On Arlen Specter
On Arlen Specter
So, the big news yesterday was that Arlen Specter was changing from an (R) to a (D). Specter will be running for reelection against Pat Toomey as a Democrat.
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania provided a boost to President Obama’s ambitious legislative agenda yesterday by abandoning the Republican Party in the face of shifting political realities at home and an aggressive courtship by the White House and party leaders.
In an announcement that shocked colleagues on both sides of the aisle, Specter said he had become increasingly uncomfortable as a moderate in a party dominated by conservatives and would join the Democrats. He bluntly admitted that his decision was tied to his belief that he could not win reelection as a Republican next year.
Although he said he “will not be an automatic 60th vote” for Democrats, Specter’s decision left Democratic Party leaders jubilant. The addition of Specter to their ranks, coupled with the likelihood that the Minnesota Supreme Court will name Al Franken the winner of that state’s disputed Senate race in the coming months, means that Democrats are all but certain to control a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the chamber for the first time in about 30 years.
The news came on the eve of Obama’s 100th day in office, and in a phone call shortly after he was informed of the party switch, the president promised Specter his “full support” in attempting to secure another term in 2010. Specter will appear with Obama and Vice President Biden, who helped lead efforts to bring Specter into the party fold, at the White House this morning.
What’s funny is the claim that people were “shocked”. No one was shocked. This could possibly be the least shocking news this year. And frankly, I’m happy about it. Let’s get rid of that traitor.
It does show, though, what kind of man Arlen Specter is. Were he not losing in the primary polls to Pat Toomey, he wouldn’t have left the Republican party. You know it, I know it, and he knows it. This isn’t about principle for him — it’s about revenge. If he can’t be a Republican and keep his seat, then he’ll be a Democrat. Just back in March, Specter swore he wouldn’t switch parties. But when his seat in the Senate was threatened, he broke his promise and dropped any principles he had remaining in order to try to hang on.
This move could also give Democrats the 60th vote, too. And let’s face it — while he’s saying he won’t do anything the Democrats want him to do, he will. He’s pretty much done that already as a Republican, and as a Democrat he definitely will.
This whole thing just goes to show what a small, unprincipled, vindictive, cowardly man Arlen Specter is. He could’ve simply fought to keep his seat in the primary as a Republican, and if he was so confident in his moderate-conservative principles, then why couldn’t he have? He didn’t switch out of principle either. Had Pat Toomey not come along to challenge him, Specter would’ve been all too happy to keep that (R) by his name. So he did this out of cowardice and vengeance, as a great big f*** you to the GOP, but mainly out of desperation. And I’m not interested in having a piece of shit like him with an (R) next to his name anyways. The Democrats will warmly embrace him, so let’s just let him feel at home with his fellow unprincipled, morally bankrupt brethren. No need to weep here.
Here’s hoping that Pat Toomey wipes up the floor with him. Let’s get started now, shall we? Here’s Pat Toomey’s website. Visit often. Donate. Let’s set this spineless, two-faced hack Arlen Specter packing for good.