Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Unreliable Allies: Arlen Specter and his New Democratic Friends

"The Senate last night stripped Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) of his seniority on committees, a week after the 29-year veteran of the chamber quit the Republican Party to join the Democrats."

Is anyone really surprised by the Senate Democrats's decision to place Arlen Specter at the end of the line? Specter has no place to go and is considered an unreliable ally by both political parties. Specter should brace himself for more surprises. I will be quite surprised if President Obama actually keeps his promise to campaign for Specter's reelection bid against long-term Democrats. Punishing Specter should be expected. We should not expect political parties to reward defectors, especially one who has rightly earned the name of "Specter the Defector."
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