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.
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…