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The Arlen Specter thing

There's something about Arlen Specter that puzzles me. He's managed to alienate the cultural conservatives in the Republican Party, and now I see that the anti-tax hardliners at the Club for Growth are agin' him as well. I also seem to recall that he's gone wobbly on a number of other issues near and dear to most members of the GOP such as the right to keep & bear arms and welfare reform.

Given all that, on what grounds does he still consider himself a Republican? I know it's a big tent and all, but there is a point at which you aren't inside any more.


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Nov. 17th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
We were playing D&D the other night and someone conjurred a rhino to use as a shield, I immediately named it "Arlen"
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
Heh. But seriously...what does Specter really bring to the table for the GOP? He can't be relied on when it comes to votes on tax cuts or pro-life measures, he sure isn't a small-government fan, and I don't recall him benig particularly hawkish on defense. So what's left?
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
Well, I think Arlen and people like him are very important to the Republican party. The Republican party is a big tent and having an Arlen Spector in the party is like having a brother that disagrees with you rather than they guy across the street that hates you disagreeing with you. You caan discuss things with family, while sometimes all you can do to the schmuck in the neighborhood is leave a flaming bag of Dog poo on his doorstep (g). Also as a Rep, he can be pressured to do the right thing in ways that a Dem can't
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
Well, I'm more comfortable with the argument from pragmatism than the NR staff is, but I do wonder sometimes what keeps RINOs like him in the party.
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