Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What Does Specter's Switch Say About The Democratic Party?

I ran across this article from Newsweek:

Specter Switches Parties; Says GOP Has Changed

The over riding question for the article is: What does Specter's switch say about the Republican Party? The inference is that Specter left because the party has changed.

This article, along with the rest of the far left media, is painting Specter as a loyal Republican who is discouraged by changes in the party. Some Dem leaders have gone as far as calling him a "prominent" Republican.


He voted 60% of the time with Democrats.

He spent most of the Bush administration attacking Bush.

He has been nearly as contemptuous of the military as any other Democrat.

Personally, I think calling him a moderate Democrat is a stretch. Specter, along with his fellow liberal "Republicans" Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have not been standing firm against the so-called neocons and trying to preserve the traditions of the party, they have been an embarrassment.

No, the Republican Party did not leave Arlen Specter, Arlen Specter left the Republican Party because he was going to be beaten by a real Republican in the 2010 primary.

So the question is not what does this mean about the GOP, we're still here standing by our principles. The real question is, what does this say about the Democratic Party.

It is no small coincidence that Specter is being welcomed with open arms by the party of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Charlie Rangel etc.

Bill Clinton wouldn't know a principle if it fell on him. His entire Presidency was marked by endless sleaze, governance by polls, and changing opinions based on the polls and how much trouble he had gotten into at the time.

Barack Obama, coming into the White House with a promise of "Change", has managed to put together one of the most corrupt cabinets ever. Few of his nominees have paid all of their taxes. One would be challenged to name a single nominee that didn't have to explain some indiscretion. From tax trouble, to bribery scandals, to grossly underestimating relationships with controversial figures, the terms "accounting mistake" "misspoken" and "reporting error" have become the new catch phrases of the Democratic Party.

Specter's fellow Congressional members Dodd, Frank, etc, etc have all been highly critical of Bush and the GOP while running their own little scams with our banking industry. In the mean time Pelosi is turning a blind eye to an endless series of scandals by her charges from the aforementioned Rangel and Frank on down the line.

With his lack of principles and say and do anything to get re-elected personality, I think Arlen Specter is finding himself among friends these days.


Left Coast Rebel said...

I agree with Newsweek and Specter in that the GOP has changed. I just don't agree in their version of 'change.' I think that the GOP on opposition is finding it's conservative roots. Hopefully. Remember the 100% 'no' vote in the House for Obama's 'stimulus'? I like my guys fighting for what is right, purge the party of the liberals....then we can rebuild the country

Flavor Country said...

Honestly, it's a little bit of both. the GOP has become more conservative and he knows with his voting record and age his time has come and gone with them.

This really means nothing for the Dems. He won't vote with them all the time and the other conservative Dems will not always side with him either, so this 60 filibuster proof crap is no reality.

Finally this says nothing about the Dems other than they will take all the teammates they can get, the republican would welcome any Dem who wanted to switch parties in a heartbeat.

shoprat said...

He did it to survive. He knows the GOP is moving to the right and he refuses to move with it. I hope his gamble, which is what it is, backfires badly. I suspect it will.

cube said...

Specter was a democrat in the 60's and only became a republican for political expediency. He switched back to democrat for the same reason and it was looking like he'd lose the Philadelphia primary against Toomy. I think his switch says more about Specter's character than the GOP.

Reaganite Republican Resistance said...

I enjoy your blog Chuck, you're a good guy...we have a lot of views in common.

BUT I gotta tell ya: I'm a lifelong Buckeyes fan, lol.

Everybody knows he did it because he was down 21% in the polls leading-up to the GOP primary for his seat- and Joey Pluggs made a deal with him- he already admitted as-such. The sad truth is that this hack has spent three decades in the Senate, while accomplishing little.

And Barack and him have a lot in common- as unprincipled political opportunists. I'm sure they'll get along just great.

Actually, I would vote for PHIL Spector over Arlen- seems like a more stable and trustworthy individual, lol.

Just a little over a month ago, the Senator said in an interview that he wouldn't switch parties due to the importance of checks and balances.

And back in 2001, Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, proposed a rule forbidding party switches... her was upset when Vt Sen. Jim Jeffords’ left the GOP to become an independent.

Who knows what the truth is with this guy, you'll never get it from him.

With all due respect, Senator- don't let the door hit your butt on the way out. Nobody on our side's going to miss you.

Alexa said...

Good points. Everyone's saying how the Republican party's moved to the right, but what about the giant leap to the left the Democrats have taken with Obama-Reid-Pelosi?! Sure, they're moderate and we're far right...if you're a socialist!

EatYourOkra said...

I just hope he's telling the truth when he says he'll vote against the Employee Free Choice Act.

Democrats see Specter's leaving the Republican Party as a sign that the GOP is falling apart. They like to paint Republicans as intolerant. Just because people have the freedom to do something doesn't make it right.

EatYourOkra said...

...doesn't make EVERYTHING what I meant to say.

Mustang said...

Variant(s): or spec•tre
Function: noun
Etymology: French spectre, from Latin spectrum appearance, specter, from specere to look, look at — more at SPY
Date: 1605
1 : a visible disembodied spirit : GHOST 2 : something that haunts or perturbs the mind : PHANTASM (the specter of hunger)

Yep ... that about describes Sen. Specter: a disembodied jerk wad.

Chuck said...

Left Coast, good point. They seem to be finding their voice.

Flavor, I do agree that it's not gouing to make a huge difference in the count. Truth is he already voted with them on a lot of things. I'm not saying the GOP wouldn't take anyone, they have become whores too. The point I'm trying to make is it's kind of a birds of a feather with the current crop of Dems we have.

Shoprat, I don't think political survival is a good enough reason to compromise your principles. This is likely the reason I am not a politician. (that and I'm not pretty enough) What I am saying is he made clear he does not have principles. There are a lot of candidates on either side that would do better as a candidate from the other side, a Dem in a conservative district or vice versa. The bottom line is they don't.

Cube, he's been a Democrat all along, he just finally came out of the closet. So to speak.

Reaganite, welcome and thanks for stopping by. Great comment and good points. Word today though is that there is already one Dem congressman that has said he will likely run against Specter. I think a good opponent will easily defeat him in the primary. It will be easy to paint him as untrustworthy, or more importantly, gasp, a Republican.

As far as this:

BUT I gotta tell ya: I'm a lifelong Buckeyes fanYou seem so normal. But don't worry, we welcome all types here. We even have a liberal that I call friend. It doesn't get wierder than that.

Alexa, as I am responding Charles Krauthammer is on Special Report. This is his take on Specter (paraphrase)

Specter was happy under Reagan and the party has moved to the center over the last 20 years. To suggest the Republican Party has moved to the right is Specter's usual unprincipled hackeryNobody can put things in perspective like Krauthammer

Okra, he says he won't vote for the Employee Free Choice Act, why wouldn't you trust him? I actually wonder if the Dems are trying that hard on this. They may pass it but I often think they are just making noise about these issues to keep the special intersts groups happy knowing they can't really pass it.

Mustang, thanks

mksviews said...

From what i've read elsewhere about this fellow, good riddance to a sack of crap.

Enjoy the company of vipers and scumbags, a word of advice though, watch your back, amongst the left. They're a nasty bunch at the best of times and eventually they'll lose interest in their new toy.

Larry T. Durham said...

Specter is a complete idiot. I nailed him on my blog too.

That's funny Mustang.

shoprat said...

Political survival is not a good enough reason for people of integrity, but it is sufficient reason for most politicians.

Chuck said...

MK, well said

Larry, I caught your post, good read

Shoprat, you are right there

Z said...

Oh, geeeZ, Chuck. You're right; you not only blogged the same think but the slant was exactly the same as mine...."Specter is characterless and unprincipled...of COURSE he's comfortable only among Democrats!"

Always On Watch said...

Barack Obama, coming into the White House with a promise of "Change", has managed to put together one of the most corrupt cabinets ever. Few of his nominees have paid all of their taxes. One would be challenged to name a single nominee that didn't have to explain some indiscretion.Chicago politics has come to America. And Specter couldn't wait to jump on board. He's never had much integrity in the first place.

Chuck said...

Z, funny huh?

AOW, Chicago has come to DC