Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter joins Team Donkey

Sen. Arlen Specter has left the Republican Party to join the Democrats. That makes 59 on the donkey side of the aisle.

So, do you think the stalling maneuvers up in Minnesota, to block former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken from being seated, will let up any time soon?

Not a chance!

Still, when Franken finally joins his colleagues in the Senate, he will become the 60th Democrat, which will do much take the filibuster away from the current crop of obstructionists, whose only mission seems to be undermining whatever Obama is trying to do.

Of course, the GOP's hard-right spokespersons have been calling Specter a Republican-in-name-only for years, so it has been easy for them to say goodbye to him. But maybe after the last couple of elections their credibility isn't what it used to be.

So, will Specter's defection set a RINO stampede in motion?

Stephen Colbert has put a fresh label on the phenomenon -- "donkey flu."

Update: Click here to read the RT-D article on Specter's move with lots of comments from readers.


Scott said...

I am really not sure if the American people have much to gain from more 'Team Donkey' control, not that I am a fan of Team Elephant either.

I am on the side of sensible humans, not the corporate duopoly.

F.T. Rea said...


If more control by the Democrats means less control for the Republicans, then I'm all for it. The GOP needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with reasons for it to exist.

For too long the Democrats were selling themselves essentially as Republican-lite. Like the Republicans they seemed to be shilling for big business, because that's where the money was.

But that's not the trend anymore. So I have hope that the Obama-led Democrats can be the party of working people and the champion of causes that serve all of mankind.

When the day comes that alternative parties, Greens, Libertarians, etc., start electing local and state legislative candidates, etc., I will applaud that, too.

As far as I'm concerned that development is long overdue. But so-called third parties tend to look at gubernatorial and presidential runs. In the long run, I think that strategy has stunted the growth of those movements more than it has helped them become real players.

Anonymous said...

From UrbanSurvival.com :

Another Political Specter

Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter has jumped the republicorp ranks to throw in with the democorps. As I see it, this is just the latest marketing ploy (or distraction) to keep the folks at the top of the concentration of wealth pyramid from seeing any erosion of their power. Keep the sheeple distracted with right/left politics and the up/down reality fades into obscurity.

Spectacles and specters are Jim Dandy sideshows for the masses.

Paul H said...
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Paul H said...

Grammer error.We are long overdue for a non partisan party that is not a captive of its fringe. I believe there is no institutional place for parties at any level of government. Why the state of Virginia pays for a Democratic or Republican primary is beyond me. They are private parties. Let them pay for their own elections.