I have not been this upset since Farty McMartin announced he was going to start eating at a different lunch table, and he was taking his egg salad sandwich with him.
Without a doubt, Arlen Specter's announcement today that he was making the bold switch from RINO to Democrat makes the Republican Party more conservative. And really, what votes could the conservatives have counted on from the ancient clinger anyway?
Apparently Senator Jim DeMint agrees:
“I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”This is, of course, nothing more than a move of political expediency. Specter above all wants to remain in office and he is trailing badly in the Senate polls among likely voters for next year's Republican primary in the state of Pennsylvania. Switching parties makes it likely that Specter will at least get into the general election as a Democrat without losing in the primary as a Republican.
This is not about principles. This is about getting elected.