Sen. Arlen Specter (D) Pennsylvania is now officially caucusing with Democrats. so what’s the difference you ask Specter has always been an undependable Republican at best. (see story)
No difference really. Specter never really supported Conservative ideology. Specter was a RINO, a Republican in name only. He survived all of these 43 years in the Republican caucus because Republicans never had the goose stepping lockstep control over their caucus that Democrats, through Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, have displayed for well over eight years.
So just why are Democrats rejoicing? Don’t they get it, Democrats owe their 2006 and 2008 electoral success to their Party members mind numbing allegiance to the Party line not exactly a strong suit of Sen. Specter.
So it doesn’t hurt Republicans that Specter has changed from RINO to Democrat malcontent and self preserving political Maverick. There is really no gain for Democrats other than a number, 59 to be exact, because Specter has already let it be known that his goose stepper may or may not function as well as the other Democrat Reid and Pelosi toadies.
The only thing that angers me in this whole sorted affair is that Specter left the Republican Party lying. The Republican Party didn’t leave Specter by moving to the right or becoming more Conservative. Hell, John McCain was the Republican standard bearer in a losing 2008 effort for the Presidency. John McCain isn’t exactly what I would call a Conservative. By McCain’s own admission at best he is a Moderate who enjoyed careening out of control when the Republicans needed him most just as much as Specter was doing. After all McCain does describe himself as a Maverick now doesn’t he?
As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democrat Party—Sen. Arlen Specter (D) PennsylvaniaWhat a crock! Stop with the lies Sen. Specter you didn’t leave the Republican Party because the right-wing hijacked the Party. The Republican Party is in deep disarray right now because of what you; Mr. Specter and so-called Moderates like McCain, Graham, Martinez, Snowe, Collins and Trent Lott did to the Party attempting to make it a mini-me Democrat like Party. (see video)
Senator you were never really with the Party as proven by your unwillingness to face the Republican voters of Pennsylvania, voters who you are supposed to be serving.
Will someone please lean over to inform Mr. Specter that he serves at the pleasure of the people who voted him into office. And if I’m not mistaken that would be Republican voters of Pennsylvania. So how dare Mr. Specter say that he will not submit to the judgment of Republican voters because he fears that his support for Mr. Obama’s stimulus package put him in disfavor with the Republican electorate. That Mr. Specter is the height of political elitism and misplaced arrogance both characteristics are unfitting of a public servant and signals that Mr. Specter is drunk on political power has forgotten how the system works.
The bottom line is this Mr. Specter. If an elected official, such as yourself, can just willy-nilly do whatever he or she wants during a term in office and then simply run away from the voters (as you are doing by changing Parties) when it comes time for election, then the people lose control of their government if they allow this to happen.
Remember Sen. John McCain was a Moderate Republican who ran for president against a Left-wing Radical Sen. Barack Hussein Obama. And what was the lesson learned?
The lesson learned was, Democrats would rather put the country in the hands of a Radical Left-wing partisan than a Moderate Republican.
So Moderate Republicans the likes of Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe have no real value to the Republican Party. Neither does John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mel Martinez and any other RINO and if any of them feel froggy they should jump or hop over to the Democrat Party too.
Sen. Specter’s leaving was no loss to the Republican Party. There is not a tear shed and we are feeling no pain at his departure. But on the other hand the Democrats gain nothing with Specter’s arrival that they didn’t already have. He was already voting for much of the Democrat agenda and he will continue to do so as it suits him. Ergo no pain and no gain good riddance Arlen!