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DT: roland stagedance
Posted on 2009.29.04 at 11:49


the pirate queen of norway
ashkitty at 2009-04-29 16:01 (UTC) ()
Because it's difficult for Independants to win primaries in many states.
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primroseburrows at 2009-04-29 16:12 (UTC) ()
Yeah, I figured that. He's got stuff to lose, and all.
newleaf31 at 2009-04-29 17:21 (UTC) ()
Yup, I agree. It was a totally opportunist move to ensure that he keeps his Senate seat at the next election.

But y'know, I really don't have a big problem with that, and not just because he moved to the Dems, which is a good thing in my view. I keep hearing people (Dem and Repub) talk about how unethical it is, how Sen. Specter is so lame for switching parties. Why? He himself said that, over his career, he was never serving his party, he was serving the people of PA. And he's done that -- he's been a fantastic senator for PA for five terms. When Joe Schmoe learns that the insurance company/investment firm/whatever that he works for is on the skids and that massive layoffs are coming, do people talk about what a jerk he is for finding a new job with a different company? Do they condemn him for disloyalty to the company that's now got his livelihood and his vocational passion hanging in the balance? No; it's no more than we expect. So why do I keep hearing so much condemnation of Sen. Specter? He thinks he has better chances on a Democratic ticket, and he almost certainly does. He'll get the backing of a hugely popular president, and he'll get to keep his status. Who WOULDN'T have done what he did?
the pirate queen of norway
ashkitty at 2009-04-29 17:53 (UTC) ()
I agree completely. And respect people who decide that when the party they've been belonging to no longer represents them, they choose a new one.
newleaf31 at 2009-04-29 18:36 (UTC) ()
Well, I certainly agree with that sentiment, too... and I daresay most people would, right? To clarify my rambling above :-p, what I mean is, I think Sen. Specter's move is pretty much entirely opportunistic, NOT particularly predicated on political ideology. Yes, a great many of his political views now accord more fully with the platforms of the Democratic Party instead of the GOP, absolutely. But that's been true for years now, and he hasn't changed his party allegiance. He was pretty transparent yesterday that he was switching parties because he thought it unlikely that he could beat the conservative Republican he'd be running against in the Pennsylvania primary (who's currently whipping him in the polls), but felt confident that he could keep his seat if he ran as a Democrat with the full backing of the Democratically controlled Senate and the v. popular Prez. If Specter was changing his affiliation primarily because of political ideology, I think he wouldn't get nearly as much vitriol. He's getting shredded because his move was motivated primarily (again, not exclusively) by political expediency. But I have no problem with that expediency. That's what I meant to say. :)

ETA: I must add, though, that if he'd moved SOLELY for the sake of expediency -- i.e., if it was clear that the majority of his political views accorded better with the GOP -- then I would have a big problem with it. That would be unethical. But Specter's been his own man for decades, leaning more and more towards moderate-liberal. I always had to remind myself that he was a Republican!

Edited at 2009-04-29 18:40 (UTC)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-04-30 02:23 (UTC) ()
Specter's been his own man for decades, leaning more and more towards moderate-liberal. I always had to remind myself that he was a Republican!

He seems to be more independent than Democrat, though, so sure, he's doing it for expediency. But like you said, he's not a Republican pretending he's not, he's an independent making a choice. And that's okay with me. I really do like him, anyway, BECAUSE he has that independent streak. He's almost in the same league with my hero Lincoln Chafee, although I think Chafee is ideologically more of a Democrat than Specter. I think he didn't become one because of a lot of reasons, one being that his late father (an old-school GOP guy whom I also love) would roll over in his grave.
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