At times, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has wondered if he should have stayed a Republican.
For three decades, Specter prided himself on being a coalition builder, relishing a self-appointed role as a liaison striving to find the moderate solutions to liberal and conservative extremes.
Now as a Democrat, that role has vanished. For that reason alone, Specter has questioned his storied party switch.
”Well, I probably shouldn’t say this,” he said over lunch last month. ”But I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.”
Translation: “I’m about to get creamed, heck I might even lose the primary…if I had stayed Republican, I could have suckered them in to backing me for another 6 years.”
Arlen, Arlen, Arlen – if you had been a Republican when it mattered, you could genuinely have helped the country. The one time we actually, crucially needed you to do the right thing, you cut us off at the knees and handed victory to the most absurd, tax-and-spend liberalism we’ve seen in a generation. That isn’t coalition building – that was cynical opportunism.
You thought Obama and the Dems would remain popular through 2010 and this was your means of ingratiating yourself with the left.
Well, you got what you wanted, tiger. Now, how does it taste?