28 April, 2009

Well played, GOP

If you haven't heard yet, Specter defects. I, for one, applaud the GOP's strategic foresight -- maintaining an ideologically pure caucus is much more important than that extra senate seat. It will be interesting to see how or if his voting changes -- will he move from a conservative that often votes with Democrats to a liberal that often votes with conservatives?

Compare this with the way that Joe Lieberman was treated within the Democratic caucus after endorsing the opposition presidential candidate and regularly deriding Obama on the campaign trail. Sure, revenge may have been sweet, but it also would have been counterproductive. Confident, capable political parties/coalitions can withstand dissent and craft compromises based on the common ground that does exist. Republicans...not so much.

2 comments:

spencer said...

I expect his voting will get more liberal. The question is: will he get a committee chair and if so which one? Was this perhaps part of a deal to bring him over?

spencer said...

Rush Limbaugh:

"…..It's ultimately good. You're weeding out people who aren't really Republicans," he said.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/28/limbaugh-to-specter-please-take-mccain-with-you/