GOP Senator Arlen Specter Switches Parties: Says GOP Too Right-Wing

April 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Startling news is coming out of Washington today, as GOP Senator, Arlan Specter announced he is switching parties. Specter is said to have informed President Obama late this morning of his decision to change political parties and join the democratic party. This apparently came as a surprise to White House staffers this morning.

Specter said he had been a Republican since 1966, and with the far-right move by the Republican party, his beliefs now fall within the policies of the democratic party.

Specter was widely criticized by members of his own party when he broke ranks from his “party of no” and voted for Obama’s stimulus bill, along with Republicans Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe. Facing a tough reelection in his Pennsylvania district as a Republican, with Republican leaders anxious to punish him for his stimulus vote, he will now run as a democrat.

This surprising move by Senator Specter, will now add to the numbers of democrats in the Senate, producing a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority over the republican minority; with the recent razor thin (expected) win by Al Franken in Minnesota adding to democratic numbers in the Senate.

This move by Specter also illustrates the increasing move by the republican party to the far-right, which is putting off many more, moderate Americans, as republican numbers dwindle. Senator Specter has scheduled a news conference later today to answer questions about his decision to change parties.

Are Susan Collins and Olympia Snow next? Is the Republican party becoming the endangered species of political parties?


Comments

4 Responses to “GOP Senator Arlen Specter Switches Parties: Says GOP Too Right-Wing”

  1. Old Man Dotes on April 28th, 2009 1:15 pm

    There’s still time for more Americans to desert the sinking Nazi Party, er, GOP ship, and move to less-offensive alignments.

  2. KYJurisDoctor on April 28th, 2009 1:25 pm

    Republicans have managed to PUSH the Senator to the other sides. If they don’t watch it, they’ll push Maine’s two Senators over, too. OsiSpeaks.com

  3. Life Long Republican on April 28th, 2009 2:00 pm

    I have been a life long Republican and I live in PA, but I don’t blame Specter. The right wing of the GOP is creating a situation where there is no room for moderates.

  4. Carson Tewani on May 19th, 2010 2:25 am

    Arlen Specter has been defeated by Joe Sestak. I estimate this defeat will certainly be a black spot in his political career. This can be also a major thumb down to The federal government.First Time Home Buyer Grants

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