Putting his own well being above what is best for his party or his state, Senator Arlen Specter switched parties today. You see, Specter because of his liberal voting record and particulary because he voted for the porkulus bill in February, is afraid of losing in the republican primary next year to Rep. Pat Toomey. Of course it is no guarantee that he will win either the democratice primary of even the election next year. In fact, with the way dems are spending, America is looking to revolt against anyone who sees spending as a way to get us out of the recession and jeopardizing our children's future.
It's funny, just last month Specter said he would stay with the GOP. In a March 17 interview with The Hill newspaper, he said "I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That’s the basis of politics in America. I’m afraid we are becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party with so little representation of the northeast or in the middle atlantic. I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance. That’s a very important principle in the operation of our government. In the constitution on Separation of powers." Uh, so switching over to the party in control is keeping the two party system in play? Don't think so.
Now, of course many senators stepped up and gave their assessment of the situation. Senator Jim DeMint, (R-SC), who plans on endorsing Rep. Toomey in the election said this "I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”
I couldn't agree more, look out 2010 here we come!!