Big breaking news today has shriveled Pennsylvania faux-Republican Arlen S.P.E.C.T.R.E. coming out of the closet and turning from the GOP to the Democrat Party.
“I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans,” he said.
No shit, Arlie. About 200 million Americans have known that for a whole decade or more, and you’re just figuring it out?
The truth of the matter is that S.P.E.C.T.R.E., who has been the most virulent traitor in the Republican senate caucus since Jim Jeffords, became a Democrat in issues that mattered long ago. He’s been a liability to the party for a long time and his continued backstabbing of conservatives has been a drag on the movement.
But S.P.E.C.T.R.E. never thought to turn his coat until he saw that it was very obvious Pennsylvania Republicans had enough of his Beltway act. Recent polls have him getting thrashed in next year’s GOP primary by Pat Toomey, a great conservative with intelligence, principle and charisma, so rather than subject himself to the judgement of the party who put him in the Senate in the first place S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has bailed on the people who supported him through 50 years (or however long it’s been) of crappy senatorship.
S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’s switch, which at some point will likely be added to the confirmation of the idiot Al Franken to a senate seat from Minnesota, gives the Democrats a 60-seat majority and eliminate the GOP’s ability to filibuster the worst of the Left’s excesses in Washington. The nation is going to get progressive government – GOOD AND HARD.
This is bad stuff, but if the Republican Party is to have a future it’s going to need to find a coherent message which can be articulated with force and verve. Worthless and unreliable representatives like S.P.E.C.T.R.E. whose only contributions to the movement are to sabotage and criticize it do nothing to add to that message, so shedding them – even if it involves short-term damage – is better in the long run.
I applaud S.P.E.C.T.R.E. for his deflowering. It’s the first honest thing he’s done in government. Now he’s the Democrats’ problem – hopefully only until the 2010 elections, at which time he can finally be put to pasture and forgotten.
Please consider giving Pat Toomey all the support you possibly can.