Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Newest Democrat: Benedict Arlen

Today, we've seen the birth of America's newest Democrat, as (Benedict) Arlen Specter supposedly succumbed to 5 years of wooing by the British -- I mean Democrats. In a press conference this afternoon (covered by the New York Times), Benedict Arlen made several comments I'd like to present for your perusal, along with my own analysis.

"I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

That's really an interesting statement, particularly considering that this news comes on the tails of recent polling data showing that Specter trails Pat Toomey, currently his only challenger in the Republican Primary, by a 15 percent margin. In what amounts to a pre-emptive admission of his impending defeat, Specter claims:

"...I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate."

Isn't this attitude bothersome to anyone else? He's unwilling to be held to account by the very people who elected him!

On the whole, it's clear that he's making this move just to win re-election. Most pundits seem to agree that his re-election is all but certain in the leftward-moving state of Pennsylvania. But let's look a little deeper, and see how his story has changed over the past two weeks. The following comments were made 13 days ago, when Arlen adamantly denied that he would ever leave the GOP:

"If we lose my seat they have 60 Democrats, they will pass card check, you will have the Obama tax increases, they will carry out his big spending plans. Those 41 [Republican] seats are the only thing standing between a Democratic avalanche of higher taxes, more spending, and card check."

Okay, so let's get this straight: Arlen understands all of these bad things will happen if the Dems get 60 seats -- and he clearly sees the seriousness of these policies for America. Yet, he still chose to place his own re-election interests above those of his nation, moving the Dems one seat closer to their holy grail of 60 seats. Yes, I dare say... it's only his first day, and he's already acting far more like a Democrat than a Republican.

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