What I Found On Twitter: #Specter
The big news in Washington for the past two days have been Sen. Arlen Specter's defection from the Republican Party for the Democratic Party. "Benedict Arlen" was the ultimate "RINO" who often went against the party line, such as voting for Pres. Obama's Stimulus Package, which passed in February. Below are some interesting articles on a "defection" that will eventually make the GOP not weaker, but stronger.
New York Times: "We Didn't Have to Lose Arlen Specter": Sen. Olympia Snowe
Sen. Snowe states that the GOP needs to get back to being a big tent party like it was under Pres. Ronald Reagan. I couldn't agree more, but listening to her is not the way to do it. From a Senator who voted for Obama's "spendulus" package and is pro-choice, she is consistently against the very principles of Reagan conservatism. Ronald Reagan won two landslide elections by "communicating" conservatism to the middle class and "selling" our ideas better than anyone else. Not by pandering to the Dems in Congress. No wonder the NY Times lets her write on their Op-Ed page. I don't think that newspaper page is concerned in the GOP regaining power in Congress.
Daily Beast: Arlen, You Let Me Down: Meghan McCain
Meghan McCain often makes statements that are controversial, but never fail to make you think about the future of the Republican Party. She is right in saying that we need to let more people feel like they have a place in our party, but that is not by being "Dem-light," which she sometimes professes. I would love the GOP to attract more of the youth, hispanic, gay, and african-american vote, but not by pandering to them. We must treat everyone as an individual and not as a member of a group, since Republicans care about every single person being able to enjoy freedom and liberty, regardless of their demographic. We must not exclude anyone from hearing our ideas and principles. We will need people from all walks of life in order to regain influence and power in Washington
Power Line: What the Specter Switch Means: Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Cornyn makes a great point: if Al Franken is confirmed as Senator in Minnesota then the Dems have filibuster proof 60 votes...so anything that goes wrong until November 2010 is on their watch. President Obama is taking the country very far left in his economic policies and eventually it will come back to hurt the Democrats. I expect the big blow to come not in 201o...but 2012...when Dems will have controlled government for 4 years and people will be looking for "change."