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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-09-13 12:31 AM
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2. Arlen Specter changed parties twice.
Edited on Mon Sep-09-13 12:35 AM by No Elephants
In his case, it was strictly personal ambition. He changed from Democrat to Republican the first time because that's where the opening was for him to run. And he changed the second time because he could not win the Republican primary. But, he could not win the election, either. So he and Obama may have spoiled it for Sestak. Whatever may have been the case early in his career, I don't people today feel comfortable with a party switcher.

Much as Lieberman changed to Indie because he could not win either primary. However, Lieberman, one of very few founding members of the DLC who was not a Southern male, showed his true color when he campaigned for McCain. And Democrats still let him chair Homeland Security! He could not survive as an Indie for more than one election, though. Now he works in a conservative think tank.

Even Sanders changed to Indie rather than try to run openly statewide as a Democratic Socialist. (or maybe his views actually changed. I have no clue. I shampooed my mind reading kit and can't do a thing with it.)
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