I suspect the senator has been a wolf in sheep’s clothing anyway, but I’m concerned about the serious threat to our constitutional republic and an individual’s minority rights. (Right now that minority would be ME as a Conservative AND a Republican.) We are dangerously close to pure democratic rule (a.k.a. mob rule, 51% of ANYbody that wants ANYthing that FEELS good to them).
Some noteworthy points (IMO) from the above linked article:
"Specter faced an extraordinarily difficult re-election challenge in his home state of Pennsylvania in 2010, having first to confront a challenge from his right in the Republican primary before pivoting to a general election campaign against a Democrat.
"I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate," he said in the statement. "
"Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele responded to the switch in a statement, saying, "Let’s be honest – Sen. 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.""
"Sen. Arlen Specter is one smart senator," added Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. "He is an independent thinker of the type that the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they conceived the office of U.S. senator." [Boy, there’s an endorsement! Not! -JH]
And some of us (ME) wonder why Atlas is Shrugging.