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Specter To Switch Parties: (fillibuster-proof majority with Franken)
Washington Post ^ | 4/28/09 | Chris Cillizza

Posted on 04/28/2009 9:29:46 AM PDT by Nachum

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; parties; specter; supermajority; switch
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Crap.
1 posted on 04/28/2009 9:29:47 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Wonder what the dems will give him.


2 posted on 04/28/2009 9:30:21 AM PDT by edcoil (Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner Liberty is a well-armed lamb)
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To: Nachum

Spectre, Snowe and Collins usually voted with them anyways


3 posted on 04/28/2009 9:30:52 AM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com LIBERTY FICTION at libertyfic.proboards.com)
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To: Nachum

And so what ... he voted with the progressives on all critical issues anyway. Never forget that part.


4 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:09 AM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, your surrender your rights.)
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To: Nachum

Yeah, look for Collins and Snowe to make the leap also.


5 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:12 AM PDT by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: edcoil

I hope he’s as big a pain in the ass to the Dems as he was to the GOP.


6 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:30 AM PDT by SeanOGuano
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To: Nachum

Thanks for nothing, Arlen!


7 posted on 04/28/2009 9:31:41 AM PDT by meandog (There are bad no dogs, only bad owners--the only good bad owner is one mauled by a good bad dog!)
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To: Nachum
April 14, 2009

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey,

"Article"

8 posted on 04/28/2009 9:32:06 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (Proud Member of the DHS radical list since 2008)
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To: Nachum

No, no, no!! This is GREAT news for conservatives!! :-)

2010 is just around the corner. Big changes will be coming as liberal extremists like Arlen Specter will get voted out of congress!! The bottom line is that everyone has a wallet, and all this taxing and spending will be in full force come election time! Kiss most of the dems in congress goodbye then!


9 posted on 04/28/2009 9:32:09 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: Nachum

Good news!


10 posted on 04/28/2009 9:32:14 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: edcoil

30 pieces of silver.


11 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:00 AM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: "I'll loan you all the money you need to get out of debt.")
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To: Tarpon

I’m not too concerned about it. The democrats already had a fillibuster proof majority with Specter on “our” side.


12 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: umgud

All three of them (Snowe, Collins and Specter) have no conservative values anyway. If they were honest, they never would have run as Republicans to begin with. Dishonesty abounds in Washington from the president on down.


13 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:07 AM PDT by azlinda (Welcome to the continuing Demoncrat pity party.)
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To: meandog
Is his switching parties allowed under Scottish rules?

(I think we know the answer from Scottish history).

14 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:32 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Nachum
Didn't make any difference: the Dems were willing to prostitute the "reconciliation" procedures to pass legislation with a simple majority, and as far as confirmations go, the stinking RINOs in the Senate have a habit of rolling over anyway.

We made this situation inevitable as long as we tolerated Bush's "big government" pseudo-conservatism and the Republicans' K-Street corruption racket.

15 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:48 AM PDT by pierrem15 ("Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Nachum

They already have it with Arlen, Collins and Snowe.


16 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:49 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Nachum

Crap?? - this is great! We get rid of a RINO and send him as a DINO into the enemy camp. This now ‘cleanses’ the way for more conservatives. I hope McCain goes too!


17 posted on 04/28/2009 9:33:56 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Nachum

Slime is as slime does.

Spector is not official slime - instead of RINO slime.


18 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:05 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: azlinda

Where’s Joe Lieberman?


19 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:11 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Nachum

Doesn’t change a thing.


20 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:13 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: meandog

He saw that he was far behind Toomey, and made a deal with Obama and Fast Eddie. This is a smart thing to do from his point of view. He’d have had far more credibility had he’d stayed indie like Lieberman. Now he just looks like he ‘s trying to save his ass.

Oh well, at least he help get Alito and Roberts through. Give him that much.

Best,

Chris


21 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:24 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: umgud
And then we can have real elections ... Have you noticed how the progressives straddle the aisle. Won't be long now, before we wonder where the Constitution went, and how we let it slip away.

It's time to out them for what they are, progressives who want to destroy the Constitution. Most Americans do not live their lives the way the progressives want them to, and don't intend to change.

22 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:35 AM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, your surrender your rights.)
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, that’s “now”, not “not”.

I hate it when I do that.


23 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:39 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Nachum
April 14, 2009

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey,

"Article"

24 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:45 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (Proud Member of the DHS radical list since 2008)
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To: edcoil
Wonder what the dems will give him.

Considering his "service" to the Dems, I'd say a pat on the head, and they won't have to do anything but reach down.
25 posted on 04/28/2009 9:34:49 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Nachum
So, I apologize for my ignorance, but does that occur TODAY, or do we wait until 2010?

Seems kind of shady a man can run as a (R) and then change midstream and serve as a (D)....<>Oh wait, I guess he was doing that already....Hmmmm

26 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:05 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: Nachum

And how much money did the G.O.P. give to this bastard to help him get re-elected?
Not to mention G.W. Bush helping to get his sorry butt re-elected, nice going G.W., not that we needed another REAL republican.


27 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:07 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Nachum
It appears the Democracy approach is a squandering of time and effort.

28 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:10 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: cripplecreek

Specter, Snowe, Collins and McCain.

Specter is all about Specter ... And getting re-elected.


29 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:38 AM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, your surrender your rights.)
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To: edcoil
Good ridden take Snowe and Collins.
30 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:41 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Nachum

Nothing is filibuster proof. Truth is not all democrats feel thrilled about what us going on in the country. No guarantee that Arlen will even be around next time. He knew he would lose to Toomey so he is trying to find a place to hide. Won’t work with those who supported him the first time. Won’t work with the lefties who didn’t support him last time


31 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:42 AM PDT by the long march
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To: cripplecreek
I’m not too concerned about it. The democrats already had a fillibuster proof majority with Specter on “our” side.

Whether the Dems have a filibuster-proof majority or not doesn't matter. Does anybody believe that the Republicans in the Senate would ever have had the motivation or the guts actually to employ a real filibuster? The answer isn't no, it's HELL no.
32 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:53 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Nachum

EVERYTHING IS NOW OFFICIALLY THE DEMOCRATS' FAULT! YIPPEE!


33 posted on 04/28/2009 9:35:59 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Nachum

Et tu, Sphincter?

Useless traitor and backstabber


34 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:01 AM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: Nachum

It’s irrelevant. He’s not switching parties since we only have a one socialist Republicrat party system.


35 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:08 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: edcoil

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


36 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:10 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Nachum
Less abilty for Dems to say they have "bipartisan support". Heck, give 'em all the RINOs and be done with it!

Look, the writing was on the wall, Spector was going to get creamed in the primary and he took easy way out.

37 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:16 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Nachum

At least his . . .

STINKY PEDIGREE will now be overtly evident in more ways than usual . . . with the more accurate label.


38 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:16 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Nachum
It just goes to show you it is all about them. These politicians stand for little more than reelection. Shame on Pa for electing this bum in the first place and shame on the GOP for standing up for him against principle.
39 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:30 AM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: hoosierham
Is his switching parties allowed under Scottish rules?

LOL! Like Robert the Bruce in the movie Braveheart.

40 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:40 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: pillut48

I sure hope so. As it stands now, 1/2 of our country has no representation at all.


41 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:41 AM PDT by RC2 (FREEDOM)
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To: pillut48

Curb your enthusiasm. A filibuster-proof Senate working with Obama will be able to do a great deal of damage to the Republic before the new Congress is seated in 2011. It is waaay too early to celebrate. Specter has always been a worm, and the biggest mistake Bush made was making sure he got re-elected the last time. This sucks for several different reasons.


42 posted on 04/28/2009 9:36:51 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Nachum

At least he made it official ... we all knew long time ago.


43 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:11 AM PDT by zeaal
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To: Nachum

The vast bulk of the Senate has been sold down the treasonous river for decades.

SpectRE was a place holder on the pretend opposition side.


44 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:18 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Nachum
What does Specter expect to get from being a Democrat? It's not like Leahy will move aside and give up his Judiciary Committee Chairmanship.

Will Republicans remove Specter from his committee assignments? Do Democrats have enough slots to keep Specter on the committees he's currently on now?

-PJ

45 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:26 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: Nachum
Spector knew he would lose in the primary. This is all about HIM, screw the rest of the country. Good riddance! Count me in for a contribution to his opponent.
46 posted on 04/28/2009 9:37:42 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Nachum

What took you so long, Judas?


47 posted on 04/28/2009 9:38:07 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: zeaal

Great news! Remove the cancer grow the party...


48 posted on 04/28/2009 9:38:16 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: Nachum
Crap.

Describes Specter to a T.

49 posted on 04/28/2009 9:38:22 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20 (Socialism is a good idea until you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Nachum

More than anything, I think this represents the notion that he probably was going to lose in the GOP primaries.


50 posted on 04/28/2009 9:38:26 AM PDT by big black dog
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