Benedict Arlen -- Great name for Arlen Specter, but we can't take credit for it as we got it off a Fox News show last night. Arlen Specter, Senator from Pennsylvania, has decided to leave the Republican party for the Democrat party putting the Democrats one vote closer to a filibuster-proof senate. It would be a big deal if Arlen had actually ever been a Republican, but he's always acted like a Democrat so how will we know the difference. He was one of the three Republicans who voted with the Democrats for the stimulus package that hasn't stimulated anything but debt growth.
Harry Reid stated that the Republicans appeared to have no use for Specter and the Democrats would gladly take him. In a letter that Edie wrote to Harry Reid last night, she told him that the Democrats were welcome to have a wishy-washy, disloyal, self-serving senator like Arlen Specter anytime--we won't miss him. By Specter's own admission, this was completely a political move for him as he was not going to get re-elected by Republicans in Pennsylvania. He has been a senator for 29 years; shouldn't a public official realize that when the people no longer support him, it's time to move out of public service and find something else to do?
Harry Reid has also said that he will campaign for Arlen Specter in 2010 when Specter is up for re-election. In the above-mentioned letter that Edie wrote to Harry she thanked him for doing that; since no one can stand Harry, his support of Specter can only help the Republican candidate.
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, the president of Club for Growth, is the Republican challenger who is leading Arlen Specter by 20 points among Republicans. Rather than meet in the primary elections, Specter and Toomey will now meet in the general election. Pat Toomey seems to be a real conservative who believes in fiscal responsibility and less government. What a refreshing change that would be to our current senate.
According to their website, Club for Growth "is a national network of thousands of Americans from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom." You can find out more about them by going to http://www.clubforgrowth.org/
Here are a couple of good articles on the Arlen Specter defection: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/29/arlen-specters-betrayal/print/