In a completely expected and long-anticipated, unsurprising move, Arlen Specter announced today that he’s going to disenfranchise the voters of Pennsylvannia who elected a Republican to the Senate by switching his party affiliation to Democrat, and shifting the balance of power to a filibuster-proof total of 60.
I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.
Of course, most normal conservatives have found his political philosophy to be in line with Democrats for years now.
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.
Someone apparently confused “big tent” with “big spend”…
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.
Translation: Pat Toomey’s announcement recently that he’s running for the Republican nomination in the Republican senatorial primary means Specter’s RINO career in the Senate will be coming to an end shortly, so he’ll take the DNC payoff and hope to earn a committee chairmanship in the process.
I have not represented the Republican Party.
On this, we can agree.
But don’t worry, Specter says he will still oppose card-check…
My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch, which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (card check) will not change.
And we know how much Specter’s word is worth…
Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he will not run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat, but might run as an Independent.
“I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That’s the basis of politics in America. I think each of the 41 Republican senators, in a sense — and I don’t want to overstate this — is a national asset because if one was gone, you’d only have 40, the Democrats would have 60, and they would control all of the mechanisms of government. [Democrats] are trying very hard for the 60th vote. Got to give them credit for trying. But the answer is no.”
While you’re at it, can you please take Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and John McCain too? We might as well just use this opportunity to drain the swamp entirely.