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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Arlen Specter completes his metamorphosis

No real surprise here, but the worst part is, it may give the Democrats their 60 vote filibuster:

Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democrat
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told colleagues Tuesday that he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party, Sen. Harry Reid says.

The Specter party switch would give Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

"Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right," Specter said in a statement posted by his office on PoliticsPA.com. [...]

He was trailing in the polls as a Republican, so I suspect switching parties mostly expediency. Anything to stay in the game. Thanks Arlen, for Nothing.

Now as for the filibuster predicament we now find ourselves in, I partly blame conservative pundits like Michelle Malkin and the rest of them. They urged conservatives not to vote for moderate Republicans, and they followed that advice. Here in Oregon, many of the conservatives voted for the Constitution Party instead. As a result, we lost Gordon Smith, our Republican senator. If he had been supported and won, we would not be in this predicament.

The "Uber" Conservatives wanted to purge moderates from the party, and they have succeeded. They wanted All Their Way or Nothing, and they got it. Michelle and the rest, Thanks for Nothing.

Welcome to the The Incredible Shrinking Party.
     

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