Arlen Specter on why he’s switching parties:
Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.
Specter has a lot of company. After the Bush/Cheney years, 21% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans, and it isn’t because Republicans are generally perceived as insufficiently conservative.
But don’t expect this latest setback to cause any introspection or self-examination at all by the 21-percenters, who instead are predictably pointing and shrieking at that traitorous backstabbing RINO.
What’s evident is that Specter’s switch has nothing really to do with ideology. He ran in 1980 as part of the Reagan Revolution — and nothing the Republicans are doing today is any more conservative (or in MSM-speak, "extreme") than the Reagan platform in 1980.
I read that he was switching parties, but I was disappointed to learn he’s still a Democrat.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
TRUTH IN LABELLING: Specter switches to Democrat.
Filibuster-proof majority, here we come. As if we didn’t pass enough the first 100 days.
Let’s be honest-Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.
Self-awareness has never been the wingnuts’ strong suit.