GOP Rushes To Cash In On a Vilified Specter
Republicans are wasting no time raising money off their newest turncoat: Arlen Specter, whom they (and, privately, plenty of Democrats) view as an opportunistic party switcher.
Just hours after the senior Pennsylvania Republican senator announced he'd be switching to the Democratic Party (since he has almost no chance of winning his GOP primary race in 2010), the National Republican Congressional Committee pounced and sent out a fundraising letter to its supporters.
"Today, Senator Arlen Specter switched his party affiliation to the Democrat Party. I hope you will join me in saying 'Good Riddance,' wrote Guy Harrison, the NRCC's executive director, in an e-mail blasted far and wide to supporters.
He kindly provided a link to donate money to the NRCC, before adding, "While today's party switch underscores how well Specter will fit in with his new Democrat colleagues, this act of political self-interest comes at a very serious cost. If Democrats succeed in stealing the election in Minnesota they will have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. This would amount to a blank check for Democrats to continue spending trillions of your tax dollars with ZERO accountability."
Harrison noted that just last month, Specter insisted he would remain a Republican despite facing a rigorous primary challenge from former representative Pat Toomey, the head of the conservative Club for Growth.
Harrison's e-mail highlights this quote from Specter: "I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That's the basis of politics in America. I'm afraid we are becoming a one-party system... I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance."
Now the House GOP is lumping Specter in with the other alleged faces of evil -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- routinely highlighted by Republicans in their solicitations.
"Now more than ever, it is important to elect principled, fiscally responsible Republicans. Help us send Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Arlen Specter a message by supporting the NRCC as we work to elect Republicans like you and me," Harrison wrote.
In other words: moderates need not apply.
Mary Ann Akers
April 28, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
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