Bye Bye ArlenApparently, 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.