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Heads Up! Arlen Specter Switching Parties Today?
humanevents.com ^ | 04/28/2009 | staff

Posted on 04/28/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT by kellynla

HUMAN EVENTS has learned from staff sources that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa) is about to announce his switch to the Democratic Party. Developing….

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To: newgeezer

You are going to get blasted, but your point is well taken...we applauded Zell...perspective is everything.


201 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:34 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: Terabitten
But that's okay. Now the Dems have NO political cover whatsoever.

That means that Obama & Rahm 'dead fish' Emanuel (who is actually running the county - God help us!) now OWN whatever happens. They have no one else to blame!

From the sound of MORE bank bailout money, MORE money for GM and who knows what else they are going to have to explain where the hell they are going to get the money! I think taxpayers have just about had enough!!!

202 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kellynla

Senator Zellig switching party? Oh the humanity.


203 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:07 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Sergeant Tim

LOL! I like them both!


204 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:15 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (I will not be silenced.)
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To: Miykayl

“How about, a party switch immediately initiates a special election?”

When Phil Gramm switched in ‘83, he resigned his House seat, forcing a mid-term special election.

If Specter had any honor, he would do the same.


205 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:22 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Specter - beyond your expectations!)
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To: rintense
HURRAY!!! And take the rest of the RINOS with you.

Yeah, and your "Scottish Law" as well.

206 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:33 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: kellynla

Don’t worry. The GOP will still find ways to fund him as an official Democrat.

I hate the GOP. We’ve squandered so much money on this @ss.


207 posted on 04/28/2009 9:38:38 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (When you're RuPaul posing as the wife of the president, you need all the make-up help you can get.)
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To: kellynla

Others to watch

Human Events’ top 10 RINOs in the Senate

01. Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
02. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
03. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania)
04. Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio)
05. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
06. Sen. Mel Martinez (Florida)
07. Sen. John McCain (Arizona)
08. Sen. Richard Lugar (Indiana)
09. Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah)
10. Sen. Thad Cochran (Mississippi)


208 posted on 04/28/2009 9:39:04 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

No we don’t. We have not tailored our candidates to the states they live in...we have to do so. We lose New York and California and start down every presidential election...We have to start competing in other areas-including the North East and other places.


209 posted on 04/28/2009 9:39:44 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: TomGuy

Voinivich is retiring.


210 posted on 04/28/2009 9:40:11 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: newgeezer
Miller never switched parties. He retired as a Democrat.

Sure, he backed Bush for President and spoke at the RNC convention, but he didn't change the balance of power on Congress.

-PJ

211 posted on 04/28/2009 9:40:29 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I forgot that...I should have remembered...Zell was a great governor. I lived in Georgia during the last part of his administration.


212 posted on 04/28/2009 9:42:06 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: nyconse
more than a few told me that Palin was part of the problem-...the others said trade was the most important reason for not voting for John-these jobs aren’t coming back-McCain.

Then those people are stupid! Just look at what they help elect. Do they now think Barack-jobs are coming back-Obama is going to fix their problems?! We'll all be lucky to live through the next four freaking years! All because the MSM made Palin out to be the 'bad guy'. Never mind what she stood for. What pure *sses! I hope the MSM and the 'suburbs' are happy with their choice.

213 posted on 04/28/2009 9:43:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: newgeezer
Oh, you mean Zell Miller?

He didn't switch parties in the middle of a fight for his country's survival.

214 posted on 04/28/2009 9:45:15 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: nyconse
We have to start competing in other areas-including the North East and other places

... by acquiescing to marxists. It's been a spectacular strategy to this point. Too bad Reagan never adopted it... he really could have been special.

215 posted on 04/28/2009 9:46:20 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Arrowhead1952

I just saw it - sorry sob -


216 posted on 04/28/2009 9:47:04 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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To: Terabitten

“But that’s okay. Now the Dems have NO political cover whatsoever. When their agenda fails, they have NO ONE to blaim but themselves. No one.

This is a golden opportunity to stick it to the Dems at every chance. Conservatives only needsd to show some backbone, some discipline, and consistently vote as a bloc against the liberal agenda, and they’ll retake the House in 2010.”

I totally disagree and do not think it is fine. No one is more disgusted by the jelly-spined RINO that is Specter than me. However, ignore everything about his voting record and positions for a moment and remember the “R” next to his name that made him caucus with the Republicans.

So long as we kept the Dem numbers at 58 or even 59 in the Senate, we had the threat of a filibuster which is immensely powerful....even the threat alone is powerful.

Reconciliation required to bypass the filibuster is not a politically popular thing to do and introduces expiration dates (10 years) on bills passed under them....at least it’s something.

Now with a filibuster proof majority, the damage that can be done between now and Jan 2011 is immense...even if we retake control of both the House and Senate, they have the executive to veto any reversals of that damage at least until 2013 by which time new laws may have become ingrained in the electorate psyche and political kryptonite to touch.

I am glad to have him out of the party but right now the timing could not be worse for us. This is personally laudable for our party but politically, absolute devastation.


217 posted on 04/28/2009 9:48:14 AM PDT by jackmercer
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To: newgeezer
Oh, you mean Zell Miller?

I'm sorry... what office was Zell holding when he left the democrats? What "gold ring" did he get?

218 posted on 04/28/2009 9:48:40 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Compromise is not the same thing as acquiescing...Reagan did say that he would rather have an elected official who voted with him 75% of the time then one who vote against him 100% of the time...we have never won outside of the big tent...those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.


219 posted on 04/28/2009 9:50:34 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: kellynla
Spectre is now simply stating the obvious and acting accordingly...but his move is much more about him and what he feels are his chances for re-election, than ideology, principle, or anything else...which, IMHO, paints the most accurate picture of the man.

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NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

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THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

220 posted on 04/28/2009 9:51:18 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Political Junkie Too; nyconse
Miller never switched parties. He retired as a Democrat.

Ah, good point. Because, if I recall correctly, if he'd switched, he would have returned the Republicans to majority status when Jumpin' Jim Jeffords took it away.

221 posted on 04/28/2009 9:51:48 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kellynla

Excellent news indeed. One less liberal jerk in the Republican party.


222 posted on 04/28/2009 9:54:32 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: kellynla

I don’t think this should be allowed. PERIOD! On either side. It’s not right that people donate and vote, then they change parties. To me, that leaves our government wide open for a coup.


223 posted on 04/28/2009 9:55:05 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: goodnesswins

.TERM LIMITS would be THE BEGINNING of the END of SOME of the CRAZINESS we see in DC!!!
____________________
AMEN to that. I am so tired, so over this, there is a beautiful country that is looking better and better every day. It’s calling my name.


224 posted on 04/28/2009 9:56:31 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
I'm sorry... what office was Zell holding when he left the democrats?

Yeah, I'm as "sorry" as you are. Ol' Zell was a Democrat to the end, even when he was the one giving the liberals their majority. Party loyalty is a wonderful thing.

225 posted on 04/28/2009 9:57:06 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kcvl

There is anger directed towards Obama because of the autos-no doubt. However, the general comment is the GOP would be worse. I know, I know. I can’t believe it either. Many are benefiting from the insurance thing (government pays 70 % of cobra), retraining money and unemployment extensions. You have to understand what has happened here...good jobs lost for good. People are fearful and many believe that capitalism does not work...no kidding (thanks Wall Street Bankers who are not real capitalists), they may vote for a nanny government IE Dems. That being said, there is a chance if the GOP gets its act together and starts putting out some good solutions. We know the conservatives are right. Now we must get our message out.


226 posted on 04/28/2009 9:57:19 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: mojitojoe

better now then 10/2010...


227 posted on 04/28/2009 9:57:35 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: nyconse

“No we don’t. We have not tailored our candidates to the states they live in...we have to do so. We lose New York and California and start down every presidential election...We have to start competing in other areas-including the North East and other places.”

I couldn’t agree with you more but it seems political pragmatism translates to treason around here. A tree I have barked up for many a moon and keeps getting cut down in front of me.


228 posted on 04/28/2009 9:58:07 AM PDT by jackmercer
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To: newgeezer
Oh, you mean Zell Miller?

nah more like jeffords...
229 posted on 04/28/2009 9:58:50 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: jackmercer

Very well said...


230 posted on 04/28/2009 9:59:05 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: jackmercer

You and me both... principles are great, but being in a permanent minority (God forbid) doomed to watch our country heading in the wrong direction but powerless to stop it is my version of hell. People we have to do what it takes to win, then we can get some of ideas turned into policy...maybe not all, but some.


231 posted on 04/28/2009 10:01:23 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: kellynla
I'm really gonna miss Specter...like... Well, I don't have words.

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232 posted on 04/28/2009 10:05:00 AM PDT by gondramB
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Are you old enough to remember Reagan? I mean really remember him because he did build a big tent and won...Reagan did not see compromise as abandoning principle either. We can not win with just the base...it’s a fact. If we don’t win, we are irrelevant...footnotes in time.


233 posted on 04/28/2009 10:06:04 AM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy Amrican or bye bye America)
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To: gondramB
Here's antother one for ya.LOL


234 posted on 04/28/2009 10:08:41 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: spectre

Our Constitution specifically states that the POTUS and Vice POTUS have TERM LIMITS.

For the Supremes to interpret the Constitution in favor of NO term limits for Congresscritters seems strange to me.
_______________
I agree, it makes no sense. This has to be changed or our government is doomed. It will collapse or we will eventually have an armed revolt and it won’t be pretty.


235 posted on 04/28/2009 10:10:19 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: nyconse
Compromise is not the same thing as acquiescing...

When it's the most destructive ideology mankind has ever known, yes, they are the same. Compromise is mutual. Marxism doesn't compromise. When only one side compromises, that's acquiescence. It's precisely what got us where we are today.

Reagan did say that he would rather have an elected official who voted with him 75% of the time then one who vote against him 100% of the time

Rather than a paraphrase of Reagan, I'll give you his exact words on the subject:

A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
- Ronald Reagan (CPAC, 1975)

236 posted on 04/28/2009 10:10:28 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: kellynla

Well, the asshole is finally lining up with the other assholes. Good riddance.


237 posted on 04/28/2009 10:10:35 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I heard Rush open his program with this today.

Quoting Gov Goodhair: “Adios MOFO.”


238 posted on 04/28/2009 10:11:29 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: TomGuy
Sen. Thad Cochran (Mississippi)

If he does he can kiss his career goodbye.

239 posted on 04/28/2009 10:11:31 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: umgud
He's gonna become a republican?

ROTFLMAO. Just choked on a pretzel!

240 posted on 04/28/2009 10:11:41 AM PDT by Kudsman
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To: kellynla

I can’t comment until I’ve consulted the Scottish law.


241 posted on 04/28/2009 10:13:35 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Librerals are more dangerous to liberty than terrorists.)
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To: kellynla


I know, I know ... and they bought it all for 4 terms.
BTW What's for lunch in the WH dining room today?
242 posted on 04/28/2009 10:14:22 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nyconse

Reagan is an ideal that is unrealistic to many conservatives, they don’t take the time to dig up the verifiable history of Reagan policy and diplomacy.

For some reason Reagan is often painted by conservatives as a “no new taxes”, staunch social conservative and a no government libertarian when in reality, he was a brilliantly pragmatic politican. He championed many of our causes, knew he couldn’t champion them all, but took what he could get and in the end got a lot becuase he was willing to maneuver.

The fact that Reagan raised taxes 7 times (every year but one) during his 8 years points to the fact that he was a realist and his realism and his reasoning skills made him a superb politician as properly defined. The definition being willing to compromise and acting pragmatically in the face of reality.


243 posted on 04/28/2009 10:14:34 AM PDT by jackmercer
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To: gondramB

roflol!


244 posted on 04/28/2009 10:15:08 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: GeronL

Yessir!

Clean out the party ... purge it of all the RINO’s!

Make it a CONSERVATIVE party once again ...


245 posted on 04/28/2009 10:16:59 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: gondramB
That's just wrong!
246 posted on 04/28/2009 10:17:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Librerals are more dangerous to liberty than terrorists.)
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To: Liberty Valance

247 posted on 04/28/2009 10:18:23 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kellynla

Good news for a change!


248 posted on 04/28/2009 10:19:50 AM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Fiddlstix

Ding! Dong!
The RINO’s gone!
The RINO’s gone!
Ding! Ding! Dong!

http://www.cyberbee.com/yesteryear/oz_37.mp3

:)


249 posted on 04/28/2009 10:20:23 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: TomGuy

That shows that those folks care more about being reelected than they do about principles. How any decent, even moderate Republican could switch to a liberal democrat shows they have no scruples at all.


250 posted on 04/28/2009 10:24:21 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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