Michael Steele is in full damage control mode after Arlen Specter left the GOP. Steele claimed that Specter is a left winger who the Republicans look forward to beating in 2010. Yeah, Republicans are going to beat Specter the same way that Steele promised they were going to win the House special election in New York.
Here is Steele’s statement, “Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. 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. Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don’t do it first.”
Steele doesn’t realize that the Democrats aren’t going to field a candidate against Specter, so the Democrats aren’t going to beat him, and guess what? Pat Toomey and the Republicans have no shot against him in 2010. Specter is wildly popular with Democrats and Independents. In a March Quinnipiac Poll, Specter got a 71% approval rating from Democrats, and a 47%-29% disapproval rating from Republicans.
Specter himself admitted that the likely primary loss to Toomey factored in to his decision. Recent polling revealed that Specter was trailing Toomey by 23-25 points. The reality is that in the new Republican Party, Specter is a lefty, which says more about the state of the GOP than it does, Arlen Specter.
We all should have seen this move coming. Here in PA, political observers were starting to wonder why Democrats weren’t lining up their candidate for next year yet. I think we know why now.
Specter will cruise to victory as a Democrat. Michael Steele doesn’t understand Pennsylvania politics. Extremists don’t win in the state. Pennsylvania is a moderate state. Bob Casey is a pro-life Democrat, while Arlen Specter was a pro-choice Republican, which perfectly sums up Pennsylvania politics.