The rhetoric today has been really amusing to hear, as the charged remarks from the Republican Party pile up like wet unusable cord wood in the back yard following Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to align himself with the Democratic Party. The most bombastic words came from the man who may not have his job very much longer, the current National Republican Party Chairperson, Michael Steele. It is after all Steele’s job to broaden the party, not see it shrink even further. (Less we forget the special congressional election the GOP lost in New York last week on top of today’s shocking news.) The fact Steele is not moving in the correct direction as party chair makes his words ring hollow. As such he should have used a more restrained manner when commenting on the big political news today. But there is not much reasonable maturity in the GOP anymore. What we witnessed today is as good as they have to offer.
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A heated Michael Steele told CNN Tuesday longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter essentially “flipped the bird” at the GOP leadership with his decision to bolt from the party he has been a member of for more than four decades.
Speaking to CNN’s Gloria Borger and Kyra Philips, the Republican National Committee Chairman said it was “not only disrespectful, but downright rude” of Specter to make this decision after the national party made it clear it would stand behind him in a contentious primary fight.
“[National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John] Cornyn went out on the line for this man,” he said. “For the senator to flip the bird back to Senator Cornyn and the Republican Senate Leadership, a team that stood by him, who went to the bat for him in 2004, to save his hide is not only disrespectful but down right rude,”
“I’m sure his mama didn’t raise him this way,” Steele added.
Steele, who said Specter had not given the party leadership a heads up about his decision, also expressed confidence the Pennsylvania senator would either lose a Democratic primary in his home state or the general election to the eventual Republican candidate.
“I seriously doubt he’ll have a scot-free ride on the Democratic side no matter what kind of deal the trial lawyers and Democratic Party have made,” Steele said. “[Pennsylvania] Gov. Ed Rendell may not run for the U.S. Senate, but a lot of congressmen will look at that seat — this is an open seat for the Democrats.”
“If Sen. Specter survives in the fall — get ready to go to the mat, baby, because we’re coming after you and taking you out,” added Steele.