Quick Show of Hands, Who Didn’t See This Coming?

The wilderness just got a little more woolly my friends…

I’ve got this sickening sense of deja vu, only it’s worse this time. Am I the only one who thinks there needs to be a Constitutional amendment to put a stop to this?

You don’t have to be able to read the stitches on the fastball to see why he’s jumping ship. Unlike some other states, if you lose a primary in PA, you’re done.

I don’t buy his “purifying” excuse for a second, for obvious reasons. As Michael Steele pointed out, the RNC went to the mat for Specter last cycle, and this is how he repays them? He’s not a “moderate.” Like so many others who claim that brand, he’s just an opportunist grasping for power.

That said, purge em’ all? As much as it pains me, I have to disagree with Rush and Senator DeMint (although this is a disgrace).

The problem is not that politicians like Specter are in the Republican party. To a certain extent, there will always be areas where milquetoast is as good as it gets. Even Specter is better than almost any Democrat, if only for the fact that his “R” counts in our number when determining who controls Congress. The problem is that the conservative plurality within the Republican party lets people like Specter wield any power. I’m all for the “big tent,” as long as we’ve got a firm hold on the center stake.

So yes, lets be angry about this betrayal. And let’s use that anger to motivate ourselves to never let another “moderate” win a primary in a race where a real conservative has a fighting chance.

And as for 2010,keep your powder dry Pennsylvanians…

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One thought on “Quick Show of Hands, Who Didn’t See This Coming?

  1. The ethical move would be to resign and run for reelection in a new party, which is precisely what Phil Gramm did as a Congressman in the 1980s. In fact, see below for a reference to Gramm’s character, taken from Senator Specter’s disapproving comments after Jim Jefford’s similar move 9 years ago:

    “Senator PHIL GRAMM faced this issue when he decided to switch parties. He resigned his seat, which he had won as a Democrat, and ran for reelection as a Republican. As he told me, his last vote in January 1983 was for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and he voted for Tip O’Neill with the view that he was elected as a Democrat and should vote that way on organizational control. Even though, he intended to become a Republican and would have preferred another person to be Speaker.”

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