Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter to become Democrat

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    Apr 28, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Story Highlights

    Pennsylvania Republican has been in the Senate for five terms

    Move would give Democrats 60-seat majority if Franken takes office

    Republicans have been angry over his support of stimulus plan

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/28/specter.party.switch/index.html

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    Apr 28, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    I was just going to post this when I noticed that you already had. Good news.
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    Apr 28, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    While Specter is one of my favorite Republicans I am a little sad to see this happen.

    Polling showed him losing his primary to Pat Toomey by 20-points. Toomey couldn't win in a general against even a generic Democrat. Which means come 2011 we would have had another real democrat instead of another blue dog.

    Oh well. Still better than Santorum.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 28, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    I was about to post this to RJ and am glad Cas made the move.
    Glad... very glad to see this. Important for a number of reasons.. I'm sure changing demographics was one of them (for his own political survival), but
    it carries alot of weight. I certainly welcome the senator...

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    Apr 28, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    The democrats carry all the responsibility now. If things don't look up soon 2012 could just be a reversal back to republican control.
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    Apr 28, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    I was just going to post this, too. But I beat myself to it. Good going, Caslon
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    Apr 28, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI was going to post this myself.

    Wow. Just wow.


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  • Webster666

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    Apr 28, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    Well, he's slimy for switching parties just so he could hold onto a seat in the Senate. He's 79 years old ! Retire and give somebody else a job.
    But, if he'll vote with the Democrats most of the time, that's a good thing. It looks like Al Franken will be running for re-election before he ever takes office. LOL.
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    Apr 28, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    Somehow I missed this thread, posted the same item, have asked RJ to delete mine.

    But fantastic news, hope it signals the ultimate collapse of the Republican Party. Perhaps a few more moderates will now join the Dems, too, and put the last nails in the coffin.
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    Apr 28, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    So he's using the Democrats for his own political survival, and the Democrats are using him in order to gain their majority. Politics at its finest.

    He said, "I will not be an automatic 60th vote."

    I will literally LOL if, during the primary next year, the PDP and DNC throw their money and support behind whatever schlub chooses to challenge him in order to get them that "automatic 60th vote".
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    Apr 28, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    FlopShotBrad saidHe said, "I will not be an automatic 60th vote."

    I will literally LOL if, during the primary next year, the PDP and DNC throw their money and support behind whatever schlub chooses to challenge him in order to get them that "automatic 60th vote".

    I heard him declare his independence from being the automatic 60th vote. And I could see the necessity of that statement for his ego and to maintain the image that he wasnt just jumping parties to keep his job. But I also realized that the Dems have pretty big clout to keep him in line.....he is going to want to the chairman of some significant committee next year. If he doesnt show enough party line loyalty, that wont happen. So he will declare his independence today ....and then calculate his actions in the future for their impact on his career. ...IMHO.
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    Apr 28, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    This is interesting. Spector used to be a Democrat before he switched to Republican before he just switched back to Democrat. ... icon_lol.gif
  • GQjock

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    Apr 29, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    You know what happens when a merchant ship sinks?

    .... all the rats on board start jumpin' overboard

    The Republican party is sinking into an oblivion of hypocrisy and religion
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    Apr 29, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    GQjock saidYou know what happens when a merchant ship sinks?

    .... all the rats on board start jumpin' overboard

    The Republican party is sinking into an oblivion of hypocrisy and religion

    Hear, hear!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    As happy as I am to see the repuGlican party, (As in repuGnant), get dealt yet another deserved blow....I hate the fact that this man, (or anyone), is allowed to switch parties before an election.
    Even though he was voted into office by the by moronic repuGlicans, it's not fair to those people not to get the representation they voted for. I don't agree with this being allowed for either party to do.
    However.....I am bloody thrilled that this hurts the RWcN party!! (RWcN = Right Wing christian Nazi) LOL!!!! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 29, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I always thought he had an appropriate name for a politician. Having said that, I once met him and we had a nice conversation about the great leadership of Dubya. icon_redface.gif Maybe if I meet him again we'll get to talk about Obama, a dem.
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    Apr 29, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    Cas mentioned this, and, I saw on Hardball tonight, that my state senator was once a Democrat back in the early to mid-Sixties. Wow.
    However, this is really not all that much of a surprise. There have been rumblings about his switch back for years - it's just that nobody really believed he would do it. The timing now makes sense, given a number things that I believe go beyond the Toomey Primary Poll numbers.