Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Senator Specter

Is Senator Specter really switching sides? Pennsylvania will now have 2 Democrat senators? Incredible.



Big Myk said...

An African American president, the Pirates winning, and now Arlen Specter a Democrat. What next? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria?

JohnMHarvey said...

Pig Flu?

Big Myk said...

One of my current gurus is Ta-Nehisi Coates, a contributing editor for The Atlantic. If nothing else, he has a cool name.

Anyway, here are his observations about the comments of Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, in which he says essentially "good riddance" to Specter.


Michael Steele's statement on Arlen Specter deserves a hard look:

"Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. Let's be honest-Senator Specter didn't 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 don't do it first."

This is an amazing statement when you think about it. Steele is basically arguing that the left-wing stretches from from Dennis Kucinich to Arlen Specter. That's quite the big tent--and it's being pitched by the head of the Republican party. It's based on the notion that you can just say "liberal," "socialist," "lefty" 100 times and then say "Vote for me!" I know a lot of us think people are that stupid, but they aren't. And they especially aren't in these times.

The purpose of name-calling is to draw contrast, to draw dividing lines, with the understanding that if do the math right more people will end up on your side. But the GOP of late have excelled at drawing lines that leave them with less voters on their side. The implicit message in Steele's statement is that if you think like Arlen Specter, if you voted for the Iraq War, if you oppose card check, if you think government should have some role in health care, you're "left-wing." So much for a center-right nation.