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Holy Cow! Sen. Arlen Specter Now A Democrat

April 28, 2009

This was rumored, but I never thought it to be more than a wish.

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told colleagues Tuesday that he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party, Sen. Harry Reid says.

The fact is that the Republican Party is becoming a more smaller, and even more  anally-retentive conservative group that plays to the meaner and more narrow-minded in the nation.  Where the GOP goes to find a majority again is a mystery.  Arlen Specter could not abide that type of party any longer.

The Specter party switch would give Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right,” Specter said in a statement posted by his office on

“Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

Specter, a five-term Senate veteran, was greeted by a loud, sustained round of applause by dozens of constituents outside his Washington office shortly after the news broke.

Welcome to the Democratic Party, Arlen.

  1. Keith Schmitz permalink
    April 29, 2009 8:07 AM

    The point is Specter would have never split if the GOP hadn’t practiced ideological purity by putting up a conservative to run against him.

    They shot themselves in the foot.

  2. April 28, 2009 2:49 PM

    Specter only cares about getting elected. He would join the Green Party if he thought that would maintain his senatorial power. I just wrote about this on my blog too.

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