Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bye Bye Arlen

Apparently, I am supposed to feel bad about Arlen Specter jumping ship and joining the Democrats. After all, I called State Senator Mike Williams a traitor when he bolted and became an independent. I do not feel bad at all, in fact I am overjoyed that reality finally caught up to Specter, who has been a Democrat in fact, and is now finally one in name.

On Tuesday, FOX News learned that Biden lobbied Specter to switch to the Democratic Party for six years and has talked to the party-switcher no fewer than 15 times since he voted for President Obama's stimulus bill.

"This has been a long time coming," said one senior official, who spoke to FOX News on condition of anonymity. "He's been having this conversation with Specter for half a dozen years. They're close. You'd be hard-pressed to find a senator he's co-sponsored more bills with."

The only problem with Specter switching now is that he has shown that he is nothing more than a naked political opportunist, and principles be damned. He rarely votes with the Republicans on any important issues, and we now know that he has felt more at home with the Democrats for many years. Arlen Specter didn't switch parties when the Republicans had a safe majority and he would be in the minority because he wanted to keep faith with his principles, he waited until the Democrats had a majority in which he might make the 60th vote. Perhaps most important, polls indicated that Specter was not going to lose the Republican Primary in 2010 against former Congressman Pat Toomey-he was about to be crushed. He himself has admitted that he did not want to face the voters of his own party in a primary. His only hope to save his career was to switch parties, nevermind all of the Republicans who put their own rear ends on the line (usually against their own better judgment), from former Senator Rick Santorum to Newt Gingrich, to campaign for Specter the last time he was primaried.

Congratulations Democrats, you have someone who we always knew was one of you anyway. When he stabs a few of you in the back after you've given him aid and comfort, we on the other side will get a good laugh and a "we told you so."

Goodbye Arlen, don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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At Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! Republicanism is dead! We don't even have to wait until 2010 to see it go the way of the Whigs. It's interesting to see that another party switcher, Norm Coleman, is the only thing currently keeping Republicanism from fading into history unless of course more moderates are forced out of the party prior to then. The song will be more fitting when Michael Steele is officially replaced by Rush Limbaugh.

At Thursday, April 30, 2009 2:27:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

This is what they said in 1993 before the '94 me, I am not worried in the least.

At Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:34:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Really now, this constant clarion call for ideological purity is going cause the GOP become a political party that can not and will not win outside of the south.
Guys like Toomey will win GOP primaries hands down but their nutty, rigid and pure conservative positions will make winning general elections much less likely.


At Thursday, April 30, 2009 2:43:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

This link pretty much explains why I think the GOP will, on the national level, be largely irrelevent after 2010.


At Friday, May 01, 2009 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm really pulling for you guys. America needs a two-party system to really move forward. Unfortunately, the Republic Party doesn't offer any hope in the immediate future of being that viable alternative. It really seems that your party seems to want to drown itself rather than accept alternative views. Sad, really.

And about that 1994 analogy - the Democratic Party has now wiped out all of the gains that the Republic Party made then and shrunk Republic representation to the lowest level since the 30's.

At Friday, May 01, 2009 8:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good god! Republicans are starting to make apes angry for the thought that humans evolved from them. Obviously republicans never evolved at all.

At Friday, May 01, 2009 9:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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