Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama announced Tuesday he is switching parties. That could put pressure on other conservative Democrats, especially in the Deep South, to jump ship.
Intra-party squabbling among conservatives – especially with Tea Partiers thrown into the mix – is not good news for the GOP. They're beginning to act like Democrats.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican candidate for the US Senate, is on the defensive after the conservative Club for Growth released an ad Thursday that shows him lauding Obama's stimulus package.
The renewed effort to field staunch conservatives in competitive districts is sure to backfire.
Many national conservative figures are supporting the Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman in a New York special election. Republican Dede Scozzafava is seen as too liberal.
Even before Monday's speech, conservatives had started to dial back the rhetoric. White House has suggested Republicans overplayed their hand.
Team Obama has picked favorites for races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York. Local party figures say that undermines democracy – and is not the national party's job.
On Sunday talk shows, he says the 'big tent' party of Reagan and the late Jack Kemp has been replaced by rigid conservatism.
Tuesday's switch by the independent-minded Pennsylvanian also helps Democrats to solidify power in the Senate.
Never in polls has one president experienced such highs and lows in job approval.