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An Interview with Arlen Specter’s Challenger
From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/28/09 | Purple Mountains

Posted on 04/28/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT by PurpleMountains

Today, while I was in the middle of this post about Senator Specter and his likely opponent, Pat Toomey, the news surfaced that Specter is switching parties to become a Democrat. This is probably a gain for Republicans, since Specter mostly voted Democrat, and it saves the conservative, Toomey, from a tough and expensive primary fight. Toomey can go on to defeat Specter in the general election, and Specter has no guarantee that he will win the Democratic primary anyway. I have changed this post to a short excerpt, instead of the lengthy interview I was planning to publish in two installments.

(Excerpt) Read more at forthegrandchildren.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: arlenspecter; lincolnchafee; pattoomey

1 posted on 04/28/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT by PurpleMountains
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To: PurpleMountains

I am glad he switched. I see it as nothing but a positive. He had moved the GOP to the left his whole career.


2 posted on 04/28/2009 10:03:41 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: PurpleMountains

What are Toomey’s chances of winning if Dems put up someone instead
of Specter? We seem to be losing every where else.


3 posted on 04/28/2009 10:05:38 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: PurpleMountains
In politics always follow the dollar. Specter figured no $$$ from the Mensheviks this time around but plenty from the Bolsheviks.
4 posted on 04/28/2009 10:05:46 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Always Right
I am glad he switched.

He didn't switch anything.

He's been liberal all along.

Only the state of mind of Pennsylvania voters has changed.

5 posted on 04/28/2009 10:06:25 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: PurpleMountains

good thing GWB helped this guy last time.

Now maybe Cornyn can back off his support?

Maybe?


6 posted on 04/28/2009 10:07:32 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Toomey, by the way is the BEST!

it will be an amazing battle to see Toomey in the general against specturd

Realistically, it is going to be difficult for Toomey, let’s face it. But there will certainly be a very strong clash of principle and that is good for us, longterm if not short term!


7 posted on 04/28/2009 10:10:35 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: PurpleMountains
...Specter has no guarantee that he will win the Democratic primary anyway.

Oh puhleeze. Don't demonstrate ignorance here. You don't think the DNC and Ed Rendell promised Specter the primary win?

8 posted on 04/28/2009 10:11:22 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: PurpleMountains

If arlen has switched parties now, the demonrats will use him and then toss him aside. Specter does not know how to be loyal to a party. Toomey can win against anything the dems put up.


9 posted on 04/28/2009 10:12:25 AM PDT by mom-7
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To: PurpleMountains

I choose to be hopeful that . . .

Beneath the placid surface of liberal waters, a populist surge is being felt.

Specter, never one to demonstrate loyalty, bolted.


10 posted on 04/28/2009 10:15:06 AM PDT by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: mom-7

Finally, one RINO off our list of LOSERS! go Toomey!
I plan to send money to Toomey and would encourage everyone here and other conservatives to back individual candidates for 2010! The RNC failed to understand what we have been saying that guys like Spector ARE NOT on OUR SIDE and don’t deserve to be backed financially or anything else!


11 posted on 04/28/2009 10:16:27 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: PurpleMountains
Since Coleman has lost the Dems will have a 60/40 majority. The Republicans can do nothing to stop any Obama initiative that has the full support of the Dems. He can do anything he wants. I think the next two years are going to be pretty bleak.

But we can kick YouKnowWhat in the 2010 election.

12 posted on 04/28/2009 10:18:42 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: gussiefinknottle; chicagolady
What are Toomey’s chances of winning if Dems put up someone instead of Specter? We seem to be losing every where else.

Au contraire! IIRC, the record for the GOP in post-Nov. 4 elections (specials, etc.) is 3-2. The two that we lost were:

1) Rosanna Pulido (FR's own ChicagoLady) in IL-5 who was running in an extremely Democrat-heavy district (Rahm Emanuel's old district) and who had virtually no ILGOP support whatsoever - she still managed to pull in 25% of the vote, which is slightly higher than what the GOP pulled in the contests against Emanual in 2008, 2006, and 2004. Rosanna is to be commended for doing quite well, all things considered! All the same, there was about zero chance of her actually winning in such a Blue district :(

2) Jim Tedisco in NY-20, who despite running a terrible campaign, managed to come within a hairsbreadth of taking back a seat from the Dems which, since the 2003 redistrict, had been a "safe" Democrat seat (Dems win by 20% or more).

Even in these losses, I'd say we did better than we had any right to expect - which I find encouraging, not discouraging.

13 posted on 04/28/2009 10:19:17 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Third Parties are for the weak, fearful, and ineffectual among us.)
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To: PurpleMountains
Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out, Arlen!


14 posted on 04/28/2009 10:27:44 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: PurpleMountains
This is probably a gain for Republicans, since Specter mostly voted Democrat, and it saves the conservative, Toomey, from a tough and expensive primary fight. Toomey can go on to defeat Specter in the general election,

This is so typical. Once again we see the “liberal” or “democrat” how ever they refer to themselves other than communist, turning out to be a lying worthless excuse dependant scrap of trash. So after how many years he is finally coming out of the closet and admitting he is a commie?

That would be TWENTY NINE. Twenty nine years and now all of a sudden he has “become” a democrat.

I would not trust him to sweat during a south Louisiana summer.

15 posted on 04/28/2009 10:28:28 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out, Arlen!

No, please, let it.

16 posted on 04/28/2009 10:28:39 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: PurpleMountains

“Specter has no guarantee that he will win the Democratic primary anyway”

WRONG....
Per KOS, part of the deal is that the Party will support NO primary challengers against Spector. And the AFL-CIO has already promised Spector HUGE support if he votes for the end of Democratic Elections in America with Card Check/EFCA.


17 posted on 04/28/2009 10:30:28 AM PDT by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: PurpleMountains

Didn’t Casey and Rendell recently promise Specter he would have no party backed primary challenge if he would switch to the Democrat party?


18 posted on 04/28/2009 10:49:55 AM PDT by penowa
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To: InterceptPoint
But we can kick YouKnowWhat in the 2010 election.

That won't be easy. The GOP has more seats to defend in the Senate in 2010, and more open seats to defend as well.

Not until 2012 will Democrats have more turf to defend in the Senate.

19 posted on 04/28/2009 10:54:44 AM PDT by The Iguana
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To: Always Right
I am glad he switched. I see it as nothing but a positive.

Yep. Perfect timing - now a real Republican can pick up his seat.

20 posted on 04/28/2009 10:56:23 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: PurpleMountains
I believe that the people of Penssylvania that elected him should sue him for breach of contract. I would wager that the vast majority voted for him because he had the (R) plastered after his name, coupled with the support former President Bush tossed his way.

Bait and switch, deception, you-name-it, he violated the trust of the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

21 posted on 04/28/2009 11:14:33 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

OK.


22 posted on 04/28/2009 12:00:03 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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