Sen. Specter’s defection from the Republican party to the Democratic party should be a wake up call to the Republican party. The “Party of No,” i.e., no to anything the Democrats suggest, no new ideas, no to anything, like a spoiled, intemperate two year old, needs to get a clue.
Today’s Republican party is dominated by those only willing to point fingers and cast blame, not only at the opposition, but at each other. Each faction of the Republican party claims that they are the “true” conservatives, and the party of Reagan. Truth be told none are true conservatives, and they are the party of Gingrich. The party of individualism now has a mob mentality.
Lack of leadership and fissures in the Whig party brought about their demise. Unless they’re careful, similar problems may have similar results for the Republican party.
On this 100th day of the Obama administration, the chattering class will spend it analyzing the President’s performance to date. However one of the most significant events may be Arlen Specter switching parties.
p.s. As much as a concern this should be for the Republicans, it’s the Democrats that need to be careful. They’re in charge. They need to avoid the hubris that lead the Republican party to this point.