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Old 04-28-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: North Side of Indy, IN
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Exactly So this really changes nothing

Think what you want, but in reality, it changes a whole hell of a lot. With a filibuster-proof 60 votes, Dems won't even need to consider fast-tracking healthcare reform using reconciliation. They can just pass it. That has major ramifications, since bills passed through reconciliation have ten-year limits. Bills passed with 60 votes have no time limit.

Big, huge, major difference.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Great--I am sure all you liberals are pleased that now 1 party has free reign to do whatever they want with no opposition from anyone. It looks like now Obama can be considered a Dictator since no one can do anything to stop him.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Yep, just caught it on the radio. Specter is now declaring himself as a democrat...
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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From the political bible of blogs here in PA.

Pennsylvania Politics News | Politicker.com (http://www.politicker.com/pennsylvania - broken link)

This is major league whoa! Not just for what's going on in the Senate but it's a tsunami for PA politics as a number of Dems have been maneuvering to run for his seat. I expect that if Spector switches the PA Dem committee will shut down any challenges. Wow not good for me personally but hey.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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Time to assume the crash positions...
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Unperson Everyman Land
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MSNBC is reporting that Senator Arlen Specter will be switching parties from Republican to Democrat.

This will give Democrats a filibuster-proof 60 votes!
They already had that because Specter voted with the Dems anyway. He switched parties because he's trailing Toomey in next year's primary by a lot. Spector is dead to the Republican Party.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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This move spells the end of Specter's political career, in my estimation. You are going to see a surge of registered Democrats between now and the next Democrat primary. Those who will be registering will be conservatives, who will now feel spurned after holding their noses voting for him against Toomey in 2004. He won't make it past the primary. Ask Michael Forbes, who pulled the same crap some time ago.

That being said, whoever emerges from beating Specter in the socialist primary in 2010 will likely prevail in the general election, because, much like New York, any rural and suburban vote in that state is nullified by the Philadelphia vote.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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[quote=wdavid002;8551916]1 - Specter is a Democrat in disguise anyway..[/quote}

Translation; a sane Republican.

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Don't matter because next year..all of us Independants are voting all of them out anyway.
Like independents are of a singular mind... vote them out with what, teabaggers? Puleeze, the "independents" don't have a clue as to who they would run, how they would run, who is going to pay for it, or more importantly how you are going to staff and run a campaign.


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Enjoy it while you can..
We will, and for quite some time.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: North Side of Indy, IN
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Exactly So this really changes nothing
This move by Specter, a five-term Republican, also demonstrates how the Republicans are LITERALLY turning people away from their party, due to their behavior of late.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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Soo...now that democrats have 2 1/2 branches of govt (out of 3) can they now abolish the constitution?
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