Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Breaking: The GOP isn't learning a lesson from Specter's switch

Somehow I ended up on an email list for the national GOP (I *did* sign up for McCain campaign updates last year and my guess is that the McCain campaign gave their email list to the national party), and today Michael Steele, chair of the GOP was firing off insults while trying to use Specter's move to the Democratic Party as a fundraising tool.

From the email (emphasis mine) -
Arlen Specter handed Barack Obama and his band of radical leftists nearly absolute power in the United States Senate...

Steele's email pitch was also filled with loaded buzzwords - "craven", "self-serving", "defection", "destructive", "Benedict Arnold", "European Welfare State", and more.

Anybody else get the impression he's ticked off?


I sort of wonder how much of his outrage is authentic. It's not as if people on both sides of the aisle didn't see Specter's switch coming. There was no real surprise in the move. In addition, with the loss of the NY20 special election, Steele may be feeling some imminent scapegoating coming his way.

By the way - President Obama has a "band of radical leftists"??


Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State - DLC to the core

Tim Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury- He's a disciple of Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.

Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense - One of *Bush's* Defense Secretaries.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security - She still is the boogey monster of the AZGOP, but she's a Chamber of Commerce Dem through and through. She never met a pro-business idea that she didn't like.

If Steele considers the likes of them to be "radicals" it can only be by the standards of that part of the Republican Party that Specter says compelled him to switch parties. By real world standards, they moderate, even conservative, Democrats.

BTW - Steele is a D.C. politician. He hangs out with other D.C. politicians from both parties.

He wouldn't know a real radical if one sneezed on him and yelled "swine flew!!"


1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

Hey, hey, HEY! No critiquing of Janet Napolitano - she might think the Democrat tent is shrinking and jump ship to the Connecticut for Lieberman party. You really need to prevent that from happening.