Arlen Specter is Not the Enemy

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With the departure of Republican Senator Arlen Specter from the GOP to the Democratic Party, President Barack Obama now has a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

Specter’s action represents the culmination of George W. Bush’s legacy. In January 2001, the Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. The treasury was running a surplus.

Eight years later, the country is basically bankrupt, and the Democratic Party controls the Presidency, the House, and now a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Americans are mad—especially conservative Americans. They don’t like who controls the White House. They don’t like who controls Congress. And they especially don’t like the opposition that is supposed to stand up to the Democrats in Washington.

According to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, job approval ratings for the Democratically-controlled Congress stand at about 28 percent. That’s pretty bad.

Normally, an opposition party could make hay with these numbers and recruit lots of new supporters. But there is little sign the Republican Party is doing that. In fact, a recent Pew Research poll revealed that GOP leaders have only a 28 percent approval rating—by REPUBLICAN VOTERS.

If Republican voters think so little of their own leaders, what must Democrats or Independents think?

And in truth, who can blame them?

Who spearheaded the first round of bailouts in the fall of 2008? President George Bush, a REPUBLICAN.

Which Congressmen switched their votes at the last minute to pass the first massive bailout bill? REPUBLICANS.

And who came to the aid of Senator Arlen Specter in 2004, when he was challenged by a conservative, pro-life opponent in the GOP primary? President Bush and Senator Rick Santorum, REPUBLICANS.

And the GOP wonders why it can’t raise any money! It wonders why the base doesn’t trust it!

Tears came to my eyes years ago as Senator Rick Santorum stood in the well of the United States Senate and passionately appealed to his colleagues to pass a ban on partial-birth abortion. There was deafening silence in the well as Santorum spoke. And, almost on cue, as Santorum finished his speech, a baby somewhere in the visitor’s gallery cried. It was one of the most powerful moments I have ever witnessed on Capitol Hill.

Fast-forward a few years to 2004. Liberal, pro-abortion Arlen Specter was fighting for his life in a hotly contested primary. Conservative, pro-life Pat Toomey was gaining fast and threatening an upset. So, Specter called in the Big Guns. President Bush made a surprise visit to Pennsylvania to campaign for Specter; and standing on stage with him was pro-life Senator Rick Santorum.

The conservative community was outraged. But Santorum did not flinch. He even cut a commercial for Specter to woo conservatives to vote for a man more liberal than many Democrats in Congress.

Two years later, when Santorum ran for re-election, he was trounced by the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent Senator in 26 years. Justice is sweet.

But after losing their majority in Congress in 2006, Republican leaders did not learn their lesson. In order to combat the most charismatic, energetic, and popular Democratic candidate for President since John F. Kennedy, the GOP supported Senator John McCain. Sen. McCain, with the possible exception of Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was the most liberal candidate running for the GOP nomination.

For most Republican voters, a vote for John McCain was not a vote for John McCain, but a vote for Sarah Palin or against Barack Hussein Obama. Anyone can tell you that them’s not good odds for victory when you’re running for president.

And, as if to leave no doubt in the minds of his conservative supporters on where he stands on fiscal policy, Senator McCain suspended his campaign during the last crucial weeks to support the largest single spending bill in the history of the WORLD.

But, after all this, most Republican leaders still haven’t learned. Just two weeks ago, Senator John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tried to deep-six Pat Toomey’s 2010 campaign (again) by strongly supporting Arlen Specter. This is worth a lengthy quote:

April 14th, 2009

Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued his firm support of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) today in a letter affirming the senator’s conservative credentials on issues ranging from keeping “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to support for a ban on so-called partial birth abortions. Specter is likely to face a primary challenge from Pat Toomey, former president of the Club for Growth.

“As I survey the political landscape of the upcoming 2010 elections, it’s clear we need more candidates that fit their states,” Cornyn wrote. “While I doubt Arlen could win an election in my home state of Texas, I am certain that I could not get elected in Pennsylvania. I believe that Senator Specter is our best bet to keep this Senate seat in the GOP column. A vote for Arlen Specter is a vote for denying Harry Reid and the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate.” (…)

“A vote for Arlen Specter is a vote for denying Harry Reid and the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate?” Whoops!

No Republican should blame Arlen Specter for giving the most liberal administration in the history of our Republic a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate. On the contrary, Arlen Specter should be congratulated for finally figuring out that he’s been a Democrat all these years.

In my mind, the blame lies squarely with President Bush, former Senator Rick Santorum, and the host of Republican leaders who kept Specter’s career alive in 2004 when it could have ended.

The Republican Party has met the enemy– and he is us.

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