Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another one bites the dust

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter announced today he is switching parties, leaving the Republicans, immediately becoming a Democrat, and running to get the Dem nomination for the 2010 election.

Specter has always been a moderate Republican, pro-choice, for example, and was increasingly out of touch with the increasingly conservative, strident GOP which is rapidly becoming a regional party centered in the old slave states of the Confederacy.

When he made his announcement, Specter said, "I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

Well, duh.

I wonder when the GOP will realize that their policies - on abortion rights, on gays, on health care, on the environment - are just not cutting it with the American people. I think part of their problem is they have a little echo chamber, on Fox, on hate radio, in the NY Post/Washington Times/Wall Street Journal editorial page, egging them on - but they are speaking to a shrinking base among the country at large.

We may well one day see the GOP in wikipedia as a link to the whigs - once a valid political party, then went out of business.


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