Ah…seems that our RNC Chairman had something interesting to say about Senator Specter becoming a Democrat. This bridge has been incinerated. There’s no turning back now, Senator Specter. Either way it’s going to be a tough election campaign.
Here’s Michael Steele (quoted at Politico):
Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not.
Lets be honest-Senator Specter didnt leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.
Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats dont do it first.
And Steele’s not quite done yet.
Steele called Specter’s maneuver a “cold, crass political calculation by a senator who could not get reelected through a nominating process in the Republican party.”
“This has nothing to do with philosophy and principle and all those wonderful-sounding words.”
It’s rich of Senators Specter, Snowe, and to some extent, Lindsey Graham to accuse the Republican Party of wanting to throw the moderates overboard. I say to them: Where’s the evidence? President Bush supported Specter, as did many other prominent Republicans, including the unfortunate Rick Santorum, over the more conservative Pat Toomey. The Republican Party ultimately supports the candidate they believe has the best chance to win the contest. In some cases, that candidate happens to be a moderate.
Our party is more pragmatic than conservative. That’s why we are struggling – because we value winning over any other objective. Ideas motivate people. Ideas fire people up and get them excited about their involvement in the party. Where’s the creativity? Where’s the ideas? What does our party stand for, and how do we get back to those core values? There’s nothing wrong with being the party of NO when the current policies are wrong. But it wouldn’t hurt us to come up with a few alternative proposals to the Democrat agenda that won’t continue to compromise our nation’s financial future.