The Great Switch
Mr. Shea, I shall not shit a shitter.
There was no Great Switch, sir. Don’t be bitter.
Telling truth lends true glory.
I deny, too, the story
That, in private life, you’re a switch-hitter.
(A note in prose:
Responding to the Gateway Pundit, professional idiot Mark Shea repeats the old lie that Democrat senators who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 all became Republicans shortly thereafter. This imaginary mass conversion of Southern racists is sometimes referred to as the Great Switch.
Here’s a list of Democrat senators who voted against the Civil Rights Act:
1. Joseph Hill
2. John Sparkman
3. James Fulbright
4. John McClellan
5. Spessard Holland
6. George Smathers
7. Richard Russell
8. Herman Talmadge
9. Allen Ellender
10. Russell Long
11. James Eastland
12. John Stennis
13. Sam Ervin
14. Benjamin Jordan
15. Olin Johnson
16. Strom Thurmond
17. Albert Gore
18. Herbert Walters
19. Harry Byrd
20. Absalom Robertson
21. Robert Byrd
Out of these 21 Democrats, how many switched to become Republicans?
Only one: Strom Thurmond (16), also famous for doing pushups well into his old age – a stunt that Mark Shea will not be emulating.
Another Dem, Harry Byrd (19), became an Independent.
The rest remained Democrats – and several maintained places of great honor in the Democrat Party. James Fulbright (3) founded the Fulbright Program that provides fellowships to international students. Sam Ervin (13) was a Democrat hero during the Watergate hearings. Albert Gore engendered the Infallible Prophet of Global Warming Alarmism known as Al Gore, Jr. Robert Byrd inspired admiring funereal oratory from Bill Clinton.
So the Great Switch is a lie, pure and simple.
That’s why Mark Shea repeats it.