In an absolutely stunning (but entirely predictable) display of moral cowardice, Arlen Specter (RINO, Pa) has told Republicans who supported his liberal thinking agenda and went to bat for him to the tune of millions in Republican campaign funds amd endorsements to cram it with walnuts:
I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.
I strongly challenge the statement that Specter has done ANYTHING of substance for the Republican party. He has been consistently ranked as one of the most liberal Senators — even out-liberal-ing many Democrats. Once in a while he was there for a key vote, but only after a ton of cajoling, glad-handing, and even the occasional arm-twisting to get him to the table. Just the fact that Specter is flying the coop just when the Democraps can make it worth his while by his being the key “60th vote”, making Obama’s Agenda Filibuster-proof — shows what a sunshine patriot this phony truly is.
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.
Yes, and that far-right move was instituted by and implented by Ronald Reagan, jerk. This took you 29 years to acknowledge, Captain Dimbulb??
When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.
“Pardon me while I try to cover my butt here . . . ”
Since then, I have traveled the state, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.
I have decided to run for reelection in 2010 in the Democratic primary.
“And I’m going to blame it all on the Stimulus Bill that I just spen two minutes defending.” Say, WHAT now? “I am not willing to be judged . . . by the people who elected me and whom I am supposed to represent”??? Are you kidding me, Captain Imbecile?
To echo many other commentators, “Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.” Good riddance to bad rubbish, indeed.
This has a lot more to do with Specter’s Poll numbers than anything else.
Longtime Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter trails former Congressman Pat Toomey 41 – 27 percent in a Republican primary for the 2010 Senate race, with 28 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released March 25.
Overall Pennsylvania voters have a 45 – 31 percent favorable opinion of Sen. Specter, but he gets a 47 – 29 percent unfavorable score from Republicans. The Republican gets a 60 – 16 percent thumbs up from Democrats and a 41 – 35 percent positive from independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
Voters approve 52 – 33 percent of the job Specter is doing, with a 71 – 16 percent positive from Democrats and a 41 – 37 percent boost from independent voters, off-setting a 52 – 36 percent disapproval from Republicans. This is Specter’s highest approval among Democrats and lowest approval among Republicans since Quinnipiac University began polling Pennsylvania in 2002.
Specter’s support of President Barack Obama’s Stimulus Package wins 87 – 6 percent support from Democrats and 56 – 38 percent support from independent voters, while Republican voters disapprove 70 – 25 percent.
He screwed up; he knows it; he hasn’t got a prayer in the Republican Primary, so he’s bolting. The rest is all bullcrap verbiage. Congratulations on your Senator there, Pennsylvania.
Now you may be wondering about that first sentence out of Specter’s mouth, that “I have been a Republican since 1966.” Wel,, I was too — and guess what Wikipedia found?
in short, he ran as the Republican nominee in 1965, and only changed party affiliation the next year after he won the election. Oh yeah — THERE’s a guy with a spine, eh?
Or not. What do I know?
Note to Senator Specter: do you have any idea how many potential Democrap candidates you’ve just pissed off with this announcement?
You don’t need to watch your back from the republicans — you know where we stand. But I wouldn’t turn around in Obama’s presence, if you know what I mean . . . A turncoat is a turncoat.