Update(02): Never let it be said that I do not listen to my readers ...
One asked me what I would have Specter do?
The answer is simple. Resign your office and run under your new party's designation thus giving the people you serve, your constituents, the final say on your party affiliation.
And one said that I slandered hard working honest whores -- I will retract my former usage and denote Arlen Specter as a quisling.
"Quisling, after Norwegian politician Vidkun Quisling, who assisted Nazi Germany to conquer his own country, is a term used to describe traitors ...
Yes the language may be harsh, but it is appropriate considering that the Obama Administration is bent on enlarging government, raising taxes, reducing personal liberties and moving the country towards European socialism -- complete with lack of economic growth, high unemployment, toxic employee unions and a weakened military. To become the final vote in sealing the deal for total democrat control of the Senate and to turn your back on 28 years of Republicanism -- all for self-preservation in the political arena is dispicable and should be noted as such. In my opinion, to allow President Obama to campaign for or with him in the 2010 election cycle would be the ultimate "finger" to his constituents, to his party and to his country.
Update(01): What we have here is a political whore -- engaging in the politics of personal preservation, rather than acting out of principle or on behalf of his constituency. A professional politician who claims that after 28 years of service, he was "not prepared to have that record obliterated by the conservative primary electorate."
Can this man be trusted in any party? Probably not! Once a turncoat, always a turncoat. Like supporting the worst and most costly piece of legislation in the history of the United States in exchange for what?
Original blog post ...
Surprise! Arlen Specter (R-PA) is about to switch parties to become a democrat in the 2010 election cycle. Considering his past liberal votes, often against his own Republican Party, one should not be surprised or shocked by this revelation being reported by Human Events.
“HUMAN EVENTS has learned from staff sources that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa) is about to announce his switch to the Democratic Party.”
“Specter, a five-term Republican and ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is facing a tough primary challenge next year from former Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. He was one of the three Republicans to support President Obama’s stimulus bill, and his liberal approach to many issues -- from his devoted opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork to his support for illegal alien amnesty programs -- earned him a low ACU rating of 43 in 2006. This switch will give the Democrats their 60-seat filibuster-proof majority.”
Should he be sued by his constituents and donors?
Specter’s announcement might be actionable on the grounds that he allegedly misrepresented his intentions and allegiance when running for office and collecting donations from voters and others who believed his candidacy was based on his support of the Republican Party. Fraud, misrepresentation and taking money under false pretenses comes to mind.
Should he be recalled and an emergency election held?
Considering that the voters of his state voted for a candidate based on his representations that he would faithfully execute his office as a Republican, might it not be reasonable, especially considering his past voting records, to now remove him from office based on his alleged material false statements of support for the Republican Party.
Should he be deemed a “pariah” in both parties?
Considering a Senator must, first and foremost, be a person of their word, is it not logical to assume that once a person is declared a “turncoat” that they can no longer be trusted to faithfully execute the duties of any office?
Will the Republican Party immediately revoke his party membership and sanction him for the obvious misrepresentation of his position?
Another Arnold Schwarzenegger?
By all accounts, Specter was considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) much like California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who often appoints democrats to high positions in his administration, appoints termed-out democrats to lucrative boards and commissions, fails to veto outrageous democrat spending and, in my opinion, has been a single-man wrecking crew for the State of California.
With our nation facing grave danger from corrupt or complacent politicians who seem to pursue their own personal and professional interests above the interests of the people they were sworn to represent, is it not time to clean out this nest of vipers before they cripple the nation with their social engineering and profligate spending.
As for RINO weasels like Specter and Schwarzenegger, can you really trust them to do the people’s business if they cannot be trusted to keep their word to the voters who elected them?
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS