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Good riddance to Specter

May 1, 2009

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The return of Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party (he flipped in 1965 from “Kennedy Democrat” to Republican) is something that should be celebrated by Republicans, at least those who are proud to call themselves conservatives. Specter is a career politician whose first priority is himself.

Specter, whose predictable lament that the GOP is not the “big tent” he had been led to believe it was, now embraces a Democratic Party that is an even smaller tent. How many pro-life Democrats exercise any influence in that party? How many opponents to same-sex marriage are in the Democratic leadership? Smaller government? Lower taxes? No leading Democrat, inside or outside Congress, subscribes to such things. And yet the big media and many pundits continue the fiction that Republicans are in electoral trouble because they do not tolerate liberal ideas.

The day Democrats embrace those holding conservative ideas and implement at least some of them will be the day Republicans can be told to water down their principles. In fact, Republicans in recent years have behaved more like Democrats than Republicans and have paid the electoral price for doing so. Republicans under George W. Bush added to the size and cost of government. Republicans created new spending programs and increased the reach of the federal government in education and other areas. The major difference between Republicans and Democrats these days is this: Democrats know how to use power when they get it; Republicans, when they gain power, spend most of their political capital trying to prove they are not mean, uncaring, racist, sexist and homophobic. Republicans masquerade as Democrats and want to be liked. Democrats live to rule.

The Republican Party, much to the consternation of conservatives, saved Spec-ter’s bacon in the 2004 election. Part of Karl Rove’s strategy was to re-elect Republicans, no matter how liberal. Specter won that election thanks to the efforts of the Bush White House and gobs of Republican National Committee money that was poured into his race. How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless politician.

Specter switched parties because of the serious primary challenge he faced from conservative Pat Toomey. As recently as six weeks ago, Specter told The Hill newspaper that he would not become a Democrat because the country needs a vibrant two-party system. What happened? In a news conference, Specter acknowledged that poll data showed he would lose the primary to Toomey. He also said he was promised financial help by Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell should he convert.

The Republican Party is better off without Specter who, along with other “moderates,” has weakened the party. These RINOs (Republicans in name only) have kept the party from renewing its conservative roots and contrasting itself with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

Liberals do not win elections for Republicans. Conservatives win elections. Whenever conservatives try to placate liberals and show how sensitive and caring and in touch with the feelings and concerns of the other party they are, they lose. But when Republicans stand on principles and demonstrate conviction and give evidence that their ideas work, they win.

Yes, Arlen Specter kept his word not to let his pro-abortion views get in the way of the confirmations of Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. In return for that promise he was allowed to remain chairman of the Judiciary Committee. That was a triumph, not of Specter’s conviction, but of pragmatism. If Specter were a pro-life Democrat, the liberal wing of the party he is now entering would have stripped him of his chairmanship. Can anyone say John Dingell? The “moderate” Michigan Democrat was removed as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and replaced by the ultra-liberal, Rep. Henry Waxman of California.

Democrats play for keeps. Too often, Republicans play for good reviews from those who hate them and wish to defeat their policies. Good riddance to Specter. The Republican challenge now should be to focus on what works, not ideology, though ideology should drive successful policies. Republicans can beat Democrats on that line, but they will continue losing elections if they stress only ideological purity instead of demonstrating that their principles are superior to those of welfare state Democrats.

Specter’s self-serving switch ought to make it easier for the GOP, but will it?

Comments

preebo 5 years, 4 months ago

Cal - sounds like sour grapes to me.

Here's a deal, we'll keep Specter and you can have Lieberman.

Tomorrows article, Good Riddance to the GOP.

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labmonkey 5 years, 4 months ago

Good Riddance to Specter. I thought that he along with the two Maine Senators should have been kicked out of the party for voting for that pork-riddled "stimulus" package. I hope Toomey smokes him.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

Gone are the days when a republican can vote across the aisle for the better legislation. Now repubs are replaced with neoconservative thinkers and big campaign money flows their way.

Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

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Orwell 5 years, 4 months ago

"Republicans, at least those who are proud to call themselves conservatives" – as opposed to those who actually know what the term means.

Cal – try reviewing Barry Goldwater's attitude toward the intrusive government approach you and your Domestic Taliban buddies so regularly espouse.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 4 months ago

merrill (Anonymous) says…

"Gone are the days when a republican can vote across the aisle for the better legislation."

'Cause the Dems do that sooooo often, right, merill?

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BrianR 5 years, 4 months ago

labmonkey (Anonymous) says… "...pork-riddled “stimulus” package. I hope Toomey smokes him."

Smoked pork! Doesn't sound half bad.

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BigAl 5 years, 4 months ago

"Nancy_Boy" is a very appropriate name for you. You whine and cry like a 4th grade girl. Pathetic little Hannity wanna-be.

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BigAl 5 years, 4 months ago

With all apologies to 4th grade girls.

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webmocker 5 years, 4 months ago

"The Democratic party is evil."

By contrast, you would say the Republican party is....?

I'm with deathpenaltyliberal on this one.

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frank mcguinness 5 years, 4 months ago

Tom Shewman say's "I don't dislike Obama"

Man you flip flop more than John Kerry. It would only take 30 seconds using the search tool to prove that.

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labmonkey 5 years, 4 months ago

Tom-

Please stop posting. You make anyone who has views right of center look bad. You are nothing more than entertainment for the liberal posters here. You do nothing to help your viewpoints by posting. Sometimes I wonder if you are a closet Liberal. I mean, cmon. The Democratic Party is evil? That sounds like SNL parodying W. or Rush Limbaugh.

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salad 5 years, 4 months ago

The runaway and unchecked arrogance of the Tom Shewmon which is now on hyperdrive almost certainly will not render for him a happy ending. Remember, evil never wins. It may take some time, but evil never wins. Tom Shewmon is evil.

-fixed-

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notajayhawk 5 years, 4 months ago

duplenty (Anonymous) says…

"Um, Obama tried, nota. We've seen 100 days of “no” from the GOP, which is becoming more and more irrelevant."

Uh huh.

Obama: "I want to add another trillion dollars to the deficit immediately for something that will not help the economy but is full of pork projects, paybacks to all the groups that got me elected, and hidden social engineering agendas. Oh, and I expect you to support it."

Republicans: "We can't do that."

Thank God there's been 100 days of "no," dupie. Too bad it didn't stop him, but hey, in a few more years, the Dems won't have anyone else to blame for the country floundering in the toilet.

As to 'irrelevant,' I guess you don't keep up with the polls much, do you? According to Rasmussen, "Republicans now lead Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot."

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jonas_opines 5 years, 4 months ago

Obama: “I want to add another trillion dollars to the deficit immediately for something that will not help the economy but is full of pork projects, paybacks to all the groups that got me elected, and hidden social engineering agendas. Oh, and I expect you to support it.”

That's a direct quote, eh?

Republicans: “We can't do that (for you).”

Thought I'd spruce that up a bit for you.

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georgeofwesternkansas 5 years, 4 months ago

Arlen has been gone for a long time...

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MyName 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure as heck not going to try and stop the Republican Guards from shooting at one of their escaped inmates. This is political theater at its best.

Of course, if you actually want the Republican party to be a national party, as opposed to being a regional party of the South, you might want to consider appealing to the center in places like Pennsylvania, or New York...

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Jim Phillips 5 years, 4 months ago

Specter for Leiberman? Deal! I do agree that until the Republican party quits trying to act like Democrats, we are in deep trouble. We cannot afford to model ourselves after the Pelosi model of what the Republican Party should be. We conservatives need to get back to our roots and that will happen; sooner than many think. If that displeases you LIbs, it pleases me greatly.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

The Republican Party is better off without Specter who, along with other “moderates,” has weakened the party. These RINOs (Republicans in name only) have kept the party from renewing its conservative roots and contrasting itself with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.


very well put Cal! Specter has been a RINO for too long. let's get a real republican into that senate seat now.

remember, Specter invented "the magic bullet theory" to explain the kennedy assassination! true, look it up. what a nimrod.

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