The fleas are jumping off the dog.
The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013 ... [as well as] expand its super PAC, Defending Main Street, to aid center-right members of both parties.
This epithet-grooming comes at the liberated hands of Main Street's new president, the exquisitely ex-Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette, who, even should he fail in moderating contemporary conservatism, will always be remembered for describing the fiscal-cliff deal as a product of "sleep-deprived octogenarians."
This is also Democrats' chance in those extant swing districts that nonetheless uniformly swoon to the "conservative" anthem.
In the political system's pre-Inquisition days, a Democratic congressional candidate could vocally, non-heretically, actually declare himself a--we now gasp-- conservative. The earth opened up not, no demons from label patrol sprang from the fiery depths, no sulphurous clouds formed to vaporize the locally accommodating wretch.
And so it can be, again--especially now with center-right super PACs willing to finance even wretched Democrats.