Egg on establishment GOP’s faces as Specter switches parties

Posted by: ST on April 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm

WaPo’s The Fix blog is reporting that when Arlen Specter runs for reelection next year he will do so … as a Democrat:

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

“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.”

Specter as a Democrat would also fundamentally alter the 2010 calculus in Pennsylvania as he was expected to face a difficult primary challenge next year from former Rep. Pat Toomey. The only announced Democrat in the race is former National Constitution Center head Joe Torsella although several other candidates are looking at the race.

Love how he blames Republicans for allegedly moving more “to the right” than himself for his clear shift to the left over the years. He’s learned well from Democrats: Don’t take responsibility for your own decisions and actions; instead, blame everyone else.

Quips Malkin: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

Wonder how the national GOP is feeling now, since a couple of weeks ago it was reported that they were lining up to support Specter over the conservative Toomey, just like they did last time around?

Egg.Faces. Not a pretty picture.

Now more than ever is the time to get behind Toomey, especially considering the fact that Specter will be getting support from all kinds of liberal groups who will want to keep their filibuster proof majority. Go here to learn more about Pat Toomey, and to find out how you can help him in his second bid to unseat Specter.


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25 Responses to “Egg on establishment GOP’s faces as Specter switches parties”


  1. Lorica says:

    Bye Bye Dorkface. I have not liked Arlen Specter since he came up with the stupidity of the pristine bullet theory, to support the lone assassin lunacy.

    Now here is alittle tid bit I was clueless about:

    In 1965, Specter ran for District Attorney, on the Republican ticket as a registered Democrat. He handily beat incumbent Jim Crumlish, and subsequently changed his registration to Republican.

    Soooo he was never really a Republican. It seems that he has always been a shameless opportunist, much like Lincoln Chafee.

    This is good riddance to bad rubbage, I have waiting for this day to come, and it really is a joyous occasion. – Lorica

  2. steveegg says:

    To quote Capt. Louis Renault, “I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find Specter going back to his true party.”

    With or without Specter officially in their fold, the Dems did have an effective filibuster-proof majority. I ran the votes last month, and out of 10 chances the Republicans had to stop the Dems, they only stopped them once (and it was no thanks to Specter).

  3. Lorica says:

    You know maybe we should all donate to the Republican party and tell them “Good job on gettin’ rid of Specter”!!! =)) – Lorica

  4. SentientCoder says:

    The guy has been a virtual democrat for years. Now he’s making it official. No great loss.

  5. Brontefan says:

    We have enough Republicans who have problems with the conservative agenda. I already donated to Simcox’s campaign to unseat McCain–and I don’t even live in Arizona.

  6. steveegg says:

    You know maybe we should all donate to the Republican party and tell them “Good job on gettin’ rid of Specter”!!! – Lorica

    Like ST, I’d rather donate directly to Toomey. Do recall that the NRSC was going to spend its fortune to prop up Specter.

  7. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    This small tent conservative has two observations:

    1. If Specter gets the Democrat nod he is a shoo-in in November 2010 (ACORN will have his back), but first he has to get it. Honestly, I am not convinced that Specter will be re-elected as a Democrat. Specter as brain-dead RINO was a useful idiot for the Democrat cause. Specter as brain-dead Democrat becomes the Democrats’ problem. I predict that there is a 40% chance that some Democrat will challenge him anyway – and beat him in the Democrat primary.

    2. Wanna bet that the next great idea the GOP establishment cooks up is to try to keep Snowe in the fold by dumping campaign cash in her re-election efforts (in 2012, I believe)?

  8. Severian says:

    How long before the usual RINO whiners, deep in their Stockholm Syndrome, start blaming Coleman in Minnesota for all of this? Why, if he’d pulled his forelock like a good little sheep and let them seat Franken, why, Specter wouldn’t have been pressured into doing this, so now we get 61 Dems instead of 60! Just like Palin is why McCain lost!

    Hey, can’t be Spector is a weasel, it’s got to be the fault of those evil right wingers who dare to inhabit the allegedly conservative party.

  9. Skepticus says:

    Specter, like most politicians, cares first and foremost about getting elected.

    If you think a committed conservative like Toomey has a snowball’s chance of winning statewide in PA, you’re just kidding yourself. The Democrats learned their lesson the hard way, making room for moderates in states that don’t follow the liberal line. See Nelson, Landrieu, Lincoln and others.

    If Republicans insist on conservative purity, there might be 35 or 36 Republican senators in 2011. Think what Obama will do then.

  10. Neo says:

    Obviously, Patrick J. Leahy isn’t about to give up his chairmanship at Judiciary and with today’s announcement, Specter can’t keep the Rank Member position, so what exactly did Specter gain in the short run ?
    Shouldn’t he have waited till the filing deadline in PA before announcing ?

    For Pennsylvanians, Specter gave up his pivotal position that could have given him incredible leverage in the Senate just so he could run again.

  11. RickinTexas says:

    I don’t care (R) or (D) as long as it’s not

  12. Serfer62 says:

    Send it direct to the candidate so as steele (Rap for the people)can’t select another rino.
    I send to Mcnastys competitor and next is to Toomey.

  13. steveegg says:

    The Democrats learned their lesson the hard way, making room for moderates in states that don’t follow the liberal line. See Nelson, Landrieu, Lincoln and others.

    Once the Nelsons, Landrieus, and Lincolns get to DC, they govern like Pelosi. In fact, that’s the game that Tom Daschle played for years; pretend to be a moderate back “home” and be one of the most-liberal Senators in DC.

  14. Carlos says:

    “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right.”

    Actually, no, Mr. Honorable Senator, sir, the Republican Party has moved slightly to the left as a whole. It is you, sir, who has moved precipitously, and that to the left.

    And Neo, “so what exactly did Specter gain in the short run ?”, just follow the money. Good advice any time one is discussing the ways and means of any politician, from local councilman to POTUS.

  15. Dana says:

    Dear George W Bush and Rick Santorum: Your staunch support of Arlen Specter in his 2004 primary campaign against Pat Toomey has just been repaid.

  16. Carlos is correct: the GOP elite have moved to the left as a whole. Specter just happened to move more then most. He, and they, have lost their bearings while looking for quick wins and appeasement, which gets them nothing.

  17. Exactly right, Dana.

  18. James Stack says:

    Really the Specter of hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  19. Nina says:

    How farther right can you move from Reagan? If he was elected in the Reagan revolution he was in the wrong revolution. Maybe he can convince McCain to go with him. Please don’t forget the twisted sisters.

  20. Carlos says:

    Just goes to show what the Republican “leaders” at the RNC really are. Thanks guys. It’s “leaders” like you that led to the drubbing the party’s taken since ’06! You really know your “followers”, don’tcha?

    Why should anyone vote for your guys when they can vote for a real donkey anyway?

  21. Kate says:

    Arlen Spector is all about power…ego and arrogance. If you follow this man around PA he has a huge entourage ready to massage and pander to whoever shows up.

    He is doing this basically for the power. He knows he barely beat Toomey in the last primary and he got the latest “polls” that say he is behind with Toomey in the primary race. He has gotten reelected here in PA because of his LIBERAL slant.

    He “left” the GOP and now he slams the GOP for going extremely to the right? Right wing extremist…sounds like he agrees with Napolitano’s memo.

    Time for this RINO to be put out to pasture…

  22. Lorica says:

    Just to expound upon Dana and Carlos’ thoughts. GW was saved by conservative voters in both 2000 & 2004, but each time he always caucused for the moderate thinking that they would appeal to both sides. Well in 2000 we had a 50/50 split in the Senate, which was lost by jumpin’ Jim Jeffords. In 2002 we won back the majority which was hit broadside in 2004 as GW was backing more moderate candidates, which some of the stupidest laws were coming from. In 2006 we lost our majority and in 2008 we surrendered both majorities and the presidency. Seems to me the further to the left our candidates went the fewer votes they got, and McCain got the drumming of a lifetime from a guy who’s only attribute was the color of his skin.

    As I have said, Good Bye Mr. Specter, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. True conservatism is it’s own moderation. Who wants the government to intrude into our daily lives. Very few people want the big brother government that we seem to be getting these days, but yet the party that supports this type of government is winning so maybe if someone was bright enough, they could figure out what the people already know, Give the people a true and definable difference and let the voters make the choice. – Lorica

  23. Carlos says:

    “Give the people a true and definable difference and let the voters make the choice.”

    Truer words were never spoken, Lorica. What Steele, McCain, even people like Romney don’t realize is that the color or print of the cloth makes no difference, it’s the cut.

    They are certainly welcome in the party; just don’t run us into oblivion with the vision of the anointed (thank you, Mr. Sowell), with your double-talk, lies and the assumption we are stupid (thank you, Mr. Cain) and only you know what’s good for us.