Author’s Note: This post is not an endorsement of Senator Specter with regard to his position on abortion or embryonic stem-cell research. His position on both is reprehensible to me. However, there is room to admire him for the strength of his convictions to do what is right (in his opinion) for the well-being of his constituents rather than to toe the line of the party. Both stances are one of principal but only one has the proper focus of the senatorial role. As a senator, he is to serve the state. That doesn’t mean the party and it doesn’t mean only those who voted for him.
The life of Republican Senator Arlen Specter is over. Today is born Democrat Senate-Hopeful Arlen Specter. As the Republican Party loses power, loses seats, and loses veterans, there is most certainly an even more grim spectre on the threshold.
My initial reaction to the news was that Senator Specter was jumping ship—that he was going over to the more popular party in order to keep his seat. As I read through his position, it became more apparent that he had done the unthinkable: He had spurned the party position on the recent stimulus bill and voted in a manner to protect his constituency—not the party. Bravo!
Here is a future Deomocrat that I think I can respect.
I can respect him because as he states, his job is to serve the people of Pennsylvania—not the party.
I can respect him because similar to Carrie Prejean (Miss California), he has not compromised on his beliefs in order to curry favor with anyone.
Here is a man who knows his purpose in life. Here is a man who understands what it is to support and defend the Constitution. And here is a man who will be no more of a patsy for the Democrats that he would be for the Republicans.
Republican Senator Arlen Specter is dead. Long live Democrat Senator Arlen Specter.