April 29, 2009

THE RIGHT "WINS" ANOTHER ONE:

Senator Defects to Democrats: Specter's Switch Puts Obama on Verge of Filibuster-Proof Majority Over GOP (JONATHAN WEISMAN and GREG HITT, 4/28/09, WSJ)

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday he is switching parties, almost certainly giving President Barack Obama and the Democrats the ability to build a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. [...]

Mr. Specter's decision came as he was increasingly isolated from his Republican Party and wooed by the Democrats, a direct result of the battle over the president's $787 billion stimulus bill in February. Mr. Specter provided the decisive vote that won the bill's passage. That infuriated Republicans in his state who called the stimulus program wasteful spending, and prompted former Rep. Pat Toomey, a conservative, to announce he would challenge the five-term senator in the Republican primary for 2010.


And so does the true believers' demand for ideological purity serve only the opponents.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2009 9:44 AM
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