As of today, apparently. Her farewell to the Democrats is more than a swan song. And perhaps, moreso than Michael Malone's high-profile denouncement of his profession, this defection is costly.
She has my admiration for making a quick and principled decision the moment things became clear to her mind and heart. With no consideration for her financial future, but with a clear conscience and high ideal, Wendy Button breaks free:
I was dead wrong about the surge and thought it would be a disaster. Senator John McCain led when many of us were ready to quit. Yet we march on as if nothing has changed, wedded to an old plan, and that too is a long way from the Democratic Party.
I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that. And also say that the Democratic Party’s talking points—that Senator John McCain is just four more years of the same and that he’s President Bush—are now just hooker lines that fit a very effective and perhaps wave-winning political argument…doesn’t mean they’re true. After all, he is the only one who’s worked in a bipartisan way on big challenges.
Before I cast my vote, I will correct my party affiliation and change it to No Party or Independent. Then, in the spirit of election 2008, I’ll get a manicure, pedicure, and my hair done. Might as well look pretty when I am unemployed in a city swimming with “D’s.”
About 800 comments and counting, at that link. But, like a friend used to say quite often: "the man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument." Read it all.
I sure wish her well.