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Old 04-28-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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The Republican Party's identity crisis just got worse with Sen. Arlen Specter's announcement that he is leaving the GOP to join the Democrats.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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We have several threads on this topic.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Default Specter's Departure a Wake Up Call for GOP

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How much more can the Republicans take? Demoralized, shrinking and seemingly lacking an agenda beyond the word "no," Republicans today saw their ranks further thinned with the stunning news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is switching parties and will run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So 3 of them on the same topic today? Or are you not finished yet?
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Illinois Delta
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Obama Approval Rating Is 68 Percent, New Nationwide Poll Shows (http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20090428/pl_bloomberg/aye7j8cfp2ee - broken link)

You mean this current trend in public opinion? LOL! Keep running moderates out of the GOP and we'll keep taking them...what's left is too radical and self-interested to regain solid footing as a party that
reflects American values.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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So 3 of them on the same topic today? Or are you not finished yet?
You have to excuse Duke, he has the need to validate how he feels about items and the only way he can do so is by finding other people who feel the same way he does about a topic.

Must be terrible for him to not be able to think without finding someone else who shares his point of view.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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Yes, and PA is very much a Democratic state, and has been for ages..
Right. That's why they elected Arlen Specter in 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004, not to mention that ultimate right-wing clown-bot Rick Santorum in 1994 and 2000.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Yep. Hell, I voted for NIXON 72, FORD 76, REAGAN 80, REAGAN 84, BUSH 88, and BUSH 92 but since Newt rode into DC and Jerry Falwell politicized religion I've had to vote for the most reaonsable, moderate persons I could find, and that has NOT been any GOP candidate.

The GOP of Ike and Goldwater lies dead and buried under a stack of last week's discarded church bulletins, testimony to the power of religious-based hate spewed by Dobson, Robertson, Falwell(d), Hagee, Parsley, FOTF, AFA, ADF, et al, to destroy all it touches.

There simply is no way that any GOP fan on this board or anywhere can downplay the significance of Specter's defection from the party. The 2006 election was a serious tremor. McCain's loss was a full blown earthquake. Specter's desertion is a major after-shock, of which I hope to see more. The ripple effect will change things at the local level for sometime.
I have the same story. Former republican who got sick of the focus on abortion-abortion-abortion. If the GOP would return to being the party I once knew, I would seriously consider returning to it. But I have a feeling the party's going to die, like parties have in the past. I might be convinced to join whatever party rises from the ashes, depending on if they focus on economic issues or social issues. This could be a real opportunity for the libertarians, IMO.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I'm afraid the two parties have so completely rigged the system that it is near impossible for 3rd party candidates win in most states.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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Major after-shock? lol Are you serious? This guy has been leaning left for decades. It's more like a fart on a wooden church pew. It happens from time to time.
This is the funny part when it comes to the current state of the Republican Party. Bedrock Republicans are accused of "leaning left" when in fact they are no different than they were when they began their political careers. This type of analysis completely misses the point that moderate Republicans, Republicans like Colin Powell, George H.W. Bush, Chuck Hagel and others have leaned anywhere it is the GOP that has shifted so far to the right that they have left its most elder and intellectually fit members standing alone.

I dare say that Republicans like Gerald Ford, or even Richard Nixon (the first to propose the Earned Income Tax Credit) wouldn't recognize the current GOP if they were repeatedly hit over the head with the party platform.
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