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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.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
 
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Good luck to Republican fundraisers. The first person they should dun is Rush Limbaugh, who just paid himself a bonus of millions and millions of dollars for exploiting all the dittoheads and is "the last man standing" for conservatives. Yes, opportunity knocks for rightwing conservative white males..

Posted by: dudh | April 28, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

NRCC Email:
"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."

Do people actually believe that garbage? It's statements like that that really make my blood boil. The last time I checked, winning a election by 320 odd votes doesn't equate to stealing a election. Also, what does the NRCC think Bush did for the past 8 years? He squandered a budget surplus, gave billions of dollars worth of tax breaks to the super rich, and started a war under false pretenses that will have end up costing us taxpayers trillions. Finally, if I could sum up the Bush Administration's 8 years in office with just two words, I would borrow them from the NRCC...ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Posted by: mikeyeah | April 29, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

mikeyeah, your blood should boil, and darned glad it does. You and your ilk will destroy the United States of America. Happy I'm too old to be seriously affected by it. Do weep for my children and grandchildren though.

Posted by: BobBumleg | April 29, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Hee Hee Hee!

The GOP is going to augur-in, not because their "airplane" can't fly but because there are some deadbeat moderates (RINOs) on the plane the GOP must get rid of them before the "Party" can return to it's former Bushian glory.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | April 29, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good luck finding some responsible republicans. Like PARROTS {CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH, CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH, They are forgetting that after 8 years of the Bush give aways to the rich we now have many more poor but we still vote and did we ever. By the way the comedian in Minnesota won so save some face and give it up. What happened in New York Drugball is no longer running his mouth about that.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | April 29, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Bush and his completely republican House and Senate did so much damage that people left the GOP in droves to become Independents. Now the elected republicans are very narrow-minded, mean spirited, hypocritical people. The republican base is run by Rush Limbaugh who has the republicans bowing and cowtowing all over themselves.

Posted by: fedup11 | April 29, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I was saying after the election last Nov, that if the Rep party continued on it's right-ward march, with their demonizing intelligence and applauding ignorance, with their ever patronizing the "christain right", that they were going to find themselves a very minority party. I was also saying, and hoping, that the moderates of both the Repukes and Dumbos, would split off, and form a new party. One that would be large enough to challenge the "2 Party" system we have now. I feel that both parties have catered to the extremes on both sides, for too long, and most of this country is in the middle, whether they be to the right or left of it, they are still pretty much moderate and in the middle, not the far extremes that the "major" parties have seemed to head to.

Posted by: thomascannon | May 1, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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