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saw that from breaking news report via CNN on twitter.. see? it has its merits!
 

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Turncoat. He's only out to save his political skin. Can't diss PA Republicans and then beg for their votes.

I haven't liked Specter since his moronic Single Bullet Theory.
 

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He was going to get B I G competition from a very conservative R. candidate in the upcoming primary; since so many R voters in Pennsylvania switched to the D party in the last election, this -- according to pundits/ analysts I've heard today -- was a no-brainer since he wants at least one more 6 year term. It's called going where more of the voters and votes are.

 

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It's called wimping out on constituents who put him where he is year after year.
 

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It's called wimping out on constituents who put him where he is year after year.
Unless it's called staying with the majority of your constituents................... :)



 

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It's called wimping out on constituents who put him where he is year after year.
That would only be true if PA had an open primary, which it does not. To me, that Specter is defecting is a sign that (a) he is politically craven and self-interested, which we already knew, and (b) the Republican party no longer has room for someone like him. Thirty years ago it would have been unthinkable to consider him a "liberal" or even "moderate" Republican. Only the descent of the party into Concerned-Women-for-America-land has made this possible. That Michael Steele is doing a heck of a job, eh?

Personally, I don't want Specter, but I'm happy to take another member of the caucus. I will never forgive him for his flip-flop on the Military Commissions Act.
 

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Other noteworthy Turncoats:

Ulysses S Grant
Ronald Reagan
Strom Thurmond
Jesse Helms
Trent Lott
John Connally
Leon Panetta
Elizabeth Dole
Phil Gramm
Condoleeza Rice
William Bennett
David Duke
 

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Other noteworthy Turncoats:

Ulysses S Grant
Ronald Reagan
Strom Thurmond
Jesse Helms
Trent Lott
John Connally
Leon Panetta
Elizabeth Dole
Phil Gramm
Condoleeza Rice
William Bennett
David Duke
None of whom were elected as state senators by a specific party in PA.

Can we swap Arlen for Joe Lieberman? I'd take him!
 

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Call Specter what you will, but dumb he ain't. He has a pretty amazing command of the law. Unless you're still mad about the whole Warren Commission thing?
 

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Post 4, my friend:

I haven't liked Specter since his moronic Single Bullet Theory.
 

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"We Didn't Have to Lose Arlen Specter"
(Op-ed article in today's NY Times)

by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R, Maine)

IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way.

When Senator Jeffords became an independent in 2001, I said it was a sad day for the Republicans, but it would be even sadder if we failed to confront and learn from the devaluation of diversity within the party that contributed to his defection. I also noted that we were far from the heady days of 1998, when Republicans were envisioning the possibility of a filibuster-proof 60-vote margin. (Recall that in the 2000 election, most pundits were shocked when Republicans lost five seats, resulting in a 50-50 Senate.)

I could have hardly imagined then that, in 2009, we would fondly reminisce about the time when we were disappointed to fall short of 60 votes in the Senate. Regrettably, we failed to learn the lessons of Jim Jeffords’s defection in 2001. To the contrary, we overreached in interpreting the results of the presidential election of 2004 as a mandate for the party. This resulted in the disastrous elections of 2006 and 2008, which combined for a total loss of 51 Republicans in the House and 13 in the Senate — with a corresponding shift of the Congressional majority and the White House to the Democrats.


For the rest of the article, see

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/opinion/29snowe.html?em

Maybe she's next?




 

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The Phila press has had a couple of stories citing Specter's ire at Jefford's swap. Includint the notion that he (Specter) would initiate a rule change to prevent ideological nomadism that would result in majority shifts.

Never happened, though.

Unfortunately.

But hey, the pendulum swings this way and that, right and left. Only a matter of time before the left falls out of favor and everyone comes running back to our side.
 

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....Nobody has ever tried to paint Arlen Specter as a profile in courage. As the Judiciary Committee chairman, he demonstrated his moderateness by consistently expressing sympathy for the Democrats’ objections to proposals like depriving prisoners of the right of habeas corpus or appointing Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Then, of course, he went right ahead and voted with the Bush administration. But he wanted it on the record that his heart was in the right place.
Nevertheless, the Democrats were very, very happy to welcome him into the fold. “I have known Senator Specter for more than a quarter-century. He has always been a man of honor and integrity, and a fine public servant,” said the majority leader, Harry Reid, who wrote in his 2008 autobiography that Specter “is always with us when we don’t need him.”

The fabled 60th vote! Finally, the Democrats can override filibuster threats and pass the Obama agenda! Except that even as Specter was arriving, his new fellow party members were reminding their leaders that they reserved the right to gum up the works at a moment’s notice. “They might have a 60-member majority. That doesn’t mean they have 60 votes,” warned Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, who is busy trying to block the Obama student loan reform bill.

The real import of this story isn’t the 60 votes. It’s that Arlen Specter, with his unparalleled instinct for self-preservation, became a Democrat because the people of Pennsylvania like the Democratic agenda better. And the Republicans were too fanatical or deluded to allow him to straddle the line.

“Well, if spending the hard-earned dollars of the American people and redistributing their wealth and moving towards a collectivist socialist approach to government, if that helps you realize you’re a Democrat, then, you know, good riddance,” Steele said.

The Republican Party has officially moved into nutcase territory. The Republican moderate caucus in the Senate is down to the two women from Maine. And we would all certainly like to listen in on their conversations on the plane ride home.


-- From an article by Gail Collins in today's NYTimes






From an article by Gail Collins in today's NYTimes
 
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