Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter leaves GOP

In breaking news from The Hill -
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is leaving the Republican Party and will run in the Democratic primary in 2010.

Senate Republicans are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.
Specter's statement is available at politicalspa.com here.

This move, while it is sure to provoke much breast-beating and hair-rending from the GOPers (especially the wingnut variety in the blogosphere), it won't actually change much.

With the change in party affiliations, Specter goes from being one of the most centrist Republicans to being one of the most centrist Democrats.

Later...

2 comments:

Thane Eichenauer said...

"breast-beating and hair-rending" heay?

That sounds like Republicans should be dismayed and aghast at the departure?

Perhaps you should hang out with Republicans more often cause I am of the impression most Republicans will be celebrating the loss of what center of the Republican road Republicans think of as a poor example of a Republican for a fine example of a Republican.

Of course I could be wrong, I was only a Republican for a year.

cpmaz said...

Nah - the breast beating and hair rending will mostly come from the righty blogs and GOP functionaries who have to appear outraged.

My guess is that few people on either side of the aisle were surprised by Specter's move.