Skip to comments.Sources: Specter intends to switch parties (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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He has always been a dem. Just making it official.
Good bye you son of a bitch!!!
“only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives.”
Don’t let the door hit you in the arse you loser.
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.
Feh. A pox on you for waiting this long to admit it.
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.
Dont let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!!!!!!
What a coward.
Good f**king riddance!!
“Arlen Specter’ you are using up too much natural resourses!!! Time to go:-)
Good this way he can stop giving cover to the rats
Been sleeping with them long enough, might as well make it legit.
How would we notice the difference?
Good riddence to bad rubbish.
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.
I usually don’t like ‘net acronyms or profanity online but Specter is a POS.
We can hope until 2010 he won’t be a factor...then hope he is sent the he11 home.
[How DO you spell secession?]
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! :-)
Not surprising. I never trusted him.
The traitorous SOB may as well switch. Get him to take some more RINOs with him!
Mr. Specter(”Howard Sprague”) couldn’t switch a light bulb.
He is going to do this and lose in the primary to a radical liberal.
This should be fun to watch.
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.
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.
Then he will want to switch back!
Specter + Franken (puke) = 60
So what will it take to get Leiberman to caucus with the GOP?
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 administrations 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 Obamas economic recovery legislation.
We will welcome him with open arms, said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan.
Specter is a political whore, always has been and always will be. His credo: What’s in it for me?
Anyone here think the Mike Steele may have given Arlen a shove?
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.
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.
Does that mean that Cornyn and the other losers will no longer support him for reelection?
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.
FoxNews just announced this. So I guess we can count on nationalized healthcare etc.
THE man of principle - winning an election is the only thing matters.
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.
Good riddance to Arlen Sphincter!....All Rino’s get the hell out!
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...
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.
From your lips to God’s ears!
Good riddance to that piece of rubbish.
Alwrong Spincter, backstabbing SOB or two-faced b@stard? At this point, it’s hard to tell.
I’m contributing to the candidacy of any opponent of Spector, Snow and Collins.
Didn’t Steele get the job to ‘clean house’?
I hope he used a size 14 boot
“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.
Hey! Howard Sprague had infinitely more integrity and pep than Spectre ever has!