In 2010, voters will realize that they can vote only for one of the two parties. Individuals don't matter. Candidate personalities, preferences, backgrounds and even ideologies don't matter. Once the smart voter said that he votes for the person, not the party. Now, this once virtuous citizen would be a fool. There is no such thing as a moderate Democrat or a centrist or a conservative or a Reagan Democrat. There are only Democrats who, when the chips are down, will vote as his leaders need him to vote.
Rep. Parker Griffith, the newly minted Republican, is typical of his class of freshmen Democrats from heavily John McCain districts. For them to survive, they need to switch parties. Otherwise, they -- and the damage they have done -- will be two-year footnotes to history.