I’m sure you have heard by now that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) is no longer a Republican, having deserted the GOP in favor of the Democratic Party. His defection seems to have raised the ire of a few GOP stalwarts because there are a lot of opinions being thrown about on the web. It seems to me that the most interesting article is an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor.
Publicly, the Dems are welcoming Senator Specter with open arms, ecstatic that now they are within one seat of a filibuster-proof majority. All they need now is Stewart Smalley…ummm…I mean Al Franken to win the court battle raging for the last Senatorial seat in DC. I wonder, though, what they are thinking in private; you know…when the doors are closed so nobody else can see or hear what’s really going on? Folks, he didn’t switch sides because of his ideology, he switched sides because he wants to be reelected in 2010. Not too hard to see, is it? Even the CSM article mentions that. So, I have to sit here and wonder what the Dems are thinking right about now. I hope they are trying to figure out if they can trust him…which they can’t; as soon as the GOP regains the majority, he will most likely switch sides again, ala Lieberman.
The biggest question in the piece is this; how did the GOP lose its vast majorities in formerly red states? The writer, John Pitney Jr., opines on the GOP’s situation but does not look at what has to be the biggest problem in the GOP. For me, a former Republican who switched sides in 2004, the answer is simple.
The GOP stopped being the working man’s party when Reagan was elected in 1980. Back then, good old Ronnie gave us “trickle-down economics”, better known as “Reaganomics”. The GOP now stands for the richest of the rich; they stopped working for the middle class working man way back when.
Now we have President Obama and it sure looks to me like he is desperately trying to right the ship. The man has been in office all of 100 days and the GOP along with the three stooges Limbaugh, Coulter and Hannity are up in arms attacking him at every turn. He’s not coming after our guns, he’s not cow-towing to any of our adversaries and he most definitely is not selling out our country. Sure, he’s done a couple of things that I don’t like but the definition of intelligence and rational thought is the ability to look past personal prejudices and see the bigger picture…but I don’t trust Senator Specter…I think he’s going to end up doing the Dems the way Hussein and the mujaheddin did us.