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Get Your Popcorn Out, The Teabagging Adventure’s About to Begin

The teabaggers are ready to go and you should get your popcorn ready. The crowds will be boistrous and there’s sure to be whack job comment sreported all over. The head astroturfers are counting on rallying the whack job Republican base, and we can expect little connection with reality and maybe a dose of racism in the mix.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’m going to predict that this Republican sexcapade (Hot Lesbian Action in Virginia GOP circles!) masquerading as a Teabagging patriotic thing is going to turn out to be a bunch of nothing today. but there’s a little room for drama here. No, Marilyn Chambers will not be appearing at the Alamo with Glenn Beck. Beck, though, might just blow another gasket, and he seems to have an inexhausible supply of them, so I’m not sure Glenn Beck will go insane, or at least to the point getting hospitalization. Yesterday Beck was on a tear advocating secession, though he refrained from the real tears this time.

jack again There’s my son Jack to the left, rubbing his hands with glee. He doesn’t get any popcorn, since he has no teeth, after all, but he will join me watching the right-wingnuttery this afternoon.

This is all about Faux populists led by FauxNews backed up by funding from Gingrich and Dick Army of course. It is an astroturfed grassroots movement, and that’s been shown many times. But who are these people attracted to the teabagging? It appears they are the same people clinging to the conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t really born in the Us, that he’s a secret Muslim, etc. Check it out – teabaggers in Cleveland, 100% of those asked, held strange conspiracy theories as truth. There is a racist coloring to this astroturfing, and as such there’s no surprise that they are attracting members of Stormfront in droves, so that they might recruit to swell their rank ranks. All this teabagging is causing a whole bunch of trouble in Congress, where leaking envelopes of the stuff are attracting security concerns, but the Republicans don’t care. This sex-crazed teabag stunt is the only idea they’ve got.

Ideas? The Republicans are void of ideas. Some Republicans might be struggling to find some ideas with which to center their party, ideas other than sex-crazed orgies, but there’s no success on that score in sight. I’m guessing there will be more fracturing of the GOP before there is any unity, and that unity might end up with a lot smaller base than the Republicans enjoy now. The infighting that has occured so far between some Republicans and their leader will pale in comparison with what’s to come. As Juan Cole aptly notes, the Republicans are freaking out in response to virtually ever move from the Obama White House, not that I’m crying tears over that. Heck, that’s why I’ve got the popcorn, after all.

The real problem for Republicans and this stupid faux anti-tex movement is that Americans don’t agree with them, in huge numbers. That’s according to a recent poll where huge numbers of Americans say they don’t mind an increase int he size of government with the aim of getting us out of this recession. From USA Today:

A USA TODAY analysis of the survey finds demographic divisions when it comes to what the federal government should do.

– The largest group, 37% of respondents, is comfortable with big government and solidly behind Obama. Nine of 10 approve of the job the president is doing and 85% endorse the government’s expanded role to deal with the financial crisis. Nearly all of them see big business as a more foreboding threat to the country than Big Government.

This group is mostly Democratic and includes the most liberals. It has more women than men and is slightly younger and better educated than the sample as a whole.

“I don’t worry about Big Government,” says Lillie Thomas, 74, a retired hotel housekeeping supervisor in Las Vegas. “We should try to help people get back to work and get better health care.”

– At the other end of the spectrum is a smaller group that is solidly against the expansion of government and Obama’s approach. Even the plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, supported by at least three of four people in every other group, is backed by just 8%.

Members of this group, which includes 21% of respondents, tend to be white and male with education and income levels above the average. They are overwhelmingly Republican and mostly conservative.

Letting the market work – even if that means allowing automakers such as GM and Chrysler to fail – would be better than giving the government a say in the companies’ leadership and direction, says John Cronkwright, 40, a civil engineer from Liverpool, N.Y. “If we start telling these companies, –You’ve got to make this product and that product,’ that’s not really the American way of free enterprise,” he says. “That’s more toward socialism.”

– In the middle is a group that supports Obama’s plan but without much enthusiasm. Most say the government needs to take action to fix the country’s economic problems; they also want government’s reach cut back when the crisis is over.

These reluctant supporters, 15% of respondents, make up the most bipartisan group. A majority are Democrats but nearly four in 10 are Republicans. They are evenly divided between men and women, and the group reflects the national average in income and education.

Pedro Navarro, 21, lives in Muskegon, which has the highest unemployment rate of anywhere in hard-hit Michigan. He is working in a factory that makes truck parts but has seen friends and family members lose their jobs. As for the rescue plan for Detroit, “I believe it’s warranted to keep the auto industry up on its feet. Otherwise, the industry will pretty much go under.”

Even so, he worries about the government wasting money, and he says it “should step back a little bit” when businesses regain their footing.

– The final group is conflicted and uncertain. They both approve of the job Obama is doing and oppose most of the initiatives he has proposed. This group, 27% of respondents, has the lowest average income and education levels of the four groups as well as the largest proportion of women.

“I’m not sitting where I can see all the ins-and-outs,” says Edna Baatile, 60, of Tulsa, a former human resources manager for American Airlines. “I guess I just have to keep praying every day for the president and his advisers that they make the right decisions, because nobody knows.”

Yeah, that group where the teabaggers fall is about 21% in this poll. They don’t even want to help homeowners rooked out of their homes and life’s savings. Realpolitic would say that’s a bad way to attract voters. But FauxNews is egging these folks on today to be heard! They’ll be carrying their misspelled signs and hollaring about some inane conspiracy theories and generally showing the true face of the Republican Party nowadays, the Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber and George Bush face of it. Failure. Man, this is going to be a good thing for Democratic chances in 2010!

Let me be clear on one thing. I do not predict violence from these people today. Insanity, yes, especially from Glenn Beck. But I do not predict violence, as much as Beck might hope for it for reasons of boosting his ratings.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Was Bush’s NSA Surveillance Watching Me?

We learned on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown last night that the illegal NSA wiretap program was far more widespread than reported, and certainly more widespread than the Bushies admitted to. I’m an ordinary citizen who, by virtue of publicly criticizing Bush, just might have been a target. How do I find that out? I expect few answers.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown broke the story last night, with Russell Tice, former NSA analyst, stating explicitly that the Bush Administration (illegal) wiretap surveillance program was monitoring journalists. DailyKos has a good diary on the subject, but here’s the transcript of the Olbermann show from mediabistro.com:

OLBERMANN: I mention that you say specific groups were targeted.
What group or groups can you tell us about?

TICE: Well, there’s sort of two avenues to look at this. What I just mentioned was sort of the low-tech dragnet look at this. The things that I specifically were involved with were more on the high-tech side. And try to envision, you know, the dragnets are out there, collecting all the fish and then ferreting out what they may. And my technical angle was to try to harpoon fish from an airplane kind of thing. So it’s two separate worlds.

But in the world that I was in, as to not harpoon the wrong people in some – in one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations just supposedly so that we would not target them. So that we knew where they were, so as not to have a problem with them.

Now, what I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7, and you know, 365 days a year, and it made no sense. And that’s – I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me, to fire me. But an organization that was collected on were U.S. news organizations and reporters and journalists.

OLBERMANN: To what purpose? I mean, is there a file somewhere full of every e-mail sent by all the reporters at the “New York Times?” Is there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my little nephew in upstate New York? Is it like that?

TICE: If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything. Yes. It would be everything.

OLBERMANN: Do you have a sense of why, as you discovered this? I mean, do you have a sense of what this was, if it was used, to what end?

TICE: I do not know. I do not know what was done with the collection. I’m sure the information – the collection was digitized and put on databases somewhere. I don’t know what was done with it from that point.

OLBERMANN: And this bait-and-switch sort of idea, that this – this is the discard pile, we are not going to look at the media, and then it becomes apparent to you that the discard pile is in fact the save pile.
How did that become apparent to you?

TICE: Well, as I was going for support for this particular organization, it sort of was dropped to me that, you know, this is 24/7. Because I was saying, you know, I need collection at this time, at this point for, you know, for a window of time. And I would say, will we have the capability at this particular point? And positioning assets, and I was ultimately told we don’t have to worry about that, because we’ve got it covered all the time. And that’s when it clicked in my head, this is not something that’s being done on a onesy basis, onesy-twosie. This is something that’s happening all the time.

I don’t normally shill for TV programs, and I rarely get the chance to watch Olbermann, since his show is on during our dinner hour, but he’s got more of an interview with Russell Tice tonight.

The conclusion? The Bush Administration illegal wiretap program targeted journalists. Did it also target those who write blogs? Sure, I know they read this blog, and it is pulbic, so I’ve no problem with that, really. We put it out there to be read, after all. But we’ve been decidedly critical over the last five years in our relentless pursuit of Mr. Bush’s policies. We began using pseuonyms, but it wouldn’t have been hard for the NSA to figure out our identities, and besides, both Richard Blair and myself have been using our own names for a good long while now. So I wonder, have they been monitoring me?

Heck, they’re not going to find much. But there’s those calls I made a couple years ago to my cousins of Lebanese extraction last year on the occasion of my great aunt who died in Florida. We made arrangements to meet. Did they listen in and then watch us, a family gathered for bereavement and her burial in Kentucky. Perhaps they caught me on the phone asking Mom for her recipe for stuffed grape leaves or kibbe. Did they think those were code words or something?

OK, I’ll be serious. I know there’s a strong possibility my phone calls were listened to. Over the years we at ASZ have noticed many people in various areas of government, including the NSA, reading this web site. I do not doubt in the least that someone from the NSA will watch the site today after they pick up some juicy key words in their google sessions. My question is whether they have ever collected information about my phone calls and how I find that out, and I suspect that will take a full-blown investigation to answer. All the more reason for the Senate to confirm Holder soonest, a process the Republicans there are holding up. Could this be why they are dragging their heels, because they know Holder will find illegalities all throughout the Bush Administration? If anyone reading this is surprised at that possibility, then they are naive. Republicans have, after all, shown themselves to have one policy over all others, a desire to protect themselves and their own, and to hell with the rights of Americans.

Obama is rolling back some of those Bush policies that abused the protections we are provided by our constitution. This can’t happen fast enough.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Alberto Gonzales Can’t Find a Job, Whines

Alberto Gonzlaes has decided to write a book. It will consist of several hundred blank pages, as he simply doesn’t recall much of what he did during his tenure in the Bush Administration. What is pitiful is that Gonzales compares himself to victims of the War on Terror, because the Senate picked on him, I suppose. Shameful and pitiful.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Republicans have been unable or unwilling to protect their own, and have not found a nice, cushy job for amnesiac and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Poor Alberto Gonzales. He’s whining to the Wall Street Journal about his treatment on Captial Hill and et cetera, and has now decided to write a tell all book. (OK, the jokes about how he could possibly write a book if he “can’t recall” are cheap, if accurate.) Gonzales, famous for tracking down John Ashcroft in order to justify violating the constitution with the NSA domestic surveillance program, is now whining because, as a lawyer charged with knowing the law, he’s got a track record of not recalling how he violated the constitution. But the whiney complaints are good reading, at least when in a Wall Street Journal blog:

Mr. Gonzales has been portrayed by critics both as unqualified for his position and instrumental in laying the groundwork for the administration’s “war on terror.” He was pilloried by Congress in a manner not usually directed toward cabinet officials.

“What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.

During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

This is pretty much the most clueless statement I can imagine. The treatment Gonzales received concerned the program of politicizing the department he was in charge of, the Department of Justice. It came after a string of answers which showed Gonzales either didn’t know at all what was happening in his own DOJ, or was purposely misleading Senators with a string of “I do not recall” answers. Gonzales now doesn’t just fail to recall, he fails to understand the enormity of his incometencies. Look for no responsibility taken in this book.

Worse here is that Gonzales compares himself to the real victims in the War on Terror, the men and women who died on 9/11, the soldiers who died because of Bush’s policies, the tens of thousands of Iraqi dead. . . those are victims of the “War on Terror.” Mr. Gonzales is at worst complicit in some of those deaths in that he helped justify some ugly policies. At best, Gonzales is merely a bumbling incompetent, and thus his is not a tragic story. Tragedy requires one fall from great heights, after all, and while Gonzales’ role in the Bush Administration was a high-ranking one, it was still a role in the failed and incompetent Bush Administration.

The interview with the WSJ is a bit pitiful and self-serving, of course. Gonzales is a Republican, after all. Here’s another excerpt:

Among other things, Mr. Gonzales said Tuesday that he didn’t play a central role in drafting the widely criticized legal opinions that allowed the Central Intelligence Agency to use aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects and expanded the president’s power to hold “unlawful combatants” and terrorism suspects indefinitely. He also said he told the truth to Congress about a classified eavesdropping program authorized by the president, and admitted to making mistakes in handling the U.S. attorney firings while maintaining that he made the right decisions. He says that while he bears responsibility as former Attorney General that “doesn’t absolve other individuals of responsibility.”

Mr. Gonzales, 53 years old, doesn’t have a publisher for his book. He said he is writing it if only “for my sons, so at least they know the story.”

This last bit seems a bit poignant. Gonzales gives excuses about his behavior concerning the NSA program and the torture policies of the Bush Administration, and then cops a little responsibility about the US Attorney scandal. I’m surprised he admits to anything, really. This guy is universally considered a liar and an incompetent, after all. But it is poignant because it appears Gonzales knows that the only ones he can convince about his good name and reputation are his own sons. How far he has fallen.

Let’s not let Alberto Gonzales off the hook, though. He was a lawyer with a degree from Harvard when he was hired by President Bush. He’d worked for Bush in Texas, so likely knew what he was getting himself in for. There are no excuses for the damage he did to our constitution, and while Alberto Gonzales’ sons may indeed believe his accounts, it is unlikely anyone else will. I’m just wondering where the man finds a publisher who will touch the book.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Tim Pawlenty is This Year’s Katherine Harris?

Katherine Harris changed the election in 2000, bigtime, and it looks like Tim Pawlenty is going to do the same this year in the race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. At the very least, Pawlenty will keep from sanctioning Franken’s victory. Are all Republicans against democratic voting, or is it just those lusting for power?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It is beginning to look like it is so. The Senate Race in Minnesota is very tight, and there’s not many of us who are ready to call it, though some media outlets are calling the race for Al Franken. So, what’s going to happen? It is beginning to look lke Tim Pawlenty. the Republican in the mix, is going to gum up the works. Here’s a bit from The Hill:

Still, even if Franken ends the Canvassing Board period with a lead, it is unlikely he would be appointed on an interim basis. Senate rules stipulate a governor must provide the upper chamber with a certificate of election, something Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has voiced reluctance about.

Pawlenty’s office told the Star Tribune that the governor only has the power to fill a permanent vacancy, not a temporary one caused by such a close election.

Hey, this is a chance for Pawlenty to earn his Republican cred, isn’t it, to step in and prevent a democratic victory. I’m not giving an opinion on who won or losty here, though I’m sure that America will be better off with Norm coleman on the sidelines. Still, Pawlenty digging his nose in is likely, if he wants to be seen as a frntrunner in 2012. That’s what Republicans like, after all, a man who will nudge an election, regardless of the outcome.

Can someone do me a photoshp of Pawlenty and Harris? That would be sweet, wouldn’t it?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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Sen Cardin (D-MD) is Today’s Stupidest Senator

Bail out the newspaper industry? I’m here to say that is a bad idea, and I’m ashamed that it is a Democrat who suggested it. I’m going to blame the Republicans for it, because they didn’t put up strong enough competition in the Senate race in MD in 2006, so we ended up with lackluster Cardin. The GOP nominee was Steele.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I cannot go into a long discussion about the death of the newspaper in the internet age. I’ve not the time nor the inclination to do so. Are all newspapers simply going to go under? I suspect there are some who will be able to adapt their model, and some who will not. Heck, I’m kind of a free market guy for a Democrat, but as much as I like sitting in bed with coffee and the newspaper in the morning, I’m not interested in bailing out the newspaper industry, as Senator Benjamin Cardin has proposed. From Reuters:

With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

“This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.

I have been a newspaper guy for 40 years, and I’ve always felt that people without printer’s ink on their hands after the first cup of coffee are leading an uninformed life.

That said, the newspaper industry in its current form isn’t built for the mission ahead, and I am certain that a government bailout is not going to place them so that they can fulfill that mission. And as much as I like that newspaper in bed on a Sunday morning, I’m not seeing that as either an essential to our economy nor as a right provided for in the constitution.

All in all, this is a stupid bill, imho.

How in the world did Benjamin Cardin get in the Senate? Well, Benjamin won because he faced someone even more inept: current RNC chair Michael Steele, back in 2006.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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New GOP Internal Poll: “We’re Screwed”

A GOP internal poll obtained today by the AP tells a shocking story for the Republican Party: only the hardcore wingnuts now support the GOP agenda.

Commentary By: Richard Blair

It’s becoming an article of faith, no pun intended, that the GOP (as presently represented by the most loathsome faces of the party) finds itself hip deep in elephant poo. Even Republican-leaning pundits and “strategists” are lamenting on how far the party has fallen, in such a relatively short period of time. What they can’t seem to wrap their heads around is how to get their leadership heading back in the right direction.

Therein lays their biggest problem: when the best the Republican party leadership can do is to trot out John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush as the “new face” of the GOP, the poo pile seems bottomless.

Based on the numbers in a recent GOP internal poll obtained by the Associated Press, the situation might be even more grave than the most loyal of the Republican loyalists imagined:

Republicans are widely viewed by the public as less competent than Democrats to handle issue ranging from health care to education and energy, according to internal polling presented to top GOP officials in Congress…

The survey found the public holds greater confidence in Democrats than in Republicans in handling most of the issues that are involved in Obama’s legislative agenda…Democrats were favored by a margin of 61 percent to 29 percent on education; 59 percent to 30 percent on health care and 59 percent to 31 percent on energy…Democats were also viewed with more confidence in handling taxes, long a Republican strong suit. The only issue among nine in the survey where the two parties were rated as even was in the war on terror.

The survey found Obama’s job approval at 62 percent.

However, lest we get too cocky about the current state of the GOP, let’s remember that it wasn’t so long ago that conventional political wisdom held forth that the GOP was heading for a permanent political majority in America.

National politics is a particularly fickle animal, and it would only take a few negative events to turn opinion quickly. The Dems retook the majority not so much based on their own ideas and plans, but because those of the GOP had become so absolutely toxic.

The time nears for the Democratic Party leadership to put the boldest of plans in motion: an inclusive national healthcare plan that leaves no American without access to good medical care, labor laws that favor workers over corporations, and an end to regressive tax laws that cause the working class to shoulder a disproportionate share of the common tax burden.

Do those three things, and the Democratic Party will be closer to a true permanent majority than the GOP ever dreamed of having.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Richard Blair |
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Bernard Madoff’s Inmate Number Pays Off

Hey, someone had to get lucky after Bernard Madoff was lodged in Manhattan Federal Prison after pleading guilty to his $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme…

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Well, at least something good came out of Bernard Madoff’s imprisonment. A guy in Queens, NY played the last three digits of Madoff’s inmate number, and hit the Pick 3, straight:

Ralph Amendolaro, 50, noticed the digits under Madoff’s mug on the front page of the Daily News the day after he pleaded guilty – 61727-054.

The father of three placed a $3 bet for each of the next three days, and that Sunday, 054 came up.

The $1,500 prize is a 16,000% return on his $9 investment – far more than even Madoff promised his bilked investors…

No word on whether or not Amendolaro also played the five digit number.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Richard Blair |
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Snarlin’ Arlen Crossing From the Dark Side

Arlen Specter, in perhaps his last run at the Senate, has decided to leave the Republican Party. With the way the Republican electorate has changed over the last few years, he sure needed this magic bullet to stay in the Senate.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The die were cast in Pennsylvania when Obama was elected. The 20%ers who supported George Bush are the God, guns and bitterness crowd, and they are awfully bitter about everything Obama. Frankly, Arlen Specter isn’t bitter enough for their tastes. There has been tons of talk about Pat Toomey, extremist right winger that he is on both the Christian and taxation front, challenging Specter, and with so many moderate Republicans leaving the party in PA, Specter was going to have some big troubles in next year’s Republican primary. So what’s happening? Arlen Specter is becoming a Republican.

You can read Chris Cillizza on the subject at his column in the Washington Post, but I’ll quote from Mr. Specter himself, from his campaign web site:

Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters. I can understand their disappointment. I am also disappointed that so many in the Party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides. I thank especially Senators McConnell and Cornyn for their forbearance.

Well, that is stunning political news. The Democrats are now almost cloture-proof, and while Arlen says his will be a vote of conscience over party, to get the Democratic nod he is going to have to bend a bit to the will of the Democratic Party in the next year or so. I suppose this is not stunning in the sense that Arlen Specter truly does not look or act like Pennsylvania Republicans anymore. That breed of citizen is a dwindling population that has backed too many losing efforts over the last several years. Who can forget, after all, Rick Santorum’s historic loss a few years ago as an incumbent?

I understand Mr. Specter has promised to give back political contributions from supporters if they do not agree with his decision. Of the people I know who have given him money, I know of many who will be cheering this move. Yes, even some in my own household will be cheering.

So what caused this switch? I’d say the Republican Party becoming too extremist is what caused it. I would not be surprised if other Republican Congressmen and Senators follow Specter’s example, though there are so few moderates left in the Republican Party, that I wouldn’t predict many. Moderate Republican? That’s what is called an endangered species.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Steven Reynolds |
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