The Jeffords Defection

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 37•20 May 30, 2001

Last week, U.S. Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont left the GOP to become an independent, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats. What do you think?

  • “Wow, this could shift the balance of power in the Senate. It has? I was right.”

    Bud Manwaring –
    Truck Driver

  • “It's rare when a senator does what he thinks is right. It's even rarer when the rest of the Senate notices.”

    Angela Aldrete –
    Piano Teacher

  • “Now that the Democrats are in control, know what that means? Ping-pong table in the rotunda! Ping-pong table in the rotunda!”

    Hal Uribe –
    Cashier

  • “We can't have people changing parties all willy-nilly. This nation was founded on principles of non-willy-nillyness.”

    Paul Dravecky –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Why would anybody want to leave the Republican Party? It just doesn't make sense.”

    Donna Thompson –
    Homemaker

  • “A senator defected? Oh, no–now the Russians will learn all the secrets to how we make our government run so smoothly and efficiently.”

    Larry Mitchell –
    Banker