Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Democrat Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter, the senior Senator from Pennsylvania and a man who was elected as a Republican since 1980, has switched parties. This now gives President Obama and the Democratic Party no check or balance with the US Senate.

Specter narrowly fended off a primary challenge in 2004 from a more fiscally conservative candidate, Pat Toomey. Toomey went on to become the Chairman for the Club for Growth. He's an announced Republican candidate for 2010 and would have trounced Specter in a primary, according to recent polling data. All this makes Specter's move look more political and less about ideology or about the Republican Party. It's all about political survival and it wreaks of political opportunism. I wonder if he'll become a Republican again if he wins reelection and the GOP retakes the Senate...

1 comment:

The Only Sensible Man Alive said...

To be fair, nobody really expects Specter to toe the line. He's made it pretty clear that he's not a free vote for cloture, and honestly,, I have no reason to think he's lying. Arlen Specter is not really a friend to Democrats. He might be more of a friend to them now than before, but that's mostly because of the shifting winds. Social conservatives hate him, and he kind of hates them. The presence in the Republican party is pretty startling, and as a proportion, it's getting higher as more disillusioned fiscals try to distance themselves from their politcally-inbred distant cousins.