RINOs and conservadems are cutting quite a swath these days -- making demands, frustrating their colleagues, wielding clout and even influencing elections. Not surprisingly, the nicknames aren't terms of endearment. GOP conservatives disparage GOP moderates as Republicans In Name Only. Democratic liberals apply the conservadems label to party brethren they consider obstructions to President Obama's agenda.
It would make perfect sense for a lot of the misfits to switch parties. But that would mean sacrificing their dissident status and the attention that goes with it. It would also mean less havoc -- a sad prospect for those who enjoy political spectacle.