I just drove home from babysitting my one year old granddaughter and heard on the car radio that Republican Senator Arlen Specter has joined the Democrat Party. This does not shock me in any way.
According to this CBS report:
“I am not prepared to have my 29-year record in the United States Senate decided by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate — not prepared to have that record decided by that jury, the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate,” Specter said.
In other words, to hell with those who elected him. Staying in power is more important. He also said that his political philosophy was more in line with the Dem Party than the Repubs. Certainly no surprise there. Obviously the present power and control of the Democratic Party seems irresistible to him especially if in his meeting with Obama he got a promise that there would be no Dem opposition in 2010.
The left media is giddy with reports that this is some kind of death blow to the Republican Party. I doubt it is that serious but I really don’t care if it is. The Republican Party no longer stands for anything. They only want to oppose Democrats for the sake of gaining power.
I doubt that this will be any kind of wake up call for the R-Party either. Likely, they will conclude that they haven’t been religious enough, or anti-business enough, or compassionate enough or some other such nonsense. Look for them to try and take over the upcoming tea parties and champion the anti-tax, anti-nationalization feelings therein.
I do think now would be a good time to send lots of letters to Republicans letting them know that they are out because they will not ruthlessly champion individual rights. They routinely go along with the Democrats philosophy that the needs of some trump the rights of others. IOW, they don’t know how to advance the moral argument for capitalism and as long as they don’t they can stay out of power.