Specter: An Opportunist Guilty of
April 29, 2009
US Sen. Arlen
Specter (R-PA) announced this week that he was switching political
he said that he was doing so because he didn’t want to be "judged by
the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate," the same electorate he
courted in his last election. But later, after he realized his statement
depicted him as an ungrateful political opportunist, he said his
based on the idea that the Republican Party – which has moved more
to the center in recent years – has "moved too far to the Right.” The
truth is that Specter is a political opportunist who has literally
thrown his constituency under the bus just to save his political career.
In the political sense, he is a traitor.
The element of surprise surrounding this announcement comes in that he
chose a time when the Republican Party can least afford to lose even one
from their ranks. With anti-American, neo-Marxist Al Franken likely to
be seated as the junior senator from Minnesota and the two Independent
senators, Joseph Lieberman (CT) and Bernie Sanders (VT), voting with
Democrats on social issues, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
have their "last man needed” to advance social programs that will
redefine the authority of the American government and literally cripple
the economy. Arlen Specter has handed Barack Obama the total of his
agenda for at least the next two years and there isn’t a damn thing the
Republicans can do about it.
In Specter’s formal announcement – in other words, after Specter’s
political spin doctors crafted an excuse for his narcissistic,
self-serving party switch – he said:
"Since my election in 1980...the
Republican Party has moved far to the right...I now find my political
philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."
Really? The current Republican
Party is now more to the right than during the Reagan Era? The
spendthrift Republican Party of the 2000-2004 Era is more to the right
of Newt Gingrich’s Republican Party of the Conservative Revolution and
Contract with America? Is anyone buying this line of garbage?
The sad, despicable truth of the matter is that Specter switched parties
because he was going to have his butt handed to him on a platter in the
Pennsylvania Republican Primary Election, courtesy of Pat Toomey, former
president of the
Club for Growth, an organization that promotes a low-tax and
limited-government agenda. Specter’s political treason had nothing to do
with ideology, but has everything to do with political longevity.
Not too long ago, former DNC Chairman and current Pennsylvania Governor,
Ed Rendell, let it be known that Democrats had been courting Specter
to switch parties. Rendell is even quoted as saying that he, Sen. Bob
Casey (D-PA) and Vice President Joe Biden had all tried to persuade
Specter into turning his back on the Republican Party. At the time,
Specter responded that "he didn’t want to see Republican moderates
vanish from the face of the Earth.” With Specter’s announcement, it
would be fair to assume this sentiment was based in opportunism and
advanced as pure rhetoric.
Republicans were already well aware that he was less a Republican and
more a Democrat. He voted for the stimulus package, which was vehemently
opposed by all but three "Republicans,” and over the years Specter
amassed a voting record that found him voting with the opposition party
almost 50% of the time. And he begged to ride President Bush’s coattails
in 2004 for the fact that he was so disliked by core Republican voters
in Pennsylvania. But Republicans were in no position to be subjected to
defection after November of 2008. With an almost super-majority in the
House and now a virtual filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, nothing
stands between Barack Obama and the realization of some of the most
fiscally irresponsible and constitutionally destructive legislative
measures ever to be imposed on our nation.
Like it or not, the United States of America is now a one-party
government run by the radical Left. And while, in the end, the blame for
this predicament rests with those who were distracted by the "bright
shiny thing”; who naively voted for the hollow rhetoric of "hope” and
"change,” we could have had at least a fighting chance through the use
of the filibuster to maintain the liberties and freedoms, the rights
bequeathed to us to safeguard, had the traitor Specter honored the
Pennsylvania electorate’s ballot determination. With his political
treason – and that is exactly what it is when you consider the fact that
Pennsylvania voted in a Republican senator in Specter – he has usurped
the authority of the people and the authority of the ballot box to
further his political career, electorate be damned.
to wonder how many political "pieces of silver” the traitor Specter
received for selling out his constituency for a political party.
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