Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter is Out

David Frum explains why Specter's defection to the Democrats is just another blow to a Republican Party lead by the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
"Pat Toomey is of course the former president of the Club for Growth who planned to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Pennsylvania Republican primary. Polls showed Toomey well ahead – not because he is so hugely popular in the state, but because the Pennsylvania GOP has shriveled to a small, ideologically intense core. Toomey now looks likely to gain the nomination he has sought – and then to be crushed by Specter or some other Democrat next November.

The Specter defection is too severe a catastrophe to qualify as a “wake-up call.” His defection is the thing we needed the wake-up call to warn us against! For a long time, the loudest and most powerful voices in the conservative world have told us that people like Specter aren’t real Republicans – that they don’t belong in the party. Now he’s gone, and with him the last Republican leverage within any of the elected branches of government.

For years, many in the conservative world have wished for an ideologically purer GOP. Their wish has been granted. Happy?
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What’s that Rush? You want the McCains to leave the Party as well? That’s just great...

Update:
Allahpundit gives me the heads up to some truth bombs from Lindsay Graham.
"I don't want to be a member of the Club for Growth,” said Graham. “I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican party that can attract people from all corners of the country — and we can govern the country from a center-right perspective.”

“As Republicans, we got a problem,” he said."

1 comment:

Daniel Stark said...

Looks like the party is eating itself alive. I was wrong with my previous prediction that 2008 wouldn't change anything. Here's to the party I hardly knew. Voted for you once and never will again.

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