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StellaRay
09:29 PM on 03/10/2009
The demise of the GOP can be seen in its unwillingness to find room for a guy like Specter. A red guy who somehow has been able to hang on to the increasingly blue Pennsylvania. But isn't it just like those wild and crazy republicans to kick a gift horse in the mouth? Isn't is just like them to bury a guy who is the living, breathing example of the exclusiveness they claim to be after?

Many think they're looking at the same old GOP these days, but they aren't. The underbelly of the sweeping win for democrats last November was that moderate republicans, the low hanging fruit, were easily voted out---leaving only those from the reddest of red districts standing. Except for Specter, Snowe and collins.

The GOP seems dedicated to getting rid of them too. I would prefer a relevant opposition party, but I can hardly argue with 30 years of democrat rule. And that's just what the GOP is working on, so what can I say in the end but----bring it on, and know that it became so on the backs of GOP hubris.
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StellaRay
09:49 PM on 03/10/2009
I meant inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness at the end of first paragraph. Laughing at myself how a mistaken word typed in haste can really throw your argument off.
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christopherflynn
The wreligious wright is always rong...
03:33 PM on 03/11/2009
I think the intelligent reader knew what ya' meant...Great post!!!!
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alexis d
09:26 PM on 03/10/2009
Poor Arlen. A relic of a time when the Republican Party was sane. I've heard about those days; none of them have been in my lifetime, mind you.
10:23 PM on 03/10/2009
I remember those days. There were some very intelligent, caring Republicans. Some of them more progressive than Democrats. I remember as a kid being very confused as to the difference between the parties. Let's just say, the current Republican party is not the party of Lincoln. It really is the party of Rush and I don't see any way for it to change.
11:18 PM on 03/10/2009
The current Republican party would never be the party of Lincoln and are the Confederate Traitors they have always been. The light is just shining on their dirty souls.
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Yarrr
09:41 AM on 03/11/2009
Lincoln would be a progressive democrat nowadays.
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armadillo
Gee, I miss Ann Richards.
12:27 AM on 03/11/2009
LBJ would have never passed his desegregation legislation or voting rights legislation without Republicans. The Dems were in the dark back then.
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Kingstone
Independent- Out of box
09:17 PM on 03/10/2009
Well, if he does not win then he can run as an Independent.
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redsongia
is not Chicago
10:26 PM on 03/10/2009
I was just about to say...he's practically a Dem anyway. Pennsylvania is very pro NRA because they still hunt there and then the rest of the stuff is very in the center.
11:21 PM on 03/10/2009
Don't forget that Appalachia begins in Pennsylvania - Tobacco Road.
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considerthis
I try my best
09:23 AM on 03/11/2009
We have mostly progressive Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,- then all that beautiful landscape in between. It's really quite a hoot to visit some PA small towns
08:59 PM on 03/10/2009
could this be sour grapes from arlen for being passed over for leadership by his party??????
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ckfan
Conduct business honestly; spend money wisely
08:29 PM on 03/10/2009
We need Specter to stay right where he is in the Republican party. This way, every time he votes for one of President Obama's bills, the Prez can say he crossed party lines and got GOP support.
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Vere15
Vero nihil verious (nothing truer than truth)
08:22 PM on 03/10/2009
I wonder sometimes if Specter finds it hard to leave the GOP but would relish being pushed out so he could cross the floor. If it doesn't work, he will do some little kneejerk dance to get back into the GOP graces and then stray a little farther down the path the next time
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GravitonX
10^300 bosons could care less.
08:19 PM on 03/10/2009
Rebublicans always seem to have the wackiest, scariest minorities...Steele, Thomas, Gonzalez, Yoo, Rice, Keyes.
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bubbuh
08:24 PM on 03/10/2009
Wingnuts come in pairs. For every righty there is an equally whacko lefty. It's early days. Our frogs will churn their way to the top of the buttermilk, much to our chagrin.
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eden4barack08
"Just the facts, ma'am,"
08:44 PM on 03/10/2009
And the wackiest of them all Piyush Jindal.
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12:55 PM on 03/11/2009
No, no. It's Palin.
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Middleclassvotingbloc
08:11 PM on 03/10/2009
When it comes to Steele's leadership, Spector's take pretty much sums it up.
11:23 PM on 03/10/2009
Of course because he has the capacity to use logic unlike his colleagues.
08:05 PM on 03/10/2009
This clown has to go - with all the doom-sayer babble today about us being in worse shape than we know and that we're going into a depression - what kind of irresponsible crystal-ball governing is that? Should he be yapping at all about anything?
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ThomasMc
Christian morality is an oxymoron.
08:02 PM on 03/10/2009
The Republicans have finally succeeded in creating a permanent majority.
For the Democrats.
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eden4barack08
"Just the facts, ma'am,"
07:59 PM on 03/10/2009
He's going to be challenged by a conservative activist in the primary as pay back for his support of the Recovery Act. Unless we have a strong Dem running there, we should support Specter. He works well with Rendell too.
08:11 PM on 03/10/2009
Sorry no! Some of us remember the Specter's role in the Anita Hill questioning and his strong early support for Gonzales. In case you've forgotten...here's Anita Hill's comment on Specter -
"Specter began by assuring me that he was simply trying 'to find out what happened.' Nevertheless, in short order, any hope that Senator Specter would transcend the political was dashed. He began his questioning with an unmistakably prosecutorial tone. He used a familiar cross-examination tactic--a tactic common in sexual harassment cases. He ridiculed my reaction to Thomas' behavior, suggesting that I was being oversensitive, even to the point of misrepresenting my testimony.”

No - Specter can go....there are many progressive, competent, and electable Democrats ready to take his place in PA!
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SweetBabu
Don't wanna cry, so I guess I'll laugh
08:31 PM on 03/10/2009
I remember that well. I have held a grudge against Specter ever since the Anita Hill debacle. It was absolutely reprehensible the way he treated her. PA has gone pretty blue since those days. If we find the right Dem, he's beatable.
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eden4barack08
"Just the facts, ma'am,"
08:42 PM on 03/10/2009
"..there are many progressive, competent, and electable Democrats ready to take his place in PA!"

I sure hope so. I'd hate to lose it to a farther right winger than him.

Even the AFL-CIO thinks there's a chance he'll vote for EFCA and will stand by him if he does.
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teron678
A Pessimistic Optimist
08:18 PM on 03/10/2009
true ,,,,
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simplify
07:48 PM on 03/10/2009
Hello the Omnibus bill just passed
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siney
attitude of gratitude...
07:46 PM on 03/10/2009
my gawd, the rethugs party is an absolute mess...karma, baby...karma....
07:36 PM on 03/10/2009
The White House wasn't attacking Limbaugh. It was saying he was the leader of the Republicans.

It was a clever move that's been forcing Republicans to either embrace or reject Limbaugh since either choice carries with it political perils.
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oscartucker
"Let us march on 'til victory is won"
08:04 PM on 03/10/2009
The repubs love those old talking points! The White House is "attacking Limbaugh". They distort everything, even the statement that "Rush is their party's leader". Specter jumped on Steele ("Steele has said so many contradictory things, I wouldn't pay a whole lot of attention to him"), BUT he was careful not to really say anything about Limbaugh("It's a free country. Let Rush express himself") All of the republicans are afraid of Rush, including Specter. Rush is their leader.
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mdbmama
Southern liberal, lonely here
07:25 PM on 03/10/2009
That won't be happening any time soon unless something really big happens. Of course, Rush is looking bad. I don't wish bad things to happen to anyone - unlike some people we all know and laugh at - but .....