ / 0-)

    He is the late great Boston Celtics announcer who I believe gave Barkley the nickname Round Mound of Rebound.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 08:33:41 PM PDT

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