This is something that conservatives should be celebrating, not lamenting. Arlen Specter has always been a statist/leftist to begin with. It is no surprise to myself or anyone who reads this blog that he would switch sides to the democrats, because in fact, his record shows that he was a liberal with a select few conservative leanings. So, no big surprise there. What bothers me is his vapid excuse for “deciding” to switch.
“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. 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,” said Specter.
So in that same breath, Specter admits that he is an opportunist and a poll follower. Specter, however, does not want to lose his job, which, is REALLY the main reason for the switch. Pat Toomey, who is a TRUE conservative was going to run against him in 2010. Specter knew he was going to lose after voting for the dreaded stimulus (PORKULUS) bill. He could never retain his seat as a Republican.
This event should seal the deal, if you will, for conservatives on the matter of term limits. Senators like Byrd, Kennedy, Specter, Stevens ( even though Stevens was wrongfully shamed and smeared, he was still in there too long.), and others who make a living off of the taxpayer. They want to cap salaries for others, yet, consistently give themselves one. They consistently give themselves more liberty while restraining and/or eliminating ours.
It is about POWER and keeping it. Senators and Congressmen that have been there that long, like Specter, could not live like the rest of us. They grown accustomed to the privileges the office provided, the money and security, and lastly their inflated egos could not take the pressure. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. All the pundits are saying he will still get elected again as a democrat, if not increased his influence. I say this to all the pundits and talking heads; just like GM/Chrysler, the banks and others who made the Faustian bargain with Barack Obama and the rest of the statists in Congress, there will be a time to pay up. When that time DOES come, you will not like the results of your choice when all is said and done. The people of this country will speak their minds in 2010. Specter should not feel comfortable. It is not a done deal, however, not in the sense that he thinks it is finished.
So, in closing, see you later, Arlen. We did not need you as much as you thought. We will be fine. Even though you took away Filibuster power in the Senate, remember the Faustian bargain you took. Look at those whom you associate with and do you think that you are going to vote the way YOU want to. I do not think so. YOU WILL OWE THEM! They will never owe you anything. You want to play tyrant go right ahead and play, it will come back to haunt you. God Speed, Arlen! Senator, you will regret this move.