Arlen Specter just announced that he will join the Democrat Party and run as a Democrat for Senate in 2010.
Here’s my commentary originally posted at the Postmodern Conservative blog:
Specter got this word from Pennsylvania pols after voting for trillions of $$$$ of wasteful spending in response to appeals by America’s first socialist-in-chief: You’re doomed as a Republican in 2010. Republicans hate your guts. Toomey will take the Republican Senate primary easily.
More generally: “Moderate” has become an empty term in American politics. As the Democrats keep shoving leftwards, what does moderate mean? Shoving leftwards half as fast????
From now on in America, it’s the socialist/Communist party versus classical liberal/American conservative party.
Back to Specter: He’ll lose big time to a leftist Democrat in the primary. I say good riddance to him.
Here’s the political report on Specter from USA Today
The numbers already don’t look good for Sen. Arlen Specter.
In a Rasmussen Reports poll out this morning, the Pennsylvania Republican lags behind GOP primary challenger Pat Toomey by more than 20%. Just 30% of Republican voters in the Keystone State say they would vote for the incumbent, while 51% are throwing their support behind Toomey.
Furthermore, 55% of voters have an unfavorable view of the incumbent senator, according to the poll. Rasmussen Reports calls those stats “stunningly poor” for a veteran such as Specter, who’s spent nearly 30 years in Congress’ upper chamber.
Specter squeaked out a primary victory over Toomey in 2004, and next year’s rematch is already gearing up to be one of the nastier battles in 2010.
Toomey, the former president of the anti-tax group Club for Growth, has repeatedly criticized Specter for approving President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package in February — one of just three Republicans on Capitol Hill to do so.
And Specter went on air earlier this month with an ad that blamed Toomey for limiting oversight of Wall Street and for supporting privatization of Social Security.
What’s an American conservative? It’s not Specter. Here’s my description: