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Sources: Specter intends to switch parties (AP)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/09 | David Espo - ap

Posted on 04/28/2009 9:13:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – Several officials say veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties, advancing his own hopes of winning a new term next year while pushing Democrats one step closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.

The sources said an announcement could come later in the day — or Wednesday. The officials who provided the information did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss his plans.

Specter is a 79-year-old veteran of five Senate terms, and one of only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 111th; bushlegacy; democrats; gop; parties; rovelegacy; sources; specter; switch
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1 posted on 04/28/2009 9:13:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

He has always been a dem. Just making it official.


2 posted on 04/28/2009 9:14:54 AM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do work Americans won't do)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good bye you son of a bitch!!!


3 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:02 AM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives.”

rotflmao!


4 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:12 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t let the door hit you in the arse you loser.


5 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:23 AM PDT by West Texas Chuck (US out of the UN - UN out of the US)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wish he had done this a couple of decades ago, but better late than never.

And this is why I detest self proclaimed ‘moderates’ and why my tagline is what it is.


6 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:26 AM PDT by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Feh. A pox on you for waiting this long to admit it.


7 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m of two minds on this. I hate to see 60 Dems, but good riddance to one of the biggest RINOs in the Senate.


8 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:48 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: NormsRevenge

Dont let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!!!!!!


9 posted on 04/28/2009 9:15:59 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a coward.


10 posted on 04/28/2009 9:16:23 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good f**king riddance!!


11 posted on 04/28/2009 9:16:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Arlen Specter’ you are using up too much natural resourses!!! Time to go:-)


12 posted on 04/28/2009 9:16:41 AM PDT by geo40xyz (BE PREPARED: Geo The Engineer so smart, he doesn't need a TelePrompter to speak. Unlike the AH:-))
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To: CASchack

Good this way he can stop giving cover to the rats


13 posted on 04/28/2009 9:16:47 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Something stinks in DC, oh it is just B.O)
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To: NormsRevenge

Been sleeping with them long enough, might as well make it legit.


14 posted on 04/28/2009 9:17:33 AM PDT by texas_mrs (Obama, bail out my 401K.)
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To: NormsRevenge

How would we notice the difference?


15 posted on 04/28/2009 9:17:44 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good riddence to bad rubbish.


16 posted on 04/28/2009 9:17:46 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reading Specter’s statement, I conclude we have a victory for conservatives.

Specter ran off because he was going to lose the primary.

First, we just moved the GOP to the right.
Second, we now have a choice between a centrist and a conservative, whereas 2010 would have been centrist and liberal without Toomey. We are actually in BETTER shape now than if Toomey ran against Specter in the primary.

Third, we have just made it clear that stimulus support equates to losing GOP primaries.

Toomey will face an uphill battle in a general election of Toomey v Specter, but it will be no more uphill than against a lib Dem.


17 posted on 04/28/2009 9:18:15 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: NormsRevenge

I usually don’t like ‘net acronyms or profanity online but Specter is a POS.


18 posted on 04/28/2009 9:18:26 AM PDT by relictele
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To: CASchack

Absolutely!

We can hope until 2010 he won’t be a factor...then hope he is sent the he11 home.

[How DO you spell secession?]


19 posted on 04/28/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero's political stylings since 1-20-09!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not going to happen, Arlen baby! There won’t be ANY dems in congress once we have the 2010 elections, not after all the damage they and HolyO have caused America!!

Perfect timing, you big ol’ RINO you! LOL! :-)


20 posted on 04/28/2009 9:19:30 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not surprising. I never trusted him.


21 posted on 04/28/2009 9:19:58 AM PDT by DesertRenegade
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To: NormsRevenge

The traitorous SOB may as well switch. Get him to take some more RINOs with him!


22 posted on 04/28/2009 9:20:07 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: NormsRevenge

Mr. Specter(”Howard Sprague”) couldn’t switch a light bulb.


23 posted on 04/28/2009 9:20:14 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: pillut48

He is going to do this and lose in the primary to a radical liberal.

This should be fun to watch.


24 posted on 04/28/2009 9:20:44 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The time has come to tell the salmon-eating international busybodies to mind their own business.")
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To: NormsRevenge
Boy, Bush and Santorum really look like geniuses for helping this creep survive in 2004, don't they?

Why do we have so many idiots on our side?
25 posted on 04/28/2009 9:21:06 AM PDT by Antoninus (Now accepting apologies from repentant Mittens.)
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To: NormsRevenge

There is no such thing as a “moderate” Republican, just as there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muhammadan.

This is why the GOP must have a very ‘tight’ conservative agenda. The “moderate” aka Blue Dog Democrats need to switch Parties, too.

Guess that includes me.


26 posted on 04/28/2009 9:21:19 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (The Constitution & Bill of Rights stand as a whole. Remove any part & nullify the whole.)
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To: NormsRevenge
A big thank you to the GOP establishment for backing the POS against Toomey. As always, help left-wing scum and take it in the shorts.

I'm happy to say I have voted against Specter at every opportunity. Now I won't have to search the ballot to do so.

27 posted on 04/28/2009 9:21:29 AM PDT by garv (Conservatism in '12)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Then he will want to switch back!


28 posted on 04/28/2009 9:21:42 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: NormsRevenge

Specter + Franken (puke) = 60

So what will it take to get Leiberman to caucus with the GOP?


29 posted on 04/28/2009 9:22:06 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: NormsRevenge

Specter To Switch Parties
By Carl Hulse

Ryan McFadden/Reading Eagle, via Associated Press

Senator Arlen Specter faced a tough primary race against former Representative Pat Toomey.Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said he would switch to the Democratic party Tuesday, potentially presenting Democrats with a possible 60th vote and the power to break Senate filibusters as they try to advance the Obama administration’s new agenda.

Congressional aides and others close to the long-time Republican party maverick said Mr. Specter, who faced a difficult re-election next year, was going to announce he would become a Democrat.

If Al Franken prevails in his ongoing court case in Minnesota and Mr. Specter begins caucusing with Democrats, Democrats would have 60 votes and the ability to deny Republicans the chance to stall legislation. Mr. Specter was one of only three Republicans to support President Obama’s economic recovery legislation.

“We will welcome him with open arms,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan.


30 posted on 04/28/2009 9:22:10 AM PDT by balls
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To: HighlyOpinionated

Specter is a political whore, always has been and always will be. His credo: What’s in it for me?


31 posted on 04/28/2009 9:22:40 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: NormsRevenge

Anyone here think the Mike Steele may have given Arlen a shove?


32 posted on 04/28/2009 9:23:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: NormsRevenge

What a weakling and fraud.
He’s takes money from the RNC under false pretenses and turns tail when the going gets tough.
Coryn has egg all over his face now ,too.
Please take Collins, Snowe and McCain with you.
They all deserve each other.


33 posted on 04/28/2009 9:24:37 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: NormsRevenge
This is very good news. Steele and the other GOP bigwigs won't have to support Specter any longer for fear of losing a so-called Republican seat.
34 posted on 04/28/2009 9:25:09 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: NormsRevenge

Specter switches back from whence he came. He was a Dem until he wanted the nomination for Philadelphia DA and switched to the GOP only to get an available nomination, not for any reasons of principle.


35 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:06 AM PDT by mak5
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To: NormsRevenge

Does that mean that Cornyn and the other losers will no longer support him for reelection?


36 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:07 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: NormsRevenge

The leadership of the GOP is no better than union thugs. They back the most senior members irrespective of their leftist ideology.

The NRSC was ready to back this idiot for re-election right up to the time he switched parties.

This is why the public doesn’t take the leadership at the RNC and the NRSC seriously.


37 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:23 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: NormsRevenge

FoxNews just announced this. So I guess we can count on nationalized healthcare etc.


38 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:41 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: NormsRevenge

THE man of principle - winning an election is the only thing matters.


39 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:46 AM PDT by monocle
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It is tactically bad news to lose a Republican Senator, and an even-occasionally Republican vote.

Having said that, I've held Spectre in absolute contempt since he borked Bork. He's an opportunistic, morally-clueless traitor. I'm just happy he's removing the veil so we can actually see the T-shirt now.

40 posted on 04/28/2009 9:26:49 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: NormsRevenge

Good riddance to Arlen Sphincter!....All Rino’s get the hell out!


41 posted on 04/28/2009 9:27:08 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge

Good riddance, Specter, you piece of filth!

And Thanks a lot! George Bush, for helping him get re-elected! We really needed that!

Harry Reid will make Snarlin’ Arlen King for a Day...


42 posted on 04/28/2009 9:27:56 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder what pay off Sphincter is going to get for helping Dems pass national healthcare reform. That’s what this is all about, really. Dems don’t think they can take public opposition to passing healthcare reform under budget reconciliation. Now with Sphincter’s traiterous switch they have 60 votes and can pass it w/out legislative gimmicks.


43 posted on 04/28/2009 9:28:15 AM PDT by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

From your lips to God’s ears!


44 posted on 04/28/2009 9:28:27 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: NormsRevenge

Good riddance to that piece of rubbish.


45 posted on 04/28/2009 9:28:52 AM PDT by Cricket24
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To: NormsRevenge

Alwrong Spincter, backstabbing SOB or two-faced b@stard? At this point, it’s hard to tell.


46 posted on 04/28/2009 9:28:55 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m contributing to the candidacy of any opponent of Spector, Snow and Collins.


47 posted on 04/28/2009 9:30:04 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: US Navy Vet

Didn’t Steele get the job to ‘clean house’?

I hope he used a size 14 boot


48 posted on 04/28/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: chris_bdba

“FoxNews just announced this. So I guess we can count on nationalized healthcare etc.”

As pathetic as Specter is, this is going to cause A LOT of damage. Along with the fraud in Minnesota.


49 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:29 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: RexBeach

Hey! Howard Sprague had infinitely more integrity and pep than Spectre ever has!


50 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:55 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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