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Arlen Spector becomes a Democrat and brings the party even closer to a filibuster-proof majority.

That's... impressive. And sad for the Republican's that they scare off their moderates like this.

As my brother said when I was growing up, "He [Spector] might be an asshole, but he's our effective asshole."

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Mood: amazed

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merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 28th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
You're right, almost filibuster-proof majority.

Still, it's both surprising and non-surprising. Non, because Spector's stayed in the approximate same space while the Repubs have drifted Right and the Dems have drifted Center.

Surprising, because, well... it's not something most national level politicians seem to like to do.
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 29th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
There's some of that, but Spector is a lot more moderate/liberal than you probably think he is. Direct quote from my mother, whom he represents:
"Dad and I have said for years that he is a Democrat in Republican clothing. His thoughts and actions have been more for the people than for the party for quite a while."
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: April 28th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Let's see how many variations on "There is a Specter haunting... " show up on my flist before the end of the day.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 29th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
What's the count at?
mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: April 30th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
As long as the Blue Dogs will cross party lines, the 60 votes only applies to "noncontrovesial" portions of the agenda.
From: puppybrother Date: May 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)

While he might still be an asshole, he isn't going to be effective any more.

At least, not without that whole "seniority" thing.
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