Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter Cries, 'RINO no more!'

Sen. Arlen Specter has announced shortly that he will be switching to the Democrat party. The defection gives Democrats their much sought after filibuster proof majority which will ultimately lead to a host of new social programs, tax increases, and further corporate nationalizations.
According to the Washington Post, Specter said today, "I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," said Specter in a statement. "I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election."

Specter's decision comes after visiting his home state of Pennsylvania and speaking with his constituents. They made it evidently clear to him that he will not survive the 2010 Republican primary because of his vote for Barack Obamas stimulus package, a vote he cast without taking the time to read the bill first. Specter's deicision to switch parties clearly comes not from a fundamental philosophical change, but from selfish political expediency.

We'd say Arlen Specter is a Benedict Arnold for selling out the American people, not just the Republican party, but that would be an insult to General Arnold.

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character....
- Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789

UPDATE 12:10 pm - In a March 17, interview with The Hill Specter said he would not switch parties.

I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That's the basis of politics in America... I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance.

They are trying very hard for the 60th vote. Got to give them credit for trying. But the answer is no.


Anonymous said...

"Considering Specter was a neo-con, and after all neo-con is the new liberal, this is a typical move for a Zionist operative like Specter to make".

This comment came from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and reflects my view.

chris said...

I don't like party switchers after they have been elected. Democrats like Richard Shelby have left the democrats while in office and Specter is the latest republican to do the same.

However, Shelby's switch did not change the balance of power in the Senate. Jim Jeffords defection in 2001, meanwhile, totally reversed control from the republicans to the democrats. Now Specter's move has eliminated any reasonable chance for debate.

At least Jeffords claimed to have left over ideological differences. Specter appears to have left because he was afraid of not being reelected. This makes one think that if the republicans had known in advance, and then guaranteed Specter no opposition in the 2010 primary, he would have stayed in the republican party.

Making decisions solely upon getting reelected generally does not work out well for the nation. Just ask former Democrat Senator Max Cleland. He had misgivings about the Iraq war in 2002, but voted for authorization anyway because he was afraid he would not win reelection.

Let's hope Specter's choice doesn't do as much harm.