NRCC SCRAMBLES TO HIDE ITS OWN ATTACKS…. Now that Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama has made the transition from being a far-right Democrat to being a far-right Republican, the National Republican Campaign Committee will welcome the new GOP lawmaker with open arms.

But to make this embrace a little less awkward, Republicans are having to scramble to take back all of things they said about Griffith when they were trying to destroy him and his reputation. The NRCC ran this ad, for example, to make it seem as if Griffith doesn’t care about terrorism and believes “America’s greatest enemy is America.”

As Alex Koppelman noted, Republicans had to move quickly, and the NRCC yanked the ad from YouTube this morning: “Their official copy of the spot has been removed from the video-sharing site. One other user’s copy still remained as of this post, however.”

As for the DCCC, 14 months ago, a party spokesperson described Griffith as an “effective and independent voice.” The content was also removed from the DCCC website this morning.

Post Script: And as long as we’re on the subject, Griffith, a radiation oncologist by trade, will apparently cite health care reform as a rationale for betraying his former party. It will no doubt be used as “evidence” of physicians opposing reform, which is why it’s all the more relevant to point out that the Democratic reform plan has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, and that most physicians support progressive reform proposals.

Griffith was out of step with the Democratic mainstream on just about everything, and he’s out of step with most physicians when it comes to the broken status quo.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.