Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Danny White, Apr 28, 2009.
All over the news right now.
Specter will give the Democrats their much sought after 60th vote.
Specter Intends to Switch Political Parties
Sources say veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties .
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch political parties and run in the Democratic primary in 2010, FOX News has confirmed.
"I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters," Specter said in prepared remarks to be delivered at a news conference on Tuesday.
"I can understand their disappointment," he continued. "I am also disappointed that so many in the party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides."
The switch puts Democrats within two votes of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Democrats currently hold 56 seats in the Senate, and two independents typically vote with the party. Republicans have 41 seats, and there is one vacancy.
Specter was facing a tough primary challenge from Pat Toomey, head of the conservative Club for Growth, who almost defeated Specter in a 2004 GOP primary.
Specter was under heavy fire from conservatives for his support of President Obama's $787 stimulus bill earlier this year. Specter helped negotiate a compromise that was approved by Congress with the support of only three Senate Republicans.
Beatcha to it!
I'm doing fundraising for Toomey... so my job just switched from beating a RINO to beating a turncoat. :
He's only doing this because he knew he was going to lose the upcoming GOP primary. What a despicable, unprincipled little weasel. Let's hope Dem voters aren't as gullible as the Republicans who kept re-electing this phony year after year.
Yeah.. well you only beat me cuz I was getting the article instead of making a quick statement... BRAT.. LMAO
Can you say.. Filibuster.. URGH
Can't say that I'm sorry to hear this. Get out and don't come back. He was nothing more then a Democrat anyhow. I would not be so sure the he even gets re-elected in the first place.
There's not much of a difference between Republicans and Democrats anyway.
Good riddance. Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out. Can he take Snow and the other pretenders with him?
Specter has been going democrat anyways no big loss
Well, that's just great.
Yes Lieberman's Crazy.
They look like they want to swap spit. Maybe a little tongue action?
What's a little spit between fellow Democrats.
I respect Lieberman. Have had none for Specter for a long time.
Why? They are essentially the same. One a "democrat in name only", the other a "republican in name only". Like I said. There's only one thing a conservative hates more than a liberal, and that's a RINO. It's great when the guys over on the other side support you from time to time, that makes them a great american. When its the other way around, though, that makes them a dirty turncoat.
I don't think much of Arlen Specter, but i'm not pleased to see him go. The last thing Republicans need is even LESS representation in the House or Senate. Fewer Republicans is never a good thing.
That just goes to show your true colors DIAF.
I respect Lieberman because he does not waver like your type does all the time. No matter the cost. He is not a "moderate".
Also goes to show how poor your judgement is when you cannot tell the difference between Lieberman and SPecter. Once again no surprise.
Yeah, Lieberman never wavers. Ok. He's changed his position on several things several times. Domestic Partners, Vouchers, Affirmative Action, Waterboarding, fillibusters, the list goes on. He's a politician, of course he flip-flops. So does Arlen Specter. Yeah, Lieberman's not a moderate. Ok. He votes most of the time with democrats but breaks ranks with the party on certain issues. When Republicans do that, they are called moderates and are derided by the majority of this board. Nice try.
The only thing I respect about Lieberman is the fact he takes national security seriously, other than that he is as left as they come.
I knew it would not be long before you showed up in this thread stating your regret that Specter joined the party that closest match his political ideology. Why is that a bad thing?
You should be rejoicing because it opens up an opportunity to get someone in his spot that carries some Republican, or dare I say it, Conservative views.
With the state of the Republican Party, and given the public's attitude towards the Republican Party, and given the state in question, do you REALLY think a conservative republican (or a Republican at all for that matter) is going to win Specter's seat? I'd rather have him in that seat than no Republican at all and +1 Democrat.
Well Diaf I lived in PA for 5 years and a conservative has a shot for sure. Remember Santorum? He was a conservative. And he won the senate seat there. So already you are shown wrong ONCE AGAIN.