Arlen Specter Leaves the Party of No

Everybody’s heard the news by now. Here’s a roundup of commentary and reaction in blogtopia and elsewhere.

Jonathan Chait thinks Arlen Specter is an “unprincipled hack.”

I think that’s a bit harsh. Obviously, Specter’s poor nonexistent chances of winning the Republican primary in 2010 factored into his thinking, but he’s apparently been mulling over this move for a long time. Besides, it’s kinda obvious by now that the Republican Party doesn’t want any moderates in its midst.

Here’s Arlen Specter’s press statement.

GOP reaction?

Specter is a hypocrite and a traitor.

He is “not only disrespectful, but downright rude.

The Club for Growth was too shocked for words.

At Power Line, Paul tells us Specter is an opportunist and John cannot quite remember Meg Ryan’s name.

William Kristol: “Good news for Republicans.”

Rush Limbaugh: “Take McCain and his daughter with you. … It’s ultimately good. You’re weeding out people who aren’t really Republicans.”

Meghan’s return slam: “RED TIL I’M DEAD BABY!!! I love the republican party enough to give it constructive criticism, I love my party and sure as hell not leavin!”

Maybe we’ll be lucky and get another moderate, and thus not real, Republican.

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3 Responses to “Arlen Specter Leaves the Party of No”

  1. 1 in 5 are republicans in us – they will be extinct soon

  2. Richard says:

    Specter has been a closet Democrat for years. All I can say is. “don’t let the door hit you in the rear end as you leave”. Good riddance,

  3. Larry says:

    Hey, I’m not jumping on the Spector bandwagon until i see how he is on Democratic issues we already know how he is with the freedom of choice act (thumbs down) and how about gay equaliy? theres a lot of question to be answered by Mr. Spector before i even think to vote for him

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