Upon news of Senator Arlen Specter’s abandonment of the GOP, Michael Steele had the following to say:
Let’s be honest-Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.
Then, in an e-mail sent yesterday afternoon:
I hope Arlen Specter’s party change outrages you. It should for two reasons:
First–Specter claimed it was philosophical–and pointed his finger of blame at Republicans all over America for his defection to the Democrats. He told us all to go jump in the lake today.
I’m sorry, but I don’t believe a word he said.
Arlen Specter committed a purely political and self-serving act today. He simply believes he has a better chance of saving his political hide and his job as a Democrat. He loves the title of Senator more than he loves the party–and the principles–that elected him and nurtured him.
He goes on:
Facing defeat in Pennsylvania’s 2010 Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record, and an end to his 30 year career in the U.S. Senate, he has peddled his services–and his vote–to the leftist Obama Democrats who aim to remake America with their leftist plan.
As recently as April 9th, Senator Specter said he would run in the Pennsylvania primary next year as a Republican. Why the sudden change of heart? Clearly, this was an act based on political expediency by a craven politician desperate to keep his Washington power base–not the act of a statesman.
This is stronger language than I would have expected from Steele and, frankly, based on some of the bizarre statements he’s made since becoming RNC Chair, I might have expected him to apologize to Specter for making the GOP such a small tent.
So congratulations, Chairman Steele, and here’s to hoping we’ll see more of the new you in the future.