I just read Specter’s announcement, and am delighted to hear that he laments the fact that Republicans have abandoned the Reaganesque principles of 1980. He’s not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party left him: “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right.”
Conservatives should be excited by this move. His switch to the Democrats means the possible revivial of conservative, Reagan-style Democrats. The 1980 Republican Platform was thoroughly conservative: it called for across-the-board tax cuts, a balanced budget, welfare reform, greater protection for private property, a constitutional amendment to restore legal protection to the unborn, an end to federal regulation of education, unequivocal opposition to socialized medicine, support for greater deregulation of health care, and laws promoting the “traditional family.”
I am delighted that Specter will be running on this platform. I urge my fellow conservatives to vote for a candidate of any party embracing such a platform.
Viva la revolution Reagan! Viva Specter!
[This work of satire has been restored. – NS]