I grew up in Pennsylvania and as a Republican voter and activist in the state during my yoot, we would always grumble that Arlen Specter only cared about Pennsylvania every 6 years.Â The other 5 years, he would just melt into the Washington Elite.
So while his announcement today shocked me, I can’t say I’m surprised.Â The man’s only principle has always been self-preservation.Â I can’t name one thing that Arlen Specter has ever stood for …. except Arlen Specter.
His own statement is quite telling and reinforces what I’ve always thought about him:
â€œI have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. 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.â€
Yeah, it is just TERRIBLE to have the VOTERS decide on your future in office or your past (stupid) record.Â UGH!Â Such an arrogant sense of political entitlement.Â It drives me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOProud reacts to the turncoat’s decision:
“The decision by Arlen Specter (PA) to leave the Republican Party to become a Democrat is an example of Washington politics at its worst. In order to save protect his political future; Senator Specter was willing to trade away complete and unchecked control over federal policy to Congressional liberals.
“We echo the sentiments of Chairman Michael Steele, who earlier stated: â€˜Let’s be honest-Senator Specter didn’t the leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.’
“We are hopeful that the voters of Pennsylvania will see through this cynical political smoke screen.”
Let’s hope.Â I’d be willing to donate to a DEMOCRAT to challenge Arlen in the DEMOCRAT primary!Â How about it, Ed Rendell?Â Pleeeeeeeeeeeeze?
Good riddance, Senator Specter.Â I always figured you were a Democrat anyway.Â It is about time