Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Sen Arlen Specter switched sides today. He left the right to join the left. Confused yet?
I'm sure the Rethuglicans will say that Specter jumped ship. Can't blame him, the ship was sinking.
The Democrats will now have 60 votes in the Senate, so when Franken finally gets to Washington his vote will be a bonus.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is rather upset about this. I'm sure we'll hear more out of the Rethuglican leadership...if there is any. In the mean time, here's what Steele had to say.

From the War Room at Salon:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has never been afraid to express his opinions when being interviewed, even when those sentiments -- and how they're phrased -- might come back to bite him later. On Tuesday, Steele proved that despite some of the criticism he's taken, he hasn't changed. In an interview with CNN, the party chair went after Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter for his decision to switch parties, saving some of his harshest criticism for the way Specter handled the move. (Video, via ThinkProgress, is at the bottom of this post.)

"I know the Senatorial committee made it very clear that they were going to support Arlen Specter and endorse him. [National Republican Senatorial Committee chair] Sen. Cornyn went out on the line for this man. And for the senator to effectively flip the bird back to Sen. Cornyn and the Republican Senate leadership, the team that stood by him, who went to the bat for him in 2004 to save his hide, to me is not only disrespectful. It's just downright rude. I'm sure his mama didn't raise him this way," Steele said. CNN's Gloria Borger then asked Steele whether Specter had given him any advance notice about his decision, and the RNC chair responded:

No, not at all, which is another form of disrespect that I don't countenance. I mean, you know, at least give me a call or give the party leadership a call and let us know, 'This is what I'm thinking, this is where I'm going,' so that, you know, it can be repaired.

Now, you know, I'm not one to be caught flat-footed about these things. You know, you get on your toes, and you respond as quickly as you can. But, again, I think it shows a lack of respect for a party that he has pushed to the edge in terms of his votes and in terms of the arguments he's made in support of this administration. And I think that right now, he is where he belongs, and if the Democrats don't beat him in the primary, we'll take care of him from the general.

Steele later expanded on this theme -- that Specter would face a tough Democratic primary -- portraying what is, quite frankly, a very unlikely prospect as a certainty. "Now, let me get this straight: Arlen Specter, the former Republican, decides today, 'Oh, magically, now I'm a Democrat.' And every Democrat in the state is going to go, 'Oh, my gosh, thank you, hallelujah, our savior has come?'" Steele said.

"I don't think so... I seriously doubt that he's going to have a scot-free ride to the nomination on the Democratic side, no matter what kind of deal the trial lawyers and the Democratic Party have made... I love it. And we're going to have a strong Republican candidate on our side, and I love that even more. And if Senator Specter survives into the fall, get ready to go to the mat, baby, because we're coming after you and we're taking you out."

That, also, is debatable. Last month, a Quinnipiac poll showed Specter getting 31 percent of the vote in a general election match-up against a generic Democratic challenger, who polled just ahead of the incumbent at 33 percent, with 35 percent undecided. Considering that most Democrats indicated they'd vote for their party's candidate, and that Specter is more popular with Democrats and independents than with the GOP, it's likely he'll see his numbers way up against Republican challenger Pat Toomey.

According to Steele it was just fine for the Rethuglicans to have enough votes to control both Houses of Congress during the Reign of St Ronnie, the Clinton years, and most of the Chimp's administration, but it's a bad thing when the Democrats have the same control.

Same old bullshit from the right-wing-nuts. It's ok for them but not for anyone else.


A World Quite Mad said...

Is it any wonder? Both parties have moved so far to the right, that the Republicans are one hair shy of outright fascism, and the Democrats are all moderates!

Gordon said...

He's jumping off of two sinking ships at once - the Repugs and his own. I can live with him 'til '10, then I wanta see Sen. Sestak (D-PA).

YogaforCynics said...

As a Pennsylvania Democrat, I'm happy to welcome him aboard...though I expect I'll also be doing my best to vote him off a year from now....

Grandpa Eddie said...

I just want him to help get things done right now.

Nancy said...

Somebody please help me wipe this smile off my face.

Jacob said...

What took him so long? And isn't Chairman Mao, er, I mean Steele, (not the man of steel) funny?

Really, he is funny. He's going to the mat! The Repugs are coming after Specter. Bit fight coming up. Watch out you bad, bad Democrats!

Yeah, I know, he's an asshole. But, you gotta admit anybody who talks like does is a funny asshole!

Grandpa Eddie said...

No! You keep that smile right where it is!

Grandpa Eddie said...

Jacob - Steele is a stooge, being used as a tool by the Rethugs. There isn't a single one of them that gives a damn what he says anyway.

It's what the other assholes are gonna say that means something to the rest of the Rethugs.

Sidhe said...

Yup, Steele is a stooge, a stool pigeon even (as a matter of fact, he's Limbaugh's stoolie). "...never been afraid to express his opinions when being interviewed" indeed, but really quick to grovel and apologize to big daddy Rush. Some leader the RNC has.

Anyhow, laughed all the way home after hearing this news on the radio! WTG, Specter

Grandpa Eddie said...

Sidhe - Steele is just a figurehead. No one listens to him, especially his "good buddy" the fat puss-sack.