Dumb enough, in the case of several legislators, to raise money for Republican legislators. Dumb enough, in some cases, to do so even after having been targeted for defeat by a Republican PAC. Brummett writes about this today, including Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney’s unhappiness with the absence of party loyalty/discipline. He’s not unhappy enough to favor election of legislative leadership from party caucuses, though.
Some day a bright Democrat will wake up and realize that Republicans have influence far beyond their numbers thanks to the current system. The 25 percent House caucus can constitute almost 50 percent of a winning speaker candidate’s votes, which can translate into a lot of committee power for a faction demonstrably out of step with overall voter wishes.