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Obama, Specter, Biden Plan an Early Get-Together

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will join the newest member of the Democratic Party -- Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania -- for some brief comments tomorrow morning.

The White House announced the pair, joined by Vice President Biden, will meet at the Diplomatic Room of the White House at 8 a.m. and address the media before Obama leaves for a town hall meeting in St. Louis.

Specter announced today that he is switching to the Democratic Party, giving the president the possibility of a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority.

Biden, a close friend of Specter's, spent weeks trying to convince the Pennsylvania senator to make the switch, especially after Specter broke from Republican ranks to support Obama's stimulus package earlier this year.

Posted at 9:27 PM ET on Apr 28, 2009  | Category:  Democratic Party
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It's NOT fair to deny the Republicans what they deserve - 25 years or more kept out of power in Washington & the state houses... so America can rebuild to once again be a world leader and serve all Americans.

Posted by: danglingwrangler | April 30, 2009 3:37 PM

Susan Collins
Posted by: billbolducinmaine | April 28, 2009 11:49 PM
We do not want her. She is stupid to the nth degree.Three people who do not have a brain them:
Famously, Maine Senator Collins, the supposedly moderate Republican who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: "Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not."
Rove complained about the fact that the bill included "$900 million for pandemic flu preparations." He contended that such spending was unnecessary because the health care sector "added jobs last year.
Vitter apparently couldn't fathom how pandemic preparedness could possibly serve to protect the economy, calling it part of a "laundry list of...big government spending items":

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | April 29, 2009 11:53 PM

Good for you Arlen! you do deserve better than the stab in the back the irresponsible Republicans gave you after all these years! Welcome to sanity, solidarity and sensibility, welcome to the Democratic Party, glad to have you.

Posted by: Hillary08 | April 29, 2009 5:40 AM

Good for you Arlen! you do deserve better than the stab in the back the irresponsible Republicans gave you after all these years! Welcome to sanity, solidarity and sensibility, welcome to the Democratic Party, glad to have you.

Posted by: Hillary08 | April 29, 2009 5:37 AM

The Repubs big tent is now officially a pup tent. Good luck, guys.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | April 29, 2009 2:19 AM

Does it really matter? Either way he will join the ranks of the unemployed after the next election! He couldn't even win the nomination as a Republican so he figured he try as a Democrat. The Dems are not looking for a "warmed over" galvanized Repub so he won't get their nomination either!

Stick a fork in him!

Posted by: A-COL | April 29, 2009 12:05 AM

Bill, you've got it all wrong. You've got to call the Club for Growth and demand that they run a candidate AGAINST your Senators from Maine, so that they'll switch to avoid a primary loss.

Posted by: Section506 | April 29, 2009 12:00 AM

So we have one more Judas among US senators, the first one being Joe Judas Lieberman.

Posted by: alzach | April 28, 2009 11:56 PM

I have contacted my Senators in Maine, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and urged them to switch as well. Both Snowe and Collins have a more liberal voting record that Specter and would find the democratic party far more welcoming that the far-right remnants of a no-longer Grand Old party. I urge all readers in Maine to do the same; call or write to Snowe and Collins and ask that they switch.

Posted by: billbolducinmaine | April 28, 2009 11:49 PM

Who are you people? And who writes your talking points? Man, I need to go to Redskins Insider to get some thoughtful discussion...

Posted by: Section506 | April 28, 2009 11:48 PM

Thank you for your post: Hawaiiexpat | April 28, 2009 10:42 PM.

Just add Giulani (right spelling?!!!, would not care to 2check), Palin, Romney,...

Now, let's get ready for the Midterms of 2010 and the Generals of 2012.

Let's keep the steam rolling until we get our country/Name back for the USA

Posted by: amndoye | April 28, 2009 11:48 PM

Honestly, who's left in the GOP but a bunch of absolute fools.

-- Michele Bachmann?
-- Bill Kristol?
-- Newt?
-- Rush?
-- Joe the Plumber?

These are the types who appeal to the stupidest 25% of America and it shows.

It speaks absolute volumes that (this is an objective, verifiable fact) -- more Americans believe in UFOs (33%) than support the Republican party (28%).

Given the bunch of idiots in charge of the GOP now - and their self-delusional drive for "purity" - small wonder that more people believe in little green men than say that they approve of Republicans.

Somewhere out there, the great William Buckley is rolling over in his grave.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | April 28, 2009 10:42 PM

The hard right Republican Party should see the handwriting on the wall. The party that talked about enlarging the tent is all about making the tent smaller. They are purging the party of anyone left of Atilla the Hun. The Republican Party has left Abe Lincoln and should crown Rush as its founding father.

The herd of cats known as the Democratic Party should be honored as a party that respects diversity. The trend in the Republican Party toward purity will eventually continue to push out those who decide to disagree with even minor points of Republican policy. We know that the current Republican Party does not respect truth, marriage fidelity, and tolerance of those different from themselves.

Posted by: EarlC | April 28, 2009 10:21 PM

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