Why Specter Deserves Zero Sympathy Or Good Will
I see another RINO is tearing up over Arlend Specters defection. Sen. Snowe has an OpEd in the NYT.
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.
It was as though beginning with Senator Jeffords’s decision, Republicans turned a blind eye to the iceberg under the surface, failing to undertake the re-evaluation of our inclusiveness as a party that could have forestalled many of the losses we have suffered.
What she fails to understand is that it is the moderateness of the party is what has lead to our loss of seats. Out of control pending, corruption, and unaccountability are what has led us to the minority, with a smattering of war fatigue. Yes, the spending was due to the party having a big tent. We did try to buy votes when we were in the majority. We had to throw a few billion in here and there to keep our moderates like Snowe and Specter happy enough to vote with the party they called home.
Well, in Specter’s case, he is dead to me. If he is upset about the Republican party realizing it is supposed to at least try to stand up for what it tells its base it supports, why’d he decide to join the party that is as equally “extreme”?
Why didn’t Specter become an independent? Why does he feel the need to attack the GOP?
Folks, this is why we can’t bend over backwards for RINOs. Millions of Republican dollars were spent on Specter over the last election. IN my opinion he owes it back since he didn’t just distance himself from the party that got him elected, he is attacking the Republican party and has joined our opponents. He said he never represented the GOP.
And I will repeat, that’s why we can’t bend over backwards for RINOs.
He could have gone Independent, but he chose to stick it to the party he owes his 5 terms, 34 years, in the US Senate to. With out the GOP he wouldn’t be a lifer. His forced retirement proximity alarm was flashing since he has finally done enough to harm the Republican agenda, that he was trailing badly in the primary, 2 YEARS BEFORE THE ELECTION, and switched to be a Democrat so he could get reelected.
Could be simple enough, except he is lobbing grenades at the GOP. He could have just become an independent, but instead he aims to harm the GOP.
I encourage everyone to send Pat Toomey some cash. Toomey is the guy who scared Specter out of the party with such extreme things as standing up for the principles of the party. He’s the guy that is going to send Specter into forced retirement.