Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Specter: Republicans Killed Jack Kemp
The defection of Arlen Specter to the Democratic party has less to do with ideology than it does with Specter, who faced imminent defeat in a Republican primary, doing what he thinks he needs to do to remain in office. Many don't realize that Specter actually started out as a Democrat. His party affiliation is disposable.
The Democrats have been spinning this as a failing of the GOP in that there is no place for a "moderate" in the Republican party anymore. This argument is specious because of two things... first, Specter is not a moderate, he is a liberal. Second,he never cited ideology as his reason for departure. He has made it clear that this is a desperate attempt to save his political skin.
Sinking to new opportunistic lows, Specter suggested over the weekend that the GOP killed Jack Kemp because they didn't invest enough in cancer research.