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Old 04-28-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Specter to become Democrat

April 28, 2009, 12:13 pm

Specter To Switch Parties
By Carl Hulse
Ryan McFadden/Reading Eagle, via Associated Press Senator Arlen Specter faced a tough primary race against former Representative Pat Toomey.
Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said on Tuesday he would switch to the Democratic party, potentially presenting Democrats with a possible 60th vote and the power to break Senate filibusters as they try to advance the Obama administration’s new agenda.

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to
become Democrats,” Mr. Specter said in a statement. “I now find my political philosophy more in line
with Democrats than Republicans.”

Mr. Specter, the long-time Republican party maverick, faced a difficult re-election next year, against conservative opponent Pat Toomey, the former Pennsylvania representative.

If Al Franken prevails in his ongoing court case in Minnesota and Mr. Specter begins caucusing with Democrats, Democrats would have 60 votes and the ability to deny Republicans the chance to stall legislation. Mr. Specter was one of only three Republicans to support President Obama’s economic recovery legislation.

Democrat leaders expressed their enthusiasm. President Obama was handed a note from an aide at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday during his daily economic briefing. The note, according to a senior administration official, said: “Specter is announcing he is changing parties.”

Seven minutes later, Mr. Obama reached Mr. Specter by telephone. In a brief conversation, the president said: “You have my full support,” according to the official who heard the phone call. The president added that we are, “thrilled to have you.”

“We will welcome him with open arms,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...pagemode=print

(He was facing a potentially tough primary fight. I'm delighted to have him as a democrat. Always liked Specter)
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"I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," said Specter in a statement. "I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election."

He added: "Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

President Obama was informed of Specter's decision at around 10:25 a.m., according to White House officials, and reached out to the senator minutes later to tell him "you have my full support," and we are "thrilled to have you."
This is good news.



Good for him.


The GOP was gunning for him. They would have probably taken him out in the primary and handed his seat over to the Democrats.

This way there will be a moderate serving, that is capable of some compromise.


Add this to the Franken win in Minnesota and it looks like the GOP will not be able prevent Judicial appointments.
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yet another patriot is seduced by socialism.
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What would Rush do?

Anyway, clearly Specter saw the writing on the wall.

Barring major disasters, he's probably a shoe-in for re-election next year.
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W, the gift that keeps giving.
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I don't think he gets it. The reason he's been losing in the primary polls is not because he's a Republican. It's because he voted for the stimulus package. Clearly, PA (or at least the Republicans) doesn't want that. And he thinks switching is going to help his re-election? I'm not so sure.

He'll be 80 next year. Time to toss him out anyways.
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I don't think the GOP gets it.

Reading a few blogs. I have seen this written, more or less, dozens of times.

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I will donate money to anyone who runs against Arlen Specter, Olympia Snow, and Susan Collins. They are RINOs. Republicans in name only.
A few of them throw in McCain, too.


These Senators will have heavy attacks from pro-life, pro gun, conservative groups in the primaries.
Their States would probably prefer a moderate over a conservative to represent them.

Perhaps Collins and Snow should consider leaving this current Republican Party.
They are no longer welcome in a party that once had plenty of room for moderates.
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Yeah I don't think the GOP gets it either.

Like I've said before they seem heavily divided these days and no real direction. You have the "we're the real conservative group" that doesn't want stimulus but doesn't have an alternative plan, the religious nuts that say they don't want big government but really do, moderates, and then those spend big on wars but cut taxes group. Some want to kick out the religious nuts, some want to kick out the moderates, and some just want to make sure we kick the Mexicans out.
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and some just want to make sure we kick the Mexicans out.
*sigh*

You want to re-think this?

This is from the same guy that uses the word "ignorance" in seemingly every other post about conservatives.
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it does seem inarguable that the GOP is becoming the party of Dixie.
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Some see this move as heroic, others calculating.

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Perhaps Collins and Snow should consider leaving this current Republican Party.
They are no longer welcome in a party that once had plenty of room for moderates.
No doubt.

The GOP seems to want to purge all non-purists and then permanently relegate it self to being a southern party drawing a fraction of the vote. As time marches on towards modernity, they are digging in deeper to stay in the past.

Very foolish.
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*sigh*

You want to re-think this?

This is from the same guy that uses the word "ignorance" in seemingly every other post about conservatives.
It was a tongue in cheek reference to all those that showed up to the tea parties spouting off about immigration.
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Some see this move as heroic, others calculating.

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lol, you could say that about just about anything that happens in politics.






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