Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our Senator Specter

I have always voted for Arlen Specter. He thinks independently. Democrats should not gloat. His changing from Republican to Democrat is not a victory for the Dems. It is a resounding renunciation of what the GOP has become - a bunch of sniveling, whining, prejudiced, closed-minded, selfish, fearful, pseudoChristian, intellectually infantile negativists. There are many of us who are not Democrats yet are forced to be registered as such because there is no alternative. We need another political party.


FranIAm said...

Way long ago, in 1986, I had the pleasure of being seated next to Senator Spector on a dias at an event. He was a delightful conversationalist and I was aware that he was truly listening to me.

Suzer said...

Aw, c'mon now, Pseudo -- tell us how you REALLY feel about the GOP! ;)

Word verification is "hedud". Interesting.

Kirkepiscatoid said...

I have friends much like you, PP, who are what I call "fiscal Republicans". About half have left the GOP, about half have stayed for the same reasons Olympia Snowe stays.

I have been a lifelong Democrat, but like many Midwestern Democrats, am a bit of a "blue dog Democrat." I'm a little more pro-2nd amendment than the national norm, a little more "pro-landowner" than the national norm, and as one friend called me once, "A Democrat with libertarian overtones." But at least the Democratic party has tolerated me. I can't say the GOP has been as kind to their outliers, so I understand your situation.

Sometimes I am a bit sorry we settled in on two major parties in this country. I think there might be a viable third party home at times, if all the blue dog Democrats and the disaffected fiscal Republicans could ever get together.

Sometimes I wonder if that is what is needed to break the rhetoric in the media. Having only two major parties in this country really primes the news media to be "one or the other." If we had settled in on multiple parties in this country, I think that could have slowed the evolution of all this vitriolic rhetoric.

Cany said...

I, of course, don't share your view entirely.

First, I was just as happy with Specter being an elephant. I don't like many of his views, really, really don't like what he did during the last election (supported McCain), and don't trust him.

Second, his party shifting imho was self serving entirely.

Finally, yes, the GOP has become the party of the absurd. Moderates are hard to find. But a third party won't be happening. They are, in recent history, generally short-lived and underserving.

Frankly, I think we would benefit by having MANY parties.