But there are a few things moderate Republicans with integrity can do to neutralize the competition they face from democratic candidates picked by centrists and DLC influenced leaders in the DSCC (Democratic Senate Campaign Committee) and the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.) You see, these democrats look just like republicans. They waffle on most issues, may oppose women's rights and are way too close to corporations, taking lots of PAC money and failing to take stands on issues that regulate or weaken corporatist positions. These are the Democratic candidates who are unwilling to even stand for censure of George Bush, let alone commit to supporting the impeachment motion that 36 congressional reps have already signed on to.
Now we have two former Republicans running on the Democratic primary ticket. They both purport to be progressives and they are both nice guys who have expressed their positions well, one going further left than the other, who is getting a lot of out of state PAC money. Fitzpatrick has a reputation as a moderate republican. But he's tainted by the Bush, DeLay, Abramoff scandals. He could, and probably will campaign, targetting the independents who decide the races in this district, that he is the real Republican. That might not work, might not even be a good idea if he stays part of the right wing extremist "team" that is putting his job at risk.
If Fitzpatrick actually did something with major courage, and became the first Republican to join the 36 Democrats calling for impeachment hearings, he'd just about guarantee that he'd keep his job, unless... he's depending on the right wing extremists in his party for his funding. Word is he has a lot of money already in his war chest. Maybe he can make it as a new breed of Republican-- one who responds to what is actually happening in this country and acts with responsibility, holding the President and Vice president accountable for their impeachable crimes.
Ironically, if he takes the first step and then other honest Republicans face the facts that they are supporting a pair of criminals, maybe he will be joined by other honest Republicans. Maybe there will be other Republicans who will show that they have some honor. If even one Republican signs on to the impeachment bill, that should shame a slew of Democrats to take the leap. It may force some DLC "centrist" candidates who have been unwilling to take a stand to actually find their spines and commit to supporting impeachment.
It will take ONE person, one Republican to take the risk, to take the lead. It will take a lot of courage. But it could be what it takes to save America.
Of course, another reason I am writing this is because I believe that Democratic candidates are making a major mistake if they fail to take strong stands on some of the most important issues of the day-- extracting ouselves from Iraq, impeachment, illegal use of spying, handing over the kitchen sink to corporations, fixing the failed globalism experiment...
Most likely, the Republicans in congress will stick together. They will fail America. But just in case, the Democratic candidates better get it right and they better get it right before a single republican crosses the aisle on the impeachment issue.