Framing the Dialogue

Arlen’s Breach

The entire world is a buzz over Arlen Specter’s defection to the Democrat Party.  Many conservative Republicans (it is sad that we have to make that distinction these days) considered him a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and feel that we have not lost much.  It is all the Main Stream Media can do to contain themselves.  Rumour is that Chris Matthews had a MAJOR tingle up his leg.

The Democrats are gleeful at picking up a coveted seat in the Senate.  They did not even have to use the courts to “win” this one.  It seemed that all that it took was an invitation to the White House Super Bowl festivities.  He took some heat from radio host Laura Ingraham in an interview.  At the time most thought that the price of the invitation was Specter’s vote on the Stimulus.

That is not my theory as my experience with Sen. Specter is that he is all about Specter.  The decision was much easier than he is trying to claim:

  • He was far behind in the polls; it was very unlikely that he could win the Republican primary
  • Pennsylvania has a “sore loser” law that prohibits you from running in a general election if you have already lost a primary.  So no second chances for Arlen.
  • Pennsylvania has not had a strong Democrat candidate step forward.
  • Arlen is about Arlen is only about winning.  This was his only path to winning.

President Obama is tickled with the defection.  It seems the two narcissists must have hit it off while rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers to beat John McCain’s Arizona Cardinals.  Obama has indicated that he will campaign for Specter.  It will be interesting to see these two try to control the same stage.  The White House quickly quelled rumours that Specter would join the cabinet.  It seems that Senator Specter has paid his taxes which would seem to disqualify him.

It will also be interesting to see how Obama and the Democrats handle rejection when Arlen votes against one of their pieces of legislation.  You may have noticed that very few Dems actually “cross the aisle” and vote with the other side.  They seem to control their members quite closely and that will give Sen. Specter the opportunity to “show the country” how independent he is.

Senator Specter true to form in his first vote as a Democrat voted against his new party.  Though the Obama budget passed, Specter voted against it.  This could be fun, except for that whole destruction of our country via the insane policies of the Dems. 

In my mind, however, is the bigger question of campaign funds.  If you contributed to Republican Senator Arlen Specter’s campaign does that constitute a contract between you and the Senator?  If you contributed to the Republican candidate and he then switched to the Democrat party, which you would never support, is that then a breach?

If this is a breach, can they sue to get their money back? 

I hope that someone explores this concept.  I would, but would never have given money to Specter.  I voted for his opponent in the last primary and general election. 

I am looking forward to voting against him in November, 2010.

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