Specter leaving the Party to keep his seat? (symposium)
Joeseph Ashby writes:
Human Events is reporting that Arlen Specter will announce today he's switching to the Democrat Party.
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (R) finds himself down 21 points to former Rep. Pat Toomey in a potential 2010 Republican primary, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Specter now has a 42%/55% favorability rating, while Toomey enjoys a 66%/19% rating.Toomey 51
Someone else 9
Tom Suhadolnik writes:
The New York Times reports
“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,” Mr. Specter said in a statement. “I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”
Take Specter’s inevitable lurch to the left and the likely event that Al Franken will prevail in the Minnesota recount, Democrats now have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.
Big Fur Hat sends us this commentary:
Ed Lasky writes:
Well the filibuster is gone. Specter puts his own interests ahead of the party’s; the loss of Santorum a couple of years ago presaged this move by Specter. On the other hand, the Republican Party has not been wholeheartedly behind Specter (Toomey, fundraising help) and that might have nudged him towards this move.
Richard Baehr writes:
And it will probably get worse in the Senate races in 2010. GOP could easily lose seats it now holds in: Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Missouri, and is at risk in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina
It is worth noting that McCain campaign advisor Steve Schmidt said the other day that the GOP is already extinct in parts of the country -- the Northeast, and West Coast, and is rapidly losing ground in the Southwest. The loss in the open House race in New York 20 and this party switch will thoroughly demoralize the GOP heading into next year. I expect to see many more GOP retirements now.
We are on the verge of being a one party nation.