The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 September 2006

Boren says he's staying put

Rep. Dan Boren is the lone Democrat in the state's Congressional delegation, and his voting record is not exactly typical of Democrats in Congress; after speculation at The Hill that Boren might jump to the Republican side of the aisle, the Oklahoman revealed today Boren had told them last week he had no such plans.

"There's not a chance that I would ever change parties," said Boren, though he admitted that he had registered as an Independent during a period when he was working for Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, a Republican who sought a Congressional seat of her own this year.

I feel for the guy. I twitch at some of the things national Democrats come up with, but I have no reason to think I'd feel any more comfortable were I to throw in my lot with the GOP.

Posted at 11:11 AM to Political Science Fiction , Soonerland

Oklahoma's Congressional "Dixiecrats" were always notorious for aisle-jumping. Back in the early 1980s, we had 4 Democrats and 2 Republican in the US House, but usually sided with Reagan 4-2 or 5-1 (with Synar from Muskogee often being the lone hold-out).

Sounds like some Repub's wishful thinking, because only a mass defection of Democrats or $1.50 per gallon gas will keep them in power.

Posted by: Dan at 2:11 PM on 21 September 2006

Heh, other Dan. I think that's a bit of wishful thinking. I don't know if I want the Republicans to stay in power, but I think the $2 gas will do it. World events are reminding voters that trusting the Democratic fringe to protect us is risky business.

Posted by: Dan Lovejoy at 12:29 AM on 22 September 2006

The last two midterm election cycles -- 1998 and 2002 -- both saw the president's party gain seats in Congress, so to the extent anyone is relying on "history" to help the Democrats this time, they may want to rethink.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:36 AM on 22 September 2006