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We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter
IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way.
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), NYT 2009-04-28

With Specter switching sides, Snowe and her Maine colleague Susan Collins are the two most moderate Republicans in the Senate.

I can't help but notice the total absence of anything to say that Specter made a mistake, or did something he should be castigated for. Rather, the Republican party are the sole focus of her blame and anger, for forcing Specter out. Is this Snowe getting ready to jump? The GOP are were in a very bad place a week ago; since then they've conceded a special election in NY-20 that they were supposed to win, and lost a senator to the other side. They're likely to force out disastrous RNC chairman Michael Steele over the NY-20 defeat soon, and they don't have anyone good to replace him with. If that's followed by the loss of another senator, or two senators, the Grand Old Party could be in its worst state since FDR took office. What's going to happen next?

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