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Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter's decision to defect to the Democratic Party last week hastens the passage into history of the Republican moderate, of which Massachusetts and New England once boasted several. Full Story
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wilbur

Littleton, CO

#1 May 2, 2009
thank god i don't live in new england. collins and snowe, the greatest example of the term "RINO".

socialism is not the answer.
Clue by 4

Springfield, MA

#2 May 2, 2009
I miss Sil Conte.
Dave HARDING

Chatham, NY

#3 May 3, 2009
No question that the Republicans have gone off the deep end on social issues. As most Conservatives believe in the freedom of the individual and don't think that government should intrude in their private lives, the stance of the Republican party on issues such as abortion, gay rights, etc., makes no sense. BUT, when it comes to fiscal matters, the Republican Party is more relevant than they've ever been. The policies of the Obama administration in fiscal matters make absolutely no sense and will fail after providing temporary relief to the problems ailing the country. When they do, the Republicans will come back stronger than ever. There is no substitute for logical thinking, something that seems to be missing in the Democratic party.
ksk

Williamstown, MA

#4 May 3, 2009
Democrats are not "bullies" like Rush Limbaugh and other Fox News types...

I like that referrence

The republican party is the party of hate, greed and lies
They are funded by the billionaire robber barons

I do not care for the ultra liberal democrats
yet by comparison
they are most concerned with the common man
Pedro

Pittsfield, MA

#5 May 3, 2009
Arlen was about to lose so he jumped ship.
Jeffrey Reel

AOL

#6 May 3, 2009
Dave HARDING wrote:
No question that the Republicans have gone off the deep end on social issues. As most Conservatives believe in the freedom of the individual and don't think that government should intrude in their private lives, the stance of the Republican party on issues such as abortion, gay rights, etc., makes no sense. BUT, when it comes to fiscal matters, the Republican Party is more relevant than they've ever been. The policies of the Obama administration in fiscal matters make absolutely no sense and will fail after providing temporary relief to the problems ailing the country. When they do, the Republicans will come back stronger than ever. There is no substitute for logical thinking, something that seems to be missing in the Democratic party.
I agree with most of what you write. The one point I question is fiscal policy as a Republican strength. How do you respond to the fiscal health of this country after 8 years of unimpeded Republican-controlled Executive and Legislative branches. Those 8 years presented a sterling opportunity for Republicans to exercise what you perceive as their strength. It, more than anything, was soundly rejected during the last election cycle. I feel for good reason.
Dave HARDING

Chatham, NY

#7 May 3, 2009
The Republicans lost the elections in 2008 because they got away from fiscal policy that historically had been sound. As you so correctly point out, the last 8 years were fiscally irresponsible. That can't be changed. The question is where we go from here. Republicans have to accept the blame for what happened during the past 8 years and get back to the sound fiscal policy that was their hallmark before that. They seem to be doing so. Saying no to borrowing and spending like a drunken sailor when you're deeply in debt makes sense. Opposing the bail out of failed financial institutions, failed auto companies, etc., makes good fiscal sense. The Democrats are doing the same things in spades that the Republicans did. The electorate won't accept that when it becomes clear to them that these fiscal policies are not only not working, but are making the problem worse!
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Falls Church, VA

#8 May 3, 2009
Far from being 'bad' for Republicans, it's a relief that Specter is finally gone.
Republicans don't need 'moderates'.
Far from it.
Republicans do need to get back to the party's Conservative roots.
The thinnist book ever written is "Great Moderates of History", and even in those short pages Arlen Specter merits only a footnote.
Thank goodness he's gone.
And let's hope Democrats in PA will see through Specter's obvious self-centered machinations and vote for whatever opponent comes out against Spector in the Democrat primaries.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#9 May 3, 2009
Pedro wrote:
Arlen was about to lose so he jumped ship.
He was going to lose the Republican primary but he has a broad base of support among Democrats, moderate Republicans and Independents so it was a smart move.
Pedro

Pittsfield, MA

#10 May 3, 2009
PDupont wrote:
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He was going to lose the Republican primary but he has a broad base of support among Democrats, moderate Republicans and Independents so it was a smart move.
We will see how smart of a move after the next election.
Chet

Ottawa, IL

#11 May 3, 2009
I can't say it enough, this pro-life and anti-homosexual rights thing has been an utter disaster in the once completely Republican suburbs.

And denying global warming hasn't helped either.
RJD

Altamont, NY

#12 May 3, 2009
The dem party in Massachusetts is well respected, we have a murderer, a war record liar, and a man olver with no voice, and lastly a man who was instrimental in the freddy/fanny scandle, Barney!! These 4 idiots are poster children for term limits. Lucky this is not what the democratic party is all about.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#13 May 3, 2009
Pedro wrote:
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We will see how smart of a move after the next election.
Seeing that according to the latest polls Republicans comprise only 22% of the electorate while Democrats and independents are at 33and 39% I think it's a safe bet. Toomey his Republican rival is former head of the American Enterprise Institute whoes main goal is to see that millionairs pay as little taxes as possible. I don't think that's going to resonate well with working class voters struggling to make ends meet.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#14 May 3, 2009
I forgot to add that these figures are for Pennsyvania. Nationwide Republicans are at 24%.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#15 May 3, 2009
RJD wrote:
The dem party in Massachusetts is well respected, we have a murderer, a war record liar, and a man olver with no voice, and lastly a man who was instrimental in the freddy/fanny scandle, Barney!! These 4 idiots are poster children for term limits. Lucky this is not what the democratic party is all about.
Ted Kennedy was never charged or convicted of murder but leaving the scene of an accident. John Kerry's war record has been upheld and those that sought to depute it have been shown to be liars. John Olver has worked tirelesly for his constuency and the only meaningful reform to Freddie and Fannie came in 2007 when Barney Frank came into power in the Banking commitee. What a total idiot!
Pedro

Pittsfield, MA

#16 May 3, 2009
PDupont wrote:
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Ted Kennedy was never charged or convicted of murder but leaving the scene of an accident. John Kerry's war record has been upheld and those that sought to depute it have been shown to be liars. John Olver has worked tirelesly for his constuency and the only meaningful reform to Freddie and Fannie came in 2007 when Barney Frank came into power in the Banking commitee. What a total idiot!
You mean leaving a woman under water and getting away with it.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#17 May 3, 2009
Pedro wrote:
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You mean leaving a woman under water and getting away with it.
Where you there? Do you have personal knowlege of what happened that night? I don't think so
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#18 May 3, 2009
PDupont wrote:
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Where you there? Do you have personal knowlege of what happened that night? I don't think so
Oh and by the way, how many Democrats have pointed out that the former First Lady killed her former boyfriend running a stop sign? None, because it's stupid as you are.
Pedro

Pittsfield, MA

#19 May 3, 2009
PDupont wrote:
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Where you there? Do you have personal knowlege of what happened that night? I don't think so
If I was there, I would have tried to save her life or got help asap rather than report it the next day. Something that Teddy didn't do which is
common knowlege.
PDupont

Springfield, MA

#20 May 3, 2009
Pedro wrote:
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If I was there, I would have tried to save her life or got help asap rather than report it the next day. Something that Teddy didn't do which is
common knowlege.
I repeat were you there?

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