Opinions vary on whether Senator-elect Simcha Felder of Brooklyn was principled or unprincipled in getting elected as a Democrat and then bolting the party to caucus with the GOP next year. Republicans would be aghast if one of their own did that upstate, but since it fits their need for majority control, Mr. Felder is considered virtuous.
Do people have a right to expect if they vote for you on a party line, that you will side with that group once in office ?
Since people really don't identify that much with party anymore, the public may not be up in arms, but the insiders viewed this as heresy in the highest.
Voters can pass judgment again in 2014\