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April 28, 2009

Day 99: GOP Senator Arlen Specter To Switch Parties And Run As Democrat in 2010!

In the past several weeks Ed Rendell has said that he has spoken with Republican Senator Arlen Specter and tried to convince him to switch parties to no avail.  Specter is one of the most senior GOP members and has been an elected Republican since 1966 and would have been up for a really tough re-election in 2010.

“We’ve tried,” said Rendell. “Myself, Senator Casey, Vice President Biden have tried to talk him into it, but he’s bound and determined to stay a Republican.”

Today, Arlen Specter has announced his decision to switch parties and run as a Democrat from Pennsylvania in 2010.  Specter has said recently that he feels the Republican Party has left him by going too far right.

It seems that the Democrats will get 60 votes in the Senate once Al Franken is certified and if Specter wins in 2010.

Will other GOP Senators defect from the Republican Party?  Will Olympia Snow (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) defect from the GOP? 

Is this a confirmation that President Obama is reaching out to Republicans and realigning politics in DC just like Reagan did in the 1980s?

Watch Rendell’s March interview:





  1. […] of blog posts are seeing this move as good for the Democrats. But nobody mentions the betrayal of 2,925,080 people who, in 2004, voted […]

    Pingback by Specter’s betrayal « Sophismata — April 28, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  2. I just posted on this, too. Huge coup for the Dems, and maybe some political self interest on Specter’s part.

    Comment by deannaizme — April 28, 2009 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

    • Deanna, Specter is trying to keep his political life alive — that works for me. Specter is still a ‘conservative’ so he won’t agree with Obama 100% — but that’s OK. Obama will still have his ear.

      Comment by Paulette — April 28, 2009 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  3. Sure the move has self-interest written all over it, but so does the fact that the GOP “big tent” has a big “No Moderates Allowed” sign at the door.

    As for Snow and Collins, the answer lies in knowing how the voters in their respective states view the parties.

    Comment by afrankangle — April 29, 2009 @ 8:51 am | Reply

    • PS: Paulette … did you recall my post about the GOP insect analogy?

      Comment by afrankangle — April 29, 2009 @ 8:52 am | Reply

      • Frank, I defiinitely remember your GOP insect analogy — it was so on point and completely drew me in.

        And yes, it applies here.

        It’s all politics, politics, politics. 🙂

        Comment by Paulette — April 29, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    • I think ‘real’ Republicans have core values that would make it difficult to become a Democrat; but we’ll see what happens. The Republicans have moved soooo far right that they’re making it very difficult for somone in the middle to support them.

      Specter is a converted Republican so it’s easier for him to go back to his roots.

      Comment by Paulette — April 29, 2009 @ 9:00 am | Reply

      • I’m with you on the core Republicans. They are the ones I empathize with because their party (in my view) has been hijacked. In future votes, they will labor voting for a Democrat, yet equally labor voting for the GOP’s far right … and anxiety will be high in them. In the end, they will vote on what the perceive as the lesser of two evils – and that will be determined by the situation of the times. This is why I continue to hope for President Obama to work within and capturing the center. After all, the center is also leary of the far left.

        By the way, I’ve got a different twist on torture today.

        Carry on with the good work.

        Comment by afrankangle — April 29, 2009 @ 11:48 am

  4. Ed Rendell is an ass. Why the media runs to him every time a gnat farts is beyond my understanding.

    That said, I’m sure Specter didn’t switch because Rendell pitched the party to him. He switched because Toomey and his little band of carpenter bees was at his butt every time he turned around.

    The Democrats may be thinking they have full rule now, but if they believe it, then they do not know Arlen Specter.

    Comment by sauer kraut — May 2, 2009 @ 9:34 am | Reply

    • Sauerkraut — I love your comment but I don’t believe that the Democrats believe for a second that they have full rule now.

      Comment by Paulette — May 4, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

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