Arlen Specter left the GOP for the socialist Dems yesterday. I say, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." Specter has kicked the GOP in the teeth too many times for this to be anything other than a good happening.
But, let's look at a few things Specter needs to iron out. Donors gave him $5.8 million to represent them as a Republican. If Specter really did leave on "principles," then he should be principled enough to make sure that every last cent of those donations is returned to those whom he stabbed in the back.
We also need to look at why he did what he did. Far from being an attack of principles, it was a move of political self-preservation.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele had this to say:
|"Let's be honest-Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. |
"Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."
Specter is so far behind his GOP opponent in Pennsylvania that there was almost no way he was going to win the GOP primary. That was the motivation for the switch. He felt he could win the Dem primary rather than go through the fight of the GOP primary. His defection had nothing to do with principle. He sacrificed principle in the interest of self-promotion.
Specter is going to have a lot of explaining to do if he reverses position on things like card-check which he claims he opposes. If he suddenly comes out in favor of it, there should be a complete investigation into exactly what he was promised by Obama, Biden and others in the Dem leadership for his act of betrayal.
But the main thing this means now is that the Dems will no longer have anyone else to blame when their policies drive our economy to ruin and America's security becomes non-existant. The only question that remians now is whether or not the Dems will have the integrity to admit when their policies fail that they were wrong.