Arlen Spector–A History of Betrayal and Lies…..

AP reports……

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sen. Arlen Specter’s surprise defection to the Democratic Party scrambled the political calculus for both parties in next year’s Pennsylvania Senate race.

One Democrat quickly decided against seeking the nomination against Specter, the deep-pocketed incumbent who immediately won the backing of the national and state party. Another who has never held elective office said he would stick it out.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sen. Specter into the Democratic fold and he can count on our full support,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said in a statement.

In a matter of hours, Arlen Specter went from a Republican for nearly three decades to Democratic incumbent. The party switcher has raised about $6 million for his campaign and President Obama has offered to campaign and raise funds for him. In Pennsylvania, Democrats also have a significant registration edge, 4.4 million to the GOP’s 3.2 million.

Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey, the conservative who almost defeated Specter in the 2004 primary, geared up for a path to the Republican nomination that will no longer be the rematch he hoped for.

State Democratic Chairman T.J. Rooney said Specter’s decision to run for a sixth term as a Democrat “speaks volumes about where the two parties are, not only in America but particularly in our state.”

The GOP requires a “litmus test” to determine whether prospective candidates are conservative enough, Rooney said. “If they’re not pure enough, they’re not welcome.”

Specter, who had been one of a handful of Republican moderates in the Senate, characterized his decision as a response to growing conservatism within the GOP that he said has left him more aligned with the Democratic Party. He also acknowledged that his chances of winning the Republican nomination for his seat next year are slim.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who openly acknowledged trying to persuade Specter to switch parties, remained uncharacteristically silent Tuesday. An aide said he did not plan to comment on the latest developments until Wednesday.

Specter, 79, has been a Democrat before. He switched his registration to Republican in 1965 to run for Philadelphia district attorney. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

For Republicans and Democrats, Specter’s switch changed the equation for next year’s Senate campaign.

For the GOP, it wiped out expectations of a high-profile rematch between Specter and Toomey, who headed the Washington-based Club for Growth before announcing his candidacy. For Democrats, it thrust a nationally prominent incumbent with a long record of independent voting into what had been a sparse field of prospective candidates.

“It’s unsettling to both parties,” said Terry Madonna, a professor and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

State Rep. Josh Shapiro, who had considered seeking the nomination for Specter’s seat when it belonged to the GOP, said shortly after Specter’s announcement that he will not run “under these circumstances.”

“Sen. Specter is the incumbent Democratic senator,” the Democrat from Montgomery County in suburban Philadelphia said.

The only declared Democratic candidate for Specter’s seat, Joe Torsella, reaffirmed his plans to seek the Democratic nomination in a primary still more than a year away.

“I believe we need new leadership, new ideas and new approaches in Washington … Nothing about today’s news regarding Senator Specter changes that,” said Torsella, another suburban Philadelphia resident.

Torsella is the chairman of the state Board of Education and a former president of Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, but has not previously held elective office.

    Since the early 60’s, Arlen spector spent his career as the least trustworthy member of Congress. He, in 1964, formulated, the “cover story” of the, now infamous, “magic bullet theory”. He did this on his own when nobody else was thinking along these lines. He, then, in 1980, saw the “Reagan Revolution” coming and, like every good political slime-ball, jumped ship and became a Republican. While in the party,  Spector was never well liked. He  did not seem to share any of the philosophies of the Republican Party. He rode the coattails of the Republican Party until he realized that he, very well, might lose the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania. Lets hope the people of Pennsylvania see this lowlife for what he truly is and put this, quite old–age 79, weaselly epitome of all that is wrong with American politics, into permanent retirement. 

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