Arlen Specter – Canary in the Republican Coal Mine ~ dnd


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.



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27 responses to “Arlen Specter – Canary in the Republican Coal Mine ~ dnd

  1. dog's eye view

    Excellent post, and particularly the PS.

    Off topic, but here are beagles aiding the cause of science.

  2. dnd

    Olympia Snow: “We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter”

  3. horsedooty

    I have to think there are some soiled under pants today wherever Repubs meet to discuss this sudden change. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of creeps.

  4. dog's eye view

    NYTimes Sunday magazine preview: “After the Great Recession” — David Leonhardt interview with President Obama.

    “On April 14, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, trying to explain why he was taking on so many economic issues so early in his administration. He argued that the country needed to break its bubble-and-bust cycle and cited the New Testament in calling for a new economic foundation for the nation. This foundation would be built on better schools, alternative energy, more affordable health care and a more regulated Wall Street, he said. Later that afternoon (shortly before the Obama family introduced its new dog, Bo, on the South Lawn of the White House), I sat down with the president to talk about how his agenda might change daily life in this country.”

  5. dnd

    On this day in 1967, Aretha Frankin singing “Respect” hit the airwaves:

  6. dog's eye view

    Interesting re “Respect.” Great record.

    Found a copy of Diana Ross and the Supremes’ 45, Love Child, yesterday in a second hand store. Cannot wait to play it at home. Loved that song. So melodramatic.

  7. Morning peeps.

    The party of newt, ouch!

  8. dog's eye view

    Balloon Juice discussion on the Snowe op ed.

  9. dog's eye view

    re Snowe’s article: she quotes Saint Ronald here:

    “It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.” He continued, “As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”


    OK. Although we’re in an economy in free fall, and government spending has become a once in three generations prescription for propping up our economy. Some of even St. Ronald’s principles and bromides need retooling in the face of current situation and realities. (Real reality, not the “we create our own reality” that got us into this.)

    Down the road, or maybe now, need to take a good hard look at deregulation and which of its effects might be mitigated to promote sounder longterm growth (in a responsible manner).


    A Balloon Juice commenter says increased national healthcare will provide real liberty to Americans who want to escape being tied to their jobs for healthcare.

    Agree on that form of liberty.

    We could see a burst of entrepreneurial activity, and sane risk-taking.

  10. dnd

    “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.”

    I guess the only way for Snow to appeal to the far right is to bring up Reagan’s revisionist history. During Reagan’s term:
    restraining spending: govn’t spending increased by $386.3 billion. Deficits increased on average by 3.1%/year.

    pro-growth policies, tax reduction: higher taxes for lower and middle class. Lower for upper class.

    sound national defense: a failed “star wars” system and Iran-Contra.

    maximum individual liberty: AG Edwin Meese and pornography.

  11. dnd

    “Energy Secretary Steven Chu this morning announced the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden will receive $110 million in federal economic-stimulus funds — $10 million toward its wind-power testing facility and $100 million for construction and upgrades. ”

    Chump change, but it’s a start. Previous administration cut NREL’s funding.

  12. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 — 5:00 PM ET

    World Health Organization Warns Nations to Prepare for Flu Pandemic

    An alert from the World Health Organization signaled that the
    swine flu virus could pose a prolonged public health threat.

  13. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 — 5:56 PM ET

    Bank of America Shareholders Remove Chairman

    Bank of America shareholders stripped Kenneth D. Lewis of his
    chairman’s title on Wednesday while allowing him to remain
    president and chief executive, a vote that may mark the
    beginning of the end of his leadership at the embattled bank.
    Walter E. Massey will succeed Mr. Lewis as chairman, the bank

  14. Senate just passed the prez’s budget, yee haw!

  15. boy it’s a big day, Chrysler and Fiat have reached agreement.

  16. Everyone press conference ready?

  17. dog's eye view

    watching avidly.

  18. dog's eye view

    A good man to play the hand that has been dealt us.

  19. dnd

    I’d give it a B-. I wish he’d give brief, concise answers and take more questions, rather than rambling on. That must be in the president’s manual since they all seem to do that.

  20. B+, I would have liked more info on health care, he got some good subtle slams in of the way the GOP has been operating in regard to what makes for bipartisanship.

  21. dog's eye view

    A-, but you know dog and grade inflation.

    From Balloon Juice: can you imagine Sarah Palin at this presser?

    another: I would be slitting my wrists.

  22. dnd

    “can you imagine Sarah Palin at this presser?”

    I’d do a shot every time she said “also, too.” Probably be dead drunk in the first five minutes.

  23. See Playboy Journalist get waterboarded.

    Now when is Sean Hannity going to man up and be a man?

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