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Specter, of Hypocrisy

Posted on: May 2, 2009

A specter of hypocrisy hung over the great Hundred Day Hoopla.

This video has been making rounds of the Internet, and speaks for itself.

Some thoughts from across the web about Specter the Defector

Specter’s departure from the Republican Party has far more to do with his personal political dilemma than it does with the future of the GOP ….. ….. Specter has always been a political party of one whose only platform plank is the advancement of the senior senator from the Keystone State …. …..The strange journey of Arlen Specter from Democrat to Republican and back again to the Democrats is a story of one man’s unbridled ambition and political expediency, not the tale of a party held hostage by the right.The Jewish Week

As Mark Hemingway put it in National Review’s  blog “The Corner,” “I read that he was switching parties, but I was disappointed to learn he’s still a Democrat.” Baltimore Sun

Mr Specter’s decision is yet more proof that the once mighty Republican Party is in a perilous state—abandoning the middle ground of politics to the Democrats and retreating into an ideological and regional cocoon. [sic]

The Republican Party would be wise to think carefully about its loss of Mr Specter, one of America’s best known senators, whose views are shared by many old-line business-friendly Republicans. Some clearly realise what a mess their party is in. Ms Snowe described his decision to jump ship as “devastating” both “personally and then for the party”. But all too many others were content to respond with lame jokes (“I read that he was switching parties, but was disappointed to learn he’s still a Democrat”) and even lamer declarations of ideological purity. {Emphasis added}
The Economist.

Moderates are leaving the party in droves, uncomfortable with the rigid, extremist, ‘no’ policies of those they see on television. If the Republicans keep this up, the next party convention will be held in a pup tent, and Ann Coulter can write about it in her next ‘book.’” Peter Fenn, a Democratic Strategist.

Specter has said he will retain his independence, which would mean he’s not necessarily the filibuster-breaking godsend the Democrats hope. Still, historical evidence argues that Specter is poised for a leftward veer that will be terrific news for President Barack Obama. Chicago Tribune.

It is certain that some are tempted to shrug this off and say the proverbial: in politics as in life, nothing really is ever new, what goes around comes around.  Or, the more foolish sentiment: Throw the rascals out!

Ah, but if only the world had listened to the PUMAs, if only just a half-million voters in November of ’08 had voted with the PUMAs, and if only a couple hundred more delegates at Denver had grown stones, spines, and brains … if only, if only .. the musings go on.

As has been the case lately, the PUMAs seem to have the last laugh. I am sure, more is to come. The comic opera is only beginning. Brace yourselves for a laugh ride!

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