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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:21 PM
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SNAP ANALYSIS - Specter defection a sharp blow to Republicans
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Arlen Specter's abrupt move to switch allegiance to President Barack Obama's Democratic Party was a sharp blow to Republicans and will likely generate more soul-searching for the minority party.

His decision to seek re-election as a Democrat next year was a nakedly political move to hang on to power.

* If he had remained a Republican, he faced a tough challenge for the party's nomination in Pennsylvania's 2010 Senate race from conservative Pat Toomey. The moderate Specter beat Toomey in a tight primary in 2004 but faced an even tougher battle this time.

* As far as the Republican base was concerned, his biggest Achilles' heel was his support for Obama's $787 billion (537 billion pound) economic stimulus bill. That bill passed the U.S. Congress in February with support from only three Republicans -- Specter and Maine senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

More....

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE53R60M20...

There is an interesting comment on this switch ~~ which I consider a GOP Sour Grapes BS statement about this being about the Repukes wanting to be a majority party or being "intellectually pure" in regard to the loss of Specter.

Ummmmmmm....doesn't one need to have some intellect BEFORE one can opinion about its purity?

:shrug:
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:23 PM
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1. Yeah these days breathing in and out is a sharp blow for them
And to paraphrase Bogie, "They'll always have Sarah Palin."
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:27 PM
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3. Oh, yeah....
...Ms. Gov. Purity Party...how in the hell could they get along without stellar RW stock like that!

:rofl:
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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:27 PM
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2. "...will likely generate *more* soul-searching..."?
That assumes they've done any soul-searching thus far! Of course, it also assumes that they have souls to begin with.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:28 PM
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4. Elimination list so far for Pubbies:
Edited on Tue Apr-28-09 03:29 PM by Hepburn
They lack:

1. Intellect

2. Soul

Ummmmmm....that kinda says a lot! :hi:

Edit for typo
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:32 PM
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5. I thought his name was Arlen Spincter
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:35 PM
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6. LOL....
....today, that might be what some of the Pubbies are calling him!
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rollingrock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:38 PM
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7. Specter knows its his only chance of holding onto his seat
And he voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore, among other appalling decisions. I hope the voters toss him out on his ass.
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 03:48 PM
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8. It's time for
SCHAENFRUEDE!
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