Specter and the Myth of the Moderate

Post by Gregory of Yardale

Post by Gregory of Yardale

What follows is an amalgam of comments I posted on other blogs.

Olympia Snowe wrote an editorial piece today whining about Benedict Arlen’s Defection from the Left-Wing of Republican Party to the Left-Wing of the Democrat Party. Let me sum it up for you: “You conservative Republicans need to abandon your ideals and agree with me in the name of party unity.”

I’m a little tired of this “ideological purity” canard folks like the Abominable Snowe Woman keep tossing out.  Arlen Specter sided with the Democrats 100% on spending, taxes, Amnesty, judges, abortion, and was waffling on card check. With the Republicans already an ineffectual minority, why even put up with someone like him? The GOP is already on the mat, what does another kick to the head matter?

Snowe, like the other “moderates” are of the notion that the Republican party should just abandon its ideals of limited government, opposition to confiscatory taxation, and protection of innocent human life, and national security. Good Lord, what’s left after all that? What’s the point of having a Republican party that’s a carbon copy of the Democrats?

FWIW, I think moderates are gutless people, and they will bend in whatever direction they think will be the least controversial. Since the MSM define what is controversial and what isn’t, moderates will always bend in their direction, which means they will only bend to the left. Which is also why, the left never is asked to compromise on anything. On abortion, the left’s stand is unyielding… anytime, anywhere, for any reason, without parental consent, at any stage in pregnancy, paid for by taxpayers. Even though this position is embraced by, at most, 20% of Americans… it is the only allowable stance on the issue.

On spending, “moderate” Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter got the leftists to to reduce the porkulus from $900B to $800. Most of the spending was then restored in the Omnibus spending bill that followed. On taxes… Moderate Republicans from Milliken in the 70s to Taft in the 90s to Schwarzie in the 00’s have foisted some of the largest tax increases in history on their constituents.

Principled conservative opposition is the only alternative to big government with an interventionist social agenda. There is no moderate alternative.

Someday, the pendulum will swing back. When it does, I don’t mind if Snowe and Collins are in the party, but I don’t want their ilk running it.

Pig and Elephant DNA just won't splice. (Too subtle?)

Pig and Elephant DNA just won't splice. (Too subtle?)

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2 responses to “Specter and the Myth of the Moderate

  1. Sorry, but this cynical, self-serving move had absolutely nothing to do with values, policy, or any high-minded thinking of any kind- though President Obama surely would like for you to think that.

    Everybody knows he did it because he was down 21% in the polls leading-up to the GOP primary for his seat, he already admitted as such- Joey Pluggs made a deal with him. The sad truth is that this mediocre hack has spent three decades in the Senate, while accomplishing very little.

    And Barack and him have a lot in common- as unprincipled political opportunists, I’m sure they’ll get along just great-

    Just a little over a month ago, the Specter said in an interview that he wouldn’t switch parties due to the importance of checks and balances.

    And back in 2001, Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, proposed a rule forbidding party switches… he was upset when Vt Sen. Jim Jeffords’ left the GOP to become an independent.

    Who knows what the truth is with this guy, you’ll never get it from him.

    With all due respect, Senator- don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out. Nobody on our side’s going to miss you.

  2. The Abominable Snowe Woman is the epitome of RINO, just as Arlen Spectacle. They side with the Dims, time and time again and want US to conform to what THEY are? I don’t think so. I’d support booting her ass out of office, but then again… how many actual Republicans who stand for small government, fiscal government spending policies, and a strong military are in Maine?

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