Originally created 04/28/04

Who left whom?

The Republican Revolution is said to have taken place in 1994.

In truth, it is still going on, especially in the South.

When Sonny Perdue surprised nearly everyone by unseating Gov. Roy Barnes in the 2002 election, he became the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.

Afterward, several state senators switched parties to swing control of the Georgia Senate to the GOP.

Earlier this year, the federal courts also threw out the state's legislative district maps, saying they were so tilted in favor of Democrats that they violated the Constitution.

Now, Republicans are eyeing a possible takeover of the state House in November.

It's no more unlikely than the snatching of Congress in 1994.

Now, a local institution - District Attorney Danny Craig - has signed up for the revolution, switching parties to run for re-election as a Republican.

Politics, certainly, isn't all that relevant to the prosecutor's position. But there can be no doubt that Craig - a deeply spiritual, conservative hard-liner on crime - has more in common with the Republican Party today.

Craig's switch is yet another sign that the Democratic Party of Barbara Streisand, Tom Daschle and Ted Kennedy no longer has or deserves a stranglehold on Georgia politics and, in fact, is making itself largely irrelevant in the entire South - as Georgia's outgoing Democratic Sen. Zell Miller noted in his book, A National Party No More.

People change. That's OK. Parties change, too. That's OK. But when parties change, you can't blame people for changing parties.

Contrary to appearances, neither Danny Craig nor state Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, nor the others who have switched to the GOP have left the Democratic Party.

It left them.


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